Higher Education Digital Capability Framework

An open-source capability framework for higher education. 4 dimensions, 16 domains and 70+ capabilities.

Framework

Sort

2.01 201

Student CRM

3.01 301

Recruit. Events

5.01 501

Program Design

9.01 901

Faculty Dvlp

12.01 1201

Tests & Exams

13.01 1301

Job Skills Building

14.01 1401

Skills Evaluation

15.01 1501

Industry P'ships

1.02 102

Customer Needs

3.02 302

Channel P'ships

10.02 1002

Synch. Learning

12.02 1202

Portfolios

15.02 1502

Industry Assoc.

16.02 1602

Industry Mentoring

10.03 1003

Asynch. Learning

12.03 1203

Assessment Feedback

16.03 1603

Alumni Engage.

2.04 204

Social Media

3.04 304

S'ship Programs

9999

13.04 1304

Student Work

9989
99999
99979
9969
9959
9949

10.05 1005

Learning Resources

13.05 1305

Ent'ship & Startups

9939
9929
9919
9909
9899
9889
9879
9869
9859
9849
9839

10.06 1006

Library Services

11.06 1106

Exchange Programs

9829
9819
9809
9799

This is an open source taxonomy and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


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About the Digital Capability Framework

In 2018, HolonIQ released an open source 16-point framework identifying key capabilities underpinning digital higher education. The 16-point framework was used by institutions in different ways to articulate, share and showcase current and emerging models in digital learning, and to identify areas for strategic focus and development.

The 2020 Higher Education Digital Capability (HEDC) Framework builds on the earlier model and adds a deeper focus on digital capabilities across the whole learner lifecycle. Institutional capabilities have been mapped to four connected dimensions across the lifecycle, from Demand & Discovery (DD) to Learning Design (LD), Learner Experience (LX) and Work & Lifelong Learning (WL). The framework encompasses current capabilities such as recruitment, curriculum design, assessment and career planning, but also looks ahead to future and emerging capabilities for successful digital learning.

Informed by academic research and with input from higher education leaders globally, the HEDC Framework offers an overarching view for institutions to map and measure digital capabilities across the learner lifecycle, ultimately to support practical and sustainable approaches to digital services and online learning.


Mapping Digital Capabilities in Higher Education

The Higher Education Digital Capability framework identifies four core dimensions along the learner lifecycle: Demand & Discovery (DD), Learning Design (LD), Learner Experience (LX) and Work & Lifelong Learning (WL). Within these are sixteen capability groups or ‘domains’, with more than 70 capability blocks adding a further level of detail. Overall, the framework is designed to allow flexibility and interpretation in context; some institutions will find almost every capability block relevant to their organisational structure, activities and aspirations, whilst others will focus on a more specific set of capabilities applicable to their individual context.


Demand and Discovery (DD)


Learning Design (LD)


Learner Experience (LX)


Work and Lifelong Learning (WL)