Our survey of 1,001 learners has found that 63% of Scottish students think staff need to improve their digital skills to keep up. A further 68% of respondents think that students should be taught more digital skills to help them to cope with the modern workplace - in line with concerns about a digital skills crisis, that have been heightened in the wake of Brexit.
The digital capability of staff and students is the key theme for this year’s free Connect More events, kicking off on 6 June at Caledonian University, Glasgow. The events have a varied programme of speakers from both Jisc and across the education sector and are an opportunity for professionals to network and share problems, and solutions.
Valerie McCutcheon, research information manager at The University of Glasgow said:
“One of the key benefits of being involved in a recent Jisc project was the opportunity to share our experiences and knowledge with others from different education institutions. I would encourage anyone who is keen to explore how technology can enhance the learning experience of students and tutors to register for the event – collaboration is one of the best ways to tackle the common issues that we in the education sector face.”
The survey1 also found that 54% of students think technology is developing faster than schools, colleges or universities can cope with, and more than two-thirds (79%) believed that staff need regular training in order to improve the way technology is used in their organisation.
“Connect More events bring higher and further education staff together to network, to share effective practice and to learn. From previous research we know that most students are inspired to improve their own digital capabilities, but practitioners already have many priorities and targets that take up their time when it comes to implementing new technologies at their organisations. This event will provide ideas about how to use technology in an efficient way. There’ll also be the chance to use some inspiring tech from the hands on tasters available at Digilab, from VR headsets to robots and everything in between.”
60% of survey respondents also thought that advancements in technology stand to improve the learning experience for future students, which is the ultimate goal for lecturers and tutors wherever they’re based.
From digital problem solving to robots for the classroom, the free Connect More event, on 6 June will give educators - in both FE and HE - a chance to explore the tools available to them today and how to meet the expectations of tomorrow's learners.
- 1 *The survey was delivered by Fly Research, on behalf of Jisc in May 2016