Develop your digital capabilities

Welcome to this guide where you will find resources to support your digital development.

Working through this resource will help you to:

  • Understand what is meant by digital capabilities
  • Explore your digital capabilities using the Jisc Discovery tool
  • Get help using the Discovery tool
  • Create a plan to enhance your digital capabilities
  • Access further resources to support your development.

What are digital capabilities?

Digital capabilities are defined by Jisc as those required by individuals to “live, learn and work in a digital society.”

The Jisc Discovery tool can help us understand and explore our digital capabilities.

This online tool will take you through a series of questions about your experience and confidence of using different digital tools and approaches. There are no right or wrong answers, the purpose of the tool is to support your development.

Step One

Access the Jisc Discovery tool

Here is what you need to know before you use the tool for the first time:

  • Select ‘The University of Manchester’ from the list of Institutions and log in with your University username and password.
  • The first time you log in, you will be directed to set up your profile.
  • There are 2 questionnaires you can answer once you have logged in to the dashboard, one is for new students and the other is for students returning to the University.
  • It takes about 15 minutes to complete a questionnaire and this will give you a personalised, confidential report about your digital capabilities. In the report you will see your confidence level for each area, as well as suggested next steps and links to some resources you may wish to explore to further your development.
  • When you have completed a questionnaire, you will also have the opportunity to access a digital badge that you can add to your CV or portfolio.
  • You can go to the FAQ for further help.
Jisc Discovery tool

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Step Two

Read your report

Identify and reflect on the areas you would like to develop further. These might be directly related to your studies or future plans, or they may focus on a different area you would like to explore. Have a look at the ‘Next steps’ and ‘Online resources’ suggested within your report. Further resources are also signposted below, in Step Three, to support your continuing development.

Create a plan

An essential part of reflection is creating an action plan. Using or adapting a template like this can be useful. You may also find it helpful to discuss your report and creating an action plan with your Academic Advisor.

Revisit your plan

How effective has your plan been? Do you need to update it? Have you completed it? Is it time for a new plan? We recommend that returning students complete the ‘Current students’ questionnaire annually and reflect on their progress.

Record your progress

At every stage of your student journey, it is helpful to keep a record of activities you have done and how they have supported your development. This might involve updating a portfolio or CV. This blog from the University’s Careers Service gives helpful examples of how you can evidence your digital capabilities when updating your CV.

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Step Three

Explore further resources to support your digital development

You will be supported during your studies to gain the capabilities that are relevant to you and these will take time to develop. We are all continually developing our digital capabilities, this is part of life-long learning. You can revisit this MLE resource and the Discovery tool as often as is helpful throughout your time at The University of Manchester and we will continue to add to the resources available here to support your digital journey.

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