Students’ Digital Experiences
Last month Jisc published the results of its 2019 Digital Experience Insights survey. I was at the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Conference around the same time and attended two sessions about the results.
The 2019 survey was completed by almost 30,000 students, 55% of them from HE, so it’s an important dataset. The students are not specifically creative arts students (although some will be).
There is also a May 2019 Briefing for Senior Leaders.
There are four themes within the survey; below I highlight the headlines from two: Digital at Course Level & Student Attitudes to Digital Learning.
Digital at Course Level
75% of HE students rated the quality of digital teaching on their course as above average
Only 57% of HE students agreed they could find things easily on their VLE [Moodle or equivalent]
Just 42% of HE students agreed that their course prepared them for the digital workplace
The key recommendation arising from this theme include:
- Encouraging collaboration to emulate business practice
- Enabling students to be in control of their own learning progress
- Embedding digital skills through curriculum design
- Raising the awareness of the importance of digital skills
While our college plans align well with these recommendations, there is a lot of work to be done. By increasing the use of digitally-mediated interactions in our courses and integrating the (D)CAF it will help develop our students’ awareness, understanding and experience of non-specialist digital practices.
Our new guidelines around the core use of Moodle can help with supporting learner autonomy.
Student Attitudes to Digital Learning
Three-quarters of HE students agreed that they were more independent and could fit learning into their life more easily when digital was used
48% of HE students wanted to be able to use their own mobile devices in class at any time and 47% only to carry out class activities
There are three key messages in the report:
- Make it easy for learning to be be part of everyday life (e.g. thru use of apps for note-taking, time management, access to resources)
- Make learning interactive and engaging – HE students particularly valued course-related videos and practice activities being available online.
- Involve students in partnership projects
I think there is further work for us to consider here, particularly around involving students in our digital learning discussions and projects.