CDN is currently working with all Scottish colleges to explore and outline a baseline level of digital skills for lecturers in the Further Education sector.

The aim of this new project is to uncover the professional learning undertaken in colleges across the sector, drawing it together to develop a common language in relation to the baseline level of digital skills required by lecturers, building on the lecturer profile developed by Jisc in March 2017.

This project involves discussions with all Scottish colleges to ascertain current areas of development and requirements in relation to the digital skills of staff. It involves an analysis of the approaches currently used to identify and develop digital skills at each college, focusing on methods and approaches, as well as any particular strengths or gaps in the development of the skills.

Jonny Rees, CDN’s Head of Professional Development, said:

‘As we are all aware, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the use of digital technology in learning, teaching and assessment. The sector has responded at breakneck speed to address the needs of the workforce, and we are keen to explore the work undertaken and highlight the great practice across the sector. Understandably, digital skills development is a hot topic right now and CDN are keen to provide a central overview for the sector with the intention of developing a common language in relation to all things digital and help develop a consistent approach to the sustained development of the workforce.’

We are also delighted to be working with various colleges from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland on this project, to ensure that the outputs are transferable across the sector more broadly.

The aim is to publish project findings in August 2021.

Find out more about this project by watching back our Virtual Bridge webinar session with Walter Patterson, Education Consultant here.

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