University of Sunderland in London

Digital Literacy Skills

What is Digital Literacy?

UNESCO describes digital literacy as "the ability to access, manage, understand, integrate, communicate, evaluate and create information safely and appropriately through digital technologies for employmentdecent jobs and entrepreneurship."

Digital literacy ranges from simply typing a document, creating a presentation, and doing calculations on a computer to using online systems and databases, finding complex information online from authoritative sources, and communicating and collaborating with others online safely.

In this age, you will need to be digitally literate at home, while studying at university, and in your workplace. You cannot progress in your job without being good at using computers and online systems (not phones and apps). Being digitally literate is one of the ways to survive in the increasingly competitive job market and it is also one of the graduate employability skills you have to acquire during your degree studies. 

You can improve your digital literacy skills before you graduate:

  • Book Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) training with us using the link below
  • Book a Library Induction and/or an Academic Research skills session with us
  • Contact Digital Coaches on the fourth floor of the Campus for IT training

Microsoft Word

Here you will find an Unformatted Document to practice with Digital literacy - Unformatted document.

Here is the Formatted document, try to get the document to look like this Digital literacy - Formatted document.

Use these step by step instructions in order to get there Digital Literacy - Assignment formatting instructions.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Use this guide to boost your confidence using PowerPoint: PowerPoint Guide

Here is a Powerpoint task sheet to test your PowerPoint knowledge: PowerPoint Practice Tasks

Microsoft Excel

Here is a sample Excel file Digital Literacy - Sample Excel file.

Use these step by step instructions in order to get there Digital Literacy - Excel file instructions.

Digital Coaches

The digital coaches are a passionate team of your fellow classmates, friends, and students at the University of Sunderland in London. They are here to support you and make your digital experience smoother. They assist with anything related to the virtual learning environment (VLE) navigation, ranging from Canvas, MS Teams, Compass, E:vision, SharePoint, and more. 

For more information on digital coaches please see their SharePoint page.

Contact them if you need support.

Book an online appointment for Microsoft Office trainingGo back to main Study Skills page