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digital U at Staffordshire University: About digital U

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What is digital U?

A collaborative framework to support digital capabilities for the Staffordshire University community

Digital U provides a programme of continuing professional development and support for all staff across Staffs Uni to develop your digital capabilities. It will provide opportunities for you to gain and enhance essential digital skills and the confidence required to use these fluently.

Digital U is led by Information Services, bringing together contributions from Library, Skills and IT Staff in partnership with staff across the University, including faculties and professional services.

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What are digital capabilities?

Being digitally capable is important to enable us to work, learn and live effectively in today's digital environment. More than just  IT proficiency, digital capabilities cover a wide range of skills including the use of digital technology, tools, data and media to communicate, collaborate, produce and share ideas and work across the institution and beyond. What is needed also varies between individuals and roles. Digital capabilities are also ever changing as new tools, technologies and roles come along.

Take our short quiz to reflect on your current use and understanding of digital capabilities:

Digital U at Staffs

We have identified a number of 'digital capability values' that all Staffordshire University staff should possess.  The sections within this site expand on these in more detail, but the graphic below illustrates these core values:

Everyone will have these digital capability values but the skills involved will depend on team and role requirements and an individual’s current expertise.

In addition to these a value of 'Pedagogy first' has been identified for academic staff.

The digital U programme will provide the knowledge and skills to allow staff to develop the capabilities relevant to them.  It will be delivered by a blended approach, with a mixture of online training and face to face delivery. It will provide knowledge, skills and practical experience under a range of topic areas.