Technology is entering all aspects of our life and because of its changing nature it is important we reflect upon the digital capabilities we have, how these could help us in different situations and be developed further.
We think of digital capabilities as the skills, knowledge and understanding which help someone to live, learn and work in a digital society. They help us to use a variety of technologies, appropriately and effectively in different spaces, places and situations. Not only do digital capabilities help you to engage and communicate with other people in your personal life or whilst you learn, they help you to succeed in the world of work.
Employers are increasingly looking at what digital capabilities applicants and employees have. Skills in creating documents, presentations, spreadsheets and communicating via email and social media are areas which are important to most organisations. They want people to use technologies to access information, be creative, innovative, solve problems, communicate, participate, learn and support others in digital spaces.
Thinking about how you could develop your digital capabilities will help you become better prepared for an increasingly digital world.
A useful model to consider is the Jisc Digital Capability Framework. This divides digital capabilities into 6 key areas. Find out more by clicking on the links below.
- ICT productivity and proficiency
- Information, data and media literacy
- Digital creation, problem solving and innovation
- Digital communication, collaboration, and participation
- Digital learning and development
- Digital identity and wellbeing