Topic outline

  • Module 5: Storage and Access of Digital Resources

    Module Description

    This module will expand your understanding of digital storage and access with regard to a variety of files types and enabling platforms. It will hone your skills in storing and retrieving digital resources using various technologies. This module is intended to address both academic and administrative skills: these skills can be applied in your research, teaching and learning, and administration. With some universities already going ‘paperless’, existing institutional systems for teaching and learning and providing electronic library resources, are being supplemented by content management systems, platforms, and applications for storing and sharing resources between individuals and institutions, on institutional intranets and the internet and web. Some areas related to storage and access, such as Open Education Resources (Module 2) and Data Privacy (Module 4), have already been explored in the Digital Fluency suite of modules. By the end of this module, you will have expanded your knowledge base, and can apply new skills to many aspects of your working life. Note that this module may also be of interest to administrative staff at academic institutions.

    Module Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this module, learners are expected to have developed skills and knowledge related to:

    • understanding concepts such as electronic library and content management systems;
    • identifying different types of digital resources and how they can be accessed;
    • using virtual-storage technologies in everyday life;
    • sharing learning resources with others using ICT facilities; and
    • demonstrating the ability to search for and access digital resources from the internet.

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    • Introduction

      This topic provides you with insight into access to digital resources. You will learn to recognise the different types and formats of digital resources, as well as learn about approaches and techniques you can use to search for and access relevant digital resources from internet sources. Furthermore, this topic introduces the benefits and challenges of using digital resources in our daily operations, and covers issues relating to academic databases.

      Learning Objectives

      At the end of this topic, the learner should be able to:

        • define digital resources;
        • identify various types of digital resources;
        • use digital resources in everyday life;
        • identify the different types of digital resources and their challenges and benefits;
        • search for and access relevant digital resources via the internet; and
        • exploit the potential of ICT technologies to facilitate access to digital resources for teaching and learning. 
      • Introduction

        This topic will develop your knowledge of existing digital resources and the various standard file formats and media that support them. We will also look at the common application file types that we use during our daily work activities, including audio, image, and video formats, and their file extensions.


        At the end of this topic, the learner should be able to:

        • identify different file formats, particularly standard formats;
        • identify different media players and their associated file formats; and
        • describe ways of finding and accessing digital media content.
        • Introduction

          This topic will expand your understanding of and knowledge about the storage of digital resources. We will look at ways in which you can store your digital resources on digital devices and cloud-storage technologies. By the end of this topic, learners will have expanded their knowledge about different types of digital storage devices such as portable hard drives, flash disks, CDs, and so on; and cloud-based technologies such as Dropbox and Google Drive in their working and learning environments. 


          At the end of this topic, the learner should be able to:

          • show understanding of the concept of digital storage;
          • identify different types of digital-storage media;
          • define the concept of cloud storage;
          • identify different types of cloud storage;
          • apply different types of cloud technology in daily life; and
          • identify the advantages and disadvantages of cloud storage.
          • Introduction

            In Topic 4 we will discuss electronic libraries and their applications. You will also to learn about Content Management Systems and their applications in everyday academic, professional, and working life. The topic will address the benefits, as well as challenges, associated with electronic library applications from the user’s point of view, and some guidance on using an electronic library is also provided. 

            Objectives of the topic

            At the end of this topic, the learner should be able to:

            • explain the concept of electronic libraries;
            • search for relevant information or resources using an electronic library;
            • identify and explain the concept of Content Management Systems; and
            • identify the benefits and challenges of using Content Management Systems