We're working to ensure staff in universities and colleges are equipped for a changing digital environment.
Effective and appropriate use of technology by university and college staff is vital in providing an enhanced student experience and in realising a good return on investment in the digital environment.
We’re working with stakeholders and sector bodies to:
- Provide clear guidance on the digital skills and capabilities that are required for a range of staff roles
- Equip leaders and staff with the tools and resources they need to improve digital capability at a local or institutional level
Building on our previous work on developing digital literacies for staff and students and through a consultation with a range of stakeholders using our co-design approach, we identified the current challenges institutions face when developing the digital capabilities of their staff and students.
Digital capability framework and resources
Our framework (pdf) describes the skills needed by staff from a wide range of academic, administrative and professional roles to thrive in a digital environment.
Our model is supported by the following tools and resources:
Discovery tool (beta)
Our discovery tool (beta) has been designed to support individuals and managers in a range of roles by helping them to identify and reflect on their current digital capability and make plans to improve their capability using a customised play list of resources. We've also produced some guidance on how to use the discovery tool (pdf) which you may find helpful.
We are interested in working with institutions who are willing to pilot the discovery tool and other resources in 2017. If you're interested in taking part, contact Lisa Gray ([email protected]).
We’ve designed a series of role profiles aligned to the framework which highlight the digital capabilities associated with particular roles.
These profiles will support team leaders in identifying the digital capabilities their teams need.
So far we’ve created profiles for HE teacher (pdf), learner (pdf), and researcher (pdf). We’ll be updating these and also producing role profiles for FE teacher, leader, learning technologist, library and information professional.
Our report deepening digital know-how: building digital talent (pdf) identifies key issues and future requirements for the digital capabilities of staff in UK HE and FE.
We expect to publish new guidance on developing organisational approaches to digital literacies, along with updated role profiles, organisational tools, organisational case studies and individual learner journeys, in 2017.
Join our digital leaders programme in May 2017 to become a digitally-informed and empowered leader and learn how to help your organisation respond more effectively to technology-driven change.
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