Having the confidence and ability to effectively use the online learning tools and software provided by the university will enable you to make a success of your studies. This is especially important with the transition to online learning.
What is digital literacy?
Digital literacy is the ability to access information and communicate using the digital platforms commonly available to you. At university you will find many different types of digital environments.
The university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is called Blackboard, will be central to your teaching and learning and it contains within it a variety of different online tools. Most tutors upload their lecture notes, module handbooks and reading lists to Blackboard and it is also used for electronic submission of assignments.
You should ensure that you check your Blackboard module sites regularly for the latest updates and resources added by your tutors.
The University Library also provides digitised resources like ebooks and ejournals as well as traditional paper copies.
There is also a vast range of information available on the internet. An important aspect of digital literacy is being able to evaluate online sources and differentiate facts from personal opinion.
Digital literacy is not just important for getting the most out of your university studies, but will provide you with essential skills which can be transferred to other areas of your life and enhance your future career path.