Digital Education Strategy

The University is reviewing its Digital Education Strategy.

The Digital Education Strategy was endorsed in 2016. It established a framework for engagement in digital education by setting out the structures, resources and approaches to enable the University to bring about the step change in our use of technology in teaching and learning.

Its goal is to ensure Oxford remains a premier institution for teaching, adopting the very best of teaching innovations that are made possible by digital technology.

The Digital Education Strategy is now being reviewed.

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A working group led by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt has been established to review and refresh the Digital Education Strategy. Sir Nigel is Principal of Jesus College, and Professorial Research Fellow in Computer Science.

The group will review the experiences of teaching through the COVID-19 pandemic, with a view to making recommendations for which aspects have the potential to inform new ways of teaching and feed into the New Ways of Working project.

The group will also identify areas where digital education has the potential to support the achievement of University and Divisional strategic goals.

The final report from the working group will:

  • assess progress against the objectives of the Digital Education Strategy 2016-2020, identifying where progress has been made, where objectives have changed, and areas which continue to require further development
  • articulate an overarching vision for digitally supported education at Oxford
  • recommend actions to enhance students’ experiences and ensure all students can participate
  • propose guidelines for working with preferred partners for online course provision, and
  • suggest a prioritisation of investment in digital education infrastructure, services and support.

Working group membership comprises:

  • representatives from the four Divisions and Continuing Education
  • representatives from Oxford SU and experts and innovators from the Oxford Internet Institute, Department of Education, Saïd Business School,  Department of Computer Science, Centre for Teaching and Learning and Education Policy Support.

Further representatives may be identified as the review progresses and subgroups are formed to explore specific issues.

Consultation will take place from Trinity term 2021 onwards.

Following appropriate consultation, the revised Strategy will be presented to Education Committee in Hilary term 2022 and Council in Trinity term 2022, with a view to it being implemented from Michaelmas term 2022.

There are several ways you can be involved in the review of the Digital Education Strategy.

During Trinity term 2021, the working group will be reviewing feedback collected from staff and students over the previous year and conducting interviews with key stakeholders.

Attend an open event

Open events will be held during Trinity term 2021 to capture feedback on the Strategy. If you would like to participate, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Feed into the online platform 

An online space is being created for staff to share ideas about the Strategy. Details will be provided soon.

Join the mailing list

To receive email updates about the review, join the Digital Education Strategy Review mailing list. To do this, just send an email to from the email address you wish to subscribe from. This is an automated email, so you won't need to include a message or subject. You will receive an email back asking you to confirm your subscription.

If you have any questions about the review of the Digital Education Strategy 2016-20, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Read the Digital Education Strategy 2016-20


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