Developing digital skills

Here are some of the ways I’ve been able to develop my digital skills over the past few years. Hopefully you’ll find some of them useful too.

Ady Howes is a Digital Learning Specialist for DPG – click here to find out more



DPG Community – a free to join online community of HR and L&D professionals. Questions and discussions about learning technology and the latest thinking are often found in the various groups.

You Tube – ranked as the world’s second largest search engine, there’s always new things to discover. It could be how to use a particular software programme, how to shoot a video or how to clean up audio tracks. now owned by Linked In gives you access to a whole library of online courses. I’ve learned lots about producing animations, sound, videos and editing photos in return for a small monthly subscription.

Gravy for the Brain established by Peter Dickson as heard on the X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and several worldwide adverts is home to the learning on voiceover I did and still do. The online courses will help you to learn the writing, the craft and the equipment needed to produce engaging voiceovers for learning.

The Articulate Community is a source of knowledge for me in using authoring tools and techniques to make learning more engaging.

MOOCS, such as those by Future Learn are usually free and offer learning in a range of digitally related topics. Just last year, I completed a MOOC written in collaboration with the BBC which helped me with my digital storytelling and filming skills.

My involvement in producing audio and visual content for new online TV channel Learning Now TV has helped me to sharpen up my skills whilst aiming for broadcast quality material.

You just can’t do everything. People Per Hour has helped me to bring in the skills of external freelancers without breaking the budgets and where additional skills are required.

A huge thank you to my #PLN on Twitter and Linked In for my ongoing professional development too. I just #LOVECPD!