21 January 2021 | Report

Developing a high performance digital education ecosystem

Institutional self-assessment instruments

Airina Volungevičienė, Mark Brown, Rasa Greenspon, Michael Gaebel and Alison Morrisroe

Digitally enhanced learning and teaching is widely used across the European Higher Education Area, with general acceptance growing over the years and institutions widely acknowledging the benefits it brings to the student experience. 


The strategic focus being placed on digitally enhanced learning and teaching has increased, undoubtedly accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, and is reflected in many national and European policies, with the renewed Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) underlining “the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem” as a strategic priority.

Set against this prerogative and growing strategic interest, this report presents a review of 20 instruments from around the globe designed for self-assessment of digitally enhanced learning and teaching at higher education institutions. It offers a number of insightful observations concerning their use (or non-use) by institutions for promoting both quality enhancement and digital capacity development. It should be of immediate interest to higher education institutions, but also to policy makers, developers of instruments, and generally, to all those who seek information on such instruments.

This publication has been developed under the Erasmus+ co-funded DIGI-HE project, led by the EUA and in partnership with four universities, with the aim of supporting higher education institutions to engage in self-review to develop and enhance their strategic approaches to digitalisation.

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