Leaders in further education (FE) must sometimes feel like they’re at sea, navigating waves of new policies and sometimes sailing dangerously close to the financial wind.
It’s part of our job to help steady the ship – to provide help and support to our members by assessing need and guiding them forward on a path of technological transformation that will improve the learning experience and benefit the organisation.
To help senior leaders make good choices, we’ve come up with a series of priorities we think colleges should address if they are to make the best use of technology.
Both have been written by our head of FE and skills, Paul McKean.
As a kick-off, we ask whether the senior management team (SMT) and governors have a strategic understanding of the benefits and value technology can provide. Things to consider include:
- The introduction of a cross-college technology strategy group
- How tech can make savings
- Whether the SMT would benefit from training to understand what a digitally capable college looks like
Jisc offers a massive range of products and services and we know that can be confusing, so there is a question asking whether you know which services are available as part of your membership, and which others may be of benefit. For example, we offer specialist advice for colleges going through mergers. There is also a link to our guide on fundamental technologies for colleges.
Onwards and upwards...
Other questions cover the use of tech to improve learning, teaching and assessment, compliance on accessibility and Prevent duty, and the importance of improving digital skills for both students and staff.
We also ask how prepared colleges are for the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, and whether there is a robust cyber security strategy in place. The latter is particularly important as we know that colleges are an increasing target for cyber criminals.
Not sure where to start? Your account manager will be able to help.