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What are Digital Literacy and Digital Skills?

Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. (Cornell: 2009)

For more help with your Digital Literacy, see Library and Information Literacy to use digital tools in your search for, and evaluation of, information.

Digital skills focus on which tools to use for which task and how to use those tools. Digital skills cover a wide range of software and services, depending on your specialism(s) and future career, but the following content provides a very good place for all students to begin their digital journey:

Using systems and services

  • Blackboard - Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used for module teaching materials
  • PebblePad - eportfolio used for recording experiences, learning and reflection
  • Turnitin - Assignment submission and plagiarism detection
  • Cite them right - the online version of the university's referencing system

Using Software

  • Microsoft Office:
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Word
  • Windows Tools
    • Movie Maker
    • Snipping Tool
    • Keyboard Shortcuts

Getting organised

Working on the web

Multimedia

  • Presentations
  • Working with images (scanning, editing and image resizing)
  • Working with video (video cameras, file editing and storing)
  • Working with sound (digital recordings, podcasting and editing)

Communicating

Hardware and Devices

  • Interactive White Boards are an integral piece of equipment at the University. If you are doing a presentation you may find yourself presenting on a whiteboard. They are also a very important in teacher education.
  • Scanning and Printing

Skills@Cumbria (Blackboard)

The Skills@Cumbria tab, in Blackboard, also provides access to:

  • MiCumbria - University induction site
  • Head Start - Short course introducing academic skills
  • Turnitin Test Area - check your work/referencing before your final submission
  • Past exam papers
  • Numeracy resources