HE sector joins forces to create roadmap for digital learning after coronavirus

Jisc, Universities UK, Advance HE and Emerge Education to pool wisdom for a new, post-coronavirus plan

Higher education organisations are pooling their wisdom to create “a framework and roadmap for university leaders” to help them plan for digital learning after coronavirus.

Led by edtech not-for-profit Jisc, key sector bodies including including Universities UK (UUK), Advance HE and Emerge Education will share their experiences of online working during lockdown with a view to “setting out the steps needed to harness the potential of digital technologies and deliver an outstanding education experience.”

They will do this through a series of online events called ‘Learning and teaching re-imagined’  starting on 17 June and running until October 2020.

University leaders have an unprecedented chance to reshape the entire higher education experience for staff and students – Paul Feldman

“Having delivered emergency technology-enabled learning, teaching and assessment, universities now have the opportunity to embed it more effectively and strategically, at scale in a sustainable way,” said Jisc’s chief executive, Paul Feldman.

“Lessons learned during the first few weeks of lockdown will no doubt shape how universities deliver courses in September this year, but there’s further work to do now to fully prepare for 2021/22 and beyond.

“University leaders have an unprecedented chance to reshape the entire higher education experience for staff and students.

“This programme will look beyond the immediate challenges and to explore how, as a sector, we can make the digital shift and re-shape the HE experience ready for when students and staff return to campuses – and beyond. Together we are committed to creating a vision for UK higher education as a world leader in technology-enabled learning.”

This represents a big opportunity to think about new approaches that meet the future needs of learners – Chris Hale

Director of policy at UUK Chris Hale said: “We’ve seen a wholesale shift to online provision in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and while universities are by no means new to delivering online provision, this presented a huge sector-wide challenge given the scale and pace of the change required.

“Institutions will be focused on maintaining the highest quality provision for students and will want to learn from and build on these experiences. This represents a big opportunity to think about new approaches that meet the future needs of learners.

“This new programme, through engagement with staff, students and higher education stakeholders, will help institutions to share and learn from each other, and set out new and innovative approaches that will help keep the UK higher education globally competitive.”

Jisc, in partnership with the Association of Colleges, is also running a similar programme for the further education sector.


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