NBC1112 Building Science: Digital Literacy

A Library guide for Building Science

Digital Literacy

Digital literacies are those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society (JISC 2014).

Image: Seven elements of digital literacies ©Jisc CC BY-NC-ND


Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). (2014). Developing digital literacies. Retrieved from https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-digital-literacies

What is digital literacy to you?

The Padlet platform has been chosen to showcase the work of all the participants.

Students need to post a digital artefact, an example when they have used digital literacy in work, school, uni, personal life. The digital artefact can be anything, from a video they have made, a software they have used to create something creative, such as an image, logo, youtube video, a social story, an infographic, a drawing, or similar.

Post your responses in the Digital Literacy Padlet by double-clicking anywhere on its virtual wall.

Evaluating information criteria

Information from websites can be very easy to find. Due to the nature of the web, it is very important to evaluate anything you find before including it in an assignment or essay.

Anyone can author or publish material on a web site. No quality control process is required.

This doesn't mean that you shouldn't use information from web sites just that you need to apply an evaluation criteria to understand: 

 Authority - What type of site is it? Who authored the content? What was the intended audience?

Objectivity - Is the purpose and intention of the source clear, including any bias or particular viewpoint?

 Accuracy - Fact or opinion? What evidence is presented? Does the site reference other sources?

 Currency - When was the last time the site was updated? Does the information presented have a "published" date?

More information on evaluating information and its criteria is found on the Evaluation Criteria page of the Evaluating Information guide.

Evaluating digital information

Because information, in essence, is found virtually everywhere, the challenge lies in finding sources that will help answer your research question. Have a look at one or more sources listed below, and analyse their suitability in an academic setting as a reliable source of academic information. Would you reference any of these sources? Why, or why not? Refer to the evaluating information criteria to help with this task.

Journal articles


What does your digital footprint look like? Take a quiz.

What does your digital footprint say about you? Take a quiz to find out.

Your Digital Footprint 

Does the content you post really adds value to your online profile? 

Discuss further the importance of keeping a positive online presence, thinking of your career and your personal life. Refer to the online resources as below: