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An ongoing programme of Digital CPD and training for all College staff


In order to ensure teachers, apprenticeship staff, learning support assistants and business support staff have the digital skills to succeed in their role, Middlesbrough College have developed a mandatory digital CPD initiative; Digital Culture.


The structure of this initiative is based on the Jisc Capabilities Framework, which is organised into six core activities, containing 15 essential elements, specifically:


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Digital Culture  

As a starting point for this CPD initiative, and in order to ensure we have a clear understanding of current levels of digital competency across the workforce, we're asking all teaching staff to complete the Jisc Discovery Evaluation Tool.


Watch the video below for an overview of JISC's Digital Capability programme.







How to access the Discovery Tool:




  • Select 'Middlesbrough College' from the drop-down Organisation menu.

  • Enter your personal details and then navigate to the 'Discovery tool for staff' Then select 'Question sets and reports for staff' 

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  • FE teachers, LSAs and apprenticeship classroom delivery staff should complete the 'Teaching in FE and Skills' question set. 

  • HE teachers should complete the 'Teaching in HE' question set.

  • Completing additional question sets is optional, but highly recommended.

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  • Once you've completed the question set/s, you can download your 'Report' as a PDF.

  • Click the small PDF icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the report (as shown in the red square in the image above. This will ask you to print, clicking this will save as the PDF)​

  • You will also be able to claim your 'Digital Badge' by clicking on the link provided

How to complete the Discovery Tool:


Based on areas of least proficiency, and considering elements most relevant to their role, staff will have the opportunity throughout the year to focus on developing skills in those areas that will benefit them the most in their role.

The different sized bar graph elements illustrated in the report will help you visualise your current level of competency. The larger the bar the more competent you are in that element.


The report records levels of competency at three different levels:

  • Developing

  • Capable

  • Proficient

The system automatically ‘pushes’ appropriate resources you can use to improve your skills in particular areas. This makes it very easy for you to ‘visually map’ your improvement in individual skills across the year.

All teachers (including apprenticeship classroom delivery staff) should focus on developing the following  elements:

  • Digital communication

  • Digital collaboration

  • Digital teaching

  • Digital learning

  • Digital creation

Click the links below to read more about the specific Digital Culture activities for different groups of staff.

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