LLLC1412 Exploring the Digital World

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  • Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View timetable
  • Credits: 20
  • Class Size: 30
  • Module Manager: Catherine Bates
  • Email: c.v.bates@leeds.ac.uk
  • This Module is approved as a Discovery Module
  • This module is mutually exclusive with:
    • LEED1025 The Digital Student

Discovery module overview

Module Summary

Module Summary

This module will invite you to consider the digital revolution and its impact upon society(s): how cultures have responded to significant periods of technological change, and how these changes have even shaped the way people think, learn and express themselves. The module will also deal with practical questions of online scholarship and research. The module will enable you to consider reflectively and critically your own relationship to the digital world and technology and to engage in key interdisciplinary debates about the practicalities and ethics of digital technologies. It will enable you to start considering the impact of digital technologies on personal, academic and professional contexts and to consider your own creative, academic and professional skills development.


  • -This module will introduce you to key concepts and debates relating to the development of the digital world and your identity within it.

  • -It will invite you to consider how you behave, learn and collaborate within an online context and how you can continue developing your digital learning skills

  • -You will be able to place yourselves in relation to a broad historical context of technological and digital change and reflect on your own development, by creating your own reflective digital response.

  • -You will learn to critically evaluate the impact of specific technological and digital developments by contributing to the online discussion forum
  • -You will be asked to reflect upon your understanding of the digital world, its evolution, and your place within it, giving opportunities for transformational learning.


The module will cover areas such as:

  • - Identity and the digital world – digital personas and performances and the rules of engagement
  • - Historical technological developments as key precedents to current digital innovation
  • - Digital learning tools and gamification
  • - Citizen journalism – the digital world and activism
  • - Transmedia storytelling
  • - Digital progress and ethics

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Identify key events and technological achievements leading to the evolution of the digital world
  • 2. Explore how the digital world impacts on the ways in which we think, learn and express ourselves
  • 3. Consider of particular digital innovation on own learning, life and work experience/aspiration

Skills Outcomes

  • 1. Participate effectively and appropriately within online forums
  • 2. Critically reflect upon their approach to, and identity within, the digital world
  • 3. Produce a digital response using tools from Microsoft Office or Padlet (for example)
  • 4. Navigate and utilise a variety of online tools for scholarship

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching


Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Assignment Online discussion forum contributions – 2000 words 50
Assignment Digital response - Equivalent to 2000 words 50
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 100

Progress Monitoring

Students will participate in an online discussion forum – through this they will receive peer and tutor feedback. The tutor will also send private formative feedback on this task twice within the semester, before the final submission.
For assignment 2, students will test out reflections throughout the interactive workshop discussions where they will get feedback. They will also have the opportunity to submit a draft/plan of their work for feedback.

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Workshop 11 2 22
Private Study Hours 134
Independant Online Learning Hours 44
Total Contact Hours 22
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 200

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