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The Digital Student

Information, Media and Data Literacy

The ability to critically analyse information is the cornerstone of all academic disciplines. Being able to ascertain the value and credibility of everything you read, hear or see is vital.  The topic can be broken down into three main areas, information, data and media literacy.

Information literacy

A digitally capable student show be able to do the following:

  • Know where to look to find high quality information. Utilising academic databases, commercial resources and the internet. 

  • Critically evaluate resources on their relevance, values, provenance and credability.

  • Familiarise themselves with copyright rules and open alternatives eg Creative Commons, and reference digital works correctly. 

Media literacy capabilities 

Media literacy

A digitally capable student should be able to do the following:

  • Critically evaluate a range of media: text, graphics, video and audio. Being aware of their purpose and bias.

Data Literacy capabilities 

Data literacy

A digitally capable student should be able to do the following: 

  • Be able to interrogate quantitative data, questioning its validity and reliability.

  • Be aware of the value of your own personal data and how to practice digital data security. More information on this can be found on this in the Digital Identity area of this guide.


Jisc reference

JISC (2019) Jisc digital capabilities framework: the six elements defined. Available at: (Accessed: 24 January 2020). 

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