Digital Skills Week resources

Take a look at this list of resources to help you understand, explore and evaluate your digital skills.

Use the Jisc discovery tool and our Herts Digital Learner Profile to learn your strengths and understand your areas for digital skill development. Read more about the Jisc six areas of digital capability that have informed the Digital Skills Week events calendar.

During Digital Skills Week, we encourage you to complete the Digital Experience Insights survey to help us make decisions about how we improve digital at Herts.

Jisc discovery tool

You have the opportunity to complete the Jisc discovery tool for free. The Jisc discovery tool is a self-assessment tool to help you rate your confidence at using digital technologies and provides some suggested learning resources to help you improve your skills. You’ll receive a report to help you understand which areas you could work on.

Love it or hate it, the impact of digital technologies on our lives is inescapable. Developing digital skills is essential for your learning as well as your future employment.

Herts Digital Learner Profile

This profile is designed to support you to develop the digital skills you will need as you progress through your studies at Herts and in your career.

Jisc six areas of digital capability

The Digital Skills Week programme of events have been organised into strands to reflect the Jisc six areas of digital capability. These are:

ICT proficiencyICT proficiency is the ability you have to use digital devices, applications, software and services. How quickly do you pick up new tools and skills? Do you cope when technology doesn't work first time, do you explore what it can do, and can you work things out for yourself? Proficiency concerns digital 'mindset' more than the use of specific tools, but of course using different applications helps to develop your confidence and range.
Digital identity and wellbeingDigital identity management is how you develop and project a digital identity - or several identities - and how you manage your digital reputation. Most of us have identities distributed across a range of platforms and media. Do you keep these separate, or aim to make them work together? How do you manage assets such as profiles, records of achievement, contacts and networks to achieve your personal goals?

Digital wellbeing is how you stay safe and look after yourself and others in digital settings. Do you use your digital access to help you achieve what you want in life, nurture your friendships and stay well? Do you know how to manage digital stress, distraction and information overload? A first step is to recognise online bullying, scam, and fake news. But beyond that, we need to be aware of all the ways that digital tools can impact on our lives and on people around us.
Information, data, and media literaciesInformation literacy is your ability to find, evaluate, organise and share information, whether you're using it for academic or professional purposes, or as a learner. Information specialists recommend we're creative in how we find information, but critical in how we judge its value and credibility. Everyone in educations needs a broad understanding of information-based rules such as copyright, referencing, and avoiding plagiarism.

Media literacy covers all the ways you receive and respond to messages in digital media, including text, graphics, video, animations, audio, and media such as websites, simulations and games. Most of us also share and produce messages of our own, and that means we need to understand issues such as audience, accessibility, user design and impact. As with information, media users need to ask why messages are designed as they are, how they affect us - and particularly how difference media can be used for learning.

Data literacy is how you handle data as a special form of information. Data is used in diverse ways in education, from monitoring your grades, to generating new theories. Our own data can also be used, sometimes in ways we might not want. We all need a basic understanding of legal, ethical and security issues when we handle data, and good habits with our own personal data security.
Digital creation, problem solving and innovationDigital creation is a term we use to cover all kinds of digital production, from coding new apps to making digital images and websites. Digital creatives have special techniques when it comes to digital production, but we all create digital artefacts as a side effect of thinking and participating in a digital world. Mind maps, digital sketches, Facebook pages, even selfies can be seen as expressions of digital creativity.

Digital problem-solving is your ability to solve problems and answer questions, either using digital evidence, or using digital environments (such as simulations and virtual worlds) to test out solutions. Digital scholars have many specialist digital methods available, depending on their research area, but all of us take part in digital problem solving every day.

Digital innovation describes your willingness to try new practices with digital technology, take calculated risks and look for new solutions. As a learner, it may seem that you don't have much opportunity to innovate, but in fact you're always trying out new things, and sometimes, what you discover might be new for other people as well.
Digital communication, collaboration, and participationDigital communication is any communications using digital media and networks. The ability to communicate well includes using different channels such as video and instant messaging, photo sharing and emails.  But it also includes and awareness of different audience, different rules and requirement, and the changing boundaries between public and private communication.

Digital collaboration is the ability to take part in digital teams and working groups to meet specific goals, using share tools and media. Even when you're working with other students who see you every day, digital collaboration can be an efficient way to produce shared materials, to play and run a project, or to work effectively across various boundaries and differences.

Digital participation means take part in a more open-minded way than collaboration, over a longer time, and in a range of different settings. This is how you join, facilitate and build digital networks. Through taking part in shared social and cultural life through digital services, you can build contacts and share ideas. Digital participation should always be safe and respectful.
Digital learning and developmentDigital learning activities are the different ways you learn in digital spaces and with digital media. these might include participating online, using a wide range of digital media, recording and showcasing your learning, and producing digital outcomes for assessment. Effective digital learners are willing to try new approaches, but know what works for them and can be critical of technology when it is used inappropriately.

Digital skills for work are all of your digital capabilities as they support your chosen work. Most workplaces have their own digital systems and practices: what matters is that you're able to learn them. Digital employability also covers seeks and securing work and using your digital access to progress your chosen career, by upgrading your qualifications or by networking and showcasing our achievements.

Digital Experience Insights survey

This survey is used by UK universities to understand more about the digital experience of their community. It helps us to make decisions about how to allocate resources to constantly improve digital at Herts. Tell us how you use technology to support your learning so we can support you better. Complete the relevant survey below.

Student survey - This survey is for foundation, undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.

Teaching staff survey - This survey is for staff with any teaching responsibility.

Professional staff survey - This survey is for professional and technical staff.

Researchers survey - This survey is for postgraduate research students and staff who spend the majority of their time as a researcher.