What digital skills are essential for our academic staff?

As part of the work CELT have been carrying out looking at the importance of digital capabilities, we have created a profile of digital skills for academic staff. Adapted from the profiles created by Jisc, the University of Derby version helps to provide an example of the different skills you might see in the different elements of digital capability outlined in the Jisc Framework. 

These profiles can be adapted to include the discipline specific digital skills and capabilities for programmes where certain skills are essential or need to be emphasised. The language can also be customised to make it more relevant to academic staff and the discipline area they are from. 

So how are these useful? Jisc feel these can be used: 

  • by individuals to review their own development, and/or to ensure their digital capabilities are fully recognised and credited e.g. in appraisal and review; 
  • by teams and team leaders to assess collective strengths and priorities, and identify areas in which new skills need to be developed; 
  • as the basis for a local version, with language and examples relevant to local academic requirements; 
  • To see how the digital skills and capabilities for academics link to aspects of the UKPSF and the digital practice baseline. 

Take a look at the UoD academic digital capability profile