Digital Teaching and Learning Review

Gravity assist: propelling higher education towards a brighter future

Last updated: 01 March 2021

Six actions for 2021-22

We have drawn out a checklist of six things we think every university or college leader should consider ahead of the 2021-22 academic year.

1. Assess students’ digital access on a one-to-one basis and address issues before learning is lost

  • How will you apply our definition of digital access to identify challenges for new and returning students?
  • What steps will you take to help students mitigate potential issues before they become a problem?
  • Have you considered a range of scenarios? Are your plans flexible enough to accommodate uncertainty about the extent to which digital delivery will be required?

2. Inform students what digital skills they will need

  • Do students know what skills they will need before term starts?
  • Can they be directed to resources to develop them before starting their course?

3. Involve students in designing teaching and learning

  • Do you have the mechanisms in place to involve students in any learning design for the coming year – planned or emergency?
  • Will students have regular opportunities to provide feedback on their digital learning experience?

4. Equip staff with the right skills and resources

  • How will you engage with staff to understand their skills needs?
  • Do you have appropriate development mechanisms to make sure staff are well equipped for the new term?

5. Make the digital environment safe for all students

  • Do you have clear and visible safeguarding mechanisms for your digital environments?
  • Do students know where they can report any form of harassment online?

6. Plan how you will seize the opportunity for the longer-term

  • How can you reflect on the longer-term implications of everything you have achieved in the last year?
  • Have you made time to consider how you will apply the recommendations in this report to your own institution?
Published 25 February 2021

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