The Professional Literacy suite
The Professional Literacy Suite (PLS) is the first suite of online digital and professional literacy modules created at a course-wide level at Deakin University. The PLS contains three separate modules embedded in first and third year. The suite comprises:
- Essential Digital Literacy
- Introduction to Professional Identity
- Professional Literacy
The suite is scaffolded across the Bachelor of Commerce, being implemented as part of the major course review.
Winner of the ASCILITE Innovation Award 2018 – awarded in recognition of outstanding innovation in the development of a major professional development initiative which promotes the exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education
Winner of the 2019 Deakin University: Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Learning: WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning
2020 AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for the development of program wide resources which support business students’ professional literacies.
An exemplar in the 2020 Educause Horizon Report for the use of Adaptive technologies. View the Emerging Technologies & Practices and Influential Trends, 2020 Infographic.
How the Modules work
All of our digital literacy modules work in a similar manner. They are all embedded in compulsory units as a zero credit point hurdle requirement attached to an assignment dropbox in the CloudDeakin unit sites. Students are required to do a short self-assessment survey about different aspects of digital literacy and are asked to rate their confidence levels in these areas as not confident, confident or extremely confident. After completing the module they are then required to reflect on how their skills have increased by completing a post-self-assessment, with the same questions, but with additional qualitative questions added. Each section is locked, with conditional releasing applied to ensure students move through each section in order. At the end of T3 2021, 28,492 students have completed the modules.
Essential Digital Literacy
Essential Digital Literacy was first introduced in T1 2016 to the Bachelor of Commerce. It is embedded into a compulsory first-year unit MMK101 – Marketing Fundamentals, which is also compulsory on the Bachelor of Business. Since then it has been re-contextualised for the Bachelor of Property and Real Estate, sitting in a compulsory first-year unit MMP111 – Introduction to Property. At the end of T3 2021, the module is in its 5th year of implementation and has been run over 18 trimesters and 14,063 students have completed it. The module has three sections: Find, Use and Share (Disseminate) based around Deakin University’s Digital Literacy definition and framework.
The module uses a scenario-based approach, where a threaded narrative guides students through the module’s content and activities, connecting each section together in a logical way. The scenario was contextualised to an authentic work-based setting where the student takes on the role of an employee in a consulting firm and uses activities to encourage active learning. Each of the three major sections includes a short multiple quiz where the students are required to get 80% to move on to the next section, having multiple attempts to complete.
Essential Digital Literacy is built using Tumult Hype
To explore the modules, click on the images or links below.
N.B. The EDL module is currently being rebuilt and transitioned out of hype and into the same format as the modules below.
Introduction to Professional Identity
Introduction to Professional Identity was introduced in T1 2018 in MWL101 – Professional Insights in the Bachelor of Commerce and has now been implemented into the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Property and Real Estate. At the end of T3 2021, the module has run over 12 trimesters and 7143 students have completed it. It guides students through the importance of creating and managing a professional identity. It makes them think about what prospective employers may see and consider how their current online profile represents them. Students look at the Deakin Talent portal and LinkedIn to get them started and also gain an understanding of becoming a Deakin Alumni.
Introduction to Professional Identity sits in Deakin’s Learning Management System as its own central unit site, created using a combination of HTML and h5p objects. The new site is fully self-contained with an introductory video (opens in new tab), guided activities, a progress chart, dedicated discussion forum and Intelligent Agent reminders. Students are guided through the importance of creating and managing a professional identity.
The Professional Literacy module was designed and developed for third-year students transitioning into the workforce. It takes their current digital literacy skills, refreshes and extends them teaching them why they are important and how to use them in the workplace. This module is embedded across the Capstone units of the BCom majors in T2 2018 and has now been added to both the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Property and Real Estate. Professional Literacy runs across 11 capstone units across the 3 degrees, has now run over 11 trimesters with 7286 completions to the end of T3 2021.
It is made up of three sections:
- Workplace Information Sources – where to find information when you don’t have full access to the library, Alumni access
- Evaluation and Ethical use of Information – Copyright for the workplace, using the CRAAP test to evaluate and think critically about information
- Managing and Sharing Information – How to keep up to date and share information in the workplace – alerts, data visualisation
Professional Literacy sits in Deakin’s Learning Management System as its own central unit site, created using a combination of HTML and h5p objects.
The new unit site, is fully self-contained with an introductory video (opens in new tab), guided activities, a progress chart, dedicated discussion forum and Intelligent Agent reminders. The site is set up to recognise students who have completed before and or who are doing double majors or double degrees, ensuring students need only complete once, facilitating mass implementation, scaled across the Faculty and University.
The Professional Literacy Suite has now been scaffolded across the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Property and Real Estate and will now scaffolded across other courses in the Deakin Business School in the future. The aim is to implement across all courses in the Deakin Business School to provide all students with the same opportunities.