The University's current Digital Education Strategy was endorsed in 2016. It established a framework for engagement in digital education by setting out the structures, resources and approaches to enable the University to bring about a step change in our use of technology in teaching and learning.
Since then, we have made extraordinary progress in the use of technology to support learning and teaching across Oxford – progress which has been dramatically accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new strategy aims to articulate a vision for digitally enabled teaching and learning at Oxford which recognises the distinctive student experiences of tutorial, small group, and college-based teaching.
A Working Group has been established, led by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Principal of Jesus College and Professor of Computing Science.
Working group membership comprises representatives from colleges, the four divisions and Department for Continuing Education, representatives from Oxford SU and experts and innovators from the Oxford Internet Institute, Department of Education, Saïd Business School, Department of Computer Science, Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Education Policy Support.
Sub-groups have been established to look at four major areas:
- Adapting flexible and inclusive teaching post pandemic
- Understanding students’ digital experiences at Oxford
- Sustaining and developing digital infrastructure
- Demand for online courses.
A draft of the strategy was presented to Education Committee in Week 5 Michaelmas term 2021, where it received unanimous support.
The draft has been informed by reviews of practice here at Oxford and elsewhere.
It also draws on extensive surveys of students and staff during during the COVID-19 pandemic (survey reports can be viewed on the Centre for Teaching and Learning website), and on feedback from staff who participated in two consultation events in Trinity term 2021. Staff at each event responded to a range of questions from the consultation team, and provided feedback on additional issues they felt important to the future of digital education at Oxford.
The draft strategy went to divisions and colleges in Week 7 Michaelmas term 2021 for consultation. It was also circulated for university-wide consultation by all staff and students in Hilary term 2022.
This consultation has now finished and the Digital Education Strategy Working Group is reviewing feedback received.