StrategyHack supports the priorities of the European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan and focuses on capacity building on mid-level institutional leaders since a resilient transformation requires strengthening the connecting tissue between the high-level management strategy level and the digital-pedagogy level which these personnel provide. We intend to:

  • accelerate digital transformation of staff, programmes and institutional processes within Higher Education.
  • promote and nourish high quality self-directed personalised learning environments with a strong digital component.
  •  lock in gains made to perceptions of digital learning during the COVID crisis and using these to promote more sustainable models of digital education.

Our consortium consisting of 3 Higher Education Institutions with expertise in the topic, two associations of Higher Education and a digital learning consultancy, who will work together to take a European Approach to these challenges by creating the following:

  • Output 1- Capacity Building Course on Digital Education Strategies

    This will be designed around a set of 15-20 digital management skills, grouped around 5 dimensions of change (pedagogical, organisational, technological, economic & political and institutional change). A micro-module will be designed to acquire each skill by following a challenge-based approach that will instruct participants by giving the opportunity to practice and develop the required skill. The course will take a self-directed free flowing approach, to allow participants to personalise their own learning pathways based on their specific needs.

  • Output 2- Peer-learning methodology for Digitalization Strategy Improvement

    We will describe a problem-based methodology for institutional leaders to cooperate within and across institutions to solve specific strategy problems. Inspired by coaching, design methodologies and hackathon events, we will design intensive online events, with participants over several sessions identifying a problem, sharing best practice on potential solutions, and then working in small groups to propose solutions. Each event will address a challenge such as “How do I conduct assessment remotely and securely for my institution? How do I map staff’s digital competence? How do I address accessibility challenges in my department online?” and aim for institutional leaders to leave the event with a set of concrete ideas to try and implement within their institution. We will:

    • develop the methodological handbook to run these digital leadership development events;
    • run six events, focusing on different areas of priority,
    • publish the ‘hacked’ institutional strategy proposals via the project’s website, to inform other actors on insights gained.
  • Output 3- Model Management System for digital education

    This will consist of a strategy-guidance document, that will give institutional leaders a map to build their institutional strategies and cover:

    • Leadership documents to integrate digital learning into the institution’s identity
    • Strategic approaches to manage risk and sustainability
    • Methodologies to manage resources efficiently
    • Tools and techniques to tackle the most challenging operational activities in digital education