Community of practice
The community of practice is open to staff and leaders in colleges and universities with a role and interest in the development of digital capabilities. There is a strong emphasis on leadership by the community, learning from each other and sharing what works. We also have a series of support webinars for subscribers to the discovery tool.
Community of practice events (BDC and DEI)
Check back soon for future events
Support webinars (BDC only)
Via our community teams channel, we will hold drop-in surgeries for you to log in to and ask questions about the new version of the discovery tool. The surgeries will be held on
- Thursday 25 August at 14:00
- Wednesday 14 September at 10:30
- Tuesday 27 September at 15:00
To attend these events and access the Microsoft Teams channel, please register to be part of the community and then head over to the Service news updates section.
Previous community of practice events
26 May 2022
Learn about how staff and leaders in higher and further education are developing the digital environment, experience and capabilities of students and staff. Please visit our events page to find out more
5 April 2022
Hear about how our community champions of 2022 are sharing effective practice in both FE and HE and helping their communities to collaborate and flourish. A recording of the event is available from the event page
3 March 2022
How are your professional services staff experiencing the digital environment? Following on from our reports on the digital experiences of learners/students and teaching staff, we launched the 2020/21 digital experience insights survey findings for professional services staff. The recording and transcript from the event are available on our event page
30 November 2021
Joint building digital capability and digital experience insights community of practice event, delivered in partnership with University of Sunderland. The recording, transcript and materials from the event are available from our event page
19 May 2021
This event was co-hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. A summary of the event is available on our blog. Presentations from Jisc and Manchester Metropolitan University (transcript [Word]), some of our members (transcript [Word]) and the City of Wolverhampton College (transcript [Word]) are available from YouTube.
17 November 2020
24 September 2020
21 May 2020
Online community of practice event co-hosted by the University of Northampton. View the recording (YouTube)
27 November 2019
University of Edinburgh. Resources from this event are available from our blog
14 May 2019. London
Hosted in collaboration with UCL and the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE)
21 November 2018
Hosted by the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with Jisc. Information available on our events page
22 May 2018
30 November 2017
Birmingham. Information available on our events page
9 May 2017
Birmingham. Information available on our events page
Previous BDC support webinars
Leeds Trinity University and Education Partnership North East (15 March 2022)
View the recording on YouTube and download the transcript. View the presentation slides from Dan Fitzpatrick (Education Partnership North East) and Patrick Turner (Leeds Trinity University).
Implementing the discovery tool: two FE case studies and a festive activity (14 December 2021)
Discovery tool implementation: activities to engage staff and students (6 October 2021)
Discovery tool implementation: activities to engage staff and students (30 June 2021)
Implementing the discovery tool - presentations and community site discussions (24 February 2021)
View the presentation slides (webinar presentation excluding guest presenters, slides for James Cale: University of Wales Trinity St David presentation, slides for Gunter Saunders: University of Westminster presentation) and download the recording transcript
Evaluation of service and discussion of potential service developments (11 November 2020)
Supporting staff to teach effectively online: exploring our new discovery tool question set (24 September 2020)
Implementing the discovery tool (23 June 2020)
Organisation-wide data visualisations in the discovery tool (29 April 2020)
Making the most of your data (25th February 2020)
Approaches to adding resources to the discovery tool (29 January 2020)
Building digital capability webinar for FE and skills (10 December 2019)
News and updates from the service (23 October 2019)
Including plans for data visualisation enhancement, overview of our organisational maturity model and an outline of our working with you offer). View the presentation slides
Sharing implementation approaches (10 July 2019)
Adding your resources to the discovery tool (28 March 2019)
Access and understand your data (30 January 2019)
Join our active community of practice
It is an open community that welcomes both experienced participants and those who have not previously engaged in this field but who would like to find out more.
With over 100 active participants, the network events and mailing list offer opportunities for colleagues to work together on all aspects of digital capability for staff and students.
Benefits of membership
- Keynote speakers share their vision and strategy
- Introduction to resources that will help your students and staff
- Opportunities to network and learn from others
- Updates on latest initiatives and research
Subscribers to our building digital capability service will also receive two priority places per institution for each of the two community of practice events held each year.
We have a separate Microsoft Teams community and a series of webinars for subscribers to the discovery tool, offering guidance and support for those implementing the service in their institution.
Our Microsoft Teams community offers members who are subscribers to the discovery tool a chance to ask questions about implementing the discovery tool and to discuss issues and solutions with their peers in other organisations.
The Teams community provides discussion threads. It is also home to various support resources, including the text of the question sets and some of our support webinars.
Access is limited to administrators or those involved in implementing these services in their organisation. You will be provided with a form to join the community after onboarding.