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Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world
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3 Michael’s progression through the course

Figure 3 Michael

Before starting the course, Michael was aware of what the internet had to offer and reasonably comfortable with email. However, he felt that his online experience was very minimal. At that time he had not found it necessary to use social media.

The course has highlighted the benefits of social media, and Michael has now learned how it can help him to connect with others and stay in touch with people. He has now joined a special interest group of engineering trainers. This has made it easier to receive industry news and share good practice.

When presented with the variety of tools and apps available online, Michael was amazed to find out that there were a number that could help him save time in certain situations. For example, using his phone to view his Facebook page saves powering up his computer all the time. He’s also thrilled with bookmarking sites that allow him to track and manage the information he finds online. This makes it much quicker to find things again when he needs them.

Michael is very keen to find courses and free learning that would help him to learn the skills he needs to become a trainer within the field of railway engineering. The internet has proved to be a treasure trove in this respect. The course has taught him how to search the internet more effectively and he now feels confident at being able to filter his searches to find more specific courses and resources. The course has also helped to build the skills he needs to study online.