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Information, data and media literacy

Information, data and media literacy

Updated March 2024

These days, information, data and media literacy forms the basis of many learning processes. This course will help you further these skills and know when to apply them.

Handling information in a variety of forms and presentations is an integral part of our personal and professional lives. The use of digital data formats and media is constantly gaining in importance in our world of new technology and rapid advancements.

This course lays the foundation of the key skills of today: for information, data and media literacy (IDM). This literacy is a prerequisite for life-long learning and professional advancement.

Why is IDM important, and what knowledge and skills do you require? What is considered plagiarism and what should you pay attention to in order to avoid it?

This course will introduce you to the theoretical foundations and give you plenty of opportunities for practical application.

When you have worked your way through this course and completed it successfully, you will be able to define IDM and explain it using the relevant academic standards. Additionally, you will be able to name, describe and apply the methods and tools in the various areas of information, data and media literacy. The subject of “plagiarism” will also be familiar to you following successful completion of this course. You will be able to distinguish between different types of plagiarism and identify them as such in practice. You will understand how to avoid plagiarism and how to double-check your own work. This course also contains a number of useful tips and suggestions of tools for your immediate use.

You will also have the opportunity to use self-assessment tests to evaluate your own level of information, data, and media literacy – and your strengths and weaknesses. This will allow you to determine where you need further training.

The course is designed for independent study and is primarily aimed at interested students, other members of the university and anyone else who would like to learn more about the topic. Some special tests can only be accessed by the members of the University of Basel and these are marked accordingly. The course is still under construction and the content will be further expanded.

Students can participate in the “Information, Data and Media Literacy” course for ECTS credits. After registration, additional material and opportunities for communication will be accessible via the ADAM learning platform.

Besides technical knowledge, the interdisciplinary skills provide orientation and support for use in the professional environment. We wish you a successful and enjoyable course experience!



Fachstelle Informationskompetenz
Office for Information Literacy

Cornelia Eitel, Svetlana Melikov, Renate Leubin, Susanne Schaub Renaux

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Projekt “Digital Literacies”
In cooperation with the “Digital Literacies” project from Bildungstechnologien,
Universität Basel.