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Further Education project posts final report

The Jisc Digital Student project has investigated the expectations and experiences of technology provision held by students coming into higher education, and also funded a small review of current practice within secondary schools. The further education and skills project ran between 1 June 2014 and 30 April 2015 in order to extend the findings of … Read more

Emerging recommendations from FE study

The FE study is undertaking a series of consultation events to share the findings from the desk study and focus groups, and create a set of recommendations. Recommendations for managers and leaders We started with recommendations for colleges and are now focussing on recommendations for college managers. There are three strands of activity for college managers … Read more

FE Digital Student Project Kicks Off

Data collection for the FE Digital Student project kicked off in September. The desk study looking at published material relevant to understanding FE students’ expectations of their digital learning environment is now well underway. The team are looking at both openly available research and policy documents and internal documents that institutions have made available to … Read more


You will notice that there is now a new section to the web site, referencing the FE and Skills Study to parallel the HE study already undertaken into students’ digital experiences and expectations. This is our first post, starting the project. Check back often, as we’ll be posting news of progress here pretty regularly.
The FE and Skills Study will conduct desk research and consultation with students and other stakeholders, in order to extend HE study investigations to further education. The project will build on the findings and methods of the HE study in order to assess the extent to which those findings are relevant and applicable to the FE and skills sector.
The two main investigation questions are:

What do learners WANT (expectations)?
What do learners NEED to succeed (experiences)?

We anticipate that the project findings will support colleagues in further education to decide how and how often to monitor changing student expectations, what questions to ask about their experiences; and to decide where to direct efforts in managing and meeting incoming students’ expectations of the digital learning environment.
The project will run from 1 June to 31 December 2014. The project team comprises:
Professor Rhona Sharpe, Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Greg Benfield, Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Elizabeth Browne, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Metaxia Pavlakou Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Ian Summerscales, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
Marilyn Hockley, independent consultant

If you have any queries about the project, please contact Prof Rhona Sharpe