In 2018, an open pilot of the Jisc ‘Student digital experience’ survey (now the Jisc ‘Insights’ service) collected data from more than 30,000 UK students at college and university. More than 20,000 students took part from universities in Australia and New Zealand, which provided an alternative context for studying the findings. A parallel pilot study collected data from almost 2000 UK teaching staff. Organisational leads at each of the participating institutions provided insights into aspects of their digital learning strategy and infrastructure, while external metrics were used, where available, to enrich our understanding of the organisational contexts.
The primary purpose of these surveys was to engage local stakeholders and create actionable findings for local development initiatives. However, the availability of such a large and rich international dataset has led to a number of synthesis projects and reports, summarising the findings. A total of 93 organisations provided valid data to support these analyses. The final report on UK students was launched at ALT-C in September and is available from the Insights web portal, along with briefings and other resources.
At this joint Alt-Jisc webinar, Helen Beetham, one of the developers and analysts of the survey (with Tabetha Newman) will:
- report on the findings of the UK staff survey
- compare staff and student findings
- explain how factor analysis has validated the concept of the ’student digital experience’ and the survey instrument itself
- touch on the findings from Australia/NZ and significant differences from the UK
There will be a chance to ask questions, share local findings and experiences of using the surveys, and explore future opportunities.