Developing digital literacy in the curriculum


When did you first introduce the innovation?

Less than 12 months ago

Please describe the innovation you have developed

This innovation has seen the development of a series of Digital Literacy badges aligned to a published framework to integrate these into the curriculum (Ferrari, 2013; Evangelinos and Holley, 2015a).

Through the recognition of current teaching & learning practice, plus changes where required, the framework will support the development of student digital literacy (Evangelinos and Holley, 2015b),

Students will be awarded digital badges in recognition of their development in digital literacy. These will support employability.


Evangelinos, G. and Holley, D., 2015a. A Qualitative Exploration of the DIGCOMP Digital Competence Framework: Attitudes of students, academics and administrative staff in the health faculty of a UK HEI. EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning, [online] 2(6), p.e1. Available at:

Evangelinos, G. and Holley, D., 2015b. Embedding Digital Competences in the Curriculum: A Case Study on Student-Experience of an Online Technology-enhanced, Activity-based Learning Design. In: A.M. Teixeira, A. Szűcs and I. Mázár, eds., Expanding Learning Scenarios. Opening Out the Educational Landscape. [online] Barcelona, Spain: European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), pp.805–813. Available at:

Ferrari, A., 2013. DIGCOMP: A Framework for Developing and Understanding Digital Competence in Europe. [online] Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. Available at:

What prompted you to develop this innovation?

Digital Literacy is defined as: ‘the capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society ‘ – Jisc. This is an essential requirement for student development.

Health care professionals work in a digitally dynamic environment and The Department of Health, chaired by the NHS National Director for Patients and Information, promoted their vision for technology to enhance patient care by 2020. The plan included an increased use of mobile apps, e-records and digital data management/use.

The 2020 vision will have a significant impact on front-line care professionals, nurse education, NHS leadership and service user engagement.

In your view, what is it about this innovation that makes it different/important?

This innovation supports the integration of a Digital Literacy co-curriculum.

Aligned to the recognised Digital Literacy Framework.

Supports the future employability of students.

Recognises the role that Digital Technologies and literacies play in healthcare.

To what extent does your innovation make use of existing approaches, resources or technologies?

This innovation builds on an existing framework (DIGCOMP).

Uses the existing VLE and online/mobile technologies/apps.

To what degree has this innovation led to changes in education or clinical practice?

Raised the profile of digital literacy in the curriculum.

Leading the integration of digital literacy in the curriculum.

Leading the integration of digital literacy in staff CPD.

What evidence do you have of the impact of the innovation?

Embedded into the new nursing curriculum and will impact all new nursing students from 2016.

Linked to staff CPD and the institutional digital strategy.

To what degree has the innovation been disseminated in your organisation or elsewhere?

Internal faculty dissemination via the senior management group.

Please provide details of any plans you have to disseminate the innovation in the future.

Case study for the Faculty Learning & Teaching website.

Academic paper.

NB. This project is currently funded by Anglia Learning & Teaching