Part of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, the Digital Sciences Learning Community brings together employers, faculty, staff and students to explore, promote and deliver learning opportunities that will help students prepare for high-demand careers in the digital professions.
What is the The Digital Sciences Learning Community?
The Digital Sciences Learning Community brings together employers, faculty, staff and students from across the university and the region to explore, promote and deliver learning opportunities that will help current and future students prepare for high-demand careers in the digital professions. This is the place where we're gathering resources and sharing knowledge about digital innovations that help contribute to personal, community, business and global health.
Our goal is to help current and future UNE students develop the 21st century skills they need to succeed as digital problem-solvers in their personal and professional lives — in business, health, government, non-profit and public settings.
Why focus on the Digital Sciences?
Today one cannot help but notice that digital innovations are transforming our world at a breathtaking pace —from phones and apps, to social media, the Internet, and sensors in our homes and in our clothes.
Typically, the professionals who create experiences across this global digital platform have been drawn from academic disciplines that include Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Analysis and Data Analytics, and Interaction and Interface Design.
Conferring cross-disciplinary advantages
By themselves, those disciplines are no longer enough. As the digital platform becomes more powerful, more versatile, and easier to use, additional disciplines — such as psychology, anthropology and linguistics — play an increasingly central role in digital innovation and the development of digital solutions to the multitude of human problems. Today’s Digital Sciences student, and future professional, must be fluent in a variety of interdisciplinary approaches and experienced in the art of collaboration.
As the scope of the digital platform expands, the work itself is becoming more engaging, drawing people with an ever-wider variety of interests. Employers in businesses, organizations and government agencies are especially interested in meeting learners with broad abilities — critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration and communication — to go along with their technical skills.
You can learn more and join the community
UNE is promoting this interdisciplinary approach and the many ways digital science skills are used in academics, projects and research throughout the university and in our region. We look forward to sharing our ideas and experiences here at UNE over the coming months and years.