Scottish Digital Academy – Strategic Business Plan

July 20, 2021 by No Comments | Category Digital Skills, Scottish Digital Academy

Blog by Lee Dunn, Head of the Scottish Digital Academy, Digital Directorate, Scottish Government.

I joined the Scottish Government’s, Digital Directorate in April, as Head of the Scottish Digital Academy. I was previously a Lead Specialist Professional Learning and Product Manager at Education Scotland. I began my career as a school teacher, before taking on a post as Senior Lecturer in Education and Technology at the University of Glasgow. I’ve worked with various organisations over the past 20 years and always with a focus on learning, digital, data and technology.

Since joining the Academy, I’ve spent time speaking with stakeholders and working across the team to establish our strengths and areas for future development. We’re part of the Office of Digital Capability and Talent and we provide high quality professional learning and training through agile coaching and a range of digital skills courses. The Division is experienced and motivated and by building on the excellent work to date, we’ve recently published our new Strategic Business Plan, which sets out our aim, ambition and thematic priorities for the next four years.

“In realising our aim, we will organise our work into thematic priorities as illustrated in our strategic model. It outlines the themes that will build capability and promote collaborative practices through a shared language and aspiration.”

During this time, we’ll focus on five thematic priorities, which are broadly aligned to the Digital Strategy A Changing Nation: How Scotland will thrive in a digital world (March, 2021).

• Leadership
• Professional Learning
• Innovation
• Partnership
• Community

Our strategic model illustrates the relationship between each theme. It recognises that they’re all as equally important and that our future success depends on development within each area.

The Scottish Digital Academy Strategic Model

As well as working towards the objectives set out within the plan, we will be developing new digital skills pathways that will increase the breadth and depth of our training offer and we’ll seek to grow our agile coaching service. We want to demonstrate the positive impact that our offer has across the public and third sectors in Scotland. So, we’ll identify and measure new performance indicators and outcomes that align to the National Performance Framework.

We have much to do over the coming months to set a solid foundation for growth and for change. It’s an exciting time to be part of the Academy team and we have a lot to share with you. We’re developing a new website to showcase our offer and to engage with our stakeholders and we’re building a new immersive application to enhance the learning experience for our course participants. Watch out for news about those towards the Autumn.

I’ll provide regular updates on Academy activities and our plan through the Digital Blog, but in the meantime please follow us on Twitter @ScotGovSDA for the latest news or reach out to us via email and someone from the team will get back to you.

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