Information Services

Digital Safety and Citizenship for Staff

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.

Digital Safety and Citizenship for Staff course unavailable from Monday 11 September

From Monday 11th September 2023, the 'Digital Safety and Citizenship for Staff' self-enrol Learn course will no longer be available.

Alternative resources are available on the Digital Safety, Wellbeing and Citizenship web hub.

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, open to staff and students at the University of Edinburgh. To enrol, please follow these steps:

  1. Log-in to Learn at or through MyEd.
  2. Select Course Catalogue in the top right corner.
  3. The Search Catalogue options will load. Type“digital safety” (no quotes) in the search catalogue section and select Go.
  4. Expand the options menu next to the zu_digital_safety_and_citizenship Course ID (you’ll need to hover over it to see the menu). Select Enrol
  5. The self-enrol overlay will load, providing further course information. Select Submit. An enrolment success screen will load, select OK to access the course.
  6. The next time you log-in to Learn the course will appear in your Current Courses list. Click on the course name (Digital Safety and Citizenship for Staff) to access it.

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