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Inside Digital Higher Education: Self-Assessment Guide for Educators

Learn how to respond to the changing digital learning landscape and gain the skills needed for self-assessment in education.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade


Harness the potential of digital teaching and learning at your institution

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on digital teaching and learning in higher education. This two-week course will help you as an educator develop strategic institutional responses to the changing digital learning landscape.

You’ll be guided through the processes of strategy development, current practices of self-assessment, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement in the area of digitally enhanced teaching and learning.

This interactive course will also give you the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other institutions and discuss your own experiences and challenges with your peers.

Delve into digital learning

You’ll start by exploring your own context to understand what your institution wants from digital education.

Next, you’ll unpack the changing digital landscape to explore the enablers and barriers to digital transformation. With this knowledge, you’ll learn how to develop an effective digital education strategy.

Hone your teaching practices in digital education

To help develop your teaching, you’ll explore the digital education self-assessment tools and instruments you can use to foster a culture of continuous improvement.

Through real-life case studies, you’ll learn how to use the tools to conduct institutional self-assessments and develop a toolkit for best practice.

Learn from the experts at DIGI-HE and Dublin City University

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the specialists at DIGI-HE and Dublin City University.

With their expertise, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge and skills to become a successful digital teacher.

What topics will you cover?

  • The changing digital education landscape.
  • Enablers and barriers to digital transformation.
  • The why, what, and how of developing a digital education strategy.
  • Digital education self-assessment tools and instruments for fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • How to conduct institutional self-assessment and develop an action plan for best practice.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Debate the increasing focus on digital education in the evolving higher education landscape
  • Reflect on the role and strategic positioning of digital education in your institution
  • Explain how higher education institutions can develop effective strategies to support and harness the potential of digital education
  • Compare different digital education self-assessment tools and frameworks available to institutions
  • Develop a future roadmap for institutional self-assessment and the continuous improvement of digital education

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for managers, quality assurance officers, and senior educational leaders with responsibility for leading digital learning and teaching in higher education institutions.

It will also be beneficial for those in training and vocational organisations.

Who developed the course?

Dublin City University

Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious Irish university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation.

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What's included?

Dublin City University are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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