This report complements our digital experience survey 2018: insights from students in UK further and higher education.
In 2017-18, a number of UK colleges and universities that were using the digital experience insights survey were invited to pilot a new survey for teachers1. In this pilot year, 15 institutions from England, Scotland and Wales collected data from a total of 1,921 teaching staff: representing four colleges and 11 universities with 376 college responses and 1,545 university responses.
The findings offer a valuable lens on the key issues college and universities need to consider in building an educational environment which fully realises the potential of digital.
This initial pilot suggests:
- Investing in the continuous professional development (CPD) of teachers is important and should address issues such as time, recognition and reward
- There are issues that relate to the digital environment which need to be addressed, eg effective use of VLEs, teaching rooms designed to support technology and access to up-to-date software
- Teachers have high aspirations - they want to use more digital and they are more dissatisfied than students (at these specific institutions) with the digital environment
- Many teachers do not feel well informed about their responsibilities in relation to key digital agendas, for example, accessibility, inclusion, online safety and digital wellbeing, especially in HE
- 1 We use the term “teachers” here to refer to staff with a teaching role.