Digital Student Project

Your opinion matters! 

 Here is an opportunity for you as an adult learner to have your voice heard in a national survey.  The survey team are arranging a number of face- to-face focus groups of up to ten learners  which will last about an hour and a half .

This is part of a survey of all sectors of post school learning and it is important that the voice of adult learners is heard!

You will be made most welcome and all views will be valued and will contribute to the study. Full details are set out below.

The following session is confirmed 
Monday 14 December    7.00 – 8.30
Village Learning Centre Browning Street, Derby DE23 8DN  01332 711371Location

If you wish to take park please contact alastair clark either by email OR by calling or texting 07847417027 >


Digital Student Project


You are being invited to take part in a research study supported by Jisc. Jisc is a registered charity working on behalf of UK higher education, further education and skills to champion the use of digital technologies. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully.


What is the purpose of the study?

This project will investigate learners’ expectations and experiences of the digital world – online learning content and tools, including mobile devices and computers – in order to make recommendations on the services that could be provided to support learners’ use of technology. Phase 1 of the Digital Student project investigated the expectations students have of technology provision in higher education. Phase 2 extended these investigations to further education.  The current Phase 3 is looking at Adult / Community, work-based and Offender Learning by conducting desk research and consulting with staff and students. The project aims to assess the distinctive features of the experience of using technologies for learners in these sectors. The study will run from September 2015 to March 2016.


Why have I been invited to participate?

You have been asked to participate as a learner in Adult / Community, work-based, apprentice or Offender Learning


Do I have to take part?

  1. It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be given this information sheet to keep and be asked to sign a consent form. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.


Choosing either to take part or not take part in the study will have no impact on your marks, assessments or future studies.


What will happen to me if I take part?

You will be invited to take part in a focus group discussion of about one hour involving a member of the research team and other students on your course at your normal place of study. This will be one of ten similar focus groups to be conducted for the study. This will be audio recorded to provide us with accurate records of what is said. Refreshments will be provided during the event. We will also ask you to complete a short profile form giving information about you and your class.


What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There is no risk to you beyond that involved in your normal learning. You are, however, being asked to give up about an hour of your time if you participate. If you wanted to contribute to follow-up events (see below) you would devote more time than that.


What are the possible benefits of taking part?

By participating in this study you will help us to develop and tell others about effective policies and recommendations for services that colleges or learning providers should offer in their digital learning provision. You may also gain some insights into how to better use technology in your own learning.


Will what I say in this study be kept confidential?

Yes, all information will be kept strictly confidential (subject to legal limitations). To do this, the researchers will remove names from the data before it is analysed. What this means is that your name and contact details will be kept in a separate, password-protected computer file from any data that you supply. This will only be able to be linked to your responses by the researchers, for example, in order to invite you to contribute to public follow-up events. We may, for instance, ask if we can write about your experiences as a learner to publish on Jisc’s website. This would take up no more than an hour of your time and it would be entirely up to you whether to accept or refuse the invitation. Or, we may invite you to take part in one or more of the national consultation events to be held with teaching staff in early 2016. These events would require a day of your time but your travel and expenses would be paid for you. Again, it is up to you whether you choose to accept or refuse such an invitation if it is offered.

In the final report, you will be referred to by a made-up name. We will remove any references to personal information that might allow someone to guess your identity.

What should I do if I want to take part?

A member of staff will publicise the date, time and place of the focus group meeting. You should attend the focus group meeting and sign a consent form and return it to the Digital Student researcher at the session.


What will happen to the results of the research study?

Reports of our findings will be presented at a series of national consultation events for teaching staff to be held in the period January – March 2016. These consultation events will contribute to developing recommendations for services that should be provided in the sectors. Reports used at these events will be publically available from the JISC Digital Student website at

We will also seek to present and publish findings from the research at conferences and in other academic arenas, including journals. These too will be announced on the JISC Digital Student website. We will provide copies of any such publications to participants in the study on request.

Who is organising and funding the research?

This study is funded by Jisc ( The research team consists of: Giles Pepler, Nick Jeans, Barry Phillips (Consultants in Learning Technology, Sero Consulting Limited, Sheffield Technology Park, Cooper Buildings, Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NS) and Seb Schmoller (Independent Educational Consultant)



For further information about this project please contact Nick Jeans on, or +44 7733108468

Thank you for taking the time to read this.



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