Digital literacies for teaching

Having appropriate digital literacy and competency is important in teaching and learning. We have devised a checklist below to help our teaching staff assess their own knowledge and skills, and provide links to resources so that you can fill in the gaps.  It covers all the key areas of digital literacies in teaching, across four broad sections:

  1. Teaching and Learning
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Administration
  4. Research and Information Management
  5. See Prezi Presentation: BSMS Digital Literacies

Have a go – see how many you know!

Learning and Teaching

Links to further information

Finding and creating resources

You will need your BSMS login to access some of these resources

Video and audio

I use the Techsmith Relay (formerly ‘Camtasia’) software to record my large-group lectures

Video and audio tools in teaching (BSMS Teaching Support website)

Techsmith Relay (University of Brighton)

Fuse app (University of Brighton)

Creating Media for use in Learning and Teaching (University of Brighton)

Media production services at the University of Brighton

Examples of BSMS videos: GP example OSCE, Clinical skills CV examination. Contact BSMS Learning Technologists Tim Vincent or CJ Taylor for support.

I know what screencasts are and how they can be used in teaching and learning

I am aware of the Fuse mobile app to record video on mobile devices for teaching and learning

I can find online video for teaching and incorporate it in teaching material or learning

I know that video can be produced in BSMS for use in teaching and who can help me produce it

Working with Images

I use basic graphics (e.g. drawn objects, Smart Art) in Microsoft PowerPoint and Word to teach and communicate effectively

Insert and format shapes (; BSMS log in required)

Insert SmartArt (; BSMS log in required)

BSMS Library area > Finding images (studentcentral; BSMS log-in required)

Library Guide: Finding Images(University of Brighton)

Creating a screenshot on Windows PC or Mac (Grab tool)

Insert and format images (; BSMS log-in required)

Compress a picture file size (

I obtain images legally from a range of appropriate online sources

I can create a screenshot image and use it in teaching materials

I am aware of basic manipulation of images for appropriate use in teaching (e.g. resizing, compressing, cropping)

Reading lists

I know about the online reading lists on studentcentral and who to contact for assistance

BSMS Library team (BSMS website)

About Aspire reading lists (University of Brighton)

Implementing Blended Learning

I know what blended learning is and how it can be incorporated into a teaching programme to benefit learning

Six Steps to Blended Learning (University of Brighton)

Baseline use of studentcentral

I am aware that there is a studentcentral minimum usage policy (University of Brighton) and know who in the course team is responsible for each part

Studentcentral: full list of guides (University of Brighton)

Studentcentral: template and baseline use (University of Brighton)

Studentcentral: Getting started with the basics (University of Brighton)

Studentcentral: Notifications and settings (University of Brighton)

Studentcentral tools:

Studentcentral: full list of guides (University of Brighton)

Module template and baseline use

Getting started with the basics

Notifications and settings

I can upload text, files, and web links to studentcentral to support learning

I am aware of the communication tools through studentcentral (e.g. Announcements and Email) and how to change the notification settings to receive alerts

I am aware of the range of tools on studentcentral that can support teaching and learning

eSubmission, eMarking, eFeedback, plagiarism

I am aware of the principles of Electronic Management of Assessment: eSubmission, eMarking, and eFeedback

Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) overview
(University of Brighton)

Turnitin guides

How to interpret the Similarity Report

Managing how students get their assessment grades and feedback on studentcentral

How students submit assessments electronically

Academic Study Kit: Avoiding Plagiarism (University of Brighton)

Skills Hub for students: Academic integrity (University of Sussex)

I am aware of the Similarity Index in Turnitin e-assessment software and its role in detecting academic misconduct

I am aware of the Grade Centre (for staff) and the My Grades view (for students) in studentcentral

I am aware of the Assessment area within each module area on studentcentral and how students submit assignments

I can mark assignments using Turnitin eMarking tool and provide students with feedback and grades

I am aware that there are other eSubmission methods for students, where Turnitin may not be appropriate (e.g. video-based assignments)

Learning analytics, monitoring engagement

I know what learning analytics are and their relevance to students

University of Brighton learning analytics pilot – initial results (Mar2017)
(University of Brighton)

Checking student engagement: Statistics tracking, Performance Dashboard, Course Reports (University of Brighton)

Learning Analytics: Understanding your data (

I am aware of the Performance Dashboard and the Course Reports tools in studentcentral to obtain data on student engagement/performance
(i.e. learning analytics)


I am aware of two main tools to obtain electronic responses from students/participants (Bristol Survey Online and Survey tool on studentcentral) and where to get assistance

Online survey tools (University of Brighton)

Communication and Collaboration

Links to further information


I am aware of the two main tools for blogs in teaching and how they can be used for learning

What is a blog? (YouTube video)

Edublogs (University of Brighton)

Blog tool on studentcentral (University of Brighton)


I know how to use the tools in my email software to help me manage my email communication

Guidance on the use of email (University of Brighton)

Guidance on the use of email (University of Sussex)

Connecting to email on your mobile device (University of Brighton)

I know how to access my staff email from mobile devices and webmail


I am aware of the ConnectTxt tool for contacting students via SMS (according to the BSMS policy)

ConnectTxt messaging tool (University of Brighton)

Managing digital identity

I understand the concept of digital identity, its professional relevance, and how to manage it

Managing your digital identity (University of Brighton)

Presenting / lecturing

I design my teaching presentations to be as educationally effective as possible, based on current evidence

PowerPoint training (University of Brighton)

How to present and stay on point (; BSMS log-in required)

MS Office training (inc. PowerPoint) (University of Sussex)

Applying Themes and designs to presentations (

Format presentations using Themes (; BSMS log-in required)

Changing the Slide Master (

Format presentations using Slide Master (; BSMS log-in required)

Skype for Business (Microsoft Lync) (university of Brighton)

I can format the Theme and Design of slides to make them as effective as possible

I can adjust the Slide Master to improve the design of my slides

I can use other digital technologies and tools to present and communicate (e.g. visualiser, websites, video, audio)

I am aware of tools that can support video conferencing or distance communication

Using mobile technologies

I can use tools to help promote engagement/interaction in teaching using students’ mobile devices, including PollEverywhere

Interactive tools in the classroom (inc. PollEverywhere and Nearpod; BSMS Teaching Support website)

Using mobile devices in teaching and learning (University of Brighton)

A-Z mobile apps (University of Sussex)

Blackboard app for iOS (iTunes App Store)

Blackboard app for Android (Google Play)

I know two benefits of using mobile devices for learning activities (e.g. Nearpod)

I am aware of the Blackboard mobile app for students and its role in their studies

Using social media in learning

I am aware of the potential social media has for teaching and professional development

Guidance on social media for medical students (studentcentral; BSMS log-in required)

Social media in teaching and learning (University of Brighton)


Links to further information

Managing calendars and appointments (Outlook)

I can create a shared appointment in Outlook (e.g. for meetings with colleagues)

Using Outlook Calendars Effectively (University of Brighton)

Outlook training (; click on the Training Roadmap for a helpful list of training)

Open and view multiple calendars (

I can open and view a colleague’s shared calendar in Outlook

Using spreadsheets (Excel)

I can use basic formula (e.g. addition, subtraction, average) to increase data efficiency and integrity

Excel training (; click on the Training Roadmap for a helpful list of training)

Sort data in a table

Create formulas

Create charts

Excel training (University of Brighton)

MS Office training (University of Sussex)

I can sort and filter data in a spreadsheet

I can create graphs/charts to display data meaningfully for teaching and learning

Word processing (Word)

I can structure and format a document using the Styles tool and heading

Word training (; click on the Training Roadmap for a helpful list of training)

Apply quick Styles and Themes

Track changes (collaborating on documents)

Word training (University of Brighton)

MS Office training (University of Sussex)

I can format a document e.g. font, colours, numbered lists, bullet lists, tables

I can use reference features such as page numbers, contents table, and footnotes

I can use the Track Changes feature (or equivalent) to work collaboratively on documents

Research and Information Management

Links to further information

Keeping legal

I am aware of the concept of copyright in digital information and the legal requirements

Copyright guidance (University of Brighton)

Copyright guidance (University of Sussex)

What is Creative Commons? (YouTube video)

Creative Commons website

Data Protection Policy (University of Brighton)

Data Protection guidance for staff (University of Sussex)

Spam and nuisance mail (University of Brighton)

What should I do about unsolicited, unwanted, spam or junk email? (University
of Sussex)

I understand the Creative Commons licensing and can locate and apply the appropriate licence before sharing my learning resources

I am aware of the Data Protection Act and my responsibilities with regards to protecting the confidential information of our partner Universities

I know what phishing and spam emails are and the
dangers of opening suspicious links in emails

Publishing and promoting your work

I am aware of citation metrics and how to access these

Communicating your research – Impact, citations, promotion (University of Brighton)

Open Access guidance (University of Brighton)

Open Access guidance (University of Sussex)

ORCID for researchers (University of Sussex)

I am aware of Open Access publishing and the requirements involved

I am aware of at least two online networks to use to promote my research (e.g. ResearchGate,

I know how to obtain and use a unique researcher identifier (ORCID)

I can find out where my work is being cited

Referencing and EndNote

I can use bibliographic software (e.g. EndNote) to manage references

Referencing and EndNote at BSMS (studentcentral; log-in required)

I am aware of BSMS referencing policy and scheme

If you would like any further training on any areas, contact Tim Vincent ( or 01273 644501)

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