Developing students' digital skills

Help your students develop the academic digital literacy, skills, and competencies they need to succeed with these free resources from the STAK Project in Denmark and OneHE. 

Introducing STAK

The STAK Project is a Danish national project that has produced a framework and tools to help educators develop the academic digital literacies, skills, and competencies of their students. STAK and OneHE are working together to translate these resources and make them freely available to all under Creative Commons.

Please try them out and share them far and wide. We would love to know how you find them. Click the button below to find out more about the STAK Project. 

Getting started - What is a STAK activity?

Each STAK activity looks at a different digital skill and tells you how you can help your students develop it. The skills covered by the activities are all important for success in learning and research. For example, there are resources to help students learn how to provide collaborative feedback in shared comments, filter research citations, or reference new media in an assignment.  

All of the activities are structured the same way: an explanation of the activity and its purpose, followed by a step-by-step guide to what to do before, during and after delivering the activity to get the most from it.  At the end of each activity, there is space to comment. Please let us know how you found the activity and if you have any suggestions to other educators who may want to give it a go. 

Academic Digital Information Literacy Activities

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Bibliography Tips and Tricks
Use this activity to help students learn how to create references for sources other than books and journal articles.
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Sort and Assess Your Search Results
This activity helps students screen and sort sources in a literature search and to document and defend their choices.
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Mindmap Your Notes
This activity helps students acquire non-linear note-taking to deepen knowledge and understanding.
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Follow the Picture
This activity helps students verify the origins of digital images and critically assess their appropriateness as a learning object.
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Searching is a Journey of Discovery
This activity helps students conduct exploratory searches in a structured way.

Academic Digital Information Literacy Activities

Synchronous written feedback
Synchronous Written Feedback
This activity will help students learn how to give and receive synchronous written feedback in a shared digital document.
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Sharing And Co-Creating References
This activity will help students to co-create a shared reference library that supports collaboration with fellow students and academics.
STAK Good Conduct In Online Education
Good Conduct In Online Education
This activity will help students become active participants in online learning communities and establish productive norms.
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Developing Online Professional Communities
This activity will help students develop skills in participating in online professional communities.
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Comment Effectively Together In Word
This activity helps students develop the skills to comment collaboratively and effectively in Word.

STAK Project Overview

The STAK Project was a 2-year project involving six higher education research libraries in Denmark and funded by DEFF (Denmark’s Electronic Research Library). The project consortium consisted of: 

  • The Royal Library, Aarhus University Library;
  • The Centre for Educational Development and Digital Media, Aarhus University;  
  • The Royal Library, Copenhagen University Library;
  • Aalborg University Library;
  • Aalborg University Hospital, Medical Library;
  • VIA Library, VIA University College;
  • KEA Library, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology. 

The STAK Project was guided by three principles:   

  • Evidence-based research and expert collaboration 
  • Cross-institutional co-development of activities and practices, and   
  • Rigorous and consistent developmental methodologies and practices.  

Click here to access the original STAK Project resources here (in Danish).    

STAK Project Team

 Baltzer Rasmussen
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Merethe Haahr Francis
FGU Southern Jutland, Denmark
Royal Danish Library, Denmark
Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark