Call for contributions to JISC collection – examples of effective digital working

What has changed in your institution that has made digital working easier? What changes have been made to digital working to increase inclusivity? What gems do you want others to know about? ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Jisc Digital Culture Forum is curating a collection of case studies of shifts in cultural norms/expectations and organisational practices which facilitated productive and rewarding digital working in universities and colleges in the last couple of years. These could be changes led from anywhere in an institution, including ‘from the top’, or by individuals or communities acting as ‘disruptors’.  ​​​​​​​

We will collate and publish the collection of case studies. The aim is to learn from examples of change that have worked in practice, in order to build on that success and embed digital change more widely. ​​​​​​​Submissions should not exceed 1000 words and respond to three specific questions: 

1. What exactly is the shift in culture and/or organisational practice that you wish to highlight?  (Images, diagrams, cartoons are very welcome as ways to illustrate your example.)​​​​​​​

2. What did ‘working well’ look like?  (Who was impacted? What was it like? If you are able to include detail in the form of testimony, images, other evidence, then so much the better.) 

3. How could this practice be spread?  (Give as concrete advice as possible for people wishing to adopt the practice and/or suggest other contexts in which it should be considered.) 

Examples you might choose to develop for your case study include: 

  • Initiatives to break down barriers between departments 
  • Development of flexible module/programme formats 
  • Co-creation of resources with students 
  • Changed meeting norms and/or expectations ​​​​​​​

The Jisc Digital Culture forum is a network of educators who want to create a digital culture in universities. For information about the background to this project, see our WonkHE piece: https://wonkhe.com/blogs/how-to-shape-digital-culture-in-higher-education/ 

In the next phase of this project, we will be inviting case study authors to contribute to analysis of the case studies as a collection, with a view to publishing the lessons learned and overall recommendations for embedding change more widely. ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Timescales:

Deadline for submissions: 31st October 2021

Stage 1: All case studies will be peer reviewed in November and the full collection published by the end of the year.

Stage 2: Analysis of the case study collection will take begin in January for publication in early 2022.

How to submit a case study:

In order to submit you will need to join the Digital culture form – complete the form on this page:  Digital culture forum | Jisc

Then use these links below to submit your case studies:

Effective digital working (text submission)

Effective digital working (additional non-text material)

N.B. this link will only work once you have joined the forum. 

(A copy of the call and links appear in the ‘General’ channel on the Digital Culture form’s Team site, which you will have access to as a member).

Who to contact for assistance

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you have any questions about the process or experience any difficulty in submitting your case study please contact:

Allen Crawford Thomas via the forum chat or email to: a.crawford-thomas@jisc.ac.uk

Lisa Harris on l.j.harris@exeter.ac.uk or Sarah Dyer on s.dyer@exeter.ac.uk

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