January 25, 2022

Two Reports on Online Learning, Online Learners, and Digital Skills

Two reports from Jisc follow below.

1. What Makes A Successful Online Learner? Final Report
July 2016; Released September 3, 2016
20 pages; PDF.

This study links closely to the previous work as online learning cuts across sectors. For this study, online learning is defined as:

  • Exclusively online course
  • Courses which are delivered largely online, or have online elements to support a variety of access and attendance needs
  • Online learning which replaces some face-to-face lecturing time in courses that are otherwise delivered traditionally

The document includes a literature review, recommendations, and links to many additional resources.

2. Digital Student Skills Study
June 2016
36 pages; PDF.

This study links closely to the previous work as online learning cuts across sectors. of learners in higher and further education (HE and FE) with a brief exploration of schools. This study explores the needs of learners in apprenticeships, adult and community learning and prisons.
In these sectors the range of learners is very broad, with ages ranging from 16 to 90, with a multiplicity of reasonfor learning and great diversity in the technology knowledge and experience that they bring to the table.
The aim of all three studies has been to investigate learners’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment, in order to make recommendations on the services that could be provided to support learners’ use of technology.

In common with the two previous studies there are three main strands to this research:

  • A review of the relevant existing literature, including grey literature (eg blogs and unpublished or non-commercially published research), supported by interviews with key stakeholders
  • Primary research with learners through questionnaires and facilitated focus groups
  • Consultation events with learning providers and learners

See Also: Access Additional Reports and Resources

See Also: Digital Student Project Website

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.