EduTech Scotland

Scotland's national Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy was a radical reimagining of an educational sector long seen as impervious to change.

At the heart of the document, launched in 2016, was a commitment to equip not only learners of the future with the tech skills they need to thrive, but also a workforce who have lacked the confidence to be 'digital first'.

Digital technologies are reshaping old industries, creating new ones and disrupting the way we go about our daily lives; Blockchain, as an emerging technology, is not yet fully understood but has the potential to create a lifelong learning relationship between instutions and their alumni.

Sensor-based technologies can integrate within campuses and 'k-hubs' to keep students engaged, and dramatically reduce drop-out rates, improving attainment and wellbeing, and even alleviating mental distress.

The economic advantage of aligning FE/HE with priority national industry sectors carries huge benefits for those learning institutions which are able to wrestle with the challenges of today and turn them into the successes of tomorrow. The ability to horizon-scan for local opportunities and turn them into cogent digital strategies will truly unleash the potential of nascent City-Region Deals.

We are on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, an era of automation that many regard as an existential threat which may render many jobs of today obsolete. But by removing the notion of STEM subjects as being only for those with 'exceptional' mathematical brains, we can inspire and motivate learners of all ages and abilities to embrace digital technology as a means to innovate, explore and create new opportunities as we collectively strive to design new products and services that will remake Scotland as a leading digital nation.

“Investing in education technology is no longer an option, but a necessity....students unable to navigate through a complex digital landscape will no longer be able to participate fully in economic, social and cultural life around them.”

Andreas Schleicher OECD Education Director

THEMES

  • Quantum Computing, continued development supported by an additional £80 million for Scottish universities.
  • Innovating for the future: how our academic institutions are embracing technology to improve   teaching and learning, collaborating with industry, public sector and communities
  •  Supporting staff to build digital capability
  •  Implementing digital transformation institution-wide
  •  Cyber defences as the backbone of successful digital transformation
  •  Lifelong learning powered by the Blockchain
  • Industrial Strategy: FE / HE skills against backdrop of Brexit
  • The 'sticky campus' - how tech can reduce the student drop-out rate
  • Predictive analytics to enhance the student experience
  • Using technology to identify new markets and prospective students
  • Digital technology to enhance creative and flexible learning for all learners
  • The 21st century workplace: what will it look like and how can we support its human assets?