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The Digital Student: Your digital capabilities

Your digital capabilities

We want you to become more aware of the digital capabilities you already have and to explore new skills you can develop to help you study and work more effectively. The University has therefore introduced a new Digital Capabilities diagnostic tool (from JISC) to help you identify your current capabilities based on six elements. Once you have completed the diagnostic tool, the University Library can then help you develop your skills further.

How can you find out what digital capabilities you have? Get started by identifying and developing your digital capabilities by creating your personalised report. University of Hull staff and students can access this by logging on to the Jisc Discovery Tool.

The discovery tool helps you to explore your digital know-how. Use it to ensure you can make digital technologies work for you, in your studies and beyond. Answer the questions and you’ll get a personal report with the next steps to take and links to resources you can use on your journey.

What are digital capabilities

We all need digital capabilities. JISC describes digital capabilities as the skills and attitudes that individuals and organisations need if they are to thrive in today’s world. To study effectively you need to have the skills to research information, write assignments and communicate effectively. These are also skills you will need when you graduate as employers will expect you to have these skills.

The six elements of digital capabilities

There are six elements to recognising and building your digital capabilities. Completing your personalised diagnostic tool will help you recognise what level of confidence and skills you have for each of the six elements and help identify any areas you would like develop further. The six elements are:

ICT Proficiency (functional skills). Information, data and media literacies (critical use). Digital creation, problem solving and innovation (creative production). Digital communication, collaboration and partnership (participation). Digital learning and development (development). Digital identity and wellbeing (self-actualising).

You may find that there are some elements you don’t use and that’s fine, but also you will almost certainly find some elements which you could do with developing a bit further for your studies and preparing for work.

The six elements are described here:


Developing your skills

Once you have completed your report, you can then start thinking about which skills you would like to develop further. An ideal starting point are the other pages on thisDigital Student’ website.


Confidentiality note

When you complete the diagnostic tool all your data is secure and personal to you – no one else can see your personal responses. To help the University understand how we can provide the best support, we do collate anonymous responses for all users and we are fully GDPR compliant. So we collect the anonymised data to help us develop new resources to support your digital capabilities. More information on security is available on the Jisc website.