Structured Learning: Information, Data and Media literacy

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.

You can access the structured learning path for information, data and media literacy below. Begin with an optional introductory classroom-based workshop where you can explore the digital capability and gain a better understanding of it before progressing through two online development toolkits offering resources at beginner and advanced levels. Workshops run regularly, so you can start at any time, or you can jump straight to the toolkits if you prefer.

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2 hour classroom based

Our interactive workshops provide a great starting point in your digital skills development journey, as they are designed to help you analyse and understand the digital capability and its application to your work and life.

This workshop gives you the opportunity to investigate ways in which you can develop your capacity to learn, teach and develop yourself efficiently using digital tools and platforms during your time at the University and beyond.

The workshop is suitable for both students and staff.

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Beginner toolkit

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The digital skills toolkits for beginners are designed to give you a broad overview of each of the six digital capabilities that our Digital Skills Framework is built around, and aim to help you start developing your skills in these areas. Each toolkit gives you access to specifically curated content providing links to around 10 resources – videos, activities, articles – that you can read, watch, listen to and participate in. You can pick and choose the resources most relevant to you or complete them all.

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Advanced toolkits

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The advanced digital skills toolkits contain learning resources specially selected by subject experts within the University, in collaboration with the Digital Skills team, and provide more challenging learning options to develop your digital skills in depth.

Complete four of the advanced activities to be eligible for a digital badge to evidence your development.

Claim your digital badge today

Once you have completed at least four learning activities from the advanced toolkit for the digital learning, development and teaching capability you are ready for a well-earned digital badge.
You can claim this by writing a short blog post to evidence and reflect on your learning and how it will help you in your studies, research, work or life more broadly.


Claim your badge in three easy steps:


1.   Set up a blog using the University of Edinburgh’s Academic Blogging service – or feel free to use another platform if you are already a blogger.


2.   Write and post a reflective blog on the topics you chose to learn about (minimum 500 words).


3.   Complete the badge claim form by clicking the button below.


See Guidance on digital badges for more information on what a digital badge is, how to start a blog, what to include in your blog post, how to submit your blog and how to claim your digital badge.

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