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Digital education

We lead and support a range of digital education practice, projects and initiatives to enhance teaching and improve the student experience.

We work in partnership with schools and departments to appropriately embed digital education practice into teaching, learning and assessment, in line with the Digital Education Roadmap 2021-23 and Education and Students Sub-strategy.

Academic schools each have a digital education partner who provide expertise and guidance to help determine school priorities and coordinate digital education activities and projects, ensuring blended and online provision is appropriately designed, resourced and supported.

Our Digital Education Support Hub provides flexible and responsive day-to-day support for digital education tools, platforms, and best practice for colleagues across the University.

We also lead a number of transformative digital education projects and initiatives including a review of our digital learning environment, the development of accredited microcredential courses, the development of learning material recording studios, and the rollout of new tools and platforms such as Padlet and LinkedIn Learning.

Digital Education Roadmap

The Digital Education Roadmap 2021-2023 outlines how we will deliver the digital education objectives of Cardiff University’s Education and Students sub-strategy and the Student Success Plan.

The roadmap has been developed to build on the progress made by the Digital Education Programme (2020) and ensure a sustainable, structured approach to the provision of high quality blended and online education. This begins with shaping the learning and teaching experience for 2021/22 through the Blended Learning Framework and includes realistic but ambitious targets which will support the University’s vision for transformation by the end of 2023.

The roadmap vision is that students on all Cardiff University courses, whether blended or fully online, will benefit from a sector-leading digital experience and develop the digital capabilities that will support them to achieve their potential during higher education and beyond.

Blended Learning Framework

The Blended Learning Framework provides guidance about design and delivery of programmes and modules across Cardiff University in 2021/22. This includes underpinning principles and expectations that all modules should meet in order to maintain consistency and quality of student experience. Recognising that staff will require flexibility to deliver modules according to requirements of their discipline and, in some cases, professional bodies, the Framework provides a wide range of options for learning and assessment design.

Blended approaches use multiple methods to deliver effective, flexible and accessible learning by combining face-to-face interactions with online activities. The five principles of the Blended Learning Framework are:

  • Keep it simple
  • Concentrate on what works in a blended context
  • Provide clarity and structure
  • Focus on quality
  • Accessibility

In addition to the five principles, the Framework includes the following elements:

  • The Blended learning activities menu is a guide to some of the most common blended learning activities to help colleagues design the learning on their module.
  • The Digital education assessment menu offers guidance on a wide range of assessment activities that are suitable for a blended learning environment.
  • The Learning Central module template makes it straightforward to navigate the various sections of our virtual learning environment and highlights key beneficial features.
  • The Weekly module map template ensures that students understand the key activities to focus on each week, where to find them, how long they will take, and how each activity links to assessment.
  • The Module checklist spells out good practice using Learning Central as the hub of the digital education environment and other practices that relate to student engagement.