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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.

Upcoming events

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

This event was co-hosted by the University of Derby. The recording of this event (transcript [Word]) is available on YouTube alongside a blog post providing a summary of the themes from the day

24 September 2020

Supporting staff to teach effectively online: exploring our new discovery tool question set. View the recording (YouTube) and read the recording transcript (Word)

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

Hosted by the University of Leicester in collaboration with Jisc. Information available on our events page

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)

View the recording, and download the presentation slides (from Jisc and Middlesbrough College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College) and the recording transcript

Discovery tool implementation: activities to engage staff and students (6 October 2021)

Download the recording transcript and presentation slides, including presentations from the University of Plymouth and University of Sunderland

Discovery tool implementation: activities to engage staff and students (30 June 2021)

View the presentation slides (including guest presentations from the University of Hull and Ulster University), recording, and download the recording transcript

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)

Presentation slides, recording and transcript

Supporting staff to teach effectively online: exploring our new discovery tool question set (24 September 2020)

View the presentation slides, recording and download the recording transcript

Implementing the discovery tool (23 June 2020)

A transcript of the recording is available and you can also view the presentation slides

Organisation-wide data visualisations in the discovery tool (29 April 2020)

A transcript of the webinar is available and you can also view the presentation slides

Making the most of your data (25th February 2020)

Watch the recording of this session and view the presentation slides

Approaches to adding resources to the discovery tool (29 January 2020)

Watch the recording of this session and view the presentation slides

Building digital capability webinar for FE and skills (10 December 2019)

Watch the recording of this session and view the presentation slides

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)

Watch the recording of this session and view the presentation slides

Adding your resources to the discovery tool (28 March 2019)

Watch the recording of this session and view the presentation slides

Access and understand your data (30 January 2019)

Watch the recording of this session and view the presentation slides

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.

Support webinars

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.