The Student Digital Learning Experience team in the DEO are excited to announce the launch of our Digitally Skilled video series!
Digital skills are an important part of your learning, and are an area that have really taken a front and centre position on stage in the last few years.
It is estimated that, in 20 years’ time, 90% of all jobs will require people to work with digital technologies. Already, 72% of large firms struggle to recruit workers with digital skills. Quote from jisc.ac.uk
Digital skills are not only useful whilst at University, but they make up part of your development, learning and experiences you take with you into your future careers. Staff and students alike should be thinking about digital skills and taking them into consideration in their professional and personal lives.
The Digitally Skilled series will focus on a number of different digital skills. We want you to feel confident in understanding digital capabilities and capable to adapt and progress whilst using them in your student and further careers. We have aligned the series with the Jisc Digital Capability Framework which takes you through the six elements of digital capabilities.
Take a look, do you feel you already have some of these skills?
- Digital identity and wellbeing
- ICT Proficiency
- Information, data and media literacies
- Digital learning and development
- Digital creation, problem solving and innovation
- Digital communication, collaboration and participation
We first take a look at your Digital identity and wellbeing. You can find more information on what makes up this skill in the framework.
Our very first video, we hope you enjoy! Please let us know what you think.
Online identity is the social identity that you establish in online communities. Your posts, comments and reactions on online platforms you use give others an image of who you are, e.g. as a student or as a professional. You can craft your online identity to show your peers, tutors, lecturers, or even potential employers, who you are, and allow your personality and skills to shine through.
Crafting your identity:
1. Think about who you are and who you want to be.
2. Look at your current online identity on the various online platforms you use, and consider whether they reflect who you are.
3. Decide whether you need to change the privacy settings or delete any of your profiles, information, posts, images, comments or reactions.
To develop your online identity further, from now on:
1. Re-consider your content before posting to ensure your message is clear and your tone appropriate.
2. Occasionally look at combinations of items you have posted, to ensure your online identity is what you want.
3. Keep a digital record of your skills, achievements, projects or articles in a portfolio, professional network or in a document, so you can add them online later.
4. Add a profile photo to online platforms you use as a University student, to make your contributions to your peers and tutors more personal.
Think about the data you are sharing online:
1. Are you sharing too much?
2. Could the information you share be harmful to others or could anyone use that information to harm you?
3. Check what information apps and websites are collecting about you and how you can heighten your protection.
You don’t need to get your online identity right immediately. We all improve with time and practice. Start with small changes and that will get you on the right track.
Prioritise your wellbeing
It’s ok to unfollow or unfriend people if looking at their posts is negatively affecting your mental health.
Make sure you take some time away from being online and disconnect for a while.