Flexible Digital Education

This framework supports programme and module leads to design educational delivery that is flexible, and can be adapted to different contexts, from online-only to different types of blended provision.

In its 10 elements, the Framework emphasises online collaboration, community and engagement. This is to provide a foundation for online-only provision in the event that we need to rely on, or prioritise, this mode of education. However, the template also - and emphatically - serves as a more general set of guidelines for educational delivery at Keele.

It suggests elements of digital resource and collaboration that can underscore an authentically blended education - a platform for the social learning that is at the heart of our Education Vision. These are mapped on to typical stages or aspects of module delivery. The Framework can be adapted to Faculty or School level to better fit the character of modules delivered in a local context, but the elements are chosen to be as universal as possible.

The basic Framework is supplemented by a range of suggested digital solutions, tools and practices that can facilitate each phase. KIITE and IDS colleagues have collated a menu of possible solutions and enhancements, and we’ll refine and add to these resources. This menu of resources draws on both familiar and new capabilities: those we have in our VLE, in the Microsoft Teams platform and its associated Office 365 tools, and through other digital tools and educational resources deployed and supported by the University.

In June and July KIITE ran a series of workshops on Education Planning and Design, drawing on the core recommendations of the Flexible Digital Education Framework, and helping to guide the transition to hybrid educational delivery. To access the recordings and resources from these workshops, visit the KIITE intranet pages.  More workshops will be scheduled for later in the year. 

Explore the 10 Elements of the Flexible Digital Education Framework through these pages: