The Digital Artefacts for Learner Engagement (DiAL-e) is a framework to support educators in the effective use of digital resources (artefacts). The framework was originally designed to use film archive footage but has since been used to support a range of digital content, from maps, cartoons, still images and newspapers.
The underlying principle of the framework is that it prioritised the learning objectives (non-assessed) or outcomes (assessed) that the learner is expected to DO with the artefacts, over and above the actual content.
The rationale for this is that many tutors when searching any archive or database have a content-driven perspective, and failing to find the precise example they seek, give up on that resource. We believe that if tutors are seeking to engage students base don their learning intentions, other tangential resources may be even more effective.