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The University of Bolton Library

Academic Staff

Digital Capabilities

Digital Capabilities are the skills and attitudes needed by individuals and organisations to thrive in our modern, connected and digital world. 

The Library uses the Jisc Digital Capabilities Framework to inform the development of our services and support. 

"Digital capabilities: the six elements" © Jisc and Helen Beetham CC BY-NC-ND

The Jisc framework uses six elements:

  • ICT Proficiency (functional skills)
  • Information, data and media literacies (critical use)
  • Digital creation, problem solving and innovation (creative production)
  • Digital communication, collaboration and participation (participation)
  • Digital learning and development (development)
  • Digital identity and wellbeing (self-actualising)

What it means to be digitally capable can vary between individuals. It can depend on contextual factors such as their role, subject specialism, career choice, personal factors and a range of other considerations. 

Through our work supporting the development of information literacy, the Library contributes significantly to the development of Digital Capabilities at the University of Bolton. The Library's Helpdesk is also a key source of support around ICT proficiency. 

Digital Capabilities Discovery Tool

The Library is in the process of acquiring Jisc's Digital Capabilities Discovery Tool. This tool will enable University staff and students to reflect on their digital capabilities and to identify current strengths and areas for development.  

More details will be available soon. If you are interested in finding out more about the Digital Capabilities Service in the interim, please contact us

Learn More about Digital Capabilities

Digital Capabilities and Teaching and Learning