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  • Why is this important

    The Digital Skills Capabilities programme is important because it is directly linked to our mission to create a completely digitally capable campus for both staff and students.  This is underpinned by Plymouth Marjon University's aims and objectives related to the REF (research excellence framework) and KEF (knowledge exchange framework).  It is also highly important in terms of equipping students with the necessary digital skills to enable them to be job-ready and promotion-ready.

    How to use this page

    Navigate to the aims and outcomes block and review this first to get an understanding about the resource and what to expect.  Then navigate to the first blog 'ICT Proficiency & Productivity' and follow the on-screen instructions.  Go through the slides in sequence and use the embedded screencasts to help you with completing the tasks.  At the end of most tasks, you will need to complete a form so we can track progress.  Navigate back to the home page to continue the next tasks.

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    At certain points during your development, the above areas will factor into any tasks you undertake and you may see one or all of the following below icons as part of the area you are working on.  Follow any tasks associated, which will help equip you with the knowledge and skills required.

    Appropriate useEthical useSecure useData ProtectionCopyrightInclusion

    This means that you should complete any additional tasks for example if you were undertaking a task about using Social media, you would also need to go through the 'ethical & appropriate use' tasks associated with using social media.


     

    You can use the quick links to navigate to each section, which contains information about the digital technology and links to further support material.  If you wish, you can download the page as a PDF version by clicking on the 'Print Friendly' button then selecting the PDF option.

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    • Aims & Outcomes

      Aims

      Our aims for the programme are to provide through this resource easy access to all the support materials needed for staff and students to help them to become digitally capable. We will also complement this by providing training and workshops with staff across different types of technology.

      Staff are highly encouraged to attend necessary training and use the resources in the Digital Skills Capability Framework to gain the digital skills required for their role.

      Students will need to gain the necessary digital capability to help provide them with the key skills required for when they leave the university and enter into employment. Personal Development Tutors will be required to track the progress of their students through the Abintegro Digital Skills Capabilities pages.

      Purpose

      The digital skills capabilities framework is designed to help not only provide the training opportunities and support required to improve skills, but also ensure that both staff and students are equipped to understand other considerations when using digital systems, such as:

      * Ethical use
      * Appropriate use
      * & Secure use

      Staff and students should also have an awareness of:

      * Data protection/GDPR
      * Copyright
      * Accessibility & Inclusion


       

      Objectives

      The Digital Skills Capabilities framework will help you to develop many different areas of your working life/practice as outlined below.

      How to

      Outcomes

      This programme will provide students with the skills they need to be employment & promotion ready and staff will additionally have a broad understanding of the primary systems and how they work at the university. Staff will also be encouraged through the use of case studies and best practice to use digital tools in the classroom to help enhance the student experience.  

      • ICT Proficiency & Productivity

        Digital Literacy is an important aspect in terms of how tools are used effectively and also the competency required to operate them.

        As part of this toolkit, digital literacy covers the following areas of work:

        Computer Efficient:

        • Microsoft Office 365 suite
        • Keyboard shortcuts
        • Browser/web use
        • Windows Operating System

        Mobile Efficient:

        • Marjon Mobile App
        • QR Code Creation/Use
        • Video Screencasting
        • Students' Perspective - How are they Engaging with your Presentations?
        • Accessing Moodle app
        • Accessing the Panopto app

        Systems Efficient:

        • Turnitin
        • Human Resources - iTrent - iReview - iLearn
        • Unit-e
        • Checkin
        • Printing & Photocopying


        Tasks

        Please complete the following tasks related to the above section, when you have completed the Digital Skills Capabilities training, you will receive a certificate.

      • Collaboration, Participation & Communication

        Digital communication is an important part of how we work at Plymouth Marjon University and as technology advances, so does the need to become skilled in the way we communicate in an ever changing digital world.  

        As part of this toolkit, digital communication covers the following areas of work:

        • Emails & Microsoft Outlook
        • Help Desk
        • Report & Support Service
        • Social Media
        • Student Information Handbook
        • Staff News/Hub
        • Clevertouch Screens

        In addition, there are optional tasks that you can choose to complete related to smart digital tools that you may find of benefit to your working practice.

        • Otter (speech to text digital AI tool, works in the cloud and can transcribe live speech to text or any video/audio file)

        Tasks

        Please complete the following tasks related to the above section, when you have completed the Digital Skills Capabilities training, you will receive a certificate.

      • Digital Learning & Teaching

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        Tasks

        Please complete the following tasks related to the above section, when you have completed the Digital Skills Capabilities training, you will receive a certificate.

      • Information & Data Management

        Digital organisation is about the way we work at Plymouth Marjon University and being able to keep updated in terms of the digital skills needed to collaborate with colleagues as well as the tools used to organise your work space. 

        As part of this toolkit, digital organisation covers the following areas of work:

        • Microsoft Teams
        • Microsoft Outlook Calendar
        • Microsoft Office 365
        • Google GSuite
        • LearningSpace
        • Mahara (relevant for primary education only)
        • Panopto-Replay
        • Timetabling
        • Staff Computer Drives (N: - S: - L:)
        • VPN
        • Terminal 4 (of relevance to any staff that need to update their section on the main website)


        Tasks

        Please complete the following tasks related to the above section, when you have completed the Digital Skills Capabilities training, you will receive a certificate.

      • Problem Solving, Creation & Development

        Digital Problem Solving is about how you can use digital technology to streamline a service or activity.  It's also about how you can use digital technology to save time and become more efficient in terms of working practice.

        As this area is potentially quite extensive, we will look at different scenarios, which you may encounter and the digital tools that you may find of benefit.  You can then choose to undertake training on any of the digital tools mentioned.

        Scenarios

        'You're running a session and you want to be able to include formative feedback during your presentation'

        Solution: There are a number of suitable digital tools that you can use for your presentation to add formative feedback:

        • Mentimeter
        • Zeetings
        • Google Slides with Slido
        • Socrative

        'You have just finished a lecture and need to edit the recording due to sensitive information being captured'

        Solution: Use Panopto/Replay to edit the capture before the 48 hour window

        'You can't find a class in Edublogs'

        Solution: Follow the Digital Skills guidance to learn how to manage your My Sites area

        'You want to use activity-based tools to increase student engagement during a lecture, session or workshop'

        Solution: There are a number of tools that you may like to explore, including:

        • Padlet
        • Plickers
        • Kahoot

        'You need to find suitable images to use in your presentation, but are worried about copyright issues'

        Solution: You can use a number of copyright-free websites like www.pexels.com or www.pixabay.com.  Alternatively you can use Creative Commons for licensed material.

        'You want to inject more media or expressive content into your presentations'

        Solution: There are a number of tools you can use, such as:

        • WordClouds.com
        • Pixtochart (for infographics)


        Tasks

        Please complete the following tasks related to the above section, when you have completed the Digital Skills Capabilities training, you will receive a certificate.

      • Digital Security, Well-being & Identity

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        Tasks

        Please complete the following tasks related to the above section, when you have completed the Digital Skills Capabilities training, you will receive a certificate.