Developing Digital Communication
To develop your digital skills please take the opportunity to explore the range of resources and courses below.
These resources will help you to communicate online
Now that you are familiar with this capability, we can break it down into sub-sections.
- What is Digital Communication & Why Are Skilled Professionals in Such High Demand? From Northeastern University this blog makes the case for not just digital skills or communication skills but digital communication skills specifically.
- Develop your communication skills - Why not try out one of these short courses run by FutureLearn? They might just improve your communication skills and your career prospects.
- Career Credentials: Evidence Your Expertise in Communication - This FutureLearn course, developed by the University of Deakin, sets out guidelines that you should be mindful of when communicating effectively online.
Explore these resources on Digital Collaboration
- Best practices for collaborating with Office 365 – This video from Microsoft breaks down how to collaborate on Word documents, using the features of Office 365 that every Queen’s student has access to. One of the many benefits of using the Office 365 suite is that these features are common across different apps, such as PowerPoint.
- New year, new you: Transform your student group projects with Microsoft Teams – This blog from a student intern with Microsoft details how to apply the functionality of Teams to university life.
These resources offer good practical advice on participating online
- The Queen's Digital Etiquette provides clear guidance to all students on different aspects of online behaviour. Keep it as your guide for participating with staff and students on all digital platforms such as Canvas and Microsoft Teams.
- Being a Digital Citizen - Here is a short guide about being a good digital citizen.
- Blog Post - Engaging Online - This blog, Engaging in Online Discussions: Top 10 Tips for Students provides advice on how to engage in an online environment.
You can find out more about online etiquette (often called netiquette) in the following brief resources:
- Succeed with Learning - Netiquette
- What is Netiquette? The Cybersmile Foundation, a multi-award non-profit organisation explores the definiton of netiquette and why it is important in the digital space. As well as some general golden rules to keep everything positive online some examples of good netiquette and bad netiquette are also provided.
Take these online courses to further your knowledge
- Learning Online: Communicating and Collaborating – This course from Leeds will help you build up these skills and enhance your online learning.
- The Power of Social Media from The University of Southampton – This is a broader course on social media which is important as it is our main way of communicating online. Aspects of Digital Wellbeing and Identity will also be relevant to this course.
- The Verge Guide to Twitter (The ins and outs of the twitterverse). Check out this useful resource that has a lot of helpful advice and practical tips on getting to know and mastering Twitter and your tweets.