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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
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NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
IT and Digital Skills
Information technology (IT) and digital skills or digital literacy refer to a wide-ranging set of skills relating to digital technology, including computers and computer applications, tablets and smartphones, websites and other online platforms, and much, much more. IT and digital skills are not just about knowing how to use certain tools or technologies, but learning to harness them to enhance your learning and your success as a student.
To get started with IT at NUI Galway, take a look at these Quick Start Guides. They cover a lot of the basics, including your Campus Account, Blackboard, Wifi, printing, storage and support.
Key IT and digital skills for University include, but are not limited to:
- Proficiency in key applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (and, depending on your course and the technology that you prefer to use, many other alternative or more specialised applications)
- Touch-typing skills (see our links to typing resources in IT for free)
- Ability to navigate NUI Galway’s IT systems and processes, including Blackboard and Microsoft Office 365, PC suites and printers, and various software packages (see IT for Free for more information)
- Use of technology to conduct academic research
- Mastery of educational technology, including citation and reference management software
- Building a digital profile, partly with an eye to your career after University
- For some courses, programming and coding skills
- Knowing where to get help with IT issues
Even if you feel that your IT and digital skills are very good, they can probably be improved or developed to serve you better as a student. Also, technological change occurs so rapidly that almost everyone can benefit from continuously up-skilling in this area. Click on the boxes below for more.
Recently a number of Irish higher education institutions (including NUI Galway) collaborated together on a major IT and digital skills project called All Aboard. They have produced a ‘metro map’ that maps out key IT and digital tools, technologies, and uses in a higher education setting. Take a look at this as a first step to reflecting on your own IT and digital skills. You can also take a digital confidence assessment on the All Aboard website.
The All Aboard project has also produced a series of online lessons and resources (with badges on successful completion) on a range of IT/digital skills-related topics – these are well worth exploring. Topics include blogs, screencasts, smartphones, digital images, and much more.
The Library has produced a very useful guide on digital literacy that is packed full of tips and resources to help you to upskill in this area.
For NUI Galway IT information and support, see the Information Solutions and Services website.
Supported by the NUI Galway Student Project Fund