Case studies: Embedding IDL as part of a programme level approach

Some case studies to demonstrate how IDL can most effectively be embedded into a programme.

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As part of taking a programme level approach to learning and teaching, the Library has worked in partnership with students, academic colleagues and the Digital Learning Team to engage and incorporate the student voice in mapping and embedding information and digital literacy (IDL).

The University Library’s information and digital literacy offer now forms part of the research skills, critical thinking and digital fluency offer in line with the new Sheffield Graduate Attributes.

The project identified six initial programmes to work with on a pilot basis, to collaboratively identify ways of embedding IDL within learning, teaching, assessment and feedback. A further two programmes collaboratively explored embedding library content and IDL into Blackboard.

The following case studies provide further information about these projects, illustrating how IDL can most effectively be embedded in the programme and in the virtual learning environment (VLE) utilising digital learning objects, workshops and webinars.

All of the case studies below mapped IDL in the context of the programme, to identify how the development of students' IDL skills can best be supported.

BA Korean Studies with Japanese (EASU14)

BA Hispanic Studies (HSSU01)

BMedSci Health and Human Sciences (NURU146)

BSc Computer Science (COMU01)

MEng Materials Science and Engineering (MATU39)

BSc Physics and Astronomy (PHY01)

BA International Relations and Politics (POLU05/09)

BSc Psychology (PSY01)


This was my first experience of working on a project in partnership with a student associate and I found it a really worthwhile and enjoyable experience.

Brenda Steel

Former liaison librarian


Library student associates on embedding IDL as part of a programme level approach

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