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Supporting Student Success: New Essential Digital Skills Programme

A new Essential Digital Skills Programme is being created to equip King's students for success, by supporting their academic, professional and personal development.

What are the benefits of the programme?

  • How to use the required IT systems to support their academic development and gain confidence in their use
  • About key services, systems and processes that are available to support their academic, professional, and personal development
  • How to be a good digital citizen and develop a positive digital identity
  • About the digital skills required by employers
  • Receive a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) accreditation if students complete the programme and the relevant assessments. The HEAR accreditation will be added to your university transcript so that prospective employers know that you completed the Essential Digital Skills Programme

  • It is a fully online programme that will be delivered via KEATS over the first two terms
  • Different activities will be recommended and supported during specific weeks, with catch-up weeks kept free from new activities to allow greater flexibility
  • The entire programme can be completed in around 30 hours with no more than two hours per week during term time

  • It is open to all King’s students irrespective of Faculty or year group
  • The programme is not compulsory. Students have the option to take the programme
  • For more information please contact


Studying Online

King’s has a range of technologies which can help you engage with your studies online. General guidance is provided below on key tools and techniques, but activities may vary depending on your Module or Programme Approach.

Studying Online

I would like to…


Know how to engage as part of a community online

Understand appropriate behaviour in online discussions and engagement

  • Guidance for Online Communication (PDF Guide) is available from the King’s Governance Zone.

Engage in a lecture via Microsoft Teams

Have a 1-2-1 video call 

Get further information on using KEATS for my studies

Alternative Assessments

Alternative assessments are currently being planned within faculties and a range of approaches will be utilised. General guidance is provided below on key tools and techniques, but activities may vary depending on your Module or Programme Approach.

Alternative Assessments


I would like to…


Know how to prepare to undertake an online assessment

Submit my assessment to Turnitin via KEATS

Submit my assessment to KEATS Assignment

Record a presentation which can be assessed by my Tutor

  • PowerPoint can be used to record a narrated presentation (PDF Guide) which could be uploaded onto KEATS.

  • Kaltura Capture (PDF Guide) can be used to record your screen, webcam and/or audio and make it available via My Media in KEATS. 

  • Kaltura Media Assignment (PDF Guide) may be used to enable you to submit your media assignment directly into KEATS.

Record a ‘Practical’ assessment which can be assessed by my Tutor

Undertake a peer assessment using Turnitin PeerMark

Having technical problems?

0207 848 88888


King's Coronavirus Guidance

Please visit the University's guidance pages for the latest information.

Safety Net Policy

Information about King's Coronavirus Safety Net Policy and Student FAQs is available


Online Study Skills Sessions

Book an online Study Skills session via King’s Academic Skills for Learning.

Sessions available 7 days a week. 

Online Library Support

Monday to Friday between 09.30-17.30 library staff will be responding to emails via Alternatively, you can use our 24/7 live chat service.

If you need more in-depth help you can book a 30 minute 1:1 with a librarian (available Monday to Friday).


Accessing Wellbeing Services

Visit the Student Services Online guidance on Accessing Student Support & Wellbeing remotely.