Embracing Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education

further & higher education

08:45 - 16:20

Thursday 18 January 2018

The Hatton- etc Venues, Central London

This Forum presents delegates with a timely opportunity to explore the future of digital technology in higher education teaching and learning. Participants will hear from practitioners at the forefront of digital learning on the potential of technology to transform student learning and hear from a number of best practice case studies from leading technologists and universities demonstrating innovation in digital teaching and embedding digital strategies.


This forum is specifically designed for the Higher Education Sector including Directors of IT, Directors of Information Learning, Heads of Distance Learning, Heads of Learning and Development, Heads of E-Learning, Learning Technologists, Senior Lecturers and Lecturers. This event is also open to the Private Sector to encourage networking and debate.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Sarah Davies, Head of Higher Education and Student Experience, Jisc
  • Sheila MacNeill, Chair, Association for Learning Technology
  • Kay Hack, Academic Lead for STEM, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

*Click here to see the other speakers and detailed programme*


Policy Background

According to Jisc, the UK Higher Education sector ‘must embrace technology or risk falling behind’. In light of rising tuition fees, and with the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) now in its second year, maximising the quality of teaching and learning offered by universities is of critical importance. Digital technology offers teaching and learning in the HE sector a way forward in this regard.

However there still exists a number of barriers to the use of digital technology in the HE sector. The NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition produced by the New Media Consortium has identified six challenges holding back digital technology in the higher education sector. This includes a lack of digital literacy, a continued separation between formal and informal learning, unequal access to digital technologies and lack of clarity as to the role of educators. Universities in the UK must take these challenges seriously if the potential of technology is to be harnessed going forward.

Given these challenges, and with the TEF listing the quality of digital resources as a key assessment criteria for the quality of the learning environment, the onus is now on the HE sector to fully embrace digital technology into their curriculum and pedagogies. In particular, digital literacy must be improved, innovative new technologies identified and the role of learning technologists expanded if the UK higher education sector is to avoid falling further behind.

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Registration Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

George Evangelinos, Senior Learning Technologist, Anglia Ruskin University (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: Developing New and Innovative Technologies to Enhance Learning in HE

  • Outlining the range of emerging technologies that are being developed to enhance teaching and learning in higher education and exploring how these can be adopted going forward
  • Building the digital capacity of university staff through the digital capability framework; including encouraging digital creativity and innovation and supporting data literacy
  • Developing an app and resource store to maximise the availability and accessibility of quality teaching and learning materials for students and staff alike

Sarah Davies, Head of Higher Education and Student Experience, Jisc (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Supporting and Encouraging Technology-Enhanced Learning

  • Highlighting the opportunities and challenges facing technology-enhanced learning and sharing guidance on how to start using technology in teaching practices
  • Sharing guidance on how to utilise technology for student feedback, including the key findings of the ‘Technology, Feedback, Action!’ research project
  • Exploring how technology can be used to enhance student employment prospects, including the Sharing Technology Enhanced Employability Learning (STEEL) project
  • Outlining attempts to improve teaching quality by enhancing small group teaching, for instance through utilising student response systems

Kay Hack, Academic Lead for STEM, Higher Education Academy (HEA) (CONFIRMED)


Key Supporter: Driving Cultural Change: Focusing on the Hearts and Minds to Change the University

  • The key ingredients to change when embedding a new digital strategy
  • Change management and stakeholders: Understanding the clear benefits
  • Communicating a strong vision: Puting pedagogy (not technology) first to drive change
  • VLE adoption playing an integral part in the University’s Digital Campus Transformation Programme

Gareth Kirk, Senior Project Manager, University of Wolverhampton, Paul Towers, Educational Developer, University of Wolverhampton, Hannah Cooper, VLE Engagement and Communications Officer, University of Wolverhampton, and Frances Quirke, Regional Director, Canvas


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Transforming Student Learning through Virtual Landscapes

  • Being awarded the ‘Outstanding Digital Innovation in Teaching or Research’ award at the 2016 Times Higher Education Award
  • Collaborating between the Leeds Arts School and the University of Leeds to develop a digital tool from gaming software to simulate fieldwork that enables students to explore a virtual landscape in real time
  • Outlining how this has transformed the learning experience of students; including being able collect real-time data, determine location and map regional geology from a studio
  • Detailing how the software has provided a digital solution to problems facing the department, and sharing guidance and best practice on how university digital teams can develop similar solutions to overcome learning barriers

Annabeth Robinson, Electronic Artist and Filmmaker, University of Salford (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: The Role of a Learning Technologist in Transforming Digital Learning Practices Across the University and Beyond

  • Being awarded Learning Technologist of the Year at the 2017 ALT award; sharing guidance and best practice as to how a learning technologist can embed a culture of digital teaching and learning across a university
  • Exploring the potential of digital technology to foster open education and cross-boundary learning in the HE Sector
  • Conceiving and initiating a number of collaborative practitioner-driven digital open education initiatives, including Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC); Flexible, Distance and Online Learning (FDOL); Bring Your Own Devices for Learning (BYOD4L); #LTHEchat and #creativeHE
  • Disseminating digital pedagogies and projects across the sector to develop and encourage cross-institutional collaboration and innovation
  • Sharing guidance and best practice on how to utilise digital learning technologies to develop cross-institutional initiatives and open education

Chrissi Nerantzi, Principal Lecturer in Academic CPD, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manchester Metropolitan University (CONFIRMED)


Key Supporter: Supporting Student Success: Inclusive Learning Environments and Note-taking Technology

  • Why does poor note-taking affect student engagement with course content?
  • What limitations do students and faculties face when using ‘traditional’ note-taking?
  • How can an inclusive learning environment be supported with note-taking technology?
  • What benefits have been seen at over 300 institutions worldwide using technology as part of an inclusive learning approach?

Lucy Toffolo, Training Manager, Sonocent Ltd


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: The Future of Learning Technology in Higher Education

  • Exploring how the potential of technology can be fully harnessed and supported in the higher education sector going forward, particularly in light of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Disseminating expertise and sharing best practice to increase the impact of learning technology for the public benefit
  • Ensuring learning technology practitioners and professionals are adequately represented and recognised at the national level through support networks and strategic information
  • Leading research and practice for a more professionalised learning technology sector

Sheila MacNeill, Chair, Association for Learning Technology (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Working in Partnership with the Student Body to Deliver Innovative Digital Initiatives

  • Detailing the work of the Students as Producers at LSE ([email protected]) team; working in partnership with students to promote and expand learning through technology
  • Enhancing the capability of students to share and create content and knowledge and ensure their voices are heard in the development of assessment and teaching practice
  • Outlining [email protected]’s five streams of activity, including transforming assessment through media, documentaries and digital storytelling
  • Detailing the benefits of engaging students and involving them in the co-creation of digital teaching practices and sharing best practice

Peter Bryant, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, London School of Economics (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Implementing a University-Wide Digital Strategy

  • Outlining the work and journey of the Digital Education Team at the University of Lincoln and how they are promoting and implementing digital learning strategies across the university
  • Developing digital education on the principle that education comes first; making sure technology will always improve teaching and learning and avoiding promoting technology for technologies sake
  • Delegating responsibility within the team for the digital learning of each separate university college; encouraging the sharing of best practice and inter-disciplinary collaboration
  • Establishing a team with a broad range of experience in technology, media, IT, marketing and project management to ensure a holistic approach to digital learning across the university
  • Ensuring every aspect of digital education is underpinned by Jisc’s digital capability framework and ensuring thorough implementation

Chavan Kissoon, Digital Education Developer and Mark Smith, College Director for Education, University of Lincoln (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Embedding a Culture of Digital Literacy in Teaching and Learning Practices

  • Being listed as a good practice case study by Jisc for their efforts to embed digital literacy in the curriculum and professional development
  • Establishing a number of action points to enhance digital literacy across academic schools in the University’s Strategy 2016-21
  • Ensuring the digital vision for teaching and learning as outlined in the University’s vision is met; facilitating collaborative work between the Library and Centre for Learning and Teaching to develop a shared framework to improve digital capability
  • Working with curriculum teams to embed digital practices into their work and ensuring that academics reference the framework in the University’s Postgraduate Programme
  • Supporting students and staff in using digital technology through student learning and teaching ambassadors

Fiona Handley, Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching and Fiona Macneill, Learning Technology Advisor, University of Brighton (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Delivering E-learning and Media in Health Sciences

  • Supporting digital learning and undertaking externally funded projects and research on health-related e-learning
  • Outlining the HELM 2020 Strategy; developing a framework that maximises the impact of e-learning across the health sciences
  • Bringing together learning technology professionals, academic staff and clinical mentors to facilitate innovation in digital learning across the department
  • Embedding a culture of e-learning across the health sciences; developing e-learning materials for students and participating in research on e-learning design and public health impact

Stathis Konstantinidis, Assistant Professor in e-Learning and Health Informatics, University of Nottingham (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair's Summary and Close


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