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Digital Literacy: Resources for Staff

Develop skills and confidence to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the digital world

Where to start?

There are many resources available on digital and information literacy and it can be confusing to know the best place to start. Gathered below are a range of links which will be useful to help you understand more; from understanding and assessing your own skills, to research and case studies from other institutions and examples of how to incorporate digital and information literacy skills into the curriculum.

Why are Digital Literacies Important?

Jisc believe that 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, and that employers value graduates who display such skills as communicating effectively using a range of digital media and critically evaluating the validity and reliability of online information (Jisc, 2013).

Therefore improving digital literacy is essential for enhancing employability. Students may already feel confident that they have these skills, however, technology changes quickly and it is important to continue to develop skills.

Technology is ubiquitous and pervasive in the world we are teaching, learning and working in, and the rate of change is accelerating particularly with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented and virtual realities (AR and VR); developing confidence in selecting, using, assessing and managing digital tools are key employment skills.


The following resources will help you understand more about digital literacy and how it impacts on both you and your students:

Excellent examples of bespoke frameworks and case studies

Open University Digital Literacy Framework

Taxonomy of Digital and Information Literacies
A toolkit from Oxford Brookes University to help you explore the types of activities that students might engage with to develop digital and information literacies. They also explore their Graduate Attributes - highly recommended reading

University of Suffolk Academic and Information Literacies Framework

SCONUL- 15 good practice case studies

Developing Digital Literacies and the Role of Institutional Support Services
Presentation by Sheila MacNeill, Assistant Director, University of Strathclyde, June 2012​

Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Verbs For 21st Century Students 

Peer Reviewed Open Access Journals

Journal of Information Literacy

The Journal of Information Literacy publishes innovative and challenging research articles and project reports which push the boundaries of information literacy thinking in theory, practice and method, and which aim to develop deep and critical understandings of the role, contribution and impact of information literacies in everyday contexts, education and the workplace.

Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy

The Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy publishes articles that deal thematically with digital literacy and the use of ICT in educational settings.


Information Literacy Models

There are several different 'models' of information literacy:

SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy
The UK IL model has a core framework with associated 'lenses' such as the Research lens and Digital Literacy lens, which use context specific terminology

​​ANCIL: A New Curriculum for Information Literacy

ANCIL offers a practical approach to developing IL in the curriculum

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
​2015 detailed American model based on Threshold Concepts theory

Information Literacy Framework for Wales

National Information Literacy Framework Scotland

UNESCO offers guidance and a review of global Information Literacy resources.