Digital Capabilities Training: January 2023

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Are you interested in learning what resources are available to help you assess and develop your digital capabilities? Or, perhaps you’re interested in learning more about how you can support your students to develop their own digital capabilities?

We will be delivering several training sessions for staff throughout January. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, please feel free to email digi@aber.ac.uk to arrange a conversation with a member of our team.

Welsh-medium sessions:

English-medium sessions:

Finally, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to continuing to support you in the new year!

An opportunity to discuss digital capabilities at the LTEU’s Academy Forum

We are very pleased to have been welcomed by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit (LTEU) to lead two sessions on Digital Capabilities as part of their Academy Forum programme this academic year. The Academy Forum provides a platform for staff and students to share good practice in learning and teaching. For announcements and more information about upcoming sessions, you can follow LTEU’s Academy Forum Blog.

Part 1 will run on Wednesday 7 December (2-3:30pm), and during this session, staff will be invited to share the different practices they currently have to support their own students to feel confident and capable in using various digital technologies, in addition to the challenges this may entail and approaches to overcoming these.

Please visit the Staff Training Webpage for further details and to register your place. Please keep an eye out for details of Part 2, which will be published soon! For all enquiries, please contact the Digital Capabilities Team (digi@aber.ac.uk).

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: Using LinkedIn Learning to Support your Teaching

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform with an extensive digital library of expert-led courses and short videos. We will be delivering training sessions in October 2022 and January 2023 for academic staff who are interested in using LinkedIn Learning to support their teaching.

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

  • 11 October 2022 (11:00-12:00): Defnyddio LinkedIn Learning i Gefnogi eich Addysgu
  • 13 October 2022 (14:00-15:00): Using LinkedIn Learning to Support your Teaching
  • 17 January 2023 (12:00-13:00): Using LinkedIn Learning to Support your Teaching
  • 18 January 2023 (14:00-15:00): Defnyddio LinkedIn Learning i Gefnogi eich Addysgu

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).

Develop your Digital Communication Skills

Want to learn how to improve your digital communication skills and especially how to use Instagram to promote your Business or Social Enterprise?

AberPreneurs, part of the University’s Careers Service, are running an exiting online event, Use Instagram for your Business/Social Enterprise – with Kacie Morgan, on 5 September (18:00-19:00). This session will be delivered online on MS Teams.

To book or your place or for any queries, please contact aberpreneurs@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).

LinkedIn Learning Curator Training in June

Are you interested in learning more about becoming a curator in LinkedIn Learning? With curator access, you can upload and arrange content into an intuitive and engaging format, in addition to receiving insights into how your audience is engaging with your content.  

Simon Lee, Senior Customer Success Manager for Higher Education at LinkedIn, will deliver two training sessions for Aberystwyth University staff in June to demonstrate how to make the best use of the curator functionality in LinkedIn Learning. This training has been split into two parts, and staff are welcome to attend either session but are encouraged to attend both.

  • Tuesday 14 June (14:30-15:30) – LinkedIn Learning: Content and Curation (Part 1)* 
  • Tuesday 21 June (10:00-11:00) – LinkedIn Learning: Content and Curation – Learning in discussion (Part 2)*

*Please note that both sessions will be delivered in English. 

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).