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Digital infrastructure


The Scottish Funding Council is advocating that Scottish colleges use Jisc’s digital elevation tool (DET) to achieve their digital transformation ambitions.

DET is a self-assessment tool that supports education leaders and learning providers to better understand their current digital infrastructure and build an effective digital strategy for the future. The tool focusses on five themes: leadership, governance and culture; learner experience; staff experience; curriculum development; and underpinning technologies.

DET helps colleges progress from foundation level (digital transformation must haves) to elevation level (innovation leaders) with support from Jisc’s in-house experts and the wider DET community of practice.

Erica Russell-Hensens, SFC’s deputy director of student interests, access and pathways, said:

“We know college leaders want to explore accessible learning opportunities and develop digital technology for the benefit of a wider range of learners.

“Our work with Jisc and the potential of the DET to accelerate progress will strongly support the sector’s digital ambitions.”

Jason Miles-Campbell, Jisc’s director, Scotland, and Northern Ireland said:

“Scotland’s colleges have helped many learners to improve their lives and as the world has transformed over the last three years, colleges have transformed too.

“As sponsors of the digital learning category in the Colleges Development Network awards, we’ve seen many examples of technology being put to good use.

“Innovation is a clear priority, whether it’s health and social care students using virtual reality to better understand the experiences of patients with dementia, or a ‘virtual schools’ project providing a varied, accessible, and inclusive curriculum across the highlands and islands of Scotland.

“By using DET, and with support from Jisc, Scottish colleges can make the best digital transformation choices for their teachers, learners, and communities.”