Digital Education Strategy review 2021

The University is reviewing its Digital Education Strategy and you are invited to contribute.

The 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 the step change in our use of technology in teaching and learning.

Since then, we have since made extraordinary progress in our online learning offering - with our progress dramatically accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to make the strategy development process as collaborative as possible. See below for how you can contribute.


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A working group led by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt has been established to review and refresh the Digital Education Strategy. Sir Nigel is Principal of Jesus College, and Department of Computer Science.

The group will review the experiences of teaching through the COVID-19 pandemic, with a view to making recommendations for which aspects have the potential to inform new ways of teaching and feed into the New Ways of Working project.

The group will also identify areas where digital education has the potential to support the achievement of University and Divisional strategic goals.

The final report from the working group will:

  • assess progress against the objectives of the Digital Education Strategy 2016-2020, identifying where progress has been made, where objectives have changed, and areas which continue to require further development
  • articulate an overarching vision for digitally supported education at Oxford
  • recommend actions to enhance students’ experiences and ensure all students can participate
  • propose guidelines for working with preferred partners for online course provision, and
  • suggest a prioritisation of investment in digital education infrastructure, services and support.

Working group membership comprises:

  • representatives from colleges, the four Divisions and 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.

Further representatives may be identified as the review progresses. Sub-groups have already been established to look at four major areas:

  1. Adapting flexible and inclusive teaching post pandemic
  2. Understanding students’ digital experiences of Oxford
  3. Sustaining and developing digital infrastructure
  4. Demand for online courses.

Consultation will take place from Trinity term 2021 onwards.

Following appropriate consultation, the revised Digital Education Strategy will be presented to Education Committee in Hilary term 2022 and Council in Trinity term 2022, with a view to it being implemented from Michaelmas term 2022.

University-wide consultation

A draft strategy paper will be available soon for University-wide consultation.

The paper draws on feedback from staff who participated in two well-attended consultation events in Trinity term.

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.

Further details regarding the next stage of the consultation process will be available soon.

To receive updates, join the Digital Education Strategy Review mailing list.

Join the mailing list

To receive email updates about the review, join the Digital Education Strategy Review mailing list.

To do this, send an email to from the email address from which you wish to subscribe. This is an automated email, so you won't need to include a message or subject.

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If you have any questions about the review of the Digital Education Strategy 2016-20, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Read the Digital Education Strategy 2016-20


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