The Digital Discovery Tool

About the Digital Discovery Tool

The Digital Discovery Tool was developed by Jisc and 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 Digital Discovery Tool can be used by staff and students as a stand-alone tool, or in conjunction with role profiles to provide context. The digital skills development tool also contains additional role specific questions which can be accessed via the question bank.

The questions and report align with the six elements of digital capability in the JISC Digital Capability Framework.

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. On completing the questionnaire you will 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. 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.

For managers, it’s a great way to frame Annual Development Reviews (ADR) conversations around developing digital skills using a common language. Individual reports can also be generated and used, with permission from the owner, to structure these conversations.

Use this:

  • If you are a member of staff or a student wishing to measure your digital skills – either as a baseline before starting conversations, development planning or to re-assess your capabilities once you have started developing your skills (including Annual Development Reviews).
  • 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
  • If you are a manager looking to identify the strengths and development areas across your team by requesting an aggregated group report
  • If you are a personal tutor you can use it to guide and equip your student as they prepare for the digital worldTo find out more about the discovery tool click here or to use the guide on accessing the tool click here(for staff) or here (for students).

Group reports

To request a group report, please email the Digital Skills and Training team at  or alternatively, you can complete our contact form here.


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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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