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Tertiary Quality Project

Tertiary sector enhancement activity

Education Scotland

QAA Scotland


College Development Network

The Scottish Funding Council is bringing together experts from four national education organisations to explore the best ways of learning and teaching in the digital age.

Education Scotland; QAA Scotland; sparqs (Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland); and the College Development Network will build a detailed picture of what an effective mix of learning and teaching looks like across the tertiary education system. Students and staff will work together on the project with an emphasis on the widest possible sharing of expertise.

The project – The Future of Learning and Teaching: defining and delivering an effective and inclusive digital/blended offering – will gain an initial understanding of how face-to-face teaching, online learning, and variations of blended and hybrid approaches are currently working together in tertiary education courses in Scotland and elsewhere in the world. The first phase of the project will also look at the interrelationships between strategy, practice, and the learner experience.

The project team will collect and analyse relevant data and undertake research activities, including delivering a programme of sector-wide events and engagements.

James Dunphy, SFC’s Director of Access, Learning and Outcomes, said:

“This project will bring together our national agencies to explore how digital learning is enhancing the learner experience, considering also how in-person learning combines with online to support learner needs and create excellent learning opportunities. The project is an opportunity to reflect on practice to date and to set out what will be important in this space into the future.

“The launch of this project is particularly exciting because it meets a widely expressed desire to create world-class, accessible learning opportunities in our colleges and universities.

“I am confident that this innovative bringing together of skills, knowledge and expertise will help to put Scotland at the forefront of outstanding learning and teaching delivery.”