DCG Spotlight on digital capabilities: Digital skills, a priority or lip service?

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Date

27 April 2022

28 April 2022

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28 April 2022

online Wednesday 27 April 09:30 - 12:40, Thursday 28 April 13:00 - 16:00

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About the Event

DCG Spotlight on digital capabilities: Digital skills, a priority or lip service?

Often, digital skills are said to be strategic priorities, often mentioned in university strategies and KPIs. However, the rhetoric does not always result in investment and action. The pandemic has highlighted the digital capabilities gaps and needs of staff and students. At this year's spotlight conference, we ask:

  • How do we ensure consideration of Digital Capabilities is embedded in all organisational activities?
  • How do we move from lip service to action?
  • How do we gain senior leadership investment in addressing digital capabilities needs?
  • How do we bring about strategic change?
  • How do we address digital capability gaps?
  • How do we encourage students and staff to recognise and articulate the digital capabilities that they have developed?
  • How do we embed a culture of continuous digital capabilities development?

our speakers will be sharing:

  • Successful (and unsuccessful) initiatives.
  • Techniques for gaining senior leadership buy-in.
  • Methods for gathering evidence of need.
  • Methods for measuring and evidencing impact

Speakers

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Melissa Highton

Director of Learning. Teaching and Web Services

University of Edinburgh

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Sarah Sherman

Director

Bloomsbury Learning Exchange

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Nancy Weitz

Digital Learning Specialist

Bloomsbury Learning Exchange

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Mary Hill

Digital Skills Manager

Sheffield Hallam University

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Lucy Bamwo

Digital Capabilities Training Manager

University of Hertfordshire

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Lucy has worked in education for the last 20 years, initially in further education before moving into higher education. Lucy has worked the last 14 years at the University of Hertfordshire, initially working as an Instructional Designer/E-Learning Consultant to her current role as Digital Capabilities Training Manager.

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Samantha Clarkson

Digital Capabilities Training Manager

University of Hertfordshire

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Having had the privilege of teaching thousands of children, young people and educators in a variety of settings, Samantha has developed professional development programmes to enhance learning through open enquiry, real projects and filmmaking. Having joined Herts in 2017, Samantha now leads on development of staff and student digital capabilities.

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Jeni Brown

Head of Digital Skills Lab

London School of Economics

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Jeni Brown is Head of the Digital Skills Lab, established at LSE in 2018 in recognition of the importance of digital skills development to the realisation of the LSE2030 strategy. Working with stakeholders across the School, her team deliver innovative and challenging programmes to develop digital literacy, job-specific skills, and technical confidence in users of all levels.

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Joanna Pentecost

Head of Digital Skills Development

King’s College London

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Jo is Head of Digital Skills Development for King’s College London. An experienced HE professional, for the past decade, Jo has specialised in IT Training, working with a wide range of technologies including education and business systems. With a recent move from the IT Directorate and into Organisation Development, Jo is breaking new ground, bringing technology and digital skills into the heart of all skills development activities at King’s.

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Laura Hollinshead

Learning Technologist and Associate Lecturer in Psychology

University of Derby

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Laura Hollinshead is a Learning Technologist and Associate Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, supporting academic staff to use technology to enhance their learning and teaching practices. A Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE, Laura specialises in areas related to the development of digital capabilities in both staff and students.

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Dave Bishton

Head of Business Change (& Service Improvement), Strategic Change Team, Information and Digital Group

University of Warwick

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As the Head of Business Change at Warwick University Dave has the lead on change management to strategic projects and for continuous improvement. Prior to this Dave has delivered change and transformation services direct to a leading Arts organisation and within Midlands Probation.

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Lauren Regan

Digital Literacies Coordinator

City, University of London

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Lauren Regan is a Digital Literacies Coordinator within the Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) Team. She has experience of teaching IT and digital skills to young people and adults and has built up a good understanding of the important part that good digital skills can play in learning and teaching.

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Julie Voce

Head of Digital Education

City University of London

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Julie Voce is Head of Digital Education and Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London. At City, Julie is involved in projects related to learning spaces, learning analytics, digital accessibility and digital literacies. Julie has been a member of the ucisa Digital Education Group since 2006.

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Carolyne Lunga

Student Digital Assistant

City, University of London

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Carolyne M. Lunga is a Journalism PhD researcher at City, University of London (UK) and works as a Student Digital Assistant (DSA) in the Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD) department. Since 2020, she has helped students access various resources on City’ website including Moodle, Linked In Learning and Microsoft 365. 

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Sumayyah Islam

Student Digital Assistant

City, University of London

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Sumayyah Islam is an Undergraduate Computer Science student at City and works as a Student Digital Assistant where she provides digital assistance for students at City. She has just completed a year in the industry as a Website Developer and hopes to study Education Technology (MSc) postgraduation.

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Kenza Khan

Student Digital Assistant

City, University of London

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Kenza Khan is a current third year LLB student and has been accepted onto the Bar course at City. Alongside this, she works as a Student Digital Assistant and Student Communications Assistant at City.

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Dawn Fozard

TEL Analyst and Joint Project Lead for the Student Digital Induction

Northumbria Univesity

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Dawn has worked in higher education for over 40 years, experienced in customer support, staff management, teaching both students and staff, content design and project delivery.

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Lee O'Donnell

TEL Analyst and Joint Project Lead for the Student Digital Induction

Northumbria University

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Since 2009, Lee has worked in a range of roles that support the digital and information literacy of students and staff of Northumbria University. He enjoys sharing these experiences with like-minded colleagues.

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Fran Brown-Cornwall

Institute of Education Lecturer

University of Staffordshire

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Francesca Brown-Cornwall is an academic within the Institute of Education at Staffordshire University, Early Years Consultant for the Staffordshire University Multi-Academy Trust with plenty of industry experience across many phases of education, where 0-8s remains her specialism.

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Matt Coombe-Boxall

Online Learning Technologist

University of Staffordshire

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Matt is a Learning Technologist at Staffordshire University, working with academic colleagues to develop their digital pedagogy toolkits and capabilities. Matt is an Advance HE Fellow and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, interested in the use of Microsoft tools for teaching and learning, coaching, co-creation, communities of practice and developing multimedia content.

Event Schedule

Wednesday

09:30

Welcome

Annette Webb, Digital Training Officer, York St John and Chair of UCISA- DCG
10:15

Break

10:25
10:55
11:40

Influencing organisational culture and individual mindsets on the path to digital capability

Lucy Bamwo, Digital Capabilities Training Manager, and Samantha Clarkson, Digital Capabilities Training Manager, University of Hertfordshire
12:10

How do we ensure Digital Capabilities considerations are fully embedded in all organisational activities?’

Panel session with Jeni Brown, Head of the Digital Skills Lab, London School of Economics, Laura Hollinshead, Learning Technologist, University of Derby and Jo Pentecost, Head of Digital Skills Development, King's College London.
12:40

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Thursday

13:00

Welcome

13:05

Successful People Adoption Strategies for Digital Change

Dave Bishton, Head of Business Change and Service Improvement, University of Warwick
14:05

Break

14:10

Experiences of working with students to promote digital skills

Lauren Regan, Digital Literacies Coordinator, City, University of London, Carolyne Lunga, Student Digital Assistant, City, University London, Julie Voce, Head of Digital Education, City, University of London, Sumayyah Islam, Student Digital Assistant, City, University London, Kenza Khan, Student Digital Assistant, City, University London.

 


14:55

How do we encourage our students to acquire the skills required on top of their degree, to meet employers Digital Skills needs”?

Lee O'Donnell, TEL Analyst and Dawn Fozard, TEL Analyst, Northumbria University
15:25

The Staffordshire University Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Coaching (SUMEC) Programme

Fran Brown-Cornwall, Institute of Education Lecturer and Matt Coombe-Boxall, Online Learning Technologist, University of Staffordshire
15:55

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