Jisc Award for Effective use of digital technology in Further Education


This award supported by Jisc seeks to celebrate an outstanding example of the ‘Use of Technology’ carefully designed to improve the student experience - in a digital age. Underpinning the project is likely to be enhancements to teaching, learning and assessment and/or the creation of business efficiencies. In every case, changes made will be valued by learners and easily evidenced. The innovative use of technology might be applied across specific provision or support a college wide approach.

The project will be above and beyond what is the ‘norm’ and applications are not restricted to a specific type of course, for example ‘Information Technology’. Outstanding use of technology might be targeted at specific age groups or more generally those who study for all their time at a main campus or remotely.

When completing the Stage 1 application (max 1,000 words) please take note that the assessors will be scoring equally for innovation, impact and sustainability. Applicants are advised that when constructing their submission, they consider carefully where best to place evidence to ensure the full range of the Award criteria are covered.

Colleges that exceed the AoC Beacon Standard will be invited to submit a full project brief (building on the content in the first stage application), that will provide comprehensive additional evidence such as: positive learner success, financial savings (where appropriate), learner voice/employer feedback and the impact of changes on teaching, learning and assessment.

Sponsor’s Criteria

Colleges wishing to apply for this award should be able to provide evidence for most if not all of the following:

  • Effective new models of delivery and/or assessment which enhance the learning experience and are supported by sound quality improvement strategies resulting in a significant increase in learner success, including learner retention, achievement, progression and satisfaction;
  • The use of technology which has resulted in improvements in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and enriched the curriculum;
  • Effective use of technology which enables the development of increased organisational efficiency and has achieved significant quantified savings, in business processes and delivery of learning and other services, and/or released time and money; the model is transferable and has wider applicability
  • Effective leadership, management and governance, responsible for developing and sustaining a digitally capable institution via the wider use of technology to support learning and institutional development; such leadership will involve clear promotion of equality and diversity;
  • Innovative use of technology focused on the development the digital skills that successfully target particular groups or individuals.

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