This year, universities minister Sam Gyimah opens our student digital experience survey. Launched today, the report contains the opinions of 37,000 students on their digital experiences in further and higher education. Here's what the minister has to say in the foreword.
"I am delighted to share with you a summary of the findings from the Jisc 2018 student digital experience survey. This report provides a unique national picture of how students are using technology in universities and colleges across the UK.
"With over 37,000 participants drawn from 83 higher and further education organisations, it is the largest sample of data looking at students’ digital experience of its kind. A welcome increase in the number of organisations taking part this year also demonstrates a growing commitment to engaging students in meaningful discussions on their digital experience.
"This year’s analysis builds on the 2017 report, delving even deeper into areas such as how students rate the quality of their institution’s digital provision and the digital teaching and learning on their courses.
"Key findings include the importance of digital in supporting the transition of learners into different stages of education, as well as into work. The need for universities and colleges to offer further support around digital wellbeing, online safety and data privacy is also prominent. Ensuring students’ mental health and wellbeing is one of my priorities. This report makes clear the need for universities and colleges to take steps to ensure technology continues to be employed in the best interests of students, not exposing them to further risk.
"Most importantly, students continue to express concerns that their courses do not fully prepare them for a digital workplace. This issue must be addressed as a matter of urgency if universities and colleges are to deliver for students, employers and the country as a whole.
"I want all educational leaders to look closely at this report and consider how they can improve their own provision through the effective use of technology. I also urge them to take full advantage of the expert advice and ‘on the ground’ support provided by Jisc to take a fully digital approach to issues such as curriculum design and the learning environment.
"Finally, I call on all universities and colleges to work in partnership with their students to ensure they are providing the best possible education experience – one in which digital technology is fully integrated and offers opportunities for all learners to develop the skills they need to thrive in today’s ever-changing world of work."
Find out more
- Read the digital experience insights 2018 report (pdf)
- Read the summarised "at a glance" report (pdf)
- Register your interest in our digital experience insights service
- Learn how we help you improve the digital experience for students and staff