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

3 A framework for digital skills

A helpful way to understand and develop the digital literacy skills you need to be effective online is to think of them in different categories.

The Open University has created a Digital skills framework, which divides the key skills into five categories:

  • understand and engage
  • find
  • manage and communicate
  • evaluate
  • collaborate and share.
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Figure 2 The Open University digital skills framework

Through this section, you will be looking at each of these areas in turn. You’ll be completing some activities to help you to assess how confident you are with skills related to each area. The feedback will suggest resources you might want to look at in the future to develop your skills and boost your confidence. You’ll be able to add these to your personal Digital plan. Even if you feel that you’re really confident at something, remember that it is always worth referring to guidance for additional hints and tips.

If you’d like to explore a different framework, Jisc provides one for digital capabilities. It divides them into six categories: ICT proficiency; digital creation, problem solving and innovation; digital communication, collaboration and participation; digital learning and development; information, data and media literacies; digital identity and wellbeing (Jisc, 2018).

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Figure 3 Jisc digital capabilities framework

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