About the Framework

The University of Edinburgh Digital Skills Framework

The University of Edinburgh Digital Skills Framework provides access to over 600 digital resources and training courses to develop your digital skills, offering a variety of learning methods gathered from over 30 providers.

It includes a self-assessment questionnaire to evaluate your current digital skill levels, role profiles to help you think about the digital skills you need for your role, and a resource finder to help you find ways to develop your skills. The resources are either provided by the University or are open and freely available, and you can filter them according to your role, the type of skills you want to develop, and level of difficulty – then click through to access and learn.

The framework is suitable for all staff and students at the University including learners, teachers, researchers and professional services staff. While it’s a great tool for developing your own skills, we encourage you to also use it with your colleagues and students to frame conversations about digital skills development and support and enable them to develop their capabilities.

This framework is closely based on the Jisc Digital Capability Framework, and was developed in summer 2018 by the Digital Skills and Training team with consultation and feedback from end users, key stakeholders and experts in the digital skills field. It is a constantly evolving tool, developing in response to emerging technologies, and is designed to help future-proof our workforce and students.

What are people saying about the framework?

“This is excellent – highlighted to me by one of our Academic Support Librarians recently. The integration with the JISC digital discovery tool is very effective and helps when finding the best resources. I hadn’t appreciated there was so much to choose from and this has been particularly useful in indicating what is available in Lynda.com. It turns an overwhelming list into a much more manageable and targeted selection. Nice work – thank you!”- Sharon Boyd SFHEA, CMALTLecturer in Distance Student Learning, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute.


Jisc Digital Capability Framework

The University of Edinburgh’s Digital Skills Framework is closely based on the Jisc Digital Capability Framework.

Development of the Jisc framework began as far back as 2011, since when it has become a culmination of several Jisc projects around developing digital literacies, effective learning analytics, developing student employability, the digital student and digital capability. It was developed collaboratively with Higher Education and Further Education institutions, government departments, sector bodies, professional associations and other stakeholders.

The present-day Digital Capability Framework is now well recognised and used across many universities to develop staff and student skills. It describes six overlapping elements of digital capability for staff and students, which can be further broken down into 15 subcategories for ease of use, clarity and reference.

The framework aims to help with:

  • Supporting discussion and building consensus about the capabilities required in a digital organisation,
  • Mapping digital expertise across different roles, identifying gaps and recognising where digital expertise adds value,
  • Planning and reviewing personal development,
  • Structuring and signposting development opportunities,
  • Planning or reviewing a curriculum.

For more information on the Jisc Digital Capability Framework, see: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/building-digital-capability

Infographic showing JISC digital capabilities.

The Six Elements of Digital Capability

The six elements of digital capability featured on the Jisc Digital Capability Framework are detailed below. You can choose one or two areas on which to focus your development, or aim to build your skills across each of the six themes for a more rounded approach.

Digital proficiency and productivity

The ability to confidently use digital devices, applications, services and tools to carry out tasks effectively and productively, with attention to quality.

Example courses and resources: 23 Things for Digital Knowledge, The Benefits of Digital Tools, Computer Literacy for Mac and Windows 10.

Information, data and media literacies

The capacity to find, evaluate, manage and share digital information and data, and critically receive and respond to messages in a range of digital media.

Example courses and resources: EndNote, NVivo, Study Resources for Literature Reviews, Your Reading List, Data Skills, Creating a Data Management Plan, Managing Your Research Data, Getting Started with BI Suite, Excel, Google Analytics.

Digital creation, problem solving and innovation

The ability to design and create new digital content, use digital evidence to solve problems and answer questions, and adopt and develop new practices with digital technology.

Example courses and resources: Adobe Spark, PhotoShop, Media Hopper Create, EdWeb.

Digital communication, collaboration and participation

The capacity to communicate effectively in digital media and spaces, participate in digital teams and working groups and build digital networks.

Example courses and resources: Collaborate Ultra, Introduction to Wikis, various Wikipedia events.

Digital learning, development and teaching

The capacity to participate in and benefit from digital learning opportunities, supporting and developing others in digitally-rich settings.

Example courses and resources: Introduction to Learn, Introduction to Top Hat, Learn with Lynda.com, Teaching with Wikipedia.

Digital identity and wellbeing

The ability to develop and project a positive digital identity and to manage digital reputation, as well as look after personal health, safety, relationships and work-life balance in digital settings.

Example courses and resources: Security Awareness, Cybersecurity, Digital Footprint, Digital Data Protection.

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