Employing digital skills to enable and enhance learning is fundamental to all the University's provision and the University expects all its students to be able to develop their digital capabilities through their studies.
Jisc define an individual's digital capabilities as those which equip someone to live, learn and work in a digital society.
This short animation from the University of Derby explains why it is important for people to think about developing their digital capabilities (download animation transcript (pdf)).
What it means to be digitally capable will vary for each person. It will depend on the requirements of their role, their subject specialism, career choice, personal and other contextual factors. Course Teams should develop strategies to enable students and learning to develop and stretch their skills.
Building digital capabilities: the six elements defined offers a framework that looks more closely at what this means for individuals:
Building digital capabilities: the six elements defined (this work is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA)
Uses of the framework include:
In this presentation Helen Beethan explains how she and Rhona Sharpe the digital literacy development pyramid devised a pyramid model based on Maslow's hierarchy of needs to explore how digital technologies could be embedded into the curriculum using meaningful tasks.
Jisc, have used this framework to develop a series of ‘role profiles’ which highlight the digital capabilities that are relevant to particular roles (ji.sc/what-is-digital-capability). We used these profiles to create reflective questions in the discovery tool (ji.sc/discoverytool), which is designed to help staff and students reflect on their digital capabilities and identify current strengths and areas for development.