Digital skills audit

From Community Narrations

Aims of the activity

- Gain an understanding of how crucial digital skills are in our everyday lives.
- Gain an understanding of why the development of digital skills and the ability to use certain digital tools should be accessible to all.

Resources, Materials needed

- Flipchart.
- Paper and pens.

Duration in minutes

60 – 90 minutes session depending on the size of the group.

Step-by-step - what has to be done

1. Ask the group to make a list of digital tools (phones, computers, tablets, cameras, laptops, technical digital tools such as digital tape measures, etc) on flipchart paper so everyone can see the list.
2. Ask the participants to make their own list of the digital tools that they use, by writing down what digital tools they have used today. Ask them to make the list starting from when they woke up until now. Making a note of what digital tool they used and what they used it for.
3. List the importance of each interaction (e.g. checking ebay for an item to buy - low importance, reading a work email on a phone - high importance, etc.). 4. Ask the participants to add to the notes and recognise how they found each interaction. Identify how easy or difficult it was to use and explain what they found easy and what they found more challenging.
5. Ask them the write exactly what skills they needed to use the tool (e.g. need to read, have motor skills to use their hands, etc.).
6. Identify the level of skill of each by marking each digital interaction with a score of 1 - 5. (1 is low and 5 high).
7. In pairs compare lists, skill levels and observations.
8. Come together in a group discuss how important these digital skills are to everyone. Go around and give everyone a chance to give their own observations on their use of digital tools and their own digital skills.
9. Split the group into small groups and ask them to think about the settings where they work and the people they work with and ask them to identify what digital tools and skills the people use. Ask them to identify any gaps in the skills or major challenges for the people who they work with and to list the ways that digital skills and tools can help the people in their work settings and possible ways to overcome the barriers.
10. Back in the main group ask each small group to report on the ways that digital skills and tools can help the people in their work settings, possible challenges and barriers and possible ways to overcome the challenges and barriers.

Learning Outcomes - which skills are adressed?

- Identify how much they use digital tools in their everyday life by making a list.
- Gain an awareness of the importance of having the skills to use digital tools by assessing the importance of the digital interactions they used.
- Categorise what skills that they need to use the tools.
- Recognise and discuss possible skills gaps and challenges that might be in the specific setting they work in.

How do you check the outcomes are reached?

- Participants will have written lists that identify their own use of digital tools and their own level of skill.
- Working in pairs they will have compared notes, discussed the everyday use of digital tools and their own skill levels, as well as discussed their personal observations on what role digital skills play in their life.
- In small groups and main group discussions participants will have answered specific questions that encourage them to explore the importance of the acquisition of digital skills for themselves, and for others, as well as identified possible learning barriers and started to identify possible ways to overcome these.