Help shape the future of digital education at Oxford


Consultation for all staff and students now open

Provide your feedback on the draft Digital Education Strategy 2022-26 by Friday 11 March

Attend a Town Hall consultation meeting on Monday 7 February or Thursday 3 March


All Oxford staff and students are invited to take part in a consultation to provide feedback on the University’s draft Digital Education Strategy 2022-26 (SSO required).

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Online consultation form

Once you have read the draft Digital Education Strategy 2022-26 (SSO required), you can take part in the online consultation. You may also like to read the update from the Digital Education Strategy Working Group (SSO required).

The online consultation form will be released on Thursday 27 January 2022.

Through the form, you will be asked a series of questions about your views on the strategy and will have the opportunity to share your feedback with the working group.

Responses can be submitted anonymously and will be accepted until Friday 11 March 2022.

Town Hall consultation meetings

You are also invited to attend a Town Hall consultation meeting on Monday 7 February 2022 (11am-12.30pm, online) or Thursday 3 March (2-3.30pm, in-person). The venue for the March meeting will be announced soon.

The meetings will provide the opportunity to hear more about the emerging strategy and to ask questions of members of the Digital Education Strategy Working Group. You can then submit your feedback through the online consultation form (to be released on Thursday 27 January 2022), or feed into your departmental or divisional response.

Bookings are required and can be made via the online booking form.

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.

Working Group

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.

Draft strategy

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.

It went to divisions and colleges in Week 7 Michaelmas term 2021, and it is now available for university-wide consultation by all staff and students.

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

iTransform is a University initiative to plan what future investments are required in digital services and IT infrastructure at Oxford. It will develop a proposal for a digital transformation programme that, if funded, will provide a step change in how the University is supported digitally. It will include a list of prioritised activities to enhance support for education, as well as for research, outreach and administrative activities, over and above the existing IT Development Plan.

A scoping phase, under the auspices of the University’s IT Committee, is underway which includes engagement activities with stakeholders around the University to understand their experiences and views on strategic priorities.

Findings from this phase that relate to digital education will be shared with the Digital Education Strategy Working Group and help inform the final Digital Education Strategy.

You can find out more about iTransform at the iTransform SharePoint site (SSO required).

To receive occasional updates from the Working Group about the new Digital Education Strategy, join the mailing list.

To do this, send an email to digital-education-strategy-review-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk 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.

You will receive an email back asking you to confirm your subscription.

If you have any questions about the new Digital Education Strategy, or the consultation process, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Draft Digital Education Strategy 2022-26


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