Information Services

Training and Events

A curated list of recommended training courses and upcoming events related to digital safety, wellbeing and citizenship, available to 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.

Digital Skills Framework

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.

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

Digital Skills Training Courses

Information Security Workshops

The University's Information Security team frequently host awareness sessions open to all students and staff. You can find the complete schedule, including workshop descriptions and dates, at the link below.

Information Security Awareness Sessions Schedule

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

Information Security Training

Training materials, from Information Security Essentials to secure coding and more. These resources take you through the necessary steps for protecting your own data and safeguarding yourself against online threats. 


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 and Events

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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