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The four-day programme is made up of a pair of two-day residential workshops, each of which include accommodation and an evening meal at the end of the first day.
Our four-day digital leaders programme will equip you with the tools, knowledge and skills to:
- Become a more effective digital leader through your own personal and professional development
- Explore how organisations can engage more effectively with the digital technology at their disposal – at both strategic and operational levels
- Discover and reflect on how digital technology is changing the way your organisation operates – creating new leadership challenges and strategic opportunities
- Learn to lead, manage and influence digitally-driven change across organisations, departments, services and teams
Aimed at current and aspiring leaders and managers from apprenticeship and technical education providers.
Why do we need digital leadership?
Strategic challenges across the higher and further education sectors – such as those posed by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), adoption of open academic practice or addressing the recommendations from the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) report – need embedded, organisation-wide digital capability in order to successfully implement technology-driven responses.
Apprenticeships is a growth area undergoing massive reform, with a government target of three million starts by 2020 and the implementation of the post-16 skills plan. The employer levy funding beginning in April 2017 is estimated at £2.5bn, a billion pounds larger than now.
Increasing and more effective use of technology will be crucial to achieving government targets whilst maintaining high quality.
Those responses might include, increased uptake of cloud and data-driven solutions, adoption of analytics for decision-making and learner-support or improving network and learning technology access for staff and students to enable blended learning to happen more effectively.
Digitally-informed and empowered leaders not only embrace the innovation, collaboration and efficiency gains these bring to their organisation, but also create an environment where others can fully exploit and embed them in their practice.
Technology often provides opportunities to enhance, enrich and expand the processes used to deliver content and assess apprenticeships.
The four-day programme is made up of a pair of two-day residential workshops, each of which include accommodation and an evening meal at the end of day one.
Both workshops are a mix of engaging and highly-experiential sessions, coupled with opportunities for reflective practice and access to leading experts from Jisc and beyond.
To help you benefit fully from the workshop sessions, you will receive access to a range of pre-course reading in advance of the programme. There will also be some individual activities to complete between workshops one and two.
Watch our video to hear from Salford City College's Deborah Millar, who's previously attended our digital leaders programme.
Who should attend
The digital leaders programme has been designed for anyone occupying (or aspiring to occupy) decision-making, leadership or management positions within apprenticeship and technical education providers – regardless of discipline, function or department.
It will be particularly valuable for those in less directly-technical roles, for example senior management teams, leaders across professional and operational services, research and academic management.
You may also find it beneficial to attend as a team and multi-disciplinary groups from within a single organisation are very welcome.
Additionally, if you are already working on a digital change project within your organisation, you will have the opportunity to incorporate the real-life challenges it poses into your engagement with our programme.
What we cover
The digital leaders programme explores and challenges the role of leadership across a broad range of digital-related issues and the way they influence organisational strategy and individual practice. These include:
Understand and explore
- Digital capabilities and you: identifying and mapping practice, preferences and opportunities
- The anatomy of a digitally-capable organisation: how does yours shape up?
- Leadership, digital presence and creating credible narratives
Leadership challenges and opportunities
- Digital collaboration, communication and inclusion for staff and students
- Harnessing the power of data and analytics to support strategy and students
- Exploiting your digital infrastructure through new communication, service and delivery models
Plan and change
- Developing sustainable digital strategy and creating an innovation culture, by harnessing digital technology
- Change management strategies for building digital capacity
- Addressing barriers, identifying enablers and influencing progress through staff development and cultural change
By the end of the programme you will have:
- Discovered “What makes a ‘digital’ leader?”
- Mapped your personal digital practice and discussed how that influences the way you currently work, collaborate and communicate
- Mapped your organisation’s digital environment and identified opportunities for impactful gains and changes
- Explored how to review, understand and address barriers to changes in practice and strategy
- Assessed the impact of digitally-enabled change at strategic and operational levels across your organisation
- Created an action plan for making a step change towards becoming a more effective digital organisation
- Considered strategies for developing your own skills and effectiveness as a digital leader
- Learned how to use the processes and support tools from the programme to engage with staff in your own organisation
- Learned how to use the wider Jisc digital capabilities framework and discovery tools to support and plan a digital change programme
Pricing and eligibility
The price given is per delegate and includes materials, lunch and refreshments, plus accommodation and an evening meal on day one of each residential.
|Early bird||Standard rate|
|£1500 + VAT1||£1665 + VAT|
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