Booking Closed

Primary Sponsor


26 April 2023

Book Before

21 April 2023


The Queens Hotel, Leeds

About the Event

Spotlight on Digital Capabilities 2023: Blended learning - are we getting it right?

The Spotlight on Digital Capabilities annual conference is making a welcome return to a face-to-face one day event

Blended learning is now embedded in many institutions and reflects the desired student experience for increased flexibility and choice. The recent OfS Blended Learning Review made 23 recommendations to support a high-quality blended learning experience.

At this event we will explore how universities and colleges are responding to support academics, professional staff and student's digital skills and capabilities to maintain and improve quality within a blended learning model. 

Speakers will cover topics such as:

  • Staff and/or student digital skills development.
  • Interpretations, definitions and approaches to 'blended learning'.
  • The role of feedback from staff and students about their digital work, learning or teaching experience.
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in a blended learning environment.
  • Issues of community and engagement in a blended learning environment


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Melissa Highton

Director of Learning. Teaching and Web Services

University of Edinburgh

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Marc Bennett

Digital Adoption Manager

Newcastle University

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Dr Terry Charlton

Learning Enhancement and Technology Team Manager

Newcastle University

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Emily May

Digital Learning Manager

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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Roger Covello

Principal Learning Technologist

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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Working within the library and learning resource department and across campuses, I support learning and teaching with the development and planning, design, creation, editing, maintenance and publication of various learning activities, multimedia instructional materials, resources and educational tools for use by students and staff.

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Lain Hough

Senior Sales Development Representative


Event Schedule


Exhibitors briefing

In John Charles 2 & 3

Exhibition opens

In John Charles 2 & 3

Registration opens

In Hotel Foyer

Newcomers session

In Palm Court


Starter activity - What do you want to get out of today?

In Palm Court


The Office for Students Review of Blended Learning, 2022

Special Guest

Melissa Highton, Assistant Principal, Online and Open Learning, University of Edinburgh

In Palm Court


Empowering Staff for Digital Success: Strategies and Challenges for Blended Learning

Marc Bennett, Digital Adoption Manager and Dr Terry Charlton, Learning Enhancement and Technology Ream Manager, Newcastle University

Workshop - John Charles 1



Stop motion animations will be playing during lunch


Pedagogy review - does the university TEL strategy deliver for today's students?

Primary Sponsor - Instructure

Lain Hough, Senior Sales Development Representative, Instructure


Adventures in audio: the interdisciplinary approach shaping engaging real world experiences for students - a podcast and radio production module case study

Lightning Talk

Rebecca Snelgrove, Content Developer (Digital Education), Keele University




Using IT effectively to deliver engaging and impactful teaching: a practical view of what teaching can look like using Microsoft Teams

Mary Hill, Digital Skills Manager, Sheffield Hallam University


Understanding the international students’ digital experience

 Sarah Knight, Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation; and Elizabeth Newall, Senior Consultant (HE), Jisc


Close of day

Annette Webb (DCG Chair)

End of conference