Building capability for new digital leadership, pedagogy and efficiency

University and college leaders don't always recognise the strategic and operational importance of digital technology. The lack of the capability of the sector workforce to fully exploit digital technology affects the student experience and student satisfaction. The effective adoption of digital technology could transform universities and colleges.

Consultation

We are consulting with individuals and groups from June to September to create a short list of ideas for projects that can provide national level solutions to the digital capability challenge for both higher and further education in the UK. The short list will be prioritised further in a workshop at the end of September.

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This site has been populated with the ideas which have emerged during consultation so far. Have a look at the ideas, vote and comment on them, and add your own.

Jisc provides digital solutions for UK education and research.

Ideascale is being used to support a Jisc project but is not affiliated with or funded by Jisc in any way.

Customer Service

Digital leadership programme

Development and coaching programme for senior managers in universities and colleges, to help them develop strategy and implementation plans to make the most of what digital technologies can offer their own institution. The programme will also help them address the digital capability of their staff.

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Digital capability cookbook

Suite of resources for use in digital capability planning and staff development activities which have been robustly road-tested with a range of universities and colleges, and which come with full instructions, advice and recipes (including videos) for using them. The resources address the key intervention points identified by research in universities and colleges and paths through them are signposted.

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Develop open badges for students' digital capabilities

Develop a set of open badges that universities/colleges can adopt, adapt, contextualise and brand for themselves. These would recognise students' digital skills in a number of areas and give institutions guidance on customising and embedding them e.g. into e-portfolios: also on the kinds of activity students might undertake to meet each requirement. Involvement of Jisc's partner organisations would mean that providers ...more »

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37 votes
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Supporting staff-student partnerships in digital development

Supporting students and staff engaged in partnership work in the area of digital development and technology-enhanced learning, by providing an online community and face to face events. Providing professional development materials and accreditation routes. Providing guidance on staff-student partnerships in this area.

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33 votes
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Diagnostic tools for individuals

Validated diagnostic tools for a range of role groups/functional areas including learning and teaching and research staff in order to reflect on their digital capabilities and identify areas in which they may wish to develop.

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33 votes
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Guidance

Embedding digital practice in taught routes to UKPSF recognition

Develop design guidance to support the embedding of skills needed to become a digital practitioner in taught routes to the UK Professional Standards Framework. This guidance will build on and extend existing Jisc resources e.g. Jisc and Professional Associations Guide to Implementing the UKPSF in the Digital University. These steps would focus on action planning, advice on writing taught route learning outcomes and integrating ...more »

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25 votes
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Skills frameworks for digital practice

Provide digital skills frameworks for (at least) academic and professional services staff roles in universities and colleges. This would be done by recognising or recommending existing frameworks from sector and professional bodies, and working with these bodies to fill any identified gaps.

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21 votes
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Impact toolkit

Guidance, case studies, templates and tools to help institutional leaders and IT services managers assess the business benefits which they are getting from their technology investment. The toolkit would also support managers in assessing the likely benefits of future technology improvements, and planning to ensure that these are realised and measured.

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16 votes
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Evidence base on institutional approaches digital skills dev.

‘Warts and all’ evidence base on the approaches which have been rolled out on significant scale in universities and colleges to improve staff digital skills, with information on cost, benefits, measurable impacts. The approaches would include for example moving to online help and training, embedding in curriculum design, outsourcing all IT training, etc.

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12 votes
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Underpinning work

Encourage and support parallel self-funded course redesigns

This probably applies particularly in FE but may be relevant in HE too. A lot of colleges face, in parallel, similar course redesign challenges, flowing from changes in the funding and technical environments that affect them all. Consequently there is a lot of parallel reinvention of the same wheels. A community of practice approach, perhaps drawing on the ALT/JISCInfonet CAMEL method, would: * be cheap to run; * enable ...more »

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Customer Service

Digital capability support service

Support service for institutions who would like direct support in building their digital capability. Works alongside many of the other toolkits and resources, particularly the digital capability cookbook. Offers ‘train the trainers’ or fully supported routes – providing training, advice and mentoring for the staff charged with leading and delivering an institutional digital capability initiatives; and/or providing on-site ...more »

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7 votes
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Higher levels of UKPSF accreditation for digital practice

Supporting staff in universities who have worked on digital initiatives (including previous Jisc projects) to apply for recognition against the UKPSF at Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow level. Support would be provided to staff applying for recognition either through institutional schemes or through the HEA individual route. It is this group of staff, who are likely to be the future leaders within HE, who need both motivation, ...more »

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6 votes
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Agile Learning

This project would define methods of learning and teaching that promote collaboration, personal agency and capability. It would use agile practices from the world of work to organise learning that promoted both individual and collaborative effort, personal agency and participatory culture. It would create an environment where the digital habits of learners could be developed so that digital tools are used naturally for ...more »

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Online Identities: Student led magazine/training website

Student led magazine/training website for exploring and developing awareness, skills and confidence in ‘online identities, presence and practice’.

 

The site would bring together staff, students and industry to share ideas, experience and knowledge whilst also exploring new effective and innovative co-learning environment.

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