With so many ideas to choose from and so many staff/student groups potentially involved, it can be difficult for institutions to know where to focus their effort. We have also identified that learners differ considerably in their expectations and needs. Some of these differences can be put down to their chosen subject area, but others arise from learners’ social and cultural backgrounds, their previous experiences with technology in learning, their circumstances and their access needs. And of course the bar is constantly being raised on what students expect from the digital environment at college, as they experience digital services in other contexts.
All institutions want to improve the digital learning environment and the digital curriculum. To help them prioritise, we have been working with the NUS and the Change Agents Network to identify core features of a satisfactory student digital experience. The students we have worked with are wise enough not to equate their digital experience simply with transactional issues such as wifi speeds or software licenses, important though it is to get these right. They have told us about the importance of confident teaching staff, experience of real professional and academic practices with technology, and specialist software such as data analysis and design. Above all they have expressed the value of leaving college or university with a positive digital identity and the evidence to support it. These requirements seem likely to remain relatively constant as new technologies emerge and are assimilated into learners’ everyday life.
In this session, participants will hear from researchers on the digital student project, including learner voices (20 minutes).
Participants will then review the digital experiences that students have suggested as ‘entitlements’, and work to create a version of these for their own context of practice (15 minutes).
Finally participants will discuss opportunities and barriers to implementing the changes they have identified as necessary (20 minutes)
Digital student outcomes page.