Alison Kaye

Alison Kaye

I'm a Teaching and Learning Advisor at the University of York, specialising in digital skills development. I support staff and students at organisational, departmental, programme and individual level.

Location York


  • I've not used Kiddle either. I'll have a look as my son is now getting to the age where he'll start searching for himself soon.

  • Do you work for SCVO Maddie? Really interesting stuff

  • Mike B - ha ha, yes I must admit I've never watched the One Show. I remember Why Don't you though. I loved it though (I was quite young at the time)

  • Hi. You can share the link to this one GG. In FutureLearn the 'Discussion' content is locked down but other pages are fine to share a link to.

  • Hi GG. We haven't been able to get the authority needed to make all the content shareable en masse (the urls are locked down in some way) but I've checked with the author and she is more than happy for you to copy and paste the content of this article into something else and share it if you attribute her (Susan Halfpenny, University of York). I know this isn't...

  • Despite the clip I have to admit I use Google a lot! I think it works really well when I'm looking for a specific site. When searching for information by topic in order to inform my understanding of a subject it becomes less effective. I use Scholar when searching for information for my job because I need to find scholarly sources of information and this...

  • It's not just libraries that are trying to help people bridge the skills gap. For example, the Carnegie Trust has a project called #NotWithoutMe, which was launched in 2015 to improve digital inclusion and increase digital skills among vulnerable young people. Age UK have been supporting older people who lack the skills to fully participate in a digital world....

  • I think what's interesting about the pie chart is that it's not saying that this is the proportion of people that have those skills, it's saying that this proportion of people are in jobs where they need those skills to fulfill their roles. The problem is that despite the roles requiring these higher levels of understanding and skill there are big skill gaps,...

  • I've seen the Doteveryone test but haven't known anyone using it to measure people's skills at work. That's really interesting.

  • Agreed, 'what is it you're trying to achieve/do?' is a crucial question in order to save time and misunderstandings

  • That makes complete sense to me Maddie. I think it's that general awareness of how I.T. works and what is possible, that means you know the right questions to ask and the right information to ask for from technical IT teams.

  • Lots of interesting points here about balance, and being aware and mindful of the time you spend online and ensuring that you're doing as much as you can that is enjoyable in life both online and offline. I am a bit guilty of mindless scrolling at times when I should do something that gives me more joy. However, it's possibly no worse than watching mindless...

  • It sounds like you have a good balance Mike, which I think is the real key

  • As many of you have picked up on, recent elections and referendums have seen many people using social media to engage in mainstream politics. In the recent General Election in the UK it was interesting to see how the Labour party in particular made use of social media to engage voters. They not only had a social media presence but they had a plan for how to...

  • Yes, in the recent election it was very interesting to see how the Labour party made use of social media to engage voters. The content for this course was updated before the election so it doesn't take account of that. Labour not only used social media (the main parties all did) but had a plan for how to use it effectively to grab people's attention.

  • All three are very intertwined together. For example you can;t think about the future of the organisation (strategic planning) without having some understanding of IT.

  • Hi. I'm a Learning Advisor at the University of York. I work with staff and students in the area of digital skills development and I usually work either with groups of 20 or under or do one to one consultations and discussions. However, I do give some presentations to larger audiences too. I think it would be useful for me to have clearer strategies for...

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    Free online resources continued ....

    Richard K. continued...

    Patricia Miller
    Are you familiar with the DO-IT Center?
    Wikipedia has a...

  • Alison Kaye made a comment

    Here are the free online resources that help people develop their digital skills that people shared in a week 1 post (split over two comments as there are a limited number of characters allowed).

    In collaboration with Camden People First, we have created a free website catering specifically for people with learning disabilities:
    It is...

  • This is really interesting. Thanks for sharing Richard K

  • Many thanks for sharing all these guys. I'll post again to share them with everyone who is following my posts and we'll see if anyone adds any more there.

  • Thanks for the link to this article Clara

  • It's been great to see your thoughts whilst considering these two ideas/models. Models are unable to accurately categorise people and practices, life is more complex than that. But they can act as tools to aid reflection and it's good to see so many of you enjoying thinking about your practices by using the V&R lens. For what it's worth, I enjoy the new links...

  • It's so interesting to hear about all the different levels and contexts of information and technology use and expertise, even within one family. I think you're definitely exploding the native and immigrant myth

  • Thanks for this Cathy. Yes, I agree that someone's willingness to adapt and change is an important factor. Good point.

  • Agreed Seyed :-)

  • Soon, many thanks for the Loon Project link. Very interesting.

  • Yes, Seyed, I think some people believe it is a "need" and others feel it is not important to them at all. I guess for those whose livelihood depends on it. for example, it is far more crucial. Interesting to think about the balance between online and real world interactions in different people's lives too, as you say.

  • Request to share resources
    We've mentioned libraries in particular in this section but does anyone know of any online resources that help people develop their digital skills, whether free or paid for. Please share any you know of here and we'll collate them and share them with everyone. Many thanks

  • For those of you who took the test, I hope you enjoyed it. Digital competency and behaviour is obviously more complex than a tick-box set of skills, and it is not mandatory by any means to be proficient in all of the practices listed (I'm certainly not), but hopefully it helped you think about some of the capabilities that are considered to be digital skills...

  • Let me know if this is still a problem Michael-Kurt and I'll put you in touch with FutureLearn to solve it.

  • Thanks for the links. I'll take a look

  • But if you don'tr know you have a particular lack of skill or that there is anything better, i.e. there isn't a specific problem that you're aware of that leads you to do a Google search, how do you find out about things? Professional networks that share ideas?

  • I love this! Thanks Elena. I'm going to look into this village further.

  • The meme above, of course, is not something we should take too seriously. It's a very famous meme that strikes a chord with people (hence they share it) but as most of you have said, the world will not stop without wifi access, and other considerations (food, shelter, etc.) are far more crucial to our happiness and survival. It's a fun illustration though to...

  • There have been some really interesting discussions going on this week and this is no exception. It's great to see people from different countries sharing their experiences so that we really appreciate the differences that exist globally. As we have seen, access is a real issue for many people. Which means that there are voices and stories not being...

  • Thanks for the link. I'll take a look

  • All good points. As the week progresses we'll look more at information skills such as sifting and evaluation of sources.

  • All good points. As the week progresses we'll look more at information skills such as sifting and evaluation of sources.

  • Thanks Hanny. You have summarised quite a few of the challenges here.

  • I think this may depend on where you are. But its great to hear that in Melbourne libraries are evolving and thriving, as they are in many cities in many countries. I'm a librarian myself and so far, in the University context, books continue to have their place, especially for subjects where older non-digitised material is important. Interesting discussion....

  • Thanks for sharing this link Patricia. Sometimes it's best to use whatever works for you - I also find myself turning to pen and paper for some things. For me, awareness and knowledge is probably the most empowering thing and you are clearly continuing to develop yours. It's a very interesting point you make about dementia and other conditions that may make...