Q. Developing Digital Capabilities – digital skills development at the University of Northampton 


During your time at the University of Northampton you will be expected to work within a range of digital environments and develop digital skills to complete tasks related to your studies, building confidence in a range of different areas known as Digital Capabilities. A framework for Digital Capabilities has been developed by Jisc which outlines six elements of digital literacies/capabilities essential for academic and professional success in digital environments. 

These elements are:digital capabilities

·       Digital identity and wellbeing,

·       ICT proficiency,

·       Digital creation, problem solving and innovation,

·       Digital communication, collaboration and participation,

·       Information, data and media literacies,

·       Digital learning and development

(for more information, please visit https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-students-digital-literacy )


To support you in Developing Digital Capabilities, a series of Etivities (electronic activities) have been created, providing guidance and information to introduce you to and support you in developing digital skills that will benefit you during your studies, and as you progress along your career path. 

The Etivities are grouped under the following three headings, and are available on two different digital environments used at the University of Northampton: 

  1. Induction (available on this NILE site)- this is the starting point of access and awareness of what systems you will be using during your studies, and what information is essential for you to manage your studies.   (Note that some Etivities within this category require you to be enrolled on this site in order to use the tools, for example, creating a journal entry, using the discussion board, and practising submitting work electronically via TurnitIn, so please click the Enrol now + button from the menu.)
  2. Engagement (available on the MyPad blog) - these Etivities introduce a range of different tools and techniques for successful engagement with study at a Higher Education institution, and the part you play within the learning process. 
  3. Empowerment (available on the MyPadblog) - looking beyond your programme of study, these Etivities link what you are engaging with within modules and outside of scheduled study, and how to engage with networks and opportunities for career development and your future beyond university. 

These Etivities are designed so that they can completed as independent study (students working through them without supervision/guidance), or embedded within the curriculum (tutor-led sessions with your Programme Leader or Personal Tutor using the Etivities as a focus, adding in programme specific context to the task). 

Please click the link below to access the NILE site containing the Etivities: 



  • Last Updated Oct 08, 2018
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  • Answered By Jim Harris

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