Digital capability Discovery tool Training and Development

Launch of effective online teaching discovery tool question set

The Jisc Building digital capabilities team are pleased to announce the launch of a new question set in response to the changing landscape faced by providers as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

As a result of the pandemic, many further and higher education providers have been assessing their ability to deliver learning online. However, not all staff may feel they have the digital capabilities (or confidence) required to facilitate learning in these different contexts.

To address these challenges, Jisc has developed a new question set in the building digital capability service discovery tool which launched this week. The question set, aimed at teaching staff, provides an opportunity for staff to reflect on their confidence and capabilities to plan, design, deliver and assess online learning. Even if staff haven’t yet undertaken the activities offered, the questions aim to provide a hint of good practice or options that they could try.

After completion, staff receive a report which identifies their level (developing, capable or proficient), suggestions for moving their practice forward, and signposts to resources to further develop their confidence and capabilities in these areas.

From an organisational perspective, the anonymised data dashboards will provide a high level view of the confidence and capabilities of your staff to deliver effective online teaching, providing insights into where resources and further development may be required.

The new question set has been developed with a working group of colleagues from across further and higher education. The question set content has been informed by Jisc’s guidance on scaling up online learning and the What makes a successful online learner study. It uses Professor Diana Laurillard’s six learning types (developed from Laurillard’s Conversational Framework ) to organise the questions into the kinds of activities that teaching staff might ask students to do, with one added seventh element – supporting online learners.

Further information
If you are interested in finding out more about the new question set, or any aspect of the Building digital capability service, please see our website for further information, or contact us at (with ‘digital capability’ in the subject line).

A closer look at the new question set will be provided at the next community webinar on 24 September, please keep an eye on our webpage for further details.

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