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 are working together to take a European Approach to these challenges by creating the following:

  • Output 1- Capacity Building Course on Digital Education Strategies

    This course is 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 was designed to acquire each skill by following a challenge-based approach that instructs participants by giving the opportunity to practice and develop the required skill. The course takes a self-directed, free-flowing approach, to allow participants to personalise their own learning pathways based on their specific needs.

    Please use the following links to access the different versions of the course:

    English version| Spanish version| Italian version

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

    We described 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, a set of intensive online events were designed, 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 addresses 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 continue this work by:

    • developing the methodological handbook to run these digital leadership development events;
    • running six events, focusing on different areas of priority,
    • publishing the ‘hacked’ institutional strategy proposals via the project’s website, to inform other actors on insights gained.

    Working spaces: English version| Spanish version| Italian version

    Check more details about the Hackathons here

  • 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