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Digital Skills Awareness course

The Digital Skills Awareness course is for students that are about to start university, and provides guidance on the digital skills they will need for a successful learning experience at university.

About the course

The Digital Skills Awareness course was developed for higher education institutions by The Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE), the digital education partnership for the Bloomsbury institutions and the University of London, and tailored by The University of Edinburgh Digital Skills and Training team for local use.

The course outlines the key digital skills students need for their studies, and helps them identify the skills they have and the ones they need to acquire or improve. While the course doesn’t focus on teaching practical digital skills, it provides valuable tips from a variety of sources, including university support for staff and students, as well as helpful resources and videos.

Course content

There are four topics:

  1.    General technologies (working with files, Microsoft Office applications, browsers and search engines)
  2.    Learning technologies (online learning environments, forums, assignments/assessments and video)
  3.    Access, sharing and safety (accounts/access, safety, social media and sharing)
  4.    Getting organised (notetaking, referencing and digital wellbeing)

Access the course

Enrolling on the course

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

  1.     Visit www.learn.ed.ac.uk
  2.     Log in using your UUN and your Edinburgh University password. 
  3.     Click on Self-Enrol at the top right-hand side.
  4.     Click on the Browse Course Catalogue button within the Course Catalogue section.
  5.     In the Search Catalogue search box, type “digital skills awareness” and click Go.
  6.     Choose the course with course id 'zu_digital_skills_awareness'.
  7.     To enrol, click on the down-pointing arrow next to the course title and choose Enrol.
  8.     Click Submit followed by OK. You should now be able to view the course.