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ODLM1005 Studying in a Digital Age (Environment)

5 creditsClass Size: 999

Module manager: Rafe Hallett

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce you to the concept and practice of digital learning and digital scholarship at the University of Leeds. The module will sit at the junction between practical training and academic inquiry, and will develop both your digital skills and awareness and introduce you to the process of digital scholarship within your subject.


To enable students to explore, consider, and discuss digital learning at the University of Leeds, and to build a foundation of digital literacy and awareness that will help them succeed with their studies and enhance their graduate prospects.

To introduce students to strategies of online scholarship, research and collaboration, and to prepare students for using online resources within and beyond the University to enhance their blended learning experience.

To heighten student awareness of their online identity and behaviour, so that they present themselves effectively and responsibly online and build a positive profile for academic and professional purposes.

Learning outcomes
- Ability to navigate and use University online platforms and systems for student education
- Ability to use, critique and evaluate digital learning tools, online library search tools and external web resources
- Enhanced awareness of, and ability to manage, online profiles for academic and professional purposes
- Enhanced awareness of issues of intellectual property, academic integrity and online behaviour especially as they influence scholarly progress and identity
- Ability to use online resources and communities to complement and energise face-to-face learning, maximising 'blended learning' and 'contact time'
- Ability to reflect upon and evaluate your developing digital literacy and profile, and to link this to broader academic and professional development

Skills outcomes
Each of the generic 'Learning Outcomes' listed above will be tested in relation to subject specific contexts, resources and debates in each host school. This will mean that each of the module skills outcomes will be refined in relation to subject-specific contexts.

The module builds students' digital literacy, skills and awareness for subject-specific application. All students will develop a subject specific appreciation of the application of digital learning and digital scholarship application and practice.


The module will cover the following core topics:

i. Introduction to digital literacy
ii. Introduction to blended learning & digital platforms at Leeds
iii. Using mobile devices for learning
iv. Using technology in the classroom
v. Enhancing learning through online resources and collaboration
vi. Your online library and archives
vii. Managing your online identity and profile
viii. Making the most of your online communities at Leeds (inc. Leeds for Life, LUU and Careers)
ix. Academic integrity and responsible online scholarship
x. Developing digital communities for scholarship
xi. Digital scholarship, activity and opportunities in your School and your Subject (this element will underpin all generic topics above).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning200.5010.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours30.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)50.00

Private study

Students will spend 50 hours working through the module content and completing the directed group and independent learning activities. Student study will be 'independent' and online, but directed by carefully designed, explanatory, instructional or speculative online resources to energise student reading, reflection and contributions at each stage.

Whilst some of the student activities will be individual, many sections of the mdoule give the student the opportunity to enter into collaborative online discussion, debate and content creation. Private study time will be required for students to prepare for online quizzes (e.g. checking your understanding quizzes, academic integrity quiz) and critical writing exercises.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Each participant will be expected to make contributions to discussion forums at regular intervals in the course, undertake online tutorials, complete quizzes and complete individual/group writing activities. Each participant’s contribution to all of these steps will be recorded and monitored within the VLE.
Overview, feedback and guidance will be provided by a team of student peer mentors recruited from the participating Schools and trained by the Digital Learning Team. The peer feedback will be supervised for quality by an academic School contact, who will also act as a point of contact to ensure the quality and appropriateness of online participation and exchange.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Computer ExerciseAcademic integrity tutorial25.00
In-course MCQLibrary induction, Collaboration and social learning50.00
Reflective log.25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The module will be supernumerary, delivered entirely online and pass / fail. It will not contribute the degree classification calculation. It sits at the juncture between the core curriculum and the co-curricular. The assessment activities will be conducted online, and will either be computer marked (quizzes), checked via VLE data tracking (e.g. discussion, activities), self- and peer-assessed (wiki and blog writing exercises). There will be academic oversight of the writing exercises to ensure compliance with learning outcomes, but they will not be formally 'marked'. Feedback will be automated from computer marked exercises, and written from self- and peer-assessment. The module will be assessed on a 'Pass/Fail' basis according to student completion of selected module activities which demonstrate competence in relation to the six module learning objectives.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/09/2016


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