Embedding Information and Digital Literacy (IDL) in your Programme

Information and Digital Literacy (IDL) is one of the core Sheffield Graduate Attributes and is essential for education, employment and citizenship. The University’s Information and Digital Literacy Framework has been developed with and endorsed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Committee. It consists of six broad literacies:

IDL literacies

The Library can work with you, as part of a Programme Level Approach, to embed IDL into the programme through assessment and feedback activities to target support for the development of the information and digital literacy of your students.

In our work with students, their message is clear: they want IDL support embedded in the curriculum and the VLE where it is accessible and relevant within the context of their programme.


Library Student Associates on embedding Information and Digital Literacy (IDL) as part of a Programme Level Approach:

"So the resources that the library offers at the moment in terms of Information and Digital Literacy are incredibly good, they’re incredibly useful."

Antonia Pollard (L1, Physics and Astronomy)

"We found out that the support is there, it just needs to be targeted better. Module leaders can link to these library resources as well which can be a good level of cohesion between assessment and feedback and the Library."

Abigail Foy (L3, Politics)

The Library recommends that IDL support be embedded in the following ways:

Creating an online resource list for each module linked from your Blackboard (MOLE) course so that students can easily access recommended online content and view the availability of physical items.

Programme resources

Adding a link to the relevant Library Subject Guide from the course menu of your Blackboard (MOLE) course so that students can see recommended resources and digital tools for their subject, such as databases.

Library Subject Guides

Instructions to add to Blackboard (MOLE)

Map Information and Digital Literacy to the programme to give a programme level view of where IDL is developed and/or assessed, to inform the effective and timely embedding of IDL support, as detailed below.

Mapping template

Information and Digital Literacy Framework

Embed online Information and Digital Literacy tutorials and video guides in the VLE to support assessment and the development of students’ IDL skills.

IDL tutorials and video guides are available to embed (as a link) from the Content Collection in Blackboard. Available under Institutional Content>Information and Digital Literacy.

Videos can also be embedded (as a video player) from the Kaltura Shared Repository, through the mashup tool. Available under the category Information and Digital Literacy.

Finding institutional material in the Content Collection in Blackboard

Kaltura media in Blackboard (MOLE)

Tailor and enhance your feedback by signposting to IDL support as part of your feedback comments to students. When marking in Turnitin Feedback Studio you can do this by using the Information and Digital Literacy Quickmark set.

Once imported the IDL Quickmarks will be available for you across all assignments you mark in Turnitin.

Download IDL Quickmark set

  1. 'Save file' and download the .qms file to your computer
  2. Open a Turnitin file and go to the QuickMark library
  3. Upload the .qms file via the import option

Instructions to import into your Turnitin account under the heading 'Sharing via export/import'.

Signpost students to our programme of Information and Digital Literacy workshops and webinars.

Details of workshops, webinars, timetable and booking.

Ensure delivery of tailored subject-specific IDL sessions are appropriately timed throughout the programme.

Contact the librarian for your department.

Include opportunities for students to reflect on their development as an information and digitally literate individual, and how these skills are transferable across education, employment and citizenship.

Discuss this with the librarian for your department.

Case Studies: Embedding IDL as part of a Programme Level Approach (to follow)

The Library has worked in partnership with students, academic colleagues and the University's Digital Learning Team, using participatory action research methodology to engage and incorporate the student voice in mapping and embedding information and digital literacy (IDL) as part of taking programme level approach to learning and teaching.

The project identified six initial programmes to work with on a pilot basis, to collaboratively identify ways to embed IDL within learning, teaching, assessment and feedback activities. A further three programmes were identified to collaboratively explore embedding library content and IDL into Blackboard (MOLE).

The case studies provide further information about these projects, illustrating how IDL can most effectively be embedded in the programme and in the VLE utilising resources available within the University.

Please contact the librarian for your department for further information or a discussion about resources required.