In September 2020, as part of a year-long pilot project, the University launched a new digital skills self-assessment tool to support the development of students' digital skills and capabilities.

We have now created a dedicated area on the MySkills website which provides further links on:

  • Assessing your digital skills: Students can use the self-assessment tool to find out which digital skills they already have and which ones they need to develop. After completing the tool, they will receive a personalised report detailing their current confidence levels in six core areas of digital capability, as defined by the JISC digital capability framework. They can use this report to create their own digital skills development plan, using the links to free resources and courses provided.

  • Developing your digital skills: In addition to the resources recommended in the personalised report, we have compiled University of Bath training resources around digital skills, linked to the six defined areas of digital capabilities, which students can link to their digital skills development plan:

    • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (functional skills)
    • Information, data and media literacies (critical use)
    • Digital creation, problem-solving and innovation (creative production)
    • Digital communication, collaboration and participation (participation)
    • Digital learning and development (development)
    • Digital identity and wellbeing (self-actualising)
  • Your digital campus: Further guidance on the range of University tools now being used for learning and teaching online and links to other sources of support for students.

We hope you will continue to encourage your students to complete the digital skills self-assessment tool, if they have not already done so, and make use of the resources, now conveniently located in one place, to find out which capabilities they need to develop.

Digital skills are critical to success in the current and future workplace. According to Microsoft, within the next two decades over 90% of jobs will require some level of digital proficiency; yet, as Lloyds Bank (UK) estimated in 2019, 22% of people in the UK lack the essential digital skills needed for day-to-day life.

Further, in 2018 PwC concluded that ‘more educated and skilled workers will, on average, be better able to adjust to new technologies and benefit from the higher real wages these will bring by boosting productivity.’

We are keen to find out how academic colleagues are integrating digital skills development into the curriculum. Please contact us to share your examples of practice.