Cultural Challenges Study Tour

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17 January 2020

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10 January 2020


Teeside University, Middlesbrough

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About the Event


The event will provide a forum for intensive discussions around cultural challenges of digital transformation within the HE sector, using the experiences of Teesside University as a lens. This focus recognises the inherent issues associated with maintaining momentum in the enhancement of digital capabilities across complex educational institutions.

Teesside University has embarked upon one of the largest digital transformation projects in the UK HE sector, with an emphasis on 1-1 device deployment for staff and students. Over an 18-month period, the University has developed and embedded a mandatory Digital Development Programme for all teaching staff which has generated a 96% satisfaction rating from participants and enabled the University to accrue the largest concentration of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts in the UK. Significant benefits have already been realised from this project, including measurable impact on student learning, enhanced staff digital capabilities and a revised approach to collaborative working between IT and learning and teaching functions within the University.


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Event Schedule



The night before

Dinner at Jury's Inn with the opportunity for informal networking

Tea and coffee on arrival


Welcoming remarks


Future Facing Learning: A Strategic Framework for Digital Empowerment

Future Facing Learning is the pioneering strategic framework for learning and teaching developed and implemented at Teesside University. Future Facing Learning places digital transformation within its broader pedagogic context, harnessing technology to deliver an outstanding learning experience. This session will frame digital transformation at Teesside University through exploring the dimensions of Future Facing Learning.

Microsoft Perspective

We are all aware of the people and cultural barriers that often prohibit our ability to deliver programmes of change. This session will focus on learnings that Microsoft has gathered from supporting thousands of customers both educational and others to deliver their vision and support change through the use of digital technology.  The world is changing around us and in order to keep ahead and not slip behind it is important that we are all thinking about how we use digital technologies to support our thinking. We will also touch on how Microsoft how supported Teesside on their journey and the support we can offer the sector.

Tea and Coffee


Challenging Transformation: Reimagining Academic Practice in the Digital University

Staff and students are situated at the heart of digital transformation at Teesside University, with a pronounced emphasis on people rather than technology. Inevitably, change initiatives at an institutional level create challenges in how individuals react and engage with transformational changes in practice. This session will explore the challenges of digital transformation from the perspective of shifting academic practice to maximise positive outcomes for the student experience.



Plenary: Measuring success in the context of Education 4.0

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has the potential to revolutionise higher education, through changes conceptualised by Jisc as Education 4.0. The plenary panel, composed of representatives from ucisa, Microsoft and Teesside University, will offer reflections on learning from the cultural challenges of digital transformation and the future of education, and respond to questions from participants stimulated by the event.

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