Technology is entering nearly all aspects of our life. So much now can and is done using a digital platform. Communicating, finding information, shopping, tracking our health and solving problems are just some of the activities which are increasingly facilitated by digital tools. This is why our digital capabilities - the skills knowledge and understanding which help us live, learn and work in a digital society, are so important.
Employers are increasingly looking at what digital capabilities applicants and employees have. Skills in creating documents, presentations, spreadsheets and communicating via email and social media are areas which are important to most organizations. They want people to use technologies to access information, be creative, innovative, solve problems, communicate, participate, learn and support others in digital spaces.
As technology is constantly changing it's a really good idea to reflect on our own digital capabilities. We should make time to develop those skills that we might not be as confident with or that we are likely to use more of in the future. We may be able to easily operate a smartphone or find the answers to most questions but can we assess the reliability of the information we find? We might be able to communicate across different platforms but can we choose the most appropriate communication for the task at hand? Can we manage our digital identity, so it reflects us in the way that we want and can we manage the time we spend interacting with technology?
Thinking about how we develop our digital capabilities will help us become better prepared for an increasingly digital world. Take some time to explore digital capabilities and work out what you already do well and what you may need to develop for the future.
Digital Skills are the skills you use for living, learning and working in a digitally connected world.
Everyone has digital skills, and everyone can continue to learn and develop them. The digital world is constantly changing, so the skills you need keep changing with it. Check out the video to see what digital skills might look like in your life.
The Digital Skills Hub helps you become more aware of the digital capabilities you already have, explore new skills to help you study more effectively, and feel confident that you have the digital skills you need to thrive in your future career.
There are four ways you can interact with the Hub - choose your own adventure!
I want to evaluate my skills and get a personalised report
Use the Discovery Tool* to get a personalised report plus support resources and a digital badge to add to your eportfolio!
I want to find quick answers to my questions
Browse the FAQs or ask a question right from the Hub homepage
I want to learn a specific digital skill or software
Use LinkedIn Learning** to develop your skills in the platforms and digital ways of working that are important for your success.
I want to understand more about digital skills and behaviours
Explore the six areas of digital capabilities and understand how they are useful every day, from Uni to work to your personal life.
Note: The *Discovery Tool is an external service provided by JISC. Your login is only used to gain access to the service. Find more information about how your personal information is used and how to use the Discovery Tool. **LinkedIn Learning is an external service provided by Microsoft. Your login is only used to gain access to the service. Find more information about how your personal information is used by LinkedIn Learning.