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What are digital capabilities and why are they important?

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Jisc Digital Capabilities Framework

The Jisc Digital Capabilities Framework describes digital capability around six elements, illustrated and listed below.

  • 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)

Six elements defined

Role profiles

There are nine associated profiles that describe digital capabilities for specific roles, including; students, HE teachers, researcher, library professionals and professional services.

Role profiles

Jisc Discovery Tool

The Jisc Discovery Tool is an online self-assessment tool to reflect on digital capabilities based on the six elements of the Jisc Digital Capabilities Framework and using the relevant role profile. It provides a tailored report, identifying strengths and opportunities to develop your skills with supporting resources.

It is anonymous and takes approximately 20 minutes to create your report. Select Ulster and login with your Ulster email and network password to initially set up your profile. You don’t need to be proficient in all areas, it’s a personal reflection, so consider what skills are most important to you. You can re-take in the future to check progress. It can be useful to discuss digital skills with your peers, to share ideas, experiences and opportunities.

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