An evolving learning strategy enables the understanding of the interplay between technology and learning to advance in line with the capabilities of academic staff and organisational management that can assist to mitigate the complex task of producing optimal results in a world marked by unforeseen and frequent change. Traditional approaches to devising learning strategy that attempt to combine technology with learning and teaching, and also provide adequate professional and technical support often fail to consider the complex interrelationships that must be managed alongside the influences and pace of external changes. Five year strategic plans are common, but accelerating change and increasing complexity inside and outside the institution undermine many of the assumptions and projections that are made to control what is in essence unknowable.
A dynamic digital strategy treats all essential factors and needs as feedback loops that iteratively inform and adjust the strategy as appropriate. Changes in conditions invariably impact on institutional priorities and the capabilities needed to respond creatively within adequate timeframes. The digital strategy is fundamental to the LTEF and represents the point to which everything returns, is reflected upon, and if needed, re-invented.