Explore the Digital Strategy
Dalhousie University’s first digital strategy is a people-centric, comprehensive plan for Dal’s digital infrastructure, supporting teaching, learning, research, the student experience, and administrative functions at Dal.
Across all strategic areas, the Digital Strategy will include overarching and integrated themes:
Dalhousie’s digital environment will reflect and support our values of inclusiveness, equity, diversity, accessibility, seamlessness, integration, lifelong learning, transparency, sustainability, privacy, security, digital literacy, and community focus.
Well-integrated and well-supported systems and platforms will enable all users to thrive.
Data is an institutional asset, which supports transparent and data-informed decision-making.
Communications and Training
Improved communications on governance, systems availability, and training opportunities will increase cooperation and digital competency.
Keeping the user experience simple, accessible, and barrier-free is a guiding principle.
Innovation and Creativity
Encourage a culture that supports innovation, creativity, experimentation, and risk-taking.
The five pillars of the strategy closely align with Dal’s Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Governors in June 2021. The Digital Strategy provides foundational digital supports to enable the achievement of the goals in the Strategic Plan.
1.0 Teaching & Learning: Digitally supported, differentiated pedagogy, and exceptional student experiences
- In support of the University’s strategic goal to be a leader in curriculum development and program innovation, digital capabilities will be leveraged to enhance in-person teaching and to provide high-quality online and blended academic program delivery models.
- We will develop and deliver inclusive pedagogy that considers all aspects of accessibility and bridges the digital divide, providing equitable access to course content and assessments.
- We will offer learning experiences that prepare graduates with digital competencies for their future endeavors anywhere in the world.
1.1. Create online learning experiences of exceptional quality;
1.2. Integrate digital literacy as a core skill for all students to acquire through their academic programs;
1.3. Develop a strategy for a digital campus encompassing all aspects of the student journey.
2.0 People Centric: Digitally competent students, staff, and faculty
- Dalhousie’s digital capabilities will be person-centred to enhance the activities of faculty members, students, and staff.
- Technology will be easy to use with consistency and integration of platforms and processes, and ongoing training available for all.
- The digital fluency of faculty and staff, and our integrated planning, will ensure students, faculty, and staff learn with accessible, equitable, and responsive systems.
- Digital Dalhousians will enjoy personalized services throughout their lifelong learning journey and partnerships with Dalhousie.
2.1. Enhance digital literacy through ongoing training and support for faculty and staff;
2.2. Enable everyone to be mobile-ready and normalize and enable remote work, when appropriate;
2.3. Keep the user experience simple by adopting person-focused accessible systems and applications.
2.4. Improve access to the systems, tools, and broadband needed to successfully engage as a member of the Dalhousie community.
3.0 Research & Innovation: Seamless, enabling digital research environments
- Create an integrated, barrier-free digital research environment to stimulate and support innovation and achievement of research goals, and to enhance the researcher and student experience.
3.1. Design a framework for development, maintenance, and enhancement of digital infrastructure that supports innovation and achievement of research goals;
3.2. Create a researcher-oriented digital environment.
4.0 Community Collaborations: Digitally enhanced relationships & services
- Enhance flexibility, accessibility, and innovation in open and inclusive digital environments to enrich internal engagement and expand our service to diverse local and global communities; to develop breakthrough research and innovation, to drive sustainable, economic growth; and to contribute to cultural and social development.
4.1. Grow community relationships, profile, and impact using digitally enabled systems;
4.2. Adopt a user-journey approach and improve how we communicate with, and inform, our Dalhousie communities, both internal and external;
4.3. Improve community access to Dalhousie learning experiences and expertise by lowering geographic, economic, and cultural barriers of access.
5.0 Digital Foundations: Ethical, effective governance, sustainable, responsive, future-ready
- The human element is the central governing factor in developing our digital infrastructure, to ensure that investments in technology are made in support of Dalhousie’s mission.
- Dal’s accessible and person-centered digital environment will foster a shared systems culture that protects privacy and security, and enables accessibility, while being supported by training and communications.
- We will implement approaches, processes, and functions that reinforce exceptional teaching, research, and student experiences, as well as effective and efficient administration, with integrated, flexible digital platforms, data, and applications.
5.1. Design transparent, visible digital governance that enables ethical, environmentally, and financially sustainable decisions;
5.2. Utilize a university-wide approach to systems, software and equipment acquisitions to ensure integration, coordination, security, privacy, and cost-effectiveness;
5.3. Facilitate data as an institutional asset;
5.4. Improve efficiency and effectiveness for teaching, research, and business processes by digitizing processes and reducing fragmentation of administrative services.