Catch up on our Panel Discussion – ‘Supporting the development of students’ digital capabilities’

Aberystwyth University’s 10th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, which ran from 12-14 September 2022, brought together a community of teaching and learning practice from across the University, to celebrate, share, and showcase the exciting and innovative approaches that are taking place.

We held a panel discussion (Supporting the development of students’ digital capabilities) on the final day of the conference, with Saffron Passam (Department of Psychology), Megan Williams (Aberystwyth Business School) and Panna Karlinger (School of Education), the wonderful academic staff who were involved in our student pilot of the Digital Discovery Tool last year.

Panel Members: Megan Williams (top-left), Saffron Passam (top-right), Panna Karlinger (bottom-middle). Panel Facilitator: Sioned Llywelyn (bottom-left)

If you missed our panel discussion, you can watch a recording of it here. We gave on overview of the pilot and Saffron, Megan and Panna shared their valuable insights into what did and didn’t work well for them during the pilot, their top tips for helping students to use the Digital Discovery tool, and we also discussed the wider challenges and successes of embedding skills such as digital capabilities within the curriculum.

Further Resources & Support:

If you will be supporting students to use the Digital Discovery Tool this year, please see the new bank of Teaching Resources for Staff (staff login required). You can also book a consultation with a member of our team by emailing digi@aber.ac.uk.

Training for Staff: Digital Capabilities

Getting started with your digital capabilities!

We’re offering staff training with the Jisc Digital Discovery Tool to help improve your digital skills and capabilities. We will be providing an overview of digital capabilities, working through the Digital Discovery Tool self-assessment and discussing what resources are available to you as well as the importance of digital capabilities for Aberystwyth University staff.

Sessions will be available in Welsh and English on the following dates:

  • 12 October 2022 (14:00 – 14:45): Getting started with your digital capabilities.
  • 18 October 2022 (10:00 – 10:45): Cychwyn arni gyda’ch galluoedd digidol.
  • 20 October 2022 (15:00 – 15:45): Getting started with your digital capabilities.

Please visit the Staff Training Webpage for further details and to register your place. For all enquiries, please contact the Digital Capabilities Team (digi@aber.ac.uk).

Training for Academic Staff: Introduction to the Digital Discovery Tool

The Jisc Digital Discovery Tool will be available to all Foundation Year and First Year students from the start of academic year 2022/23. We will be delivering training sessions in September and October for academic staff who will be supporting their students to review their individual Digital Discovery Tool reports, and facilitating conversations with students about digital capabilities in general.

Sessions will be available in Welsh and English on the following dates:

  • 15 Sep 2022 (11:00-12:00): Introduction to the Digital Discovery Tool
  • 15 Sep 2022 (15:00-16:00): Cyflwyniad i’r Offeryn Darganfod Digidol
  • 19 Sep 2022 (10:00-11:00): Cyflwyniad i’r Offeryn Darganfod Digidol
  • 21 Sep 2022 (14:00-15:00): Introduction to the Digital Discovery Tool
  • 4 October 2022 (11:00-12:00): Introduction to the Digital Discovery Tool
  • 7 October 2022 (14:00-15:00): Cyflwyniad i’r Offeryn Darganfod Digidol

Please visit the Staff Training Webpage for further details and to register your place. For all enquiries, please contact Sioned Llywelyn, Digital Capabilities Officer (digi@aber.ac.uk).

1 August: Deadline for downloading existing Digital Discovery Tool Reports

The current platform for the Digital Discovery Tool is being updated on 1 August 2022. If you have used the Digital Discovery Tool previously and have obtained a report, this must be downloaded before 1 August 2022 if you wish to retain a copy of it. 

Please follow these instructions: How do I access my Digital Discovery Tool report and download it as a PDF file? 

If you have any queries about downloading your report, please contact digi@aber.ac.uk.  

What are Digital Capabilities?

It’s possible that you’ve heard of digital capabilities already, or you may be more familiar with the associated term, digital skills. With the recent establishment of the Universities’ new Digital Capabilities Project, you’ll likely hear much more about digital capabilities over the coming months.

What are digital capabilities?

According to Jisc, digital capabilities equip individuals to live, learn and work in a digital society. As a result of the pandemic, the time that most of us spend online has increased significantly – through working, learning, teaching, and interacting with others online.

Watch this short video by the University of Derby to learn more about the importance of digital capabilities.

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