The scale of transformation that is being required of FE colleges is unprecedented. Whether your college is responding to area reviews, embracing the opportunities and challenges of devolution or focusing on delivering apprenticeships, you are under pressure as never before.
We are here to provide as much help and support as you need to harness the digital technology available to aid your college’s specific evolution. We can help you develop and achieve a vision for your college, drive efficiencies and emerge as a more resilient, sustainable provider of high-quality learning and skills.
As a member of Jisc, you always have access to extensive advice and practical support from our account managers and subject specialists. Sometimes you might need specialist input with a critical issue - an organisation-wide strategy or infrastructure review, for example, or a merger.
At times like these, ongoing impartial advice from a critical friend and extensive hands-on support could enable you to identify the issues, select solutions and work through the process to an optimal outcome.
Some colleges have also asked for more and want enhanced levels of advice and practical help with specific business-critical issues.
So we also have available the option of a competitively-priced, paid-for consultancy service that’s there if you need it. A key focus is to help you extract maximum benefit from the products, services and money-saving deals that are already available to you as a member of Jisc. Find out more about our consultancy offer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building staff digital capabilities will ultimately not only improve the learner experience but also ensure the college gets the best return on investment in its digital environment.
As part of our building digital capability project, you can access guidance, tools and resources to help you equip staff with the digital skills and confidence that they need now.
For senior leadership, we offer a digital leaders programme. This training and support equips senior leaders to lead on the effective implementation of technologies – the results will be an improvement in the learner experience and a good return on your college’s investment in digital technologies.
If your college is planning to offer more apprenticeships, you will need to make sure that learners and staff who are working at multiple sites or off-campus have reliable access to your services and resources and that you know who is accessing college systems.
We can also support you to expand and transform your apprenticeship provision and deliver more flexible options to meet the needs of employers. We are developing an extensive apprenticeship journey toolkit that identifies how effective application of digital technologies can help in the delivery of the new apprenticeship standards.
Furthermore, to enable staff and learners to work on the move, having access to eduroam means that they could be close to a venue that offers eduroam connectivity, and the eduroam companion app can help them find their nearest venue.
Plan improvements to your college’s digital learning and teaching environment with insights gained from the student digital experience tracker, a tool that tracks learners’ changing experiences and expectations of digital technologies. The tool is designed to help you to prioritise the things that will have the biggest impact.
Our new Data Explorer tool shows teaching staff visualisations of teaching and learning data in easy to use dashboards while Study Goal presents the same information to learners so that they can set their own targets and take more control of their own learning. Both these tools will be available to the sector soon.
We’re developing a learning analytics service to enable your college to identify learners who are at risk of underachieving or dropping out and to plan interventions that will get them back on track.
Your college can benefit from leading edge, digital infrastructure without any upfront capital expenditure by migrating to the cloud. We offer the opportunity for colleges to stop managing core services on site and to adopt a software as a service (SaaS) model, where applications are hosted via Jisc and accessed by organisations on the world-class Janet Network.
Colleges will benefit from using a network that is stable, proactively monitored and continually being improved to deliver their services, paid for under a clear, value for money, pay-per-month charging model.
Get some good ideas and find out what has worked in other organisations by dipping into the case studies in breaking through: stories of effective digital practice from UK further education and skills, our frequently updated report describing the digital visions and journeys of colleges and skills providers.
Where will digital technology take you?
Get in touch for more information on these and other ways that we can support your college’s transformation through digital technologies.