Publication of Oxford’s Digital Education Strategy in the early summer of 2016 marked a major step forward for technology-enhanced teaching and learning in the University. The aim is to ensure that, by 2020, ‘Oxford remains a premier institution for teaching, adopting the very best of teaching innovations that are made possible by digital technology.’ The first step in implementing the 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.
On 4th October a new website, Digital Education@Oxford, was launched to communicate the strategy and showcase the exciting possibilities that digital technology can offer for teaching and learning. The website supports a University-wide consultation to review the priorities of the different divisions in terms of digital education priorities, and to ensure that the strategy is implemented effectively.
As part of the consultation, a survey is being carried out to help understand the collegiate University’s current and future use of digital education tools across the entire student lifecycle, from initiatives in widening participation through undergraduate teaching to postgraduate teaching and beyond. Divisions will consider their responses to the strategy at their education and IT committees. They will then advise the central Education IT Board of their priorities for funding.
Individual responses to the strategy are also invited: visit the Strategy page of the website for background information (and to download a PDF of the strategy) and the Consultation page for details on how you can get involved, including a link to the survey.
Implementation of the strategy is overseen by the Digital Education Strategy Implementation Group (DESIG), the members of which 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