Building digital capability

New question set to support digital transformation launched!


Digital transformation and change continue to drive institutional polices and strategies across both the Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) sector. There are many roles across an institution that may contribute towards digital change, including learning technologists, IT directors and professional service managers to name a few. Whilst these roles are diverse in their nature, the need for upskilling individual proficiencies on digital change and how to lead efficiently and productively is critical. 

After consulting, observing and listening to comments and feedback from our wonderful community and external reviewers, we are excited to announce a new question set launch within our building digital capability discovery tool on ‘leading for digital change’.

The leading for digital change question set is designed to help an individual critically reflect on their own experiences and capabilities. This reflection facilitates contribution towards implementing and planning digital change or transformation within their organisation.  It can be used in a number of ways to support institutional digital transformation and provides a powerful focal point for an individual’s professional development discussions and planning. 

The questions are broken down into eight sections which focus on different aspects of digital leadership such as digital mindset, digital practice and digital vision. By going through the questions, individuals will not only be able to reflect of their own practice, but also take into consideration how operational services and processes are impacted and supported by internal changes. 

As with all our other questions sets such as ‘accessibility and inclusion’ and ‘effective digital teaching’, the aim is to help them identify the level of digital leadership confidence they may already have and how to personally improve and develop those skills overtime. Once a user has completed the questions, they will be provided with a personal report containing feedback to help them identify their strengths and tailored next steps and opportunities for further development. The recently enhanced report functionality overlay also allows an individual to compare the question set results between any two points of completion in time and supports lifelong learning fluidity in digital change. 

Example of a radial graph showing 8 elements of digital capability and a user's progress towards them
Example of a radial graph displayed in the leading for digital change report, showing a users progress towards eight elements of digital capability

As with all of our question set reports, there is a series of carefully curated resources presented to the user to help shape their personalised development plan around digital change.

Screenshot of the resource carousel displayed in a user's discovery tool report. Shows four thumbnails of digital skills resources
An example of our curated resources surfaced as part of a user’s discovery tool report

As a delivery team, we are really excited about our new question set launch and the upcoming translation of this question set into Welsh for early 2023.

We very much look forward to working with our customers to help implement and embed these within their organisation.

Further information on the discovery tool and wider service is available on our building digital capability page. If you have any feedback or further questions, please email quoting ‘BDC’ in the subject title.

Author – Becki Vickerstaff, Higher education senior consultant, Jisc

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