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Academic Skills: A guide for staff

Digital Skills for Staff

The Library, in partnership with the Academic Development Unit and Digital Services, delivers the Digital U digital skills programme of continuing professional development and support for all staff across Staffs Uni to develop their digital capabilities. 

These are generally two-hour sessions covering topics such as

  • OneDrive: accessing, saving, sharing files and folders, syncing to other devices.
  • Excel: functions and formulas, using charts, working with data and using pivot tables to analyse your data
  • Word: using styles, working with long documents, tables, reviewing and sharing documents and using images/SmartArt.
  • PowerPoint: using sound and video and using images and SmartArt.
  • Outlook:  managing your email, using the calendar

We also run courses on finding images, better Internet searching, creating screencasts, using the University Media Library, reading lists, the research repository (STORE) and more.

We can also provide bespoke training as well as online guidance, 

Digital Skills for Students

All students are expected to use a range of IT packages including Outlook for email, Word for assignments, web browsers, and possibly Excel and PowerPoint. They also need to be aware of good practice in saving and backing up work and printing to avoid problems at key times such as assignment deadlines.  The Library can provide support for this. 

If your students need to develop specific digital skills we may be able to offer training sessions within their module, or as an optional extra. We have offered training in PowerPoint for both presentations and to create posters; Excel for presenting and delivering data, and Microsoft Word to create long documents/dissertations, introducing students to more advanced features in Word.  Other areas where we have provided support and training include Qualtrics online survey tool, understanding and developing your digital profile, understanding copyright, and effective searching (including finding free images). 

The Library has also developed an online guide on Digital Leadership Skills for students, which provides an overview of the capabilities students need to acquire to be resilient in their working life

To discuss options contact Julie Adams Academic Skills Tutor Digital Impact. Students can also book a 1-to-1 appointment with Julie by visiting her appointments page