May 25, 2024

Jisc shines spotlight on Welsh digital trailblazers to help others on their journey to Digital 2030

Author: sophie.mcgraw@jisc.ac.uk
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Our new report highlights how collaboration across the post-16 education sector can lead to successful digital initiatives. 

To support post-16 education providers in Wales on their journey to Digital 2030, a new Jisc report and associated case studies profile the successful collaborative use of digital tools and technology in the sector.  

The case studies highlight what is possible when communities work together to harness the power of digital in education, and provide institutions with innovative ideas, hints and tips from experts across the sector.  

Marian Jebb, head of post-16 quality at the Welsh Government said: 

“Over the past few years, the Welsh Government has been actively encouraging collaboration across the post-16 sector. This will only become more important as we move towards tertiary education reforms in Wales. We are now only a year away from the new Commission for Tertiary Education and Research, which will bring many further opportunities for partnership working and sharing good practice. 

“Collaborative working to widen access to learning opportunities is one of our key priorities for the development of digital learning. I’m really pleased to see these examples of innovative practice drawn from across the sector, and particularly the success factors which are transferable to any project. Our thanks to Jisc and to all those who shared their experiences.”  

Alyson Nicholson, director of Jisc in Wales said:  

“This project highlights the value of community and collaboration, exemplifying the power of shared expertise for the benefit of our learners and our sector.  

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to those who have shared their experiences to date and look forward to celebrating the success of continued collaboration as we move towards achieving the Digital 2030 vision and meeting the challenge of the minister for education and Welsh language’s Call to Action.” 

The case studies are drawn from across further education (FE), sixth forms, higher education (HE), work-based learning and community learning following the principles of innovation, collaboration, co-production and social partnership, and include: 

  • Digital Diamonds: an active Welsh community of practice helping practitioners and managers deliver Essential Skills Wales (ESW) digital literacy across post-16 education and training  
  • Educ8 and CEMET (University of South Wales): developing virtual reality resources for work-based learning through a collaborative approach with HE and employers
  • Growing Comms: installing connected active learning spaces in HE and FE through cross-sector collaboration
  • St David’s WeConnect: collaboration between sixth forms to provide a wider curriculum through virtual classrooms
  • Target Tracker: colleges working collaboratively to develop digital tools to support learners with additional needs 
  • Urdd Gobaith Cymru and the Gwreiddio Scheme (Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol): developing Welsh language skills through collaborative learning for apprentices and teaching staff

For more information on how Jisc can support your institution with Digital 2030, contact your Jisc relationship manager

This work was commissioned and funded by the Welsh Government. 

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