New Educational Technology Roadmap to support UNSW’s digital future

11 Apr 2024
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UNSW is investing considerably in enhancing the student and staff experience, and digital technologies play a critical role in shaping that experience.

UNSW has released the Educational Technology Roadmap 2024–2028 following a comprehensive analysis of our large and complex educational technology landscape.

The roadmap synthesises the University’s aspirations for our ideal future digital learning ecosystem and articulates workstreams to build that ecosystem.

This important strategic development is led by Professor Simon McIntyre, Director Educational Innovation in the Portfolio of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education.

“The roadmap will help UNSW deliver on its commitment to providing exceptional learning experiences, while harnessing the full potential of emerging technologies,” he said.

“Importantly, it also provides clear guidance by identifying eight workstreams and 27 key recommendations to help simplify and improve our use of educational technologies.

“The roadmap provides the foundations for us to establish a simple, consistent and more effective digital learning and teaching experience for both students and colleagues.”

How the roadmap was created and how it links to broader University priorities

The roadmap was developed through extensive research, collaboration and consultation with UNSW students and academic and professional staff across faculties and divisions during 2023.

It provides a flexible framework to unite collaborative work across the University in key areas of focus that can evolve and adapt over time.

“The roadmap will ensure that our collective vision for the University’s digital future is interwoven into its broader ambitions for this year and beyond,” said Prof. McIntyre.

“It aligns with, and will contribute to, several initiatives in the UNSW Operational Plan and our Divisional Priorities, and it supports the achievement of several goals of the current Nexus and Student Experience programs.

“Critically, it is also helping to inform the work IT are undertaking to redesign UNSW’s digital architecture. With staff and student experience at the forefront, and a focus on pedagogy-driven use of technology, this roadmap will become the backbone for future investments in the development of our world-class digital learning ecosystem.”

UNSW’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education & Student Experience, Professor Sarah Maddison endorsed the roadmap’s release.

“The roadmap offers an aspirational picture of a human-centred approach to reimagining our digital learning ecosystem – for both students and staff – and enabling a personalised learning experience for our students within a streamlined, well-integrated and adaptable digital ecosystem,” she said.

What’s next?

Over the next few weeks and months, the project team will be engaging closely with faculties, the Nexus team and divisions, while scoping projects based on the roadmap’s recommendations.

“I would like to thank our students and staff who contributed so much of their experience, knowledge and time to inform these outcomes. I look forward to working with everyone to help realise its ambitions,” Prof. McIntyre said.

Visit the Education & Student Experience website to find out more, or view the Roadmap here.