Discovery tool

Providing access to publisher collections within the discovery tool

Jisc resource records

The discovery tool provides access to a curated collection of resources for each of the digital capability framework areas (eg digital wellbeing, digital proficiency) and for specific activities relating to each of the question sets, such as teaching, library and learning resources and the student question sets. A selection of these resources are presented to staff and students to explore once they have completed the question sets and received feedback on their strengths and weaknesses

Resources included in the discovery tool come from a wide range of publishers. Each resource included in the discovery tool is reviewed for relevance to the different question sets and to ensure a well-balanced, high quality collection.

Following feedback from our pilot phases we have limited the number of resources that are offered in feedback reports to prevent overload. We also offer resource banks which offer a browsable larger collection of resources.

Jisc has been working closely with a range of publishers to map their resources to the digital capabilities framework and include them within the tool. 

These include:

  •         Microsoft educator community
  •         Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA)
  •         Education and Training Foundation (ETF)
  •         Google Applied Digital Skills

These ‘publisher collection’ resources are integrated within the tool in the most appropriate places and are surfaced in user reports and resource banks where they are most relevant. 

In addition, we have created some publisher collection resource banks if users would prefer to browse through all resources included in the discovery tool from a publisher.

All resource records included within the discovery tool collection are free.

Organisational resource records

We have developed a feature within the discovery tool that allows subscribing organisations to add their own resource records so that they can direct staff and students to institution specific content and/or content that they have subscribed to. We have developed a series of guides to help organisations do this effectively.

The benefits of being able to add organisational resources include:

  • Directing staff and students to institution specific content
  • Linking to organisational approaches to building digital capabilities
  • Using terminology that is meaningful to staff/students
  • Focusing on specific organisational initiatives
  • Supporting strategic organisational approaches
  • Institutional content augments Jisc selected content but will be listed first in the summary carousels

 The kinds of content an organisation could include in resource records includes:

  • Content produced by the organisation
  • Content subscribed to by the organisation (eg e-journals, e-books, LinkedIn Learning)
  • Institution specific guidance and support
  • Training and events for staff and students

Many organisations that subscribe to the digital capability service also subscribe to external publisher collections such as LinkedIn Learning resources. It is possible to use organisational resource records in the discovery tool to link out to LinkedIn Learning resources – either to individual resources or collections that can be created within LinkedIn Learning. The series of guides provided in the subscribers hub of the Building digital capability website shows how to do this. Each resource record can include links to several resources or resource collections so one record can link to institutional resources and LinkedIn Learning resources.

Organisations can use their resource records to link to specific elements of the digital capabilities framework (eg digital wellbeing or information, media and data literacy) or can link them to specific question sets (eg teaching or accessibility and inclusion).  Organisations can choose how to organise their own resource records and how to surface them to staff and/or students. One of the guides mentioned above aims to help people make these decisions.

if you are not a subscriber to the Building digital capability service and would like further information contact the team at:

By Lou McGill

synthesis consultant

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