Building digital capabilities for researchers - standalone online learning course
Duration Accessible at any time during academic year
Team Researcher Academy

This standalone online course is run by the Researcher Academy

Target audience:
all researchers (particularly those off campus)


This online course delivered in Moodle links to the JISC discovery tool. Engaging with the discovery tool will enable you to explore the six elements of 'digital capability' which underpin the skills and attitudes you need to engage in effective and safe digital practice in today’s world, and in the academic research environment.

Through answering the questions in the Discovery tool you will:
  • assess your confidence and capability in the areas relevant to your own research and personal development needs.
  • receive a personal report which signposts actions and resources that you can use to further enhance your digital capabilities.
The Moodle course encourages you to reflect on your digital knowledge and skills and encourages development of priority areas as identified by you in conjunction with the information provided in your personal report.

Link to course: Building Digital Capabilities for Researchers (UNUK)


To encourage researchers to develop their digital capabilities by:
  • Identifying current strengths and areas for development
  • Providing a personalised report with suggested next steps and resources
  • Encouraging the development of digital priorities

This is a standalone (self-study) online course. This course is delivered entirely online via Moodle and is self-study. You may access the course as often as you like until the end of the academic year.


The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Course open throughout the year
Access to Moodle
Engage with online materials
Watch and listen to pre-recorded videos
Complete a reflections document/ workbook (optional)
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