Cultural and creative industries have been hit hard by the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some organisations have fought back with rapid innovations that have moved cultural content into the online domain. These efforts have opened the door to future digital innovation in this sector. However, in order to capitalise on this momentum and expand its reach, there is a need to address the digital skills gap in the cultural and creative sector more generally.
“There is a lack of digital capacity in both the leadership of and processes within the sector” (Bowes et al. 2018).
A suite of free online courses developed by the Erasmus+ project, DigiCulture, is one answer to this problem. The courses aim to develop the digital competencies of individuals and groups in the cultural and creative industries (although anyone can register) across a range of topic areas including digital content creation, safety, communication and collaboration, and data literacy.
A team in the NIDL and Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge have primarily been involved in the development of the following two courses in the series.
Digital Safety, Security and Ethics
This course aims to equip you with a broad understanding of digital security and ethics and outlines some of the steps you can take to protect your devices and online information.
Digital Audiences and Digital Analytics
This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to identify your digital audience, grow your digital audience using search engine optimisation and assess your impact online using digital analytics.
We are delighted to announce that these courses are now open for registration and facilitation will commence on Monday 31st May 2021.
You can learn more, and register for these and the other courses in the series, on the DigiCulture website. Spread the word!
Bowes, L., Higton, J., Spong, S., Welford, J., Choudhoury, A., & Francis, N. (2018). Skills needs assessment for the creative and cultural sector: A current and future outlook. CFE Research.https://creativealliance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Report-Skills-Needs-Assessment-For-The-Creative-And-Cultural-Sector-CCSkills.pdf