Consultation about the Strategy

The first step in the implementation of the Digital Education Strategy is to understand more fully the current patterns of technology use in teaching and learning, and to get a sense of the most important areas for resourcing from the perspective of academic staff and students.

The consultation in MT 2016

The Digital Education Strategy Implementation Group consulted departments and faculties (in Michaelmas Term 2016) to review the Strategy document and consider collectively:

a. how digital technology is currently being used within their subject area, both by individual teaching staff and on a course or subject-wide basis, and

b. what the future use of technology within the course or subject area might be.

PDF of the survey [270kb] from the consultation can be downloaded for reference. 

Priorities for Digital Education

The main priorities identified by respondents to the consultation are for an improved platform for teaching tools (a new VLE), and learning-technology support staff to help academics exploit technologies in teaching.

Excerpt from the Communication from Education Committee: Digital Education Strategy - report on implementation:

Divisions and departments are asked to note:

  • The key priorities identified through the consultation on the Digital Education Strategy (paragraphs 7-13)
  • The intention to hold a number of teaching events focusing on uses of technology in teaching (paragraphs 20-22)
  • The intention to develop an appropriate long-term staffing support model taking the approach set out in paragraph 25.

Communication from Education Committee: Digital Education Strategy - report on implementation: Education Committee Circulars Ref 26-16/17 July 2017 [PDF: 230kb]. If you have an Oxford username you may be able to access this resource by logging in.

Student engagement

Student input is an important component of implementing the Strategy, particularly at a local level, and there are a number of ways they can get involved. We hope that students will be provided with the opportunity to be part of the implementation in their own subject area. Students have been frequent recipients of prizes for digital innovation for projects they have initiated and completed themselves - these individuals may welcome further opportunities to use their skills. Others may wish to acquire these skills through digital projects under supervision; ideal for offering as short placements and internships.

Support

Members of the Digital Education Strategy Implementation Group and learning technologists are available to support discussions on the strategy. Options include attending meetings, providing a presentation or workshop, or advice on specific digital tools for teaching and learning. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any of these.

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