Popular LinkedIn Learning courses at Aberystwyth University

Productivity seems to be the order of the day, with LinkedIn Learning courses related to Microsoft 365 being the most viewed by staff and students recently. We’re all familiar with Microsoft 365 but how many of us take full advantage of the tools and functionality it offers?   

The use of MS Teams really came into its own during the pandemic across education sectors and the world of work with 91% of Fortune 100 companies using it in 2019. Beyond meeting virtually, MS Teams aids collaboration via chats, file sharing, task management, project planning, to-do lists and more. I recently attended an MS Teams meeting which made excellent use of virtual whiteboards, a tool I wasn’t aware of until then. Deciding which productively tool to use and when can be tricky, so learning more about each will help you in that decision. 

If you want to learn more about Microsoft 365 tools here are the top five LinkedIn Learning courses viewed at Aberystwyth in the past 30 days. To activate your LinkedIn Learning account, which is free to all AU staff and students, check out our ‘getting started with LinkedIn Learning’ pages.

  1. Microsoft Teams Essential Training (2h 21m)
  2. Learning Office 365 (57m)
  3. Microsoft Planner Essential Training (1h 27m) 
  4. Outlook Essential Training (2h 13m)
  5. Modern Project Management in Microsoft 365 (1h 39m)

International Women’s Day 2022 #BreakTheBias

Today we are celebrating International Women’s Day! IWD provides an important moment to celebrate the cultural, political and socio-economic achievements of women, and is a call to action for equality and gender parity, raising awareness against all bias.

The theme this year is #BreakTheBias, focusing on tackling systematic barriers which hold back women’s careers and highlighting the importance of flexibility at work.

Here is a selection of videos and courses taken from LinkedIn Learning, covering bias and its harms, becoming an ally, and the importance of listening to women’s voices to create an equitable workplace.

  1. Fighting Gender Bias At Work (14 minutes)
  2. Unlocking Authentic Communication In A Culturally Diverse Workplace (49 minutes)
  3. Leadership Strategies For Women (course) (1 hour 6 minutes)
  4. Becoming a male ally at work (41 minutes)
  5. Women Transforming Tech: Breaking Bias (22 minutes)
  6. Men as allies (2 minutes 27 seconds)
  7. Unconscious Bias (23 minutes)

We have also created a campaign on LinkedIn Learning for International Women’s Day and you can access this from the main LinkedIn Learning dashboard.

University Mental Health Day: Digital Wellbeing Resources

It’s #UniMentalHealthDay today! A day to bring together the University community to make mental health a University-wide priority.

An important element of the Jisc Digital Capabilities Framework is Digital Wellbeing, a term used to describe the impact that technologies and digital services can have on people’s mental, physical, social and emotional health.

Here are some short videos and courses that we’ve pulled together from LinkedIn Learning that could be of benefit to both staff and students on digital wellbeing, mental health and wellbeing in general.

  1. Supporting your mental health while working from home (17 minutes)
  2. Wellbeing in the workplace (23 minutes)
  3. What is mindfulness? (7 minutes 8 seconds)
  4. Sleep is your Superpower (34 minutes)
  5. Balancing Work and Life (28 minutes)
  6. De-stress meditation and movement for stress management (36 minutes)
  7. How to set goals when everything feels like a priority (15 minutes)
  8. How to manage feeling overwhelmed (43 minutes)
  9. How to support your employees’ wellbeing (34 minutes)
  10. Mindful Stress Management (36 minutes)

If you need support remember there are a range of services able to help.

Upcoming LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning Webinars (February and March 2022)

Would you like to learn how to improve your digital identity by making the most of your LinkedIn profile? Or perhaps you’d like to learn how, as a student or staff member, you can make the most of LinkedIn Learning? Take a look at the following webinars which will be delivered directly by LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning experts. Click on the title of each session to learn more and to register your place.

  1. Rock your profile (available live each week) – Suitable for staff and students: Take a step to make the most of your LinkedIn profile. Join this session to learn what it takes to build a great profile that speaks directly to your ideal audience and get your questions answered by a LinkedIn expert.
  2. Student Success with LinkedIn Learning (16 February ‘22; 13:00) – Suitable for students: During this session we will explore how students can leverage the LinkedIn network and other powerful tools to prepare for the workforce, as well as focus on the most on demand skills for 2022.
  3. Academic Success with LinkedIn Learning (16 March ’22; 13:00) – Suitable for staff: This webinar will focus on how academics can make the most out of LinkedIn Learning and successfully embed it in their curriculum. Tips, best practices, and insights into the skills which are of most demand will be shared during this session.

All Aberystwyth University students and staff have free access to LinkedIn Learning. Visit this blog post to learn more about LinkedIn Learning. Login instructions can be found here and follow this video to learn how to get started with LinkedIn Learning. 

LinkedIn Learning resources to help you prepare for your exams

The examination period can be a stressful time for most students. Here are some short videos and courses that we’ve pulled together from LinkedIn Learning to help you develop skills to prepare and revise more efficiently for your exams. A number of these skills will also be beneficial for your studies in general, in addition to helping you to improve your digital wellbeing. 

  1. Overcoming procrastination (19 minutes)
  2. Improving your Memory (1 hour 29 minutes)
  3. Learning speed reading (58 minutes)
  4. Time Management Tips for students (2 minutes 59 seconds)
  5. Note-taking techniques (4 minutes 9 seconds)
  6. Improving your memory (1 hour 29 minutes)
  7. Creating a study plan (1 minutes 59 seconds)
  8. Taking strategic breaks while studying (2 minutes 14 seconds)

All Aberystwyth University students and staff have free access to LinkedIn Learning. Visit this blog post to learn more about LinkedIn Learning. Login instructions can be found here and follow this video to learn how to get started with LinkedIn Learning. 

Here are some general FAQ’s to help you during exam time

Develop your skills over the 12 days of Christmas!

All staff and students at Aberystwyth University have free access to LinkedIn Learning, a third-party E-learning resource. Activate your account before 10 January 2022 and you will automatically be entered into a raffle where you will have the opportunity of winning one of two £25 gift vouchers. 

Take a look at the variety of courses and resources available in LinkedIn Learning. There’s something for everyone – you can learn how to master Excel or the piano, get tips on the most common interview questions and even train your brain for happiness!

We’ve listed 12 courses for you to explore over the 12 days of Christmas:

  1. The pursuit of happiness: how to train your brain for happiness. (Length: 54 minutes) 
  2. Learning Excel 2019 (Length: 1 hour 7 minutes) 
  3. GarageBand Essential Training: capture your musical vision (Length: 4 hours 4 minutes) 
  4. Expert tips for answering common interview questions (Length: 1 hour 14 minutes) 
  5. Drawing Foundations Fundamental  (Length: 2 hours 24 minutes)
  6. Being an effective team member (Length: 31 minutes) 
  7. Introduction to photography (Length: 1 hour 52 minutes) 
  8. Managing your personal finances (Length: 1 hour 4 minutes) 
  9. Designing a presentation (Length: 56 minutes) 
  10. Piano Lessons: Teach yourself to play (Length: 1 hour 54 minutes)
  11. Project management foundations: small projects (Length: 1 hours 29 minutes)
  12. Building self confidence (Length: 18 minutes)

We would also like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Free access to LinkedIn Learning

We are very pleased to announce that LinkedIn Learning, a third-party E-learning resource, is now available for free to all staff and students at Aberystwyth University.

What is LinkedIn Learning?

The online learning platform has an extensive digital library of expert-led courses and short videos, ranging from business courses to creative and technology-related content. This provides you with an opportunity to develop your professional skills, learn new software, and explore other areas as you plan for personal development, academic and career growth.

Getting started

Accessible 24/7 from your desktop or mobile device, visit LinkedIn Learning by logging in using your Aberystwyth University username and password. Login instructions can be found here.

Follow this video to learn how to get started with LinkedIn Learning.

Opportunity to win a £25 voucher

Activate your account before 10 January 2022 and you will automatically be entered into a raffle where you will have the opportunity of winning one of two £25 gift vouchers. 

Further information

If you experience any issues logging in to LinkedIn Learning, please contact Information Services (is@aber.ac.uk).

For any other general queries about LinkedIn Learning, please contact the Digital Capabilities Officer (digi@aber.ac.uk). You can also visit the LinkedIn Learning FAQ pages.

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.

Jisc Digital Capabilities Framework

Jisc has developed the Digital Capabilities Framework which describes these different capabilities in more detail, and we closely follow this framework as part of the Digital Capabilities Project. The framework is grouped into 6 main capabilities which are then separated into a further 15 elements.

  1. Information, media and data literacies
  2. Digital creation, innovation and scholarship
  3. Digital communication, collaboration and participation
  4. Digital learning and development
  5. Digital identity and wellbeing
  6. ICT proficiency
Jisc Digital Capabilities Framework

Please keep an eye on this blog as we will be posting more information about each of these six capabilities soon.

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

How can I assess and develop my digital capabilities? 

All staff and students now have free access to LinkedIn Learning, an online learning platform that has an extensive digital library of expert-led courses and short videos. You’ll find there a huge variety of content that can help you to improve your digital capabilities.

As we develop the Digital Capabilities Project, we will be providing staff and students with access to further resources and guidance which will help you to assess and develop your digital capabilities. For example, we are currently piloting the Jisc Digital Discovery Tool, a bilingual resource that allows users to self-assess their digital capabilities, with several departments across the University. Keep a close eye on this blog as we will be posting results and findings and general information about the pilot project soon.

How can I get more information about digital capabilities? 

You can find more information on our Digital Capabilities web pages. If you have any questions about LinkedIn Learning, the Jisc Digital Discovery Tool, or any general queries about digital capabilities, please contact the Digital Capabilities Officer (Dr Sioned Llywelyn) at digi@aber.ac.uk.

Welcome to the new Digital Capabilities Blog!

Dr Sioned Llywelyn – Digital Capabilities Officer

The aim of this blog is to keep you up to date with the latest news, opportunities and developments from Aberystwyth University’s Digital Capabilities project which was established in August 2021. The Digital Capabilities project lies within Information Services and we offer an array of services to students and staff to help you assess, plan and develop your digital capabilities.

As part of the Digital Capabilities project, Dr Sioned Llywelyn was appointed as the new Digital Capabilities Officer and she will be working alongside staff and students to help them develop their digital capabilities. To get in touch with Sioned, please email digi@aber.ac.uk.

Keep an eye out for our next blog post where we will be introducing Jisc’s Digital Capabilities Framework, which we closely follow as part of this project. Please remember you can also subscribe to our blog!