The Digital Discovery Tool

 About the Digital Discovery Tool

The Digital Discovery Tool is an online self-assessment questionnaire for evaluating and reflecting on your digital capabilities, helping you to identify strengths and areas for development. By answering the questions you will be made aware of digital practices that you already have, and new ones you can develop. The tool is intended for staff in a variety of roles and students across a range of subject areas.

On completing the questionnaire you receive an individual report showing your current digital skill levels divided into six elements of digital capability, and an indicator of your current level of competence in each. You can use the report as the basis of a development plan.

The questionnaire takes about 20 minutes to complete and presents a series of reflective questions that aim to assess your confidence and experience with a host of real-world digital practices. Your responses to the questions and your report are private, and will only be seen by other individuals such as your manager or personal tutor if you choose to share it with them.

Aggregated, anonymised reports can be generated by the organisational administrator to provide a combined view of digital skills across a particular area and to help managers identify skills gaps and opportunities for development across their team.

The Digital Discovery Tool can be used by staff and students as a stand-alone tool, or in conjunction with role profiles to provide context. For managers, it’s a great way to frame Annual Development Review (ADR) conversations around developing digital skills using common language, and individual reports can be used, with permission from the owner, to structure these conversations.

The tool was developed by Jisc, and the questions and reports align with the six elements of digital capability in the JISC Digital Capability Framework.

You can also find out more about the type of questions, how it relates to other resources and the question sets for different roles by visiting  Jisc’s digital discovery tool blog.


Use this:

  • If you are a member of staff or a student wishing to measure your digital skills – either as a baseline before starting development or to re-assess your capabilities once you have started developing your skills
  • If you are a member of staff or a student wanting to identify your individual digital skills strengths and areas for development, that you can use as the basis of a development path
  • As the basis for development conversations, reviews and planning (including ADRs)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it anonymous?

Yes, only you can see your detailed report.

Can I do it multiple times?

Yes, but remember to save a copy of your earlier reports as you will not be able to access your old ones.

Can I save a copy?

Yes, you can save a PDF copy for further reflection.

Is it confidential?

Yes, only you can access your detailed report. You can share the report if you want.

Can my team complete it?

Yes, but they will receive individual reports.

Do I own the report after?

Yes, you do. It is yours to keep forever.

Do I get a score immediately?

Yes, you do. Each capability is scaled on three levels: developing, capable or proficient.

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