Information and Digital Literacy
About this course
- Course code:
- Professional/Short Course
- Computer Science and Creative Technologies
- Twelve two-hour sessions scheduled over a 12 week period
- Through weekly lectures
- Programme leader:
- Dr Paul Matthews
- Key fact:
- This course can count towards one of our postgraduate qualifications within our Information Management and Information Technology Awards.
Page last updated 15 August 2019
Learners and knowledge workers in a range of roles need to develop information and digital literacy (IDL) in order to search, sift and understand the wealth of information now available. This needs to go hand in hand with fluency in the digital tools available for efficient information capture, storage and dissemination.
This module is informed by literacy models and theory and will help you develop your own information literacy and expertise with digital tools in addition to your ability to teach IDL to others.
Participants are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent), or alternatively have six-months of relevant industrial experience.
We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.
Careers / Further study
This module can be taken as a standalone module, or used to build up credit towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) within our Information Management and Information Technology awards
What does it cover?
Introduction to information and digital literacy: How information literacy supports learners and daily life; Information Literacy models and tools; Types and sources of information/the information cycle; Information and digital literacy skills and concepts;
Theoretical foundations: Personal and social epistemology, testimony, credibility and persuasion. Cognition and cognitive biases.
Using Information literacy skills: Keywords and search strategies; Evaluating information and websites; Reading and recording, organising, using and presenting information; the reflective practitioner.
Supporting information literacy in others: Supporting students, researchers, generalist and specialist library users; Mobile information literacy.
Digital literacy: Use of digital tools to undertake academic research, writing and critical thinking; digital professionalism; the use of specialist digital tools and data sets; communicating ideas effectively in a range of media; collaborating in virtual networks; using digital technologies to support reflection and PDP; managing digital reputation and showcasing achievements.
Teaching information and digital literacy skills: Learning theories and factors affecting learning; Information/digital literacy programmes; Teaching methods for information literacy; Accessibility and inclusiveness; Presentation skills for information literacy teachers; Embedding information literacy; Assessing information literacy.
Tools and collaboration: Sources of information and collaboration; Developing and using Learning Objects; Information and creative Commons; Using and sharing Open Educational Resources (OERS); Using Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs); Advocacy.
The international context: Education and global development; information literacy around the world.
Learning and Teaching
The module is delivered through weekly lectures, including discussions and exercises/case studies in class.
The teaching material is available from Blackboard (our online learning environment). Essential readings will be indicated clearly, along with links to items available electronically, in advance of each teaching session.
Minimum 24 hours lectures and face to face discussion and an estimated 30 hours online learning via VLE teaching materials and online discussion groups/contributions to wikis etc. Minimum 72 hours independent learning via essential reading and an estimated 40 hours assignment preparation and completion.
The module is assessed by a written piece of coursework and a short related viva (one-to-one interview).
For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.
The University has excellent facilities, accessible to all students, as required; however, it is expected that much of the work will be carried within the work environment.
Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.
Supplementary fee information
|Application Deadline||Monday 13 January 2020*|
*Overseas students will need to have in advance of application, either a valid student visa or evidence of residency status in the UK.
|Cohort||Start Date||Session Time|
|January 2020||Tuesday 21 January 2020||14:00 - 16:00|
UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY
How to apply
As this module carries university accreditation, please note that once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university:
- An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference)
- A brief personal statement to support your application
- A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied
- A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport
On acceptance onto the module, you will be registered onto our student system to give you access to university resources and your module BlackBoard site, where course materials and pre-reading/work will be posted.
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For further information
- Email: For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link or telephone number below. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Programme Leader.
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927