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According to Jisc’s 2018 digital experience insights survey, 67% of students in Higher Education (HE) said that digital approaches help them to fit learning into their life, with 37% wanting digital technologies to be used more on their course. It is therefore evident that students expect their learning experiences to be supported, supplemented and enhanced through technology. Furthermore, ensuring the digital education and competence of university students is imperative given 90% of new jobs require some form of digital literacy, according to a House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report which warns of a “digital skills crisis”. This is problematic given that Jisc’s survey revealed nearly a fifth of HE students do not feel their course prepared them sufficiently for the digital workplace.
Furthermore, Jisc cautioned in 2017 that UK universities must “embrace technology or risk falling behind”. With the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) criteria now inclusive of technology as valid evidence of teaching quality, incorporating digital technology into HE curricula, pedagogy, academic assessment, student services and the physical campus is all the more important. This is also critical if Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) want to enhance the student experience and, by extension, improve their student satisfaction levels. HEIs must therefore take steps to empower staff and students to make the most of educational technologies, cultivate academically enriching virtual spaces, and ensure that the institutional environment facilitates such developments.
The onus is now on the Higher Education sector to ensure that universities adapt their curricula, facilities and teaching models by harnessing the best and most appropriate digital technology to optimise learning outcomes and provide an outstanding student experience.
This one day forum will provide delegates with the opportunity to survey the use of digital technologies across the Higher Education sector. Expert learning technologists and award-winning academics will demonstrate how to integrate technology across higher education to deliver outstanding teaching, focusing on virtual learning experiences, the ‘gamification’ of learning, optimising Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and creating inclusive digital resources. Attendees will also discuss with sector leaders how technology can reduce costs, enhance learning outcomes, improve the student experience and boost graduate employability.
Key speakers confirmed:
• Sarah Davies, Head of Higher Education and Student Experience, Jisc.
This Forum is also open to the Private and Voluntary Sectors, as well as Central Government, in order to encourage debate and networking.
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