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If you would like support in exploring the use of digital education tools in teaching and learning, please look at the support options available and email the relevant group who will be happy to help you. If you have any questions on the Strategyconsultation, or are simply are not sure who to send your enquiry to please use the contact form provided and we will respond to you within two working days.

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Your enquiry will be filtered by members of the Digital Education Strategy Implementation Group, our senior researcher who designed the consultation questionnaire, Liz Masterman, and our communications manager, Alun Edwards. The email the form is sent to is des@it.ox.ac.uk. You will receive an automated response as confirmation we have received your enquiry and aim to reply within two working days.

The Digital Education Strategy Implementation Group are:

  • Marina Lambrakis, Vice-President of OUSU - Graduates
  • Kate Lindsay, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, Academic IT
  • Marion Manton, Technology Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL), Continuing Education
  • Peggy McCready (Chair), Director Academic IT
  • Philippa O’Connor, Deputy Director, Education Policy Support
  • Professor Emma Smith, Chair of the Education IT Board
  • Damion Young, Head of Learning Technologies, Medical Sciences Division

Meetings with the University's learning technologists are free of charge. Please see the support that is available and contact the group most appropriate to your needs.

We would love to hear from you! Please book a meeting with one of the University's learning technologists, and fill out the online consultation survey to tell us what you have planned. That way we can include your response when considering future priorities for development.

Yes! Be inspired by this website's ideas for practice - could any of these be applied to your own teaching and support your learning objectives? If you would like to discuss further, contact one of the University’s learning technologists who would be happy to help you.

The Strategy recognises that the University needs to provide an enabling support structure to foster the willingness and enthusiasm of staff to embrace new technology use. It places emphasis on the availability of appropriate technology platforms, templates and tools, and of support - in terms of both advice and people - to bring about progress. The existing team in Academic IT has recently been strengthened with the appointment of two learning technologists to support academics in achieving their goals. In addition, funding is available to support initiatives identified by divisions as priorities. Decisions on this will be made by the Education IT Board.

In Michaelmas Term 2014, Education Committee approved the setting up of a Working Group to produce a Digital Education Strategy. The significance of the impact of technology on teaching and learning had been recognised in the University's Strategic Plan and an explicit commitment had been made to develop a strategy for digital education. Behind this commitment was an understanding that the way students are being taught worldwide is changing rapidly as universities harness the power of digital technology to develop new ways to teach and learn. The Committee was also conscious that, up to that point, Oxford had engaged unevenly with e-learning, its engagement being very much driven by the particular needs of individual departments and faculties or the enthusiasm of individuals. It took the view that institution-wide engagement was needed to bring about a more coordinated approach to new developments and a better understanding of the benefits of technology use.

Another important consideration was future employment opportunities for our students. These will be driven in large part by the development of digital technology and the creativity of individuals in this sphere. It was thus considered important to do as much as possible to equip our graduates for that future, ensuring that they are adept in the use of digital technologies, and encouraged to innovate and experiment. Embedding technology in their experience of learning is one way of supporting this.

The Strategy was formally approved by Education Committee in Hilary Term 2016 and by Council in Trinity Term 2016.

If you have any questions on the Strategy or the consultation please contact the Digital Education Strategy Implementation Group.

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