26 - 27 October, 2016 | Kensington Close Hotel, London, United Kingdom

Day 1- 26th October

This interactive workshop will examine the barriers to empowering academics to take hold of the digital learning and teaching agenda and create practical change. It will draw on the experiences of the University of Sheffield in creating the Digital Commons, a virtual and physical space aimed at identifying and tackling issues brought about by the rapid changes in technology and their potential in higher education.

Part of the workshop will take the form of a ‘hackday’ where participants will be asked to come up with solutions to concrete problems they face in using technology as an enabler in the student experience, ensuring that the process is driven by learning and good curriculum design.


Marie Kinsey

Director of Learning and Teaching, Dept of Journalism Studies
University of Sheffield


Chris Stokes

Director of Digital Learning
University of Sheffield

10:00 - 10:10 Chairperson's opening remarks and welcome

Fiona Harvey, Education Development Manager,University of Southampton

Fiona Harvey

Education Development Manager
University of Southampton

10:10 - 10:40 Transforming and innovating strategic vision for enhanced teaching quality

Peter Bryant, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation,LSE
  • Embarking on major change to leapfrog a generation and bring teaching quality into the digital age
  • Improving communication between all stakeholders to improve technology enhanced learning
  • Creating an imperative for change


Peter Bryant

Head of Learning Technology and Innovation

10:40 - 11:00 Academic video trends to fuel your strategy in 2016 and beyond

Matt McCurdy, Vice President of Education Sales,Sonic Foundry
From lecture capture and flipped learning to special events and alumni relations, the creation of academic video is growing on campuses around the world. Fueled by easy access to mobile devices and the readiness of the cloud, many colleges and universities are adopting video without a clear strategy on how to best manage current and future uses and applications. Join Sonic Foundry, leaders in this space, as they map out an effective video strategy and identify the video trends you need to be planning for in 2016 and beyond.

Matt McCurdy

Vice President of Education Sales
Sonic Foundry

11:00 - 11:40 Morning coffee and networking

11:40 - 12:10 Embedding Technology-Enhanced Learning into institutional strategies

Gavin Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education,University of Liverpool
  • The role of online and blended learning in an integrated portfolio
  • Getting the student and staff experience right
  • Supporting student success
  • Creating a culture of innovation
  • Leading a programme of change


Gavin Brown

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education
University of Liverpool

12:10 - 12:40 Facilitating staff to design in active learning opportunities for students through the use of technology-enhanced learning tools

Richard Walker, Head of e-Learning Development,University of York
  • Embedding TEL within programme-level thinking: Joining up pedagogic and TEL guidance as part of an institutional pedagogy
  • Implementing active learning design through the use of TEL tools as part of institutional pedagogy renewal
  • Using evidence-informed use cases as prompts for active learning design to increase flexibility and access to learning and the range of learning opportunities


Richard Walker

Head of e-Learning Development
University of York

  • Establishing which parts of the curriculum are best suited to blended learning
  • Setting clear goals on what you want to achieve through using blended learning
  • Integrating the online and face-to-face components to create a cohesive learning experience
  • Understanding the best combination of face-to-face and virtual learning to drive results


Don Passey

Professor of Technology Enhanced Learning, Director of the Centre for Techn
Lancaster University

13:10 - 14:10 Lunch

14:10 - 14:40 Navigating major transformation in learning and teaching strategy to enhance the student experience

Joel Mills, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning,University of Hull
  • Undertaking the strategic journey towards whole curriculum and pedagogic redesign
  • Supporting staff in the uptake of blended learning
  • Embracing pedagogical innovation including global student collaboration, lecture capture, gamification and e-assessment
  • Improving the student learning experience through VLE


Joel Mills

Head of Technology Enhanced Learning
University of Hull

14:40 - 15:10 Using Badges to scaffold learning and develop digital literacies

Fiona Harvey, Education Development Manager,University of Southampton
  • Supporting the development of digital literacies skills for staff and students
  • Using portfolios to develop an effective online presence
  • Creating a structure to guide academic projects
  • Using Open Badges for evidencing specific sets of skills


Fiona Harvey

Education Development Manager
University of Southampton

15:10 - 16:30 Afternoon tea and networking

16:30 - 15:40 Redefining teaching observations for the online tutor: a learning design approach

The workshop will revisit the notion of peer observation in the context of online learning and teaching. Dialogue, consensus between the observer and the observee and the focus on peer review which are perceived to be of great value in traditional, face-to-face observations are constrained in online learning spaces; however the great advantage of an online environment is the digital, longitudinal trail of a tutor’s teaching philosophy as opposed to the ‘snapshot’ of teaching practice in a traditional observation. The observed trail consists of the learning design as it is captured in the online space of a course/ module, as well as the tutor and student interactions. The process can lead to a rich self and peer evaluation and useful feedback.
The workshop will explore this process by introducing an online tool that has been designed to be used for self-evaluation so that practitioners and module teams can share designs without seeming to impose top-down standards. The tool serves two purposes:
  1. Greater involvement of the module leaders in learning design tasks;
  2. Enhancing the understanding of key learning design principles that lead to greater tutor effectiveness

Dr Stylianos Hatzipanagos is Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning at King's Learning Institute, King's College London and a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London. His research portfolio includes: learning design and evaluation of online learning environments, formative assessment and technology-enhanced assessment, computer mediated communication and computer supported collaborative work, open educational resources, social media and social networking in an educational context. He has edited books and peer reviewed journal special issues on social media and assessment. He has developed and led successful research funding applications and participated in research projects at a national (UK) and European level.

15:40 - 16:10 Using immersive virtual environments to support simulation and practice-based learning

Liz Falconer, Director of the Education Innovation Centre,University of West England
  • Building virtual worlds of environments that students could not otherwise experience to prepare them for the working world
  • Using technology enhanced learning to improve employability of students
  • How to equip staff with the knowledge and skills required to teach using advanced technology
  • Establishing the best areas of the curriculum to use virtual worlds


Liz Falconer

Director of the Education Innovation Centre
University of West England

16:10 - 17:40 Developing assessment strategies in the digital age

Rob Howe, Head of Learning Technology and Media,University of Northampton
  • Exploring the possibilities of technology-enhanced assessment
  • Understanding e-assessment tools and resources
  • Developing an effective implementation of e-assessment


Rob Howe

Head of Learning Technology and Media
University of Northampton

17:40 - 23:59 Chairperson's closing remarks