ICT proficiency

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) proficiency, refers to the ability to use digital technologies effectively and efficiently to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, create, and communicate information. It encompasses a range of skills, including the ability to use computers, software applications, the internet, and other digital tools.

Student Digital Champions Nia and Emma reflect on the contrast between structured school learning and the self-paced, independent nature of a university. The foundational skills acquired in school lay the groundwork for a more confident and adaptable approach to digital challenges at university.

They discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the acquisition of ICT skills. While some students faced challenges with online learning, others, like Emma, found themselves well-equipped to navigate the digital transition. The discussion highlights the benefits of adapting to technology-driven education and the accelerated development of skills social-distancing created.

Blackboard Ally has been useful for Emma to convert documents into more accessible formats. Emma and Nia talk about the benefits of video captions, both for students with English as a second language and for neurodiversity.

They touch upon the integration of AI tools like Chat GPT and Claude into their learning experiences, which unveils practical applications of AI in streamlining tasks. The nuances between models, such as the accuracy of Claude in handling uploaded notes, are becoming part of a progressive ICT toolkit for the modern student.

The conversation concludes with a reflection on the growing importance of data protection and safeguarding online identities. As they acknowledge the tendency to skim through lengthy terms and conditions, the need to prioritise understanding and protecting personal data emerges as a crucial skill in the digital age.

As a Veterinary student, Emma highlights the ability to touch type, navigate various programs swiftly, and adeptly handle online presentations as valuable competencies in the workplace. The discussion extends to the evolving expectations of employers, emphasising the importance of not just clinical skills but also business management skills, including creating effective presentations. Take a look at the following question and head to the Menti polling page to add in your answers. You will be able to view the results below.

Which ICT skill do you believe is most coveted by your future employer?

  • Programming and coding
  • Data analysis and visualisation
  • Project management
  • Cloud computing
  • Social media
  • Artificial intelligence

The information presented in this blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice or expertise in any field. While we have strived to provide accurate and up-to-date information, the authors are students and may not have comprehensive knowledge of all the topics discussed.

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