We’re halfway through our Summer Learning Challenge! ☀

We’re halfway through our Summer Learning Challenge, but don’t worry it’s not too late to join us!

For our Summer Learning Challenge, we’ve put together 14 short courses and videos from LinkedIn Learning for you to watch over 5 weeks. This content ranges from 3-8 minutes and will help you to develop a range of skills – from writing effective prompts for AI, landscape photography on your phone, to developing better sleep habits.

How do I join the challenge?

  1. If you haven’t done so yet, activate your LinkedIn Learning account (please login with your AU email and password).
  2. Take a look at the list of short courses and videos from the PDF below
  3. Choose one short course or video to watch each week (there are 5 weeks in total) and click on the links in the PDF below to start

How can I get support?

If you have any questions about the challenge, or about LinkedIn Learning in general, please email the Digital Skills Team (digi@aber.ac.uk), and we hope you enjoy your summer of learning!

Join our Summer Learning Challenge! ☀

Blogpost by Sioned Llywelyn (Digital Skills Lead)

Our Summer Learning Challenge begins this week! We have put together 14 short courses and videos from LinkedIn Learning for you to watch and learn from over the next 5 weeks. This content ranges from 3-8 minutes and will help you to develop a range of skills – from writing effective prompts for AI, landscape photography on your phone, to developing better sleep habits.

How do I join the challenge?

  1. If you haven’t done so yet, activate your LinkedIn Learning account (please login with your AU email and password).
  2. Take a look at the list of short courses and videos from the PDF below
  3. Choose one short course or video to watch each week (there are 5 weeks in total) and click on the links in the PDF below to start

How can I get support?

If you have any questions about the challenge, or about LinkedIn Learning in general, please email the Digital Skills Team (digi@aber.ac.uk), and we hope you enjoy your summer of learning!

Remember to download your Digital Discovery Tool reports 📲

There is still just over a month until our subscription to the Jisc Digital Discovery Tool ends on 31 July 2024.

If you would like to keep any copies of your individual reports, please ensure you download them before this date, as you won’t be able to access your reports after 31 July 2024. This FAQ provides step-by-step guidance on how to do this.

If you haven’t used the Digital Discovery Tool before, there’s still time for you to log in and make use of this resource to self-assess and develop your confidence with technology! Please visit our webpage for further guidance.

Master your tech skills with LinkedIn Learning’s new Complete Guide Courses 👨‍💻

Blogpost by Sioned Llywelyn (Digital Skills Lead)

Complete Guide Courses are now available in LinkedIn Learning to all at Aberystwyth University. These courses are fantastic for those that want to delve into developing specific tech skills with expert instructors. Whether you’re a beginner aiming to learn a new programme from scratch, or someone with more experience looking to progress further, these courses could be for you.

Here’s an example of some of the available Complete Guide courses with new ones being released each month:

Screenshot from the Complete Guide to Power BI course

What are the advantages of Complete Guide Courses?

  1. They are 5 or more hours in length, ensuring that you’ll gain a depth of knowledge in that chosen topic
  2. They are organised into manageable short videos and chapters meaning that you can look at only a specific piece of the course if needed
  3. Many of these courses include hands-on practice features, providing you with the opportunity to practice what you’ve learnt

If you have any questions about LinkedIn Learning, please contact the Digital Skills Team (digi@aber.ac.uk).

Rewind: A Reminder of the Digital Skills Festival Resources ⏪

Blogpost by Shân Saunders (Digital Capabilities and Skills Development Coordinator)

In November 2023, we held Aberystwyth University’s first ever Digital Skills Festival. We held 28 different events over 5 days that spanned a variety of digital skills areas including sessions conducted on AI, cybersecurity, LinkedIn Learning, digital wellbeing, Excel and much more!  

You’re able to review all the workshops and presentations that took place on our Digital Skills Festival website under the 2023 recordings and resources tab where you can watch the sessions back and for practical sessions you can work along on the provided worksheets.  

If you have any issues accessing the recordings, please contact the Digital Skills Team at digi@aber.ac.uk and keep an eye out for upcoming information on Digital Skills Festival 2024 due to return later this year! 

Thank you to our ’23-24 Student Digital Champions

Banner with Student Digital Champion

As we bid farewell to our ’23-24 Student Digital Champions, Laurie, Joel, and Noel, we want to thank them for their wonderful contributions over the past year. They have worked tirelessly to encourage students across the university to develop their digital skills and have provided us with valuable insights into what support students need.

Laurie Stevenson
Noel Czempik
Joel Williams

If you haven’t taken a look at their work yet, we’ve a listed a few key highlights below:

  • Digital Skills Profile Series
    • Graduate Digital Skills Profile Series – 8 profiles of recent AU graduates about their use of digital skills in their lives since graduating, and the skills they wish they had developed further before they left Aberystwyth.
    • Employer Digital Skills Profile Series – The champions have also been working on a series of profiles with 8 employers. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog as these will be released next academic year!

Explore your Digital Wellbeing on Global Wellness Day 🧘🏻‍♀️

Blogpost by Shân Saunders (Digital Capabilities and Skills Development Coordinator)

8th June 2024 is Global Wellness Day, a day to reflect on your wellbeing and mental health. This year our Student Digital Champions introduced a Digital Wellbeing Series that covered a wide range of digital life to help improve others digital wellbeing with tips and tricks.  

They explored digital ergonomics including creating a LinkedIn Learning collection about the best set up for your desk and advice on how to reduce eyestrain through the 20-20-20 rule and enabling dark mode. One of our student digital champions embarked on a digital detox which included deleting all social media apps, disabling notifications, replacing Face ID with a deliberate password and being more mindful of their purpose of being on their phone. They recounted their pros, cons, and advice for anyone else looking to indulge in a digital detox.  

As well, our digital champion found that the app ScreenZen was a blessing during their digital detox to help enforce better boundaries while interacting with apps and becoming more mindful of your digital consumption. The Digital Wellbeing series also looked at the importance of digital decluttering and organizing your digital spaces, including creating better folders, customising your home screens, and clearing out your downloads folder.  

Other digital wellbeing resources include a blogpost for any iPhone user about the inbuilt features in settings to help with your screen time limit and a feature to help distance your phone to reduce eyestrain.

If you would like to look at further resources, feel free to explore the digital wellbeing section on the Digital Skills Library or in the LinkedIn Learning collection. You can also view the digital wellbeing session that we held in the Digital Skills Festival 2023.  

Nature at your fingertips: My favourite apps for exploring the outdoors 🍃🌻

Blogpost by Noel Czempik (Student Digital Champion)

With days getting longer and temperatures on the rise, many crave spending more time outdoors. To enhance your outdoor adventures, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite free apps that will hopefully spark your curiosity and deepen your appreciation for nature.

AllTrails

AllTrails is a pocket guide to walking trails, biking routes and nature spots suitable for various activity levels and abilities. The app allows you to plan your next adventure, whether small or big and helps you discover new places or return to your favourite spots!

These are some of my favorite features in the app:

  • Search for trails by location and filter by type of activity, difficulty, accessibility and length.
  • Access detailed trail information, including thorough descriptions of the pathways, current weather and ground conditions, and available facilities.
  • Check out reviews and photos to help you decide if it’s the right trail for you.
  • Save your favourite trails and share them with others in the app.

📲 Download from Google Play 📲 Download from the Apple Store

Seek by iNaturalist

Have you ever seen a plant whilst out walking and wondered what it was? Seek allows you to effortlessly identify species of plants, animals, and fungi on the go. The app does not require registration; simply download it and point it at living things around you!

My favourite features in the app are:

  • You can point the in-app camera at what you’d like to identify or take a picture and upload it to the app later.
  • Learn more about the species’ taxonomy, seasonality, and geographical origin.
  • Being able to engage with a community and share the species that you’ve found with the app. PlantNet is another app that’s useful if you want to be part of a citizen science project on plant biodiversity.

📲 Download from Google Play 📲 Download from the Apple Store

SkyView Lite

The final app I’d like to share with you is SkyView Lite. This app contains an interactive sky map that allows users to recognise stars, planets and other celestial objects. The app is intuitive, accurate and easy to personalise. In Wales, weather can often be unpredictable, and clear skies often come as a surprise. With SkyView at hand, you can take full advantage of spontaneous stargazing!

My favourite things about the app are:

  • It does not require an internet connection or GPS, so it can be used in remote areas.
  • Tap on any celestial object to get a detailed description. Tap again for more information and educational facts.
  • The app works indoors, too, so you can learn anytime, regardless of the weather.

📲 Download from Google Play 📲 Download from the Apple Store

Sunshine, Summer, and LinkedIn Learning ☀

Blogpost by Shân Saunders (Digital Capabilities and Skills Development Coordinator)

As the summer break approaches, did you know that if you are a current AU staff or student you can continue to learn and develop new skills with LinkedIn Learning. There may be a particular skill that you are looking to develop, or you might be interested in searching for specific skills you may need for future employment. And now, with the LinkedIn Learning app, you can learn wherever you are and while on the go. The app includes the ability to download courses to continue learning while offline or to engage with courses as audio only. For more information on the new features and how to learn on the go, read our previous blogpost: Get mobile with the LinkedIn Learning app! 📲 | (aber.ac.uk)

Note for graduating students: you will have access to your LinkedIn Learning account while you are still a student, but you will lose access once you graduate, so make sure to download your certificates while you can. Learn how to do this by reading our previous blogpost about adding certificates to your personal LinkedIn account.

You can learn more about the features on LinkedIn Learning including adding certificates to your LinkedIn profile and more through the Digital Skills Festival session:  Getting Started with LinkedIn Learning – Digital Skills Festival 2023 (6 – 10 November) (aber.ac.uk)

If you have any questions about using LinkedIn Learning please contact the Digital Skills Team at digi@aber.ac.uk or view the LinkedIn Learning FAQ: How do I use LinkedIn Learning? (aber.ac.uk)

DigiTip 33: Enable live captions in your MS Teams meetings 💬

Here is your final DigiTip for this academic year but you can catch up on all of our previous DigiTIps from this page. We hope that you’ve found our tips useful, and we’ll be back in September ’24 where we’ll continue support your confidence with technology, one DigiTip at a time!

Do you sometimes struggle in larger meetings to know who is currently speaking? …..“was that Ffion or Bethan?!” Maybe you’re working in a loud environment and are struggling to hear others in the meeting speak? Perhaps you’ve joined a meeting where the language spoken isn’t your first language? Or perhaps you appreciate the accessibility of having subtitles?

If any of the above are true for you, then you will likely find the functionality to enable live captions in MS Teams useful. Watch the video below to learn how to enable live captions:

It’s worth noting a couple of things if you’re using this feature:

  • Live captions are only visible to those that have enabled the feature within the meeting, meaning that if you switch them on, they won’t automatically appear for everyone!
  • Live caption data is permanently deleted after a meeting, so no one will have access to this information.

Visit this webpage for further support and guidance in using MS Teams.