The Survey establishes a snapshot of how universities support staff and students to perform efficiently and effectively in digital environments. This data can then be used to underpin and inform strategic drivers for ensuring the development of digitally capable graduates and staff. Feedback from staff who have completed the Survey has shown that completing the Survey progresses the digital capability agenda within universities, through the conversations internally.
The Survey complements other surveys such as the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) survey that the ucisa Digital Education Group undertakes by incorporating digital capabilities outside teaching and learning, and the JISC Digital Tracker.
Digital capabilities are integral to personal, academic and professional development. They go beyond functional IT skills to include more complex learning literacies. Good digital capabilities help students and staff use a variety of digital tools appropriately and effectively in a range of spaces and situations and to adopt a critical approach to the use of such tools and online information. For students digital capabilities are essential to success both as a twenty-first century student and for employability. Teaching staff need to meet expectations around delivering learning digitally and supporting their students' digital capabilities, while professional support staff may also need to support students, as well as developing effective digital working practices.