Have your say on the future of the digital experience

Professor Andy Hindmoor, Interim Deputy Vice-President for Education, and Amy Jeffries, Head of Academic Practice and Skills Development, introduce digital experience and invite you to share your experiences and insights on Ideascale.

What is digital experience?

Digital experience is one of three education priorities in the University Vision. We are committed to designing and delivering a rich, multifaceted and inclusive digital teaching and learning environment that supports excellent and inspiring teaching and enables all students to engage effectively in their learning.

In the past year, we have seen a truly staggering increase in the use of digital technologies as part of the blended learning approach. Enabling this fast paced change has been a real team effort, and colleagues from Elevate and IT Services have worked closely with academic departments to provide the support and resources needed. We now need to retain this momentum going forward and think about how we can integrate digital and face-to-face learning in the future.

There won’t be a single right mix to strike between online provision, in-person teaching and blended learning. What counts – what of course always counts – is good module design, appropriate assessment and clarity about what we expect students to learn and how teaching within individual modules fits within the program level approach. As a first step to a digital action plan, we need to review existing good practice and understand if and how it can be scaled up. Digital experience: a discussion paper has been put together to prompt a conversation and reflection, which will inform a digital experience action plan.

This discussion paper is a long one; not just because the last year has given us so much to reflect on, but also because digital experience impacts upon so many different aspects of teaching and learning and, beyond that, the campus. In the end, digital learning is always about pedagogy. Put crudely, you can’t simply bolt digital on to existing modules and programmes. The effective use of digital technology is difficult and can be time-consuming because it has to be planned for in the context of broader debates about teaching across the University. We do of course also appreciate how precious your time is, so have prepared a shorter summary paper alongside this extended version.

Digital experience: a discussion paper

Shorter summary paper

How can I share my ideas?

We now want to hear your thoughts and insights on the challenges and barriers that you face in delivering a blended learning experience for our students. We also want to hear your ideas on how to overcome those challenges. We have seen some outstanding examples of innovative practice across the University and indeed across the sector. Now is the time to reflect on lessons learnt and use these examples of good practice to inform the development of a longer-term plan.

We would like to invite anyone with an interest in this issue to review and comment upon the discussion paper and join the discussion on Ideascale, which is the platform the University used when preparing the University vision statement. We have chosen to use Ideascale for this discussion to enable you to engage with and learn from each other's challenges and best practice examples and to offer an opportunity for meaningful discussion in the digital space.

If you prefer, you can also share your comment via a Google Form.

Join the discussion on Ideascale

Share your comments via a Google Form

The consultation will be open until 14 May.

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