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Digital Planning

Digital Planning at Queen’s University

Addressing the opportunities and demands of the digital world

Digital planning is about the university’s vision for its core missions of the student learning experience, research, and knowledge-sharing, as seen through a digital lens.

In 2017-18, the university launched a project to establish a digital planning framework, as the first phase in developing a digital strategy for Queen’s that leverages and augments existing strengths. That framework is now in place and will guide a number of initiatives in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Digital planning is a shared responsibility of people across the university, encompassing research infrastructure, the learning ecosystem, and enabling infrastructure such as administrative systems.

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Imaging our Digital Future: A Virtual Exhibit

For decades, Queen’s has been leveraging technologies to advance learning and research. In this virtual exhibit, we highlight just some of our interesting initiatives in the digital realm. Examples range from research advances in digital technologies that are impacting daily human lives to previously unimaginable learning and research opportunities across the disciplines. To contribute an entry, contact digital.planning@queensu.ca.

Principal’s Symposium: Imagining our Digital Future

Queen’s invited though leaders and community members to come together for the day-long Principal’s Symposium: Imagining Our Digital Future on November 26, 2018. Topics included the global impact of open science and scholarship, digital opportunities in learning and research, emerging developments in artificial intelligence and data analytics, reconciliation in the digital age, and the impact of these changes on communities such as Kingston. See the symposium program for the full line-up of keynote speakers and Queen’s panelists and a videorecording of the event.

Digital Planning Framework 2018-19 to 2019-20

The series of activities outlined below informed the development of Queen’s University’s Digital Planning Framework 2018-19 to 2019-20. This framework sets goals and objectives for this two-year timeframe and moves us toward the full articulation of Queen’s University’s digital strategy in 2020.

Queen’s University’s Digital Planning Framework (PDF 1.3 MB)

Queen’s Digital Strategy Guiding Principles

Consultations with the Queen’s community resulted in the following principles that will guide our institutional digital strategy:

  • Vision Alignment: Our digital strategy’s goals and resource allocations will be aligned with Queen’s vision for the student learning experience and research prominence and address university-wide and faculty-specific priorities.
  • Community: We envision a digital future driven by our community – a future that enhances human experiences and Queen’s sense of community, on campus and around the world.
  • Openness: We will leverage digital opportunities to bring Queen’s learning opportunities and research to the world and the world to Queen’s, fully respecting privacy and ethics.
  • Inclusion: Our digital environment will be designed with diversity and equitable access in mind and will address the needs of all disciplines and areas of study.
  • Innovation: We will leverage advances in technology with a digital strategy that is adaptable over time and supports the creativity already evident in Queen’s teaching and research.
  • Collaboration: Innovation and collaboration go hand-in-hand – we need to optimize strengths across and outside the university to enable the agility, efficiency and interoperability required for pervasive digital strength.
  • Data as a Foundation: Our community has said that the ability to access and manipulate all kinds of data – whether designing services or doing research – is a high need and a significant concern. This must drive the priorities we set.

Digital Planning Update – May 12, 2018

Presentation to the Board of Trustees (PDF 900 KB)

Discussion Groups – March and April 2018:

A series of discussion groups were held to hear from our campus community about the ways we are seeing digitization affecting universities generally as well as our work here at Queen’s, what principles should guide us in developing an institutional digital strategy, how we should go about the digital strategy development (processes), and where our attention and emphasis should be directed first (priorities). For further information, email Kathryn Wood at digital.planning@queensu.ca.

Environmental Scan:

Based on a review of public domain documentation related to digital strategies in higher education, 14 observations are offered to provide an overview of the digital landscape associated with universities.

Environmental Scan March 5, 2018 (PDF 950 KB)

Ongoing Engagement:

Are you engaged in an interesting digital initiative? Do you have questions about digital planning? Please send your ideas or comments to digital.planning@queensu.ca.

The Digital Planning Project Group

This small core team is tasked with engaging stakeholders in several objectives to support the goals of the university’s Digital Planning Framework, including:

  • Engaging the university community in developing a shared understanding of digital opportunities and developing an integrated view of needs and developments across portfolios, to inform the university’s strategic framework and develop its digital strategy
  • Building a foundation of key IT enablers and digital strategy governance that will enable the university to seize transformative digital opportunities
  • Reviewing project proposals for the implementation of new digital capabilities and making decisions on the allocation of the Digital Planning Fund


  • Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian
  • Jennifer Doyle, Associate Vice-Principal (Information Technology) and Chief Information Officer


  • Barbara Crow, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Kent Novakowski, Associate Vice-Principal (Research)
  • Fahim Quadir, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
  • Steve Tanner, Associate Vice-Principal (Finance)
  • Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs
  • Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal (University Relations)