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Approaches to developing staff and students' digital capability

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Speaker: Shri Footring, senior co-design manager, Jisc.

With growing evidence of a digital skills gap, how are colleges and universities supporting the development of their staff and students digital capabilities? This workshop will share approaches on how to develop staff and students' digital capabilities.

Activity 1: Organisational digital capability and digital capability trivial pursuit
Activity 2: Designing for digital capability in the curriculum
Activity 3: Using the discovery tool to discover your digital confidence

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Approaches to developing staff and students' digital capability

  1. 1. Bangor – 18 June Shri Footring, senior co-design manager Approaches to developing staff and students’ digital capability
  2. 2. • Background and context • Hands on activities – choose two of the following three 15 minute hands on taster sessions to explore: 1.Game of ‘digital pursuit’ 2.Designing for digital capabilities in the curriculum 3.Using the discovery tool to engage staff and students • Feedback and close Session outline 2 Building digital capability Photo by DavidCohen on Unsplash
  3. 3. Why is digital capability important? 3 We need all staff and students’ to acquire the digital skills and capabilities for living, learning and working in a digital world • Changing world and working landscape • Evidence employers are looking not just for knowledge…but broader skills • Digital capabilities are key employability skills – and we need to go further • Changing expectations of learners • But….evidence of a skills gap Building digital capability Graduate work is being transformed by digital technologies and data (IPPR 2017: Managing automation) Employers focus above all on the attitudes and aptitudes that will enable graduates to be effective in the workplace (CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2017) Only 12 per cent of leaders believe UK school leavers and graduates have the right digital skills, down from 20 per cent who said the same in 2017. (Deloitte, 2018) 38% of workplaces in Europe report that a lack of digital skills is harming their business (European Commission ‘Human capital: Europe’s Digital Progress Report 2017)
  4. 4. Realising the potential of technology in education Five key areas of opportunity for technology: 1. Reducing the burden of ‘non-teaching’ tasks 2. Making assessment more effective and efficient. 3. Supporting access, inclusion and improved educational outcomes for all 4. Supporting teachers so that they can develop and learn more flexibly 5. Supporting decisions about work or further study and helping those who are not in the formal education system gain new skills • Securing the digital infrastructure • Developing digital capability and skills • Promoting effective procurement • Promoting digital safety Commitments:
  5. 5. Although 50% of FE and 69% of HE students thought digital skills were important for their chosen career….. Only 41% of FE and HE students felt their course prepared them for the digital workplace. Only about a third of students agreed that they were told what digital skills they would need before starting their course. About 40% of FE and HE students agreed that they had regular opportunities to review and update their digital skills. What the students are telling us 5 Building digital capability
  6. 6. Establishing a common vocabulary 6 Building digital capability
  7. 7. The building digital capability service Building digital capability7 Find out more and sign up at:
  8. 8. 8 A starting point for staff and students: the discovery tool The Discovery tool • A self-administered quiz about professional digital practices (in education) • Designed to give useful feedback including 'next steps' and links to resources • Reflective, informative and developmental Building digital capability
  9. 9. Question bank 9
  10. 10. Individual report Building digital capability10 Each element has: • Level: developing | capable | proficient • Next steps: what people at this level can try to develop further • Resources: links to selected resources for further exploration Option to request a digital badge on completion of each question set
  11. 11. 11 Building digital capability Institutional data dashboards Developing Capable Proficient
  12. 12. Resource bank 12
  13. 13. Taster version available to all staff 13 Building digital capability Feedback report (short version)
  14. 14. Taster version available to all staff 14 Building digital capability Feedback report (short version)
  15. 15. Coming soon • New question set focused on accessibility for staff • Review of digital wellbeing practice • Mapping Google, Apple and LinkedIn Learning materials to the framework • Points towards an iDEA badge for completion of discovery tool questions • Organisational maturity model….. Other updates Building digital capability15 **New** • Case studies: University of Westminster, Gloucestershire College, York St. John University • Service animation
  16. 16. • Service site: • Sign up: • Discovery tool: Follow developments • Project blog: • Community mailing list: • #digitalcapability on Twitter Contact the team Resources • Framework and profiles digital-capability • Case studies and animation • Advice and guidance advice-and-guidance Follow developments Interested in the service? Building digital capability16 Digital experience insights service: • Website: • Project blog:
  17. 17. Hands on activities – choose two of the following three 15 minute hands on sessions to explore: 1. Game of ‘digital pursuit’ 2. Designing for digital capabilities in the curriculum 3. Using the discovery tool to discover your digital confidence Workshop activities Building digital capability17
  18. 18. Hands on activity - on your own or in pairs…. Step 1 • Go to and click on ‘Login’ • This will take you to the building digital capability login screen Step 2 • Select ‘Jisc testing’ as your organisation and click ‘continue’ • Sign in using the username and password provided Step 3 • Go to the ‘Question bank’ from the left hand menu bar and try the teaching, library or ‘new student’ question set (depending on whether you have a staff or student login) 18 Building digital capability
  19. 19. Feedback and discussion Which one activity did you find most useful? Code : 88 63 7 19 Building digital capability • Why did you find it useful? • How would you see this working in your context?
  20. 20. Thank you Shri Footring Senior co-design manager
  21. 21. Up next: Now Lunch 13:30 Choose one of the following three sessions: How are your staff and students using digital? Ruth Drysdale, senior co-design manager, Jisc. Room: S3-5 Future fit: bringing together digital practices, learning resources and libraries Lis Parcell, subject specialist (libraries and digital resources), Jisc. Room: Theatre Campuses for the future: a panel interview and discussion Jason Miles-Campbell, head of Jisc Northern Ireland. Room: S4-2