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“Today, digital tools are like keys to the classroom. If you don't have access to digital tools, it's like standing outside the classroom without your keys.”

This is how one of the interviewees described the importance of digital skills and digital tools as part of modern working life skills in HEI organization. The quote is a great metaphor for how important digital tools are in higher education today.
Digitalization undeniably has its benefits, but its harmful effects on the wellbeing of employees are also increasingly being recognized. 
In this report on Digital wellbeing, we explore the phenomenon of digital wellbeing in the context of higher education institutions. Our DWEL survey received over 70 responses and we proceeded with 30 semi structured interviews in order to gain as much insight into our target audience as possible!
We based these interviews on the following themes:
  •  skills and competence
  •  sense of community
  •  management
  •  working conditions.
By collating the desk research, the information we have gathered from the survey responses and the interviews we have created one cohesive Digital Wellbeing Report which introduces and analyses the challenges to digital wellbeing as experienced by HEI lecturers and managers as part of the wider current digital transition.
The Digital wellbeing report will be an introduction to the meaning, scope, and application of digital wellbeing in HEI. 
The report aims to raise understanding and awareness of the digital wellbeing among HE lecturers. More specifically, the aim is to raise awareness of the importance of achieving a balance between digital teaching and the wellbeing of lecturers when they are suddenly exposed to risks to their physical and mental health that they have not had to face before.
The DWEL report offers up-to-date information on digital wellbeing specifically from the perspectives of teaching staff, researchers, and management staff in the higher education sector. It investigates the experiences and perceptions of those working in the higher education sector on the themes of digital wellbeing. The results of the DWEL report serve as a good basis for, among other, planning future actions. The report also offers a brief overview good practices from other fields, which can also be applied to the higher education sector. Moreover, it proposes measures and tools that can be used to strengthen digital well-being in the HEI sector. The impact of digitalization and technology on working life and wellbeing has been studied thoroughly but the concept of digital wellbeing is quite new.

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