Critical Evaluation

Critical Evaluation refers to the ability to evaluate, analyse and synthesise information and data, to make choices about the best tool, program or application needed to complete specific tasks.

Digital Literacy Framework, 2019

What do you want to do?

Are you looking to:

    • Curate useful and relevant online materials for others to use
    • Develop and measure research impact using digital tools
    • Consult online information sources to inform practice

Find below:

    1. How you are encouraged to develop your critical evaluation
    2. The tools and resources you can use to develop your digital practice, including the activities above
    3. Case studies to inspire new ideas or provide guidance for developing your practice

Developing Critical Evaluation

To develop critical evaluation in a digital environment, you are encouraged to:

  • Enhance your skills by exploring a range of digital information sources to gather and assess evidence, reach decisions and solve problemsusing digital tools to help manage, record and reflect on learning 
  • Extend your practice by independently evaluating digital tools and networks, selecting appropriate resources for the task in hand for study or for work  
  • Become empowered by synthesising information from a range of digital tools to compile and curate resources for others to use

Critical evaluation: collecting, curating, and evaluating online materialsClick on the icon to download the Digital Literacy Framework (PDF file)


Tool and resources to support development

A number of digital resources and face-to-face-training are provided by the university to support the development of critical evaluation within a digital environment.

On the Training Programmes page and the People page, you will find a number of sources you can consult to inform your digital practice, such as the OD&PL, Library Services for academics and researchers, and learning communities such as the Learning Technology Network.

You can also find extra resources in the Tools and Resources section, whether you are looking for information on Learning Technologies, Office 365, Social Media, or Copyright. You can make use of the vast wealth of information on LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Education Community, or learn about things to consider when sharing content.


Case studies

Explore relevant case studies below, or browse our collections on the Casebook@Leeds website or the Digital Practice Case Studies Stream channel.

Using different digital platforms to explore notions of attitude towards global identities
Student-created teaching resources
Student Podcasts for Creative Assessment: Promoting Digital Skills