Thinking Digitally is a credit rated module (SCQF level 6) which allows candidates to develop relevant digital skills and build confidence operating in online environments.
It is provided by Lead Scotland - Linking Education and Disability - a Scottish organisation committed to the empowerment of disabled people and carers through learning, from age 16 through life.
This module is relevant for anyone who wants to develop their digital skills for volunteering, work and life. Some examples might include:
Web link: Thinking Digitally home page
Thinking Digitally begins with an application form to ascertain a person’s baseline level of digital skills and their ability to learn at SCQF level 6. If selected, each person receives a one-to-one session, initially by phone, moving onto the online platform which will be used to deliver the course. Participants are guided in the virtual ‘classroom’ by the tutor assessor during an orientation session.
The module is remotely delivered and paperless to inspire immersion and innovation within online environments. It is delivered in small groups via webinars to build confidence and peer support.
All candidates develop their digital skills and it is context free, giving freedom to try tools and platforms which are most relevant to maximise the likelihood of on-going use.
Relevant guest speakers are invited to complement the learning sessions.
Candidates are expected to communicate and collaborate, demonstrate knowledge of usability, access and online inclusion, produce a blended digital artefact and evaluate on their own process.
The course strives for digital immersion through the trial of tools for communication and to capture learning. Each learner has a private eportfolio, accessible to them, their tutor/assessor and the verifier.
The 12, weekly sessions follow and the group support one another, choosing guest speakers, sharing more specialist skills and knowledge. For example:
A mid-course one to one session is offered to review and to ensure learners are saving their evidence in the eportfolio provided.
This is a very active course and ‘show and tell’ is encouraged as soon as possible, where participants share their screens and their learning with the group.
Reflection is encouraged throughout and participants create a reflective diary account within the course.
These are some of the impacts felt by volunteers and staff:
There have been a number of outcomes that were not initially anticipated including:
Thinking Digitally: Learning outcomes and learner expectations (PDF file)
Thinking Digitally: Evaluation (PDF file)
Thinking Digitally: Adult Learners Week