Information Services

Online Training Courses

A curated list of recommended online training courses on digital safety and citizenship, available to all University of Edinburgh students and staff.

University of Edinburgh Digital Skills Framework

Digital identity and wellbeing form one of the six digital capabilities that make up the University’s Digital Skills Framework. For a holistic approach to developing your digital skills and using technology safely and efficiently, we recommend that you build your knowledge and skills across all six capabilities.

The framework is a tool to help you evaluate your current levels of digital capability, reflect on your development needs, plan your development path and find resources to help you develop your skills. It can be used by all staff and students at the University including learners, teachers, researchers and professional services staff and is closely based on the Jisc Digital Capability Framework.

The framework includes access to the Jisc Digital Discovery Tool, an online self-assessment questionnaire that helps you evaluate and reflect on your digital capabilities, including digital wellbeing, by identifying strengths and areas for development. Using this tool will also help you identify the gaps in your digital skillset that might leave you vulnerable to digital safety threats.

Jisc Digital Discovery Tool

University of Edinburgh Information Services Training Courses

The following courses have been developed by the University of Edinburgh Information Services Group.

Digital Safety and Citizenship for Staff Self-Enrol Course

As we’re all spending more time online in the new hybrid learning environment, it’s more important than ever to take ownership of your digital safety and use technology responsibly. This self-paced online course introduces you to the concept of digital citizenship and takes you through steps you can take to keep yourself, and those around you, safe online.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of digital safety and how to keep yourself safe online.
  2. Recognise digital safety threats that you might encounter while engaging online for work, during teaching and on social media.
  3. Understand common digital safety concerns that students and staff at the University encounter and how to respond to and support colleagues or students who have been affected.
  4. Understand the concept of digital citizenship and how it applies to you as a member of the University community, as well as how you can promote digital citizenship to colleagues and students.
  5. Identify various support services, both internal and external, and how they can help you, your colleagues, or your students navigate digital safety concerns.

This course is aimed at both new and existing members of staff with limited confidence in their knowledge of digital safety. It serves as a companion to the Digital Safety and Citizenship web hub, the Digital Safety and Information Security workshops offered in the Digital Skills Programme and the Information Security Essentials course.

Time Commitment

Minimum: 1.5 hours

Maximum: 3 hours



How to Enrol

This is an online self-paced course. To enrol, please follow these steps:

How to enrol onto a self-enrol Learn course

If you experience any access issues, please contact the IS Helpline.

23 Things

23 Things is a self-directed University of Edinburgh course that familiarises you with modern online technologies. "Thing 4" specifically highlights Digital Security. You can do this module independently, though we recommend completing the full course.

23 Things - Thing 4: Digital Security

University of Edinburgh Courses on Learn

The following online courses are available through self-enrolment on the University’s online learning environment, Learn.

Information Security Essentials

This University of Edinburgh course takes you through the necessary steps for protecting your own data and safeguarding yourself against online threats. The course is compulsory for all staff and highly recommended for all students.

Information Security Essentials

Data Protection Training

Under the University's Data Protection Policy, all staff have responsibility for data protection compliance in their day-to-day work. This course, provided by the University's Data Protection Officer, is compulsory for all University staff and highly recommended for students.

Data Protection Training

MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses)

The following MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are available through the University’s web partners, Coursera and FutureLearn.

Digital Footprint

If somebody Googled you, what would they find? This course, developed by the University’s Institute for Academic Development, gives you the opportunity to explore and reflect on your own online tracks and traces and to understand why your digital footprint is important. 

Managing Your Digital Footprint (Coursera)

Digital Wellbeing

Developed by the University of York, this MOOC explores the ways digital technologies affect our wellbeing through the concepts of health, relationships and society in the digital age.

Digital Wellbeing (FutureLearn)

Becoming a Digital Citizen

Developed by the University of York, this MOOC enables you to become a more informed digital citizen and engage with debate about what is appropriate in the modern world of social media.

Becoming a Digital Citizen: An Introduction to Digital Society (FutureLearn)

LinkedIn Learning Courses

The following courses are available through LinkedIn Learning (formerly, which is available free for all students and staff at the University.

For information on how to create an account, please visit our LinkedIn Learning pages below.

LinkedIn Learning Guidance (Digital Skills and Training)

Digital Citizenship

This course takes you through what it means to be a good digital citizen and how we can use technology in the most appropriate and respectful ways to build community on the Internet.

Digital Citizenship

Internet Safety for Students

This course examines the nature of Internet-based threats and outlines essential internet safety skills for students. It comes highly recommended by the University Information Security directorate.

Internet Safety for Students

Cyber Security Awareness: Safer Digital Communications

This course helps you identify and avoid dangerous situations online and improve the security of your computers and network. It is designed to increase your internet safety knowledge and give you safer digital communication habits.

Cyber Security Awareness: Safer Digital Communications

Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety

This beginner’s guide to cybersecurity focuses on Windows and helps you identify various threats to your online safety. Learn how you can safeguard your data and devices and protect your privacy online.

Learning Computer Security and Internet Safety


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