Project Type

Jisc Discovery Tool

The discovery tool is a developmental tool that students and staff can use to self-assess their digital capabilities, identify their strengths and opportunities to develop their skills further to enhance their practice of learning.

It uses a series of reflective questions that relate to our framework building digital capabilities: the six elements defined.

On completion, Staff and Students will receive a personalised report with suggested next steps and links to free resources that can help them develop further. New this year is the option for organisations to add their own training resources.

We are aiming to use this tool across the University to highlight areas for development and to support the creation of new workshops/resources to support the building of digital capabilities.

Project Questions & Answers

Project Status Active

Start Date.

January 2019

End Date.

January 2020

Digital Education Engagement Officer

Daniel Wakefield

Careers & Employability Operations Manager

Lynda Crosby

Project Tags
Digital Capabilities
Digital Education Transformation Programme

Project update

  • April 2020
    To note the JISC tool will be available until 31 July 2020.
  • February 2020
    • Evaluation of the tool noted that: • Over 100 staff members and 232 students engaged with the tool. • The tool was easy to use but took a long time to complete and presented an overwhelming amount of next step options at the end. • Data categories were too generic to match to Colleges or Schools • Digital Creation/Participation and Learning were identified as areas staff needed further support. • Student identified areas for further further support around Digital Identitiy Management. /Proficiency/Communication • Feedback from participants rated UoL resources added to the tool repository as ‘excellent’. • Identified skills gaps were aligned with the skills gaps shared across the HE sector in general. • The license has been extended until July 2020 to support planned adoption in some departments. • Data retrieved will be used to inform training and resources to support staff and students. • Alternative options with additional reporting capabilities and a more tailored ‘next steps’ development plan for users are to be considered ahead of the license agreement coming to an end.
  • December 2019
    Evaluation of the project is currently being reviewed by the Careers team to add in their feedback. The project team will discuss next steps/renewal options in January 2020.
  • October 2019
    220 + people have now completed the survey. We will be deciding shortly on the relevance of the tool and if we will continue funding this going forward. A discussion with Careers needs to be had to support this and we will be working together to evaluate the outcome of the current tool.
  • July 2019
    146 people have completed the survey (mostly staff). The project leader presented to JISC about their implementation. They have potentially asked for him to present again at the community of practice event and to write a case study for the University of Lincoln.
  • June 2019
    Over 100 staff members have completed the survey. We are currently gathering feedback to determine the benefits of the project. The project leader has been asked to present to a group about their implementation to the JISC community
  • March 2019
    The tool is currently advertised across the university. Has been tested with the Digital Leads Forum. 1500 Lincoln award students will be invited to take the assessment shortly. Currently working with different departments to build awareness of the tool and it's uses. The leader of the project presented information on the tool to the Industrial Digitalisation group and will be working with them to create effective communication and a potential extension to the ABC workshop.