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3.1 Digital skills for study

Watch this video to hear from other students about how they’ve found working online and what digital skills they use.

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Activity 2 Assessing your digital skills

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

It’s useful at this point to think about what your digital skills are like currently.

Answer the following questions honestly to get a good idea of where you might need to develop your skills.

Consider each of the following statements in turn - how confident are you with each one? Add a number between 1 and 5, 1 being ‘Not confident at all’, 3 being ‘I can manage’ and 5 being ‘Totally confident, I do this regularly’.

StatementYour answer (1–5)
I know who can see what I put online. I know how public or private the things I share on social media are, and I’m aware of my ‘digital footprint’.
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I can search for and find information online quickly and easily.
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I can judge whether the information I’ve found is trustworthy and relevant.
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I am comfortable using information presented in all sorts of different digital formats e.g. videos, podcasts etc.
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I know how to communicate respectfully online (e.g. when adding comments to social media posts or talking to others online).
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Discussion

Do any of these skills surprise you? Digital skills cover much more than knowing how to use the different applications on your computer.

The next section will point you to some resources to help develop these skills.

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