Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

ASCILITE Live! Webinar: A multidisciplinary approach to embedding digital literacy across the curricula


The Professional Literacy Suite (PLS) is a set of three embedded digital literacy modules developed to translate Deakin University’s Graduate Learning Outcome of Digital Literacy and support employability. The PLS is the first suite of online digital and professional literacy modules created at a course wide level at Deakin University. Digital literacy and employability skills were identified as educational skill gaps as part of a key Business course renewal. The PLS was designed in response to this, created and maintained by a multi-disciplinary team with diverse skills and expertise, utilising an agile, responsive and iterative team approach. The modules leverage off the unique interactive and adaptive technologies of Tumult Hype and Smart Sparrow.

This session will give an overview of the PLS, how the multidisciplinary project team implemented and scaffolded the suite across the course, and the support provided for both staff and students. Participants will have the opportunity to see how the modules are embedded within the student Learning Management System, interact with the modules themselves and consider how it may be applied at their own institutions.

This project was awarded the 2018 ASCILITE Innovation Award in recognition of outstanding innovation in the development of the Professional Literacy Suite, as the project lead.


Simone Tyrell is the Faculty of Business and Law Digital Literacy Programs Librarian. Simone provides expert advice on Library resources and Digital Literacy to Academics, Researchers and Students. Simone has collaborated with Course Directors, academics and professional staff to design, create, implement and maintain course wide Digital Literacy Modules for students within the Faculty. As the project lead in the creation of online modules, she is responsible for capacity building of library team members. She also attends, and contributes at meetings within the Faculty of Business and Law, including course level, teaching and learning and curriculum governance meetings. In her project lead role, she reviewed Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO) at a course wide level and aligned them to the Digital Literacy Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO). She has also contributed to the Blended Learning of students by creating instructional videos and interactive online modules. Simone has presented with academics, Deputy Course Directors and the Director of Teaching and Learning (Marketing) at both internal and external Conferences. Simone is a Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy and in 2018 was awarded the ASCILITE Innovation Award, in recognition of outstanding innovation in the development of the Professional Literacy Suite, as the project lead.

Dr Leanne Ngo: is the Director of Teaching and Learning Innovations in the Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University. Leanne is foremost an educator with a deep passion for shaping the next generation of learners, learning spaces and communities. Leanne has over 15 years of teaching, research and academic support in the application of technology and curriculum design in higher education. She has led multiple learning innovation projects pulling together multi-disciplinary teams to provide scaffolded, sustainable and scalable digital learning solutions focused on shaping curricula and teaching practices to enhance student learning experiences and outcomes. She has held course leadership roles such as Deputy Course Director, Bachelor of Commerce, and unit lead of a faculty wide Academic Integrity unit and have taught across UG and PG courses in campus, online and blended modes at Deakin University.  She has been the recipient of multiple learning and teaching awards, including, the Vice-Chancellor Deakin University and Faculty awards, and most recently, the 2018 ASCILITE Innovation Award. Her research interest spans across ePortfolio, digital and professional literacy employability, technology enhanced learning and digital student support. She has been awarded over $230K research funds including an OLT funded project in 2013- 2015, and an industry grant in 2015.

Michael Volkov is a passionate educator and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Marketing, Deakin Business School at Deakin University. With over 15 years’ experience in higher education, he places the student at the centre of his endeavours and is a recognised and award-winning leader in teaching and learning. His education research appears in a number of leading international journals including Education + Training, International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, Information Technology, Education and Society and Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. Michael has also received numerous international, national and institutional awards for his contributions to tertiary education. These include the 2013 Australian Award for University Teaching, 2015 ANZMAC Distinguished Educator Award, and the 2017 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning in recognition of his leadership in the transformation of curriculum and the teaching delivery model to motivate and inspire students to learn. Most recently, he was part of the team that was awarded the 2018 ASCILITE Innovation Award, for exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.

Date & Time

Monday 29 July 2019, 12:00pm (AEST). You will find your local time zone here.

How to Register

You can register for this webinar here. Login details for the session will be emailed to you.

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