Proficiency in Information and Communication Technologies or, for short, “ICT proficiency” stands for the practical and technical skills to effectively pursue goals in a digital environment. It means being able to select and operate hardware (devices), software (applications), and services (such as web platforms).
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Resources at the University of Basel
Introduction to computing
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science proposes a small introduction to computing for people from outside the field.
Courses from the IT Services
The IT Services offer courses on various areas of Digital Skills, including on the use of software such as Microsoft Office or Adobe InDesign. (In German.)
Introduction to programming
Every fall semester, Marcel Lüthi offers a course «Introduction to Programming». His target audience are students from disciplines outside computer science. Most of his learning materials are accessible online.
The IT Services have guidelines on how to setup one's working environment at the University of Basel (e-mail address, internet access, software, etc.). (In German.)
Useful Apps for students
SKUBA, the student organization of the University of Basel, maintains a list of mobile applications that are useful for students. (In German.)
Software offer for university members
Through the ASKNET portal, members of the university can purchase software at special prices. A university log-in required.
What are «Digital Skills»?
In this talk on Vimeo Dr. Sarah Genner, a renowned media scholar, presents a definition of digital skills and provides valuable critical insights on the topic of «digitalization». (In German).
Futher Internet Resources
Elements of AI
The University of Helsinki offers a free online course that is an excellent introduction to artificial intelligence. It is available in several languages.
Basics of computer science
On the British learning platform FutureLearn, the Raspberry Pi Foundation offers an online course on the basics of computer science. Registration is required.
Tips for skill improvement
«1minuteCPD – Improve your digital skills one minute at a time» is a website with practical tips for improving one’s digital skills in various areas.
Software tips for students
The University of Fribourg has a useful website with a selection of useful tools for studying and digital collaboration. (In German.)
Specialized web sites like GitHub, GitLab or SourceForge can be used to search for, compare and learn more about Open-Source applications.
When searching for software, especially when looking for a replacement for a particular program, the crowded-sourced website AlternativeTo can be very useful.
EU Competence Framework
The goal of the "DigComp" project of the European Union is to provide a competence framework for all EU citizens. A new version of the framework (2.2) appeared in 2022. Available in different formats.
What is «Digital Literacy»?
Colin Lankshear and M. Knobel discuss various definitions of «Digital Literacy» in their book Digital Literacy. Concepts, policies and practices.