Digital skills are essential for the success of all modern businesses. As digital technology continues to advance, and students and customers become increasingly tech-savvy, it is vital that, as a college, we are able to keep up with the needs and expectations of our students, staff, and stakeholders. As part of the College’s Digital Skills Strategy, we are delighted to have been selected as one of 37 colleges across the UK to take part in a pilot project for JISC’s new digital capability tool.
What is JISC?
JISC is the UK’s expert body for digital technology and digital resources in Higher Education, Further Education, and research. JISC plays a pivotal role in the application of information technology by universities and colleges, supporting them to improve learning and teaching, student experience, and efficiencies within their institutions – as well as enabling more powerful research.
Digital capabilities pilot for staff
The pilot has been introduced at Levenmouth and Rosyth Campuses with a view to rolling it out to other groups of staff later this year. The information gathered from the pilot, which will ask staff to assess their current digital capabilities via a series of questionnaires and online workshops covering a variety of areas/topics, will give the College an insight into the current digital capabilities of its staff and provide support and resources to allow staff to develop and upskill in this area.
As the project progresses, we will be looking at developing internal support for digital capability; such as face-to-face sessions on key topics and e-resources particular to the College.
Digital capabilities pilot for students
The College has also been selected for a similar project to pilot which will allow us to develop the digital skills of our students.