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Lifelong Digital Skills Development – Training yourself and others


About Digital Skills Specialization

Digital technology is affecting almost every aspect of our lives. In this context, the future of modern society depends on people capable of leading business transformation and innovation in a digitally-enabled economy. However, this requires a new and rare combination of business, technology and strategic skills and knowledge — the so-called e-skills.

In skill development, we differentiate between short-term and long-term development. To measure the short-term progress of skill development, skills need to be re-assessed after some time and be compared to the initial assessment. In terms of long-term development, it can be found that the concept of lifelong learning as well as certain tools can facilitate individuals in their development progress. Thus, this course provides an introduction into the concept of lifelong learning and provides a comprehensive toolbox for digital skill development. While most training is concerned with the own individual development of skills, another perspective is training-the-trainers to enable participants to identify others’ skill gaps and to help them develop their digital skills. Therefore, this is the second part of this course and provides general principles as well as a guideline for training others. Together with the toolbox, you will be enabled to take the role as digital skill trainers.


This course is the fourth course in the specialization "Boost your digital skills". As such, it follows on the "Introduction to digital skills" as well as two courses as "Skill training". We recommend you to go through these courses first to be able to follow the contents and tasks in this course.

Course Staff

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Judith Helmer

Judith Helmer is a researcher and lecturer at the Münster School of Business of the FH Münster University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Her research focusses on digital transformation and related market changes and innovation which she explores as part of her PhD studies. In addition, she is actively involved as researcher in Europe-wide research projects to study and develop new course concepts incorporating innovative teaching methods. Moreover, Judith Helmer is a lecturer for courses like "Creativity and Innovation", "Digital Innovation", and entrepreneurship-related courses.

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For whom is this course?

This course is relevant for beginners as well as people more advanced in digital skills. Whether you are already working in a digital environment or are studying in a master's programme to become a future responsible digital change agent, this course will enable you to better picture the context of digital skills, assess your skill level, and set the basis for your personalised digital skill development journey.