The first resource, Office 365: Essential tools to support your studies and employability, aims to introduce Microsoft 365 tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, OneDrive, Teams), or further develop students’ knowledge of these, so they can create well-presented, consistent, accessible assignments and presentations, share data and collaborate in group work effectively.
Sarra Boukhari, Student Engagement Co-Creator, who reviewed the Office 365 resource, said: “As a student, I think that the new resource is really useful, engaging and easy to navigate. For example OneNote is one of the 365 tools that is introduced and I personally find this really helpful for my note-taking and for developing ideas as well.”
The second resource, Staying safe online throughout your studies, aims to raise awareness of the importance of digital safety as a collective responsibility. It highlights common cyber threats, their consequences, and good online security practices that all members of the University community should follow. The resource brings together the University's online security guidance and training in one place.
The new resources, aimed at all students, have been developed by the Skills Centre in collaboration with Digital, Data & Technology and student Skills Co-Creators. They aim to make it easier for students to find support based on different scenarios, signpost training opportunities in the University of Bath Learning Pathways and encourage them to undertake further self-guided learning.
Kelly Macrae, Digital Engagement and Adoption Manager, said: “Digital tools and online files are increasingly used for collaboration and getting things done, and are constantly evolving. Students will use Microsoft 365 tools like Word and PowerPoint at university and also on a daily basis in their future workplace in order to save time and reduce security risks. The new resources guide students through the University of Bath Learning Pathways training to build their confidence and skills with Microsoft 365 tools and good security practices.”
The new guides supplement existing digital skills resources in MySkills which explain what digital capabilities are, how to develop them, and the range of tools and technologies used for teaching and learning at Bath.