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Our community of practice event is for staff and leaders in higher or further education who are responsible for developing digital capability in their organisations. Our aim is to help move digital capability practice forward across the sector.
This network event offers a unique opportunity for colleagues to work together on all aspects of digital capability and to share practice, ideas and issues around enhancing student, staff and organisational digital capability. It's also an opportunity to hear more about our building digital capability service and understand how it might help meet your goals.
We hold these events twice a year.
Wednesday 27 November
Registration and refreshments
Keynote: Digital transformation: becoming a digitally capable organisation
In the keynote, Gavin McLachlan, vice-principal and chief information officer, and librarian to the university, University of Edinburgh gives a strategic introduction to the digital transformation programme at the university. He will highlight key themes, activities, why it is important and the benefits it will deliver, with a focus on digital skills as a cornerstone.
Providing examples of activities taking place as part of the programme, Stephen Roy, digital transformation portfolio manager, University of Edinburgh will show how Edinburgh has developed a digital maturity framework and how it will be used next year.
Jenni Houston, head of digital skills and training, University of Edinburgh, illustrates how Edinburgh is developing data skills for professional services staff through the 'developing your data skills programme'.
Vice-principal and chief information officer, and librarian to the university, University of Edinburgh
Participants can choose to attend one of these four one-hour workshops
Jisc tools for those new to the building digital capability service and community
If you are interested in building digital capability, this is a chance to hear more about our frameworks, discovery tool, organisational models and guidance.
Playful strategies for engaging staff and students with digital capabilities
A chance to explore three game-based approaches to engaging staff and students with digital capabilities.
Developing digital learning plans
The University of Hull is developing an approach to promoting student digital capability using short, manageable digital learning plans based on the diagnostic reports from the Jisc discovery tool. Students can use their reports to plan the development of digital capabilities for each year of study, using templates that can be shared with Academic Support Tutors (ASTs). ASTs can then provide support to students and initiate discussions around their digital capabilities.
This session will explore the approach being taken at Hull, and invite discussion around other approaches to developing student digital capability
Critical success factors for organisational digital capability
This workshop will introduce the outcomes of recent research into how organisations can develop the cultures, policies and infrastructure to enable and support digital capabilities and practices. This session will provide an opportunity to explore a practical model which highlights indicators of ‘good practice’ in relation to three stages of maturity that contribute to this goal. Participants will use the model to reflect on their organisational journey to digital capability, and identify next steps to achieving their goals.
Digital capabilities in practice
Three ‘PechaKucha’ style presentations from the community.
Self-assessing staff digital skills
Speaker: Ben Gill, digital skills developer, University of Lancaster.
Digital capability challenges and opportunities in an FE college
Speaker: Joe Wilson, manager, City of Glasgow College.
The West Highland Way
Speaker: Fiona Grant, director of academic affairs, West Highland College UHI.
Lunch and networking
Keynote: Student digital capabilities - mind the gap!
In September, Elizabeth tabled a paper at the University of Nottingham’s teaching and learning committee that set out recommendations on how the institution should address the gaps identified in the provision of support for students in developing their digital capabilities.
In this session, Elizabeth will cover the evidence-driven approach that led to this set of recommendations, including: data obtained on current students’ levels of digital capability; data from alumni on which digital capabilities are most important in the workplace; and, the consultative meetings held with each of the 27 schools.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear what has been recommended and what steps are being taken to turn the recommendations into new provision.
Senior librarian: digital literacy, University of Nottingham
Activity: exploring digital wellbeing
Jisc is supporting organisations to develop a holistic approach to developing the digital capabilities of staff and students through building digital capability. As part of the service, we have been exploring digital wellbeing.
This workshop will present our most recent definition of digital wellbeing with a focus on how organisations can support their staff and students in this area. We will explore what Jisc could be doing in this area and you will be encouraged to share your top tips on improving your own digital wellbeing.
Senior co-design manager, Jisc
Senior co-design manager, Jisc
Who should attend
Staff and leaders with a role and an interest or remit for enhancing the digital capability of staff and students across their organisations, HE, FE or skills. This may involve staff across staff development, TEL, IT, library and learning resources, student support, HR, and academic and research functions.
This is a very open community that welcomes both experienced participants and those who have not previously engaged in this field but would like to find out more.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.