I wanted to start to collate some of the resources I use to encourage improvement of digital literacy. I use these resources to help guide my students to aid in their time in academia, and give them to colleagues to help with their digital literacy too. I want to start to build a repository that I can share with others, and this seems to be the best method to do so.
I will start by breaking down the digital literacy capabilities and listing resources for each; and a few general resources too. These are broken down using the Health Education England (HEE) capabilities that have been developed based upon the JISC framework from 2012. I have used these as they are the most relevant to my work area. Even though they are based on health, they are applicable to all disciplines so feel free to link to this page!
These may seem like a random collection of links to learn a specific skill, but the more you learn how to use each piece of software or tool, your confidence and digital literacy will develop. Just don’t be afraid to try new things and innovate. You won’t break it, there is normally a way backwards. If you get stuck, try ‘googling’ the issue and you will normally find a step-by-step guide.
Just a quick warning, some of these links do go strait to a pdf file. On a sustainability note, consider printing it into OneNote instead (see below if you do not know how to do that yet!). Unfortunately, these may not all be free but may be subscribed to by your business/institution. I also do not own and did not author these links, I’m not taking credit, money or responsibility if you use them.
- HEE Digital Literacy Resources – https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/digital-literacy
- HEE Self-Assessment tool – https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Digital%20Literacy%20Capability%20Framework%202018.pdf
- AdvanceHE pages on digital literacy – https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/digital-literacies
- JISC – There are a lot of resources on JISC about digital literacy and can be hard to navigate through. The simplist was is to search ‘JISC Digital Literacy’ and look at the latest pieces. Like I have a link to here.
- Typing games to speed up your typing – https://www.typing.com/student/games
- Digital literacy with Microsoft – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/digitalliteracy/home (but, whilst this is being updated you can visit the old material here)
- OneNote Essentials Guide (LinkedIn Learning) – https://www.linkedin.com/learning/onenote-2016-essential-training?trk=featured-topics-card_learning_card_title&upsellOrderOrigin=default_guest_learning
- If you don’t have access to LinkedIn Learning, take a look at Microsoft’s own guide here – https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/onenote-video-training-1c983b65-42f6-42c1-ab61-235aae5d0115
- Skills in Word, some basics that help create larger documents – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2PXs4XnuHo&list=PL0M0zPgJ3HSeTcj_bH9ulOyAGixWV8lQB
- Add a caption to a figure or table in Word – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeWRdgBLfp0
- Cross referencing numbered items in word (such as the figure you captioned above!) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5ZP6g3exAo
- Auto-save(iour) in Microsoft Office (many mistakes have been rectified with this function, make sure you save into OneDrive for this to work) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCZrz5RYFs8
- So, what is OneDrive? I don’t use my own laptop storage anymore, I find OneDrive useful to be able to work on a document anywhere on any device. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkf1p1Y6rFQ
Creation, Innovation and Research
- Mendeley reference manager help guides – https://www.mendeley.com/guides
- Just as a side note, if you want to use Mendeley desktop, use a personal email not academic/institutional. It is worth it as you get better access and it is free account anyway (at the time of writing).
- Refworks ProQuest guides – https://proquest.libguides.com/refworks
- Want to add something different in the classroom? Sara is looking at AR in teaching in schools, take a look at her blog here – https://augmentedtoys.org/
Information, data and content
- Definitions and models in information literacy – https://infolit.org.uk/definitions-models/
- If you want to search databases effectively, you really need to use Boolean search terms. These work with most databases, and can home in on the information that you are looking for. Find out more about them here – http://booleanblackbelt.com/2008/12/basic-boolean-search-operators-and-query-modifiers-explained/
- If you want to know the truth behind health related headlines, this website does just that! Behind the headlines, directly from the NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/news/
Teaching, learning and self-development
- Teaching in a digital age open textbook (free to download), updated in 2019 – https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/teachinginadigitalagev2/
Communication, collaboration and participation
- What is Skype? An introduction and guide in one – https://www.imore.com/skype
- And, of course, Skype for Business – https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/skype-for-business-video-training-942ad6f3-1455-40f0-927d-734de242e55b
- Blackboard Collaborate guide – https://help.blackboard.com/sites/default/files/2016-12/Moderator_Guide.pdf
Digital identity, well-being, safety and security
- A short piece I wrote on how to create a powerful password for all of your accounts – https://barrymatthews.net/2019/05/17/powerful-passwords/