We're working to ensure staff in universities and colleges are equipped for a changing digital environment
Effective and appropriate use of technology by university and college staff is vital in providing an enhanced student experience and in realising a good return on investment in the digital environment.
We’re working with stakeholders and sector bodies to:
- Provide clear guidance on the digital skills and capabilities that are required for a range of staff roles
- Equip leaders and staff with the tools and resources they need to improve digital capability at a local or institutional level
Building on our previous work on developing digital literacies for staff and students and through a consultation with a range of stakeholders using our co-design approach, we identified the current challenges institutions face when developing the digital capabilities of their staff and students.
Digital capability framework
Our digital capability framework (pdf) describes the skills needed by staff from a wide range of academic, administrative and professional roles to thrive in a digital environment.
Our model is supported by the following tools and resources:
Our ‘digital discovery’ tool (beta) has been designed to support individual staff (and soon students) working in universities, colleges and training providers to reflect on their digital capabilities.
The tool presents a series of reflective questions that relate to the different elements of digital capability as defined in our digital capability framework (pdf). These are followed by a visual profile of their capabilities, feedback and suggested actions and resources that might help staff and students progress.
Our first beta version of the tool was piloted with 14 institutions from February 2017 – June 2017. You can read more about the journeys of six of the institutions involved, and what we learned from this pilot on our project blog.
Following feedback gained from this pilot, the tool has been redesigned and developed in a new platform. The new beta tool is being piloted by 100 organisations across FE, HE and skills from January to May 2018. The evaluation of the pilot will be used to inform the future of the service.
Stay up to date
To find out more and keep in touch with the work visit our project blog.
The next opportunity to get involved with the tool (outside of the pilot) will be September 2018. Please contact the team (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to find out more.
We’ve designed a series of role profiles, which align to the framework and highlight the digital capabilities associated with particular roles. The profiles have been developed collaboratively and mapped to relevant professional frameworks. They are designed to support team leaders in identifying the digital capabilities their teams need.
- HE teacher (pdf)
- FE and skills teacher (pdf)
- Library and information professional (pdf)
- Learning technologist (pdf)
- Leader (pdf)
- Researcher (pdf)
- Learner (pdf)
In collaboration with the Higher Education Academy (HEA), we have also deveoped a digital lens on the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
Resources to support organisational approaches
Our guide to developing organisational approaches to digital capability has been created to support organisations with developing their culture, infrastructure and practices to grow organisational digital capability and enable individual digital capabilities to flourish.
Our briefing, developing organisational approaches to digital capability (pdf) is designed to help you, as an organisational lead, consider how our resources can help build digital capability in your organisation.
It includes a model describing the digitally-capable organisation (pdf) as well as a step-by-step guide (pdf) with practical actions and activities for you to consider when building digital capability in your organisation (pdf).
Audit tools and checklists
We've also developed a checklist for curriculum developers (Word doc) to help course teams assess how well a course of study is preparing learners with the right kinds of digital capabilities.
Our case studies highlight the journeys taken towards digital capability to date by universities and colleges:
- Hillcroft College: small is (digitally) beautiful (pdf)
- Anglia Ruskin University: a digital literacy framework for staff and students (pdf)
- Bournemouth University: a new vision for learning (pdf)
- Epping Forest: unleashing student creativity (pdf)
- Glasgow Caledonian University: a focus on flexible curriculum design (pdf)
- Lancaster University: digital fluency for everyone (pdf)
- University of Southampton: working in partnership with students (pdf)
- The Open University: developing a digital mindset (pdf)
- University of Lincoln: how digital are you? (pdf)
- North Lindsey College: digital ‘missions’ and digital teams (pdf)
- Nottingham Trent University: a continuum of support (pdf)
- Salford City College: cascading skills through staff and student champions (pdf)
- South Eastern Regional College: A whole college approach to developing digital capabilities (pdf)
- University College London: modern variations on a radical tradition (pdf)
- University of Brighton: digital literacies in professional development and the curriculum (pdf)
Our report deepening digital know-how: building digital talent (pdf) identifies key issues and future requirements for the digital capabilities of staff in UK HE and FE.
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