Elements of Digital Literacy

Deakin University Graduate Learning Outcome 3, Digital literacy, using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

The Digital Literacy Framework (PDF, 113KB) articulates the skills students need to access and evaluate global information sources and communicate with others in an academic environment. The Framework is based on AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree criteria and designed to support Unit Chairs in applying and exploring the elements of Digital Literacy within the context of their disciplines and professional practice.

Choose from the following options:



1. Foundation level

  • Identify a need for information to effectively accomplish a task.
  • Define the scope of the research required and determine key concepts and contexts.
  • Successfully locate sources from citation lists provided.
  • Research and access key sources of information in the subject area.

2. Proficient level

  • Interpret a research question and develop an effective search plan to navigate to relevant information sources.
  • Demonstrate the ability to alter or refine searches to ensure results reflect the information need.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of information sources and employ judgement in selection.

3. Advanced level

  • Demonstrate sophisticated use of search strategies required to retrieve a comprehensive range of relevant resources.
  • Use advanced features of library databases to automatically generate regular search outputs e.g. alerting services, RSS feeds.



1. Foundation level

  • Recognise that the quality of information varies.
  • Awareness of elementary evaluation criteria to avoid use of misleading knowledge resources.

2. Proficient level

  • Apply appropriate criteria to evaluate reliability, relevance, accuracy and authority of information.

3. Advanced level

  • Consistently demonstrate analytical skills in selecting accurate and relevant digital sources to support a contention or argument.



1. Foundation level

  • Recognise the importance of referencing and acknowledge the ideas of others in the work one creates.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of copyright requirements, information security and privacy and ethical use of information.
  • Select and use technologies to communicate in an academic environment.

2. Proficient level

  • Consistently and correctly reference and acknowledge the work of others; keep systematic records of resources, using appropriate technologies to manage information.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of privacy, ethical and legal requirements and relate these concepts to the development of one's digital profile.
  • Understand the relevance of social media tools and use appropriately for enabling teamwork and collaboration.
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce subject-related knowledge artefacts using digital tools and resources.
  • Demonstrate collaborative production and sharing of digital content for study and research.

3. Advanced level

  • Demonstrate advanced working knowledge of relevant bibliographic software tools.
  • Demonstrate capability to reflect and confidently create and share new knowledge.
  • Ethically curate and share knowledge in a variety of forms.

For a better understanding of digital literacy at Deakin check out our quick guide or the Digital literacy teacher guide (PDF, 275KB).

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