The purpose of this research activity was to investigate students’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment at YSJ, and how we develop the capabilities which prepare students for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Digital technologies are an increasingly important part of learning and living as a student. Even today’s students need support with some areas of digital practice, particularly in an academic context, so it’s important to make sure that these needs are met.
Partnership approaches are particularly useful in this area of work, student partners and change agents are a key enabler in the area of technology change. Students may be more digitally confident than teaching staff, and have their own attitudes, experiences, resources, and ideas to share.
This project was influenced by sector-wide initiatives, from Jisc, NUS & TSEP, on student digital experience, digital capability, and students as agents of change. It also linked to institutional agendas such as Graduate Attributes & Employability, and Directorate priorities such as Digital Capability (ILS & ADD) Students as Partners (ADD) & Curriculum Design (ADD).
The Student Digital Experience Tracker should enable us to:
- gather evidence from learners about their digital experience, and track changes over time
- make better informed decisions about the digital environment
- target resources for improving digital provision
- plan other research, data gathering and student engagement around digital issues
- demonstrate quality enhancement and student engagement to external bodies and to students themselves
The tracker is based on a concise set of questions which have been tested with HE and FE students for readability and ease of response. It builds on resources such as the Jisc/NUS Digital Student Experience benchmarking tool, and the Jisc Guide to Enhancing the Digital Student Experience. The questions cover issues that are important to learners and/or to staff with a focus on the learning experience.
The survey ran between March – April 2016, and in total we received 143 responses. The responses are summarised in the report, along with a series of recommendations/actions:
A Jisc press release https://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/teachers-key-to-delivering-digital-skills-15-jun-2016 was also released on the findings from the pilot and you can access the main report from http://bit.ly/student-tracker-report.
What do you think about the findings in the report? Do you have any questions or comments about the recommendations? Please let us know in the comments below…