Digital Skills - 03/01/2017

Digital Skills - 03/01/2017

Something you might have noticed is that when we were elected as officers we had manifesto points for miles. But when we uploaded our year long objectives those ideas had been structured as three or four main priority objectives. This was a really helpful process because it focused my ideas and goals. However, I was really keen not to lose some of the slightly smaller, less broad objectives from my elections manifesto.

When I spoke to societies and sports teams in campaigning week I did consultation about the importance of all execs having access to design training. I spoke to lots of people who wanted to improve their promotional materials and felt they could do that if they had access to the Adobe creative suite. These packages are freely available to students connected with LICA but students from other courses told me they would like access to them for both academic and extra-curricular purposes.

So I was really excited when I got the opportunity to work with ISS to get open access creative software installed on computers in the Learning Zone. So far we have worked together to get the Adobe software installed on four machines in the Learning Zone - which is fantastic! But something really exciting about this project is the opportunity for developing skills and learning. Alongside the creative suite these computers have also been given access to lynda.com, an online resource offering tutorials in these powerful software packages. This is a really exciting result because for the first time students can access tutorials and also practice the skills you are learning at the same time.

I have also asked ISS to monitor the usage of these new tools on the computer as if there is enough use we may be able to apply to the University for a site-wide license to lynda.com. Meaning that you could learn skills in your own time from your own home - something I think better suits the working style of a lot of students. So if you would like to see this happen please encourage everyone to book on to these computers in the learning zone!