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Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world
Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world

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4 Digital skills and university study

A screenshot of the Open University digital skills website.
Figure 9 Being digital

Digital skills are fundamental when it comes to studying at university, and universities strive to help their students to develop these skills. Being digitally competent and confident will save you time and help you to study in a more effective way.

Many academic institutions, like The Open University, offer a range of resources to help students to develop their digital literacy skills – like this course. You’ve also been introduced to some of the activities from the Being digital website, which are examples of the types of resources the Open University library makes available to its students. Today’s online university libraries provide access to a wide range of resources – electronic journals and publications that you can download, advice on developing study skills, support material and online video and audio, to name just a few. If you are studying, it’s worth getting to know what your online library offers.

The digital skills you learn while you’re studying are the kind of skills that employers are expecting you to have when you apply for jobs. These skills will also make a difference to your everyday life, whether you’re looking for a holiday or connecting with people around the world.

Finally, the confidence you gain through developing your digital skills will also prepare you for future challenges in an ever-changing technological world.