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

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Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world

Week 2: Getting up and running

Introduction

The importance of digital skills is now recognised at a national level by the House of Lords who held a Select Committee on digital skills in 2015. They stated:

We must aspire for the vast majority of the population to achieve the level of digital literacy needed to fully participate in society.

(House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills, 2015)

How can you build the skills needed to succeed in a digital world?

During Week 1 you had an opportunity to think about how you use the internet and social media. You made a note of a few of the online tools and apps you use.

This week you will be finding out about the skills you need to be effective in a digital world. Over the course of the week, you will find out how to improve what you do online and the way you do it, from finding information to communicating and collaborating with other people.

You will be given an opportunity to assess how confident you are in a range of skills. You will also be introduced to resources designed to help you develop your skills, which you can add to your Digital plan.

In this video Katharine and Wendy, from Open University Library Services, talk about ways in which people interact with their digital environments.

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WENDY
Hello, and welcome to Week 2: Getting up and running. This week, you’ll be taking stock of where your skills are at the moment. And you’ll be thinking about what you’d like to be able to do.
KATHARINE
You’ll have the opportunity to think about how you use the internet and social media and where digital skills are useful to you, whether that’s at home, at work, or when you’re studying.
WENDY
So how digital are you then, Katharine?
KATHARINE
Well, I guess I could survive without technology, but it would be hard. I do a lot of texting and I’m an active social media user. And I find it really handy to be able to look things up online wherever I am. How about you, Wendy?
WENDY
Well, I record family events - or those that I’m told about - in my online planner. So when I start my phone up at the beginning of every day, I know what’s coming up.
KATHARINE
That sounds really useful. I should do that.
WENDY
Make a note of it in your Digital plan then.
KATHARINE
Good idea. To help you get an idea of what the most important digital skills are we’ve put together a digital skills framework. And you’ll be using that to review how confident you feel.
WENDY
And Manuela, Michael, and John, your three digital pals, will be sharing their experiences to date with you and reviewing their own progress.
KATHARINE
So over to you. Time to get up and running.
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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • describe what digital literacy means
  • understand how digital literacy can support distance and online study, for example, at The Open University
  • identify which skills you need to develop to be an effective online learner.
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