This Edinburgh Award recognises your commitment to online and/or technology practices.
If you are interested in getting involved, or already actively participating in building your digital skills (vlogging, social media for employability, teaching coding, academic blogging, hackathons, Maker Faires, Wikipedia editing or any others!) you can get HEAR recognition for your achievements and support to identify the skills you are developing. The best thing is that you get to meet, network and collaborate with other students while adding something to your CV, developing your skills and getting Your Digital Edge!
What will I get from it?
This Award is designed to give you recognition for the things you do beyond your academic degree and is an invaluable opportunity to develop your employability through:
- Support from staff to help you identify and develop your skills; the Award is tailored to your needs, so you identify the skills you want to develop and set goals to develop them
- Support from staff to articulate what skills you’ve developed and how to ‘sell’ these to employers
- Access to specifically tailored career planning and personal development resources
- Support to develop an effective online presence including building an effective LinkedIn profile and advice on managing your digital footprint
- Get You Digital Edge and be digitally-savvy for the information and technology age we live in
- The Edinburgh Award will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) when you graduate
What exactly will I do?
Students lead busy lives, and that’s why we want to recognise the excellent work you are already doing! All you have to do is think a bit more and a little differently about what you are doing.
Running this summer you will be doing the following:
- Attend 3, two-hour compulsory personal development sessions: June 21, August 2 and September 8, 2016 (online or face-to-face).
- 50 hours of evidenced digital literacy practices of excellence (internships, volunteering, self-directed online practice, events support/ management, social media activity).
- 8 x 200 word reflections encouraging students’ articulate the value and impact of their experience.
- Final portfolio submission evidencing the student’s contribution to online and technology excellence over the course of the Award.
This Award has been designed in collaboration with Learning, Teaching and Web and The University Careers Service and the IAD Digital Footprint initiative because we want you to get the most out of your time at University; we want to help you get Your Digital Edge!