Welcome to the Digital Literacies Toolkit. This interactive learning tool was designed by Julie Watson and developed by eLanguages in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton with support from the university Student-Centredness Fund. The purpose of this set of learning resources is to help students:
- explore the educational uses of Web 2.0 tools and services;
- familiarise themselves with a range of useful applications for study-related purposes;
- highlight good practice in the use of social software and the internet, in general.
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- What is digital literacy?
Listen to student views about the meaning of digital literacy and the kind of skills that the term suggests. Decide what your own view is and reflect on some of your own digital literacy skills.
- Digital tools for student life
Review the online tools you already make use of for study-related purposes and explore the different uses or affordances of a range of other tools.
- Managing your online presence
Consider the pros and cons of having a digital identity, investigate your own digital footprint and reflect on whether you need to manage your online presence or not.
- Using other people's digital content responsibly
Explore issues of ownership in regard to digital content on the internet and find out how to identify what you can and cannot freely re-use.
- Collaborating in coursework online
Listen to students talking about their preferred online collaboration tools, think about the skills needed for working together online and consider the potential of some specific tools for this purpose.
- Creating and sharing digital content on your course
Practise identifying appropriate tools for creating or sharing digital content, and try out some of them to evaluate their usefulness.
- Your Personal Learning Environment
Think about the skills you need to make effective use of a PLE. Listen to other students talking about how they manage their learning through a PLE and explore useful PLE applications.
- Digitally enhancing your job prospects
Listen to student views about how digital literacy skills can influence employability. Consider how to improve your own job prospects through your online activity.