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Digital Capabilities PathwaysDigital capabilities framework

Digital capability is the term we use to describe the skills and attitudes that individuals and organisations need if they are to thrive in today’s world.

  • At an individual level we define digital capabilities as those which equip someone to live, learn and work in a digital society.

These Digital Capabilities Pathways presents you with the opportunity to develop your digital skills and digital capabilities through the completion of a range of short courses within Linkedin Learning. These are supplemented by suggested resources and guides that are available through Skills@Cumbria.

Not only will you be improving your own digital understanding, skills and capabilities, but you will have a Certificate of Completion for every skill you gain. Whilst the skills will support your studies and future career, the certificates will show future employers how much you have learned.

Begin with the Your Digital Capability Journey section below to start your digital upskilling.

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  • Your Digital Capability Journey

    These courses are categorised at different levels of learning and within different areas of digital capability.

    Everyone should begin by completing Step 1 and then continue as far as you can or as far as you like.

    •  Step 1: Beginner
    •  Step 2: Competent
    •  Step 3: Proficient
    •  Digital Champion: Expert
    •  Digital Leader: Innovator

    You should complete each stage prior to moving on to the next.

    Media and Arts students should note that Adobe Creative Cloud courses are included in the Recommended Content page of My.Cumbria and after completing Step 1, you may want to jump to that page and work through the courses that are relevant to your current usage/study.

    Study time

    Whilst the following individual courses run from anywhere between 13 minutes and 3 hours, please note that each one is broken up into bitesized chunks.

    You can study for 5 minutes now, on your laptop, and do another 5 minutes on your mobile device at a later time. Study your way, in your own time and fit it around your other commitments. 

  • Step 1: Beginner

    dc_stage1Step 1: Beginner

    This is the start of your Digital Capabilities journey. As a Digital Beginner you have acquired the basic digital skills required by your course, your professional body and the majority of future workplaces. This is the base level upon which you can build a wide range of skills in order to become digitally capable. The listed courses are compiled as a Learning Path for you to work through in the presented order. The Step 1 Learning Path includes:

    Learning with Linkedin

     How to use Linkedin Learning [37 mins]

    Working in the Office (Microsoft Office 365 beginner level)

     Learning Outlook [42 mins]
     Learning Word [41 mins]
     Learning PowerPoint [71 mins]
     Learning OneDrive [53 mins]
     Learning Excel [76 mins]

    Safer surfing and online identity

     Internet Safety for Students [68 mins]
     Personal Branding on Social Media [38 mins]

    Information and data

     Learning GDPR (Data privacy) [13 mins]

    Step 1 Learning Path

    Work through all of the listed courses to complete Step 1. Collect each Certificate of Completion as evidence of your learning.

    Additional resources

    Additional supporting resources and guides are available from My.Cumbria:

    Microsoft Office training - step-by-step illustrated tutorials
    Social Media and You - Information and tips for using social media as a student and in professional practice
    Cyber Security - University of Cumbria guidance and policies on computer use and staying safe online

  • Step 2: Competent

    dc_stage2Step 2: Competent

    This is the next step of your Digital Capabilities journey. Here we will advance your digital skills to include elements of communication, collaboration, digital creation and data literacy. The listed courses are compiled as a Learning Path for you to work through in the presented order. The Step 2 Learning Path includes:

    Communication, collaboration & creation

    Learning Skype for Business [95 mins]
     Writing for Business [92 mins]
    Learning Sway [74 mins]
    Learning OneNote [77 mins]
     Microsoft Forms - First Look [19 mins]

    Digital identity

     Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety [78 mins]
    Professional Networking [30 mins]

    Data literacy

    Picking the right chart for your data [79 mins]
    Learning Document Retention and Data Management [58 mins]

    Step 2 Learning Path

    Work through all of the listed courses to complete Step 2. Collect each Certificate of Completion as evidence of your learning. 

    Additional resources

    Additional supporting resources and guides are available from My.Cumbria:

    • Microsoft Office training - step-by-step illustrated tutorials
    • Social Media and You - Information and tips for using social media as a student and in professional practice
    • File management strategies - naming and storing your files effectively
    File and document backup strategies - ways of ensuring you don't lose that important file or document

  • Step 3: Proficient

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    Step 3: Proficient

    This is the next step of your Digital Capabilities journey. Here we will further advance and expand your digital skills to include new elements of technical ICT, communication, collaboration, digital creation, data literacy and learning development. The listed courses are compiled as a Learning Path for you to work through in the presented order. The Step 3 Learning Path includes:

    Learning and development

    Creating screen capture training  [65 mins]

    Communication, networks and collaboration

    Collaboration Principles and Process [59 mins]
    Public Speaking [26 mins]
    Digital Citizenship [91 mins]

    ICT skills & digital creation

    Writing for the Web [84 mins]
     Learning Microsoft Flow [109 mins]
     Learning PDFs [61 mins]
    Problem solving techniques [92 mins]

    Data literacy

    Excel: Filtering Data for Beginners [30 mins]
    Data privacy [79 mins]

    Step 3 Learning Path

    Work through all of the listed courses to complete Step 3. Collect each Certificate of Completion as evidence of your learning. 

  • Digital Champion: Expert

    dc_step4Digital Champion: Expert

    This is the next step of your Digital Capabilities journey. Here we will further advance and expand your digital skills to include new elements of technical ICT, communication, collaboration, digital creation, data literacy and learning development. The listed courses are compiled as a Learning Path for you to work through in the presented order. The Digital Champion: Expert Learning Path includes:

    Learning and development

    Train the Trainer [65 mins]

    Communication, networks and collaboration

    Learning Microsoft Teams [137 mins]
    Digital Marketing [87 mins]

    ICT skills & digital creation

    Live Video Streaming [109 mins]
     Creating PDF Forms [97 mins]
    Learning Microsoft Planner [69 mins]

    Data literacy

    Excel: Data Analysis [129 mins]
    Information Governance [71 mins]

    Digital Champion: Expert Learning Path

    Work through all of the listed courses to complete Digital Champion: Expert. Collect each Certificate of Completion as evidence of your learning. 

  • Digital Leader: Innovator

    dc_step5This is the top level Stage, providing insights into app development, database management, SharePoint and more. This level of achievement is expected to help you develop the skills to innovate in the workplace, using digital tools.

    Communication and collaboration

     Learn SharePoint Online [101 mins]

    ICT skills development

    Building IT skills [209 mins]
     Learning Data Networks [60 mins]
     Microsoft PowerApps [91 mins]
     Learning Access [66 mins]

    Data literacy

     Information Architecture [36 mins]

    Innovation and creation

    Project management simplified [79 mins]
    Digital Transformation [47 mins]
    Mobile App Development [85 mins]

    Digital Leader: Innovator Learning Path

    Work through all of the listed courses to complete Digital Leader: Innovator. Collect each Certificate of Completion as evidence of your learning.