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Julie Adams

Digital diagnostic: assessing staff digital capabilities

Ensuring staff have the digital capabilities needed to enhance learning and support students is important for all institutions.  This session will outline the Staffordshire’s digital transformation project, in particular the digital diagnostic tool to help staff self-assess their level of digital capabilities.  Attendees can try out a version of this for themselves.


Julie Adams is an Academic Skills Tutor, Digital Capabilities, at Staffordshire University and Chair of the UCISA Digital Capabilities Group.  Last year she led on the Digital U project at Staffs, and is currently part of the team working on staff and student digital capabilities within the Digital Learning project.

Leo Appleton

The role of the library in supporting digital citizenship

Libraries across all sectors have become more and more multi-faceted in the ever-evolving digital landscape, and demands and expectations on how libraries can support their users in this environment continue to increase.  As a result many libraries are re-inventing themselves in order to be able to offer new services and to support digital citizenship.  This presentation will look at some of the areas in which libraries are developing in order to provide this and what the impact is on the service itself.


Leo Appleton is the Director of Library Services at Goldsmiths, University of London.  He has worked in library management in a number of higher and further education institutions and has presented and published widely on several themes within library and information studies disciplines including: electronic resources, library space design, organisational models, performance measurement and digital library developments.

Leo Appleton

Michaela Barbuscakova
Digital Intelligence (DQ) and Student Engagement

Launched in 2017, the Learners’ Toolkit Digital Intelligence (DQ) project set out to equip students with the skills they will need to become effective citizens in today’s digital world. Inspired by Project DQ, a resource aimed at school children, we identified four themes relevant to life at University and beyond.

Michaela Barbuscakova is a Film and Visual Culture student at the University of Aberdeen, currently working part time as a Content Developer Intern for the Learners’ Toolkit.


Lorraine Barclay

Digital capabilities in action; shared experiences of implementing DigiCap programmes at two London universities

Every conference I go to I like to take away one topic that I will work on.  The Jisc DC framework was one of them.  Having no budget, I looked at ways that I could implement it.  This talk is about sharing best practice via webinars… and what it has led to.


Lorraine started her 16 year career in teaching by working with an adult education outreach team in Bromley, before moving onto Greenwich UKonline, teaching groups within the community to use computers.  She is currently working as an IT Systems Trainer for St George’s University of London and is a DCG committee member.


Keith Brown and Paul Pinkney

MSc Students' Digital Capabilities Research Project

The MSc in International Management includes a programme unit where students are allocated a research project that addresses a pressing international business need.  In 2016 the project was Determine the type of infrastructure required to address the digital skills crisis.  A selection of these research projects is presented by students.


Keith Brown 

Keith Brown is a Learning Technologist and Projects Manager based in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at the University of Bath.  With an extensive background in software/app development, he works with students on co design digital projects and is interested in finding ways for students to gain digital skills.

Keith Brown 

Paul Pinkey
Paul is a Learning Technologist who has worked in and around digital technologies and student support and engagement for over ten years, and currently works in the School of Management at the University of Bath. He likes technology where it serves pedagogy and efficiency, and likes to reform it where it doesn’t. Too many interests, not enough time.

Paul Pinkney 
Jeni Brown and Jane Secker

How do you make a business case for digital literacy?

This interactive session will look at an award winning but ultimately unsuccessful digital literacy student staff partnership programme at LSE and ask How do you make a business case for digital literacy?  Participants are encouraged to bring their own examples of how they measure return on investment and make the business case for funding digital literacy programmes.

Jeni Brown

Jeni Brown is IT Training Manager at London School of Economics and Political Science. Her team provide pedagogically sound, highly rated, and cost effective digital skills training for all of LSE’s staff and students.

Jeni Brown

Jane Secker

Dr Jane Secker is Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London. She is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the author of several books, including Copyright and E-learning a guide for Practitioners. The second edition of this book was published June 2016, co authored with Chris Morrison. Jane maintains the website UK Copyright Literacy with Chris Morrison and they are working on a number of copyright education initiatives.

Jane Secker

Stephan Caspar

Blending evidence – How students use of digital media is challenging assessment

As we move further towards a blended model of delivery, the desire is growing for students to mirror the way they are taught by producing forms of evidence in media and online creation.  Educators are keen to explore these opportunities and students are the key drivers of successful submission, but what barriers are there and how do we ensure meaningful outcomes for students, staff and institution?


Stephan Caspar is the Digital Lead in iSolutions at the University of Southampton.  He has a background in broadcasting and education and now heads up the Digital Learning Team supporting educators and researchers, creating online learning and encouraging staff and students to use technology to enhance delivery, assessment and reflect on professional practice.  Twitter@dotsandspaces

Stephen Casper

Fiona Cooksley and Osama Khan
DigiBuds - A peer mentoring scheme to improve the digital confidence of students and staff

Since 2014/15, the DigiBuds scheme at Southampton Solent University has given students with strong digital skills the opportunity to become digital mentors. They support students and staff in regular help sessions in the library and online through the VLE and Facebook. As well as benefiting those who receive support, the DigiBuds themselves have gained transferable skills from the experience.

Fiona Cooksley
Fiona Cooksley is the Senior Information Librarian at Southampton Solent University.
Since 2014 she has led on digital literacies initiatives within the Library and contributed to university wide discussions of how we can improve the digital confidence of students and staff at Solent.

Osama Khan
Osama Khan is the Director of Learning and Teaching at Southampton Solent University. He established and leads the Solent Learning and Teaching Institute. He has twenty years of experience in teaching finance in different business schools across the globe.

Beccy Dresden

Developing digital capability at a distance

Thousands of OU students face barriers to learning, ranging from limited prior educational experience to physical and/or mental health issues, and even studying in a secure environment.  This session will explore the challenges of developing digital capability in a distance learning context, and offer some insights into how the UK’s largest university addresses these challenges.


Beccy Dresden is a Senior TEL Designer in the Learning and Teaching Innovation portfolio at The Open University.  She has a particular interest in the role of social media (especially Twitter) in higher education – both to improve the student experience, and to increase the digital capabilities of OU staff.

Beccy Dresden

Gill Ferrell

Student eXperience Journey Mapping (SXJM): where can digital really make a difference?

SXJM is a simple technique to view interactions with students through their eyes.  In this fast and fun workshop, we will explore aspects of the student journey to help you understand where changing the way you do things, especially using digital tools, can have most impact on the student experience.


Gill Ferrell is an independent consultant who works in the field of learning, teaching, assessment and the student experience.  She has worked on many Jisc projects as well as UCISA learning spaces and social media toolkits.  She also works across Europe and runs the EUNIS Learning and Teaching Task Force.

Gill Ferrell

Gillian Fielding
2017 Digital Capabilities Survey results and recommendations
This session will launch the UCISA Digital Capabilities Survey Report 2017. This presentation will highlight some of the findings and 22 recommendations coming out of the survey. Hopefully, these will be useful to take back to your institution to inform/inspire the development of digital capabilities. 68 UK universities completed the survey providing an snapshot of where universities are in six areas: defining digital capabilities; strategies; delivery; implementation and practice; accessibility, and in looking to the future. 

Gillian Fielding is the Project Lead for the UCISA Digital Capabilities Survey, a member of the Digital Capabilities Group and an Associate Lecturer as the University of Salford. Gillian has spent 15 years in higher education, 15 years in further education prior to that and three years working with teenagers with specific learning requirements. Gillian has had various roles: lecturer, ILT/VLE champion, Digital Skills Manager. Gillian is also researching for a PhD in executive perceptions to the barriers and enablers of digital capabilities. 
Gillian Fielding

Martin Hamilton

A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies

The chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure? In this talk he'll invite the audience to consider what and how the DNA editors and asteroid miners of tomorrow will be learning, and what digital capability and digital skills will mean for them.

Martin’s work at Jisc is all about generating and channelling new ideas, and building partnerships to bring them to fruition.  He is particularly interested in the societal implications of ubiquitous robotics and artificial intelligence, and humanity's emergence as a true interplanetary species


Martin Hamilton

Fiona Harvey

Building confidence for digital capabilities in evidenced based practice

Developing digital capabilities within context specific disciplines has been the focus of a project funded by the University of Southampton's Education Enhancement Fund.  The use of evidence is key and this talk with explore the successes and challenges so far.  This talk will also explore the wider picture of the increased importance across the sector of the digital university and the importance of supporting digital literacies development.


Fiona Harvey (SFHEA) is the President of ALT and a Digital Scholarship and Content Innovation Manager at the University of Southampton.  Her experience is Education development using TEL.  She is a trustee for the Centre for Recording Achievement and currently working on her PhD in e-research and TEL via Lancaster University.

Fiona Harvey

Phil Jones

A student led digital literacy project

Digital Leaders is a student led project with a focus on digital literacy exploring, through voluntary workshops, concepts around security and privacy, online communication and being critical of online content.  The students who were interested in sharing their learning with peers became Digital Leaders and are currently planning a variety of projects.


Phil began his career with 10 years in Coventry’s public libraries before moving to Worcester University as Science and Sport subject librarian in 2013 and subsequently worked at Coventry University as an engineering subject librarian from 2015.  In 2016 Phil became Academic Liaison Manager at Coventry.

Phil Jones

Lawrie Phipps

Stop talking about digital, start talking about people

Drawing on the experience of working with senior managers through Jisc programmes and projects, running the Jisc Digital Leaders course, and the LFHE’s Changing Learning Landscape programme, Lawrie will look at the characteristics of successful digital change initiatives, and why some are less successful than others.  He will focus particularly on the digital behaviours of individuals, drawing on research to identify what the key themes are when it comes to building both digital capabilities and communities and how this relates to successful change projects.


Lawrie Phipps’ current portfolio contains work in student experience, technology enhanced learning, digital leadership and change management.  He leads Jisc’s work on Digital Leadership, running the successful Jisc Leaders Programme.  His previous work includes social media in education, institutional efficiency, and accessibility for disabled students.  Lawrie is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is a Senior Codesign Manager working in the Jisc research and development directorate.  Lawrie worked as a learning technologist, a telecommunications engineer and served in the Royal Navy.

Lawrie Phipps

Tim Rose

eCore: Developing Digital Capability through Study Programmes

Abingdon and Witney College’s pioneering eCore programme has been developed for learners as part of their study programme in response to Government and industry guidance.  This session explores the development and implementation of eCore, which has been created to improve levels of digital capability in learners across study programmes at Levels 1, 2 and 3.  This is particularly important with the latter, as Level 3 learners typically progress directly into employment or Higher Learning.


Teacher, Manager and general all round tech geek!  My background is in media, but I realise the full potential of engaging learners through new and emerging technologies.  My mission is to find ways to merge traditional teaching pedagogies with Learning Technologies to enhance all learners’ experience in order to fulfil their potential.  Twitter @TimRose_edu

Tim Rose

Chris Rowell

Digital capabilities in action; shared experiences of implementing DigiCap programmes at two London universities

This talk is a short evaluation of the 12 Apps of Christmas, a short online CPD course developed at Regent’s University London. The course aims to show staff (lecturers, Librarian and Learning Technologists) how to use apps in their teaching, learning and research.


Chris is Deputy Learning Technology Manager at Regent’s University in London. Previously he was a Lecturer in Economics/Education at the University Centre Croydon.  He is also studying on a Doctorate of Education at UCL.  He lives in London and is interested in things to do with cycling, travel and politics.

Chris Rowell

Fiona Strawbridge and Miguel Garcia
LinkedIn for students: professional branding, building relationships, and career planning
In 2016 students from UCL embarked on a journey to understand how LinkedIn could help them succeed beyond university.  Could LinkedIn significantly improve their professional branding, the way they build professional relationships, and how they plan their careers?  Within a few months, students used LinkedIn to attract the right recruiters and employers leading to unique career insights and opportunities.

Fiona Strawbridge

Fiona Strawbridge is Head of Digital Education at UCL. Her team – which is based in UCL’s Information Services Division - runs UCL’s e-learning services and leads on digital capability development staff and students. Until this year Fiona chaired UCISA’s Digital Skills and Development group; she is now a member of the Academic Support Group.            

Fiona Strawbridge

Miguel Garcia

Miguel Garcia moved to London in 2010 from Texas to complete a Masters in International Relations.  During his studies, he discovered the world of startups in East London where he started as an unpaid intern and progressed in his career quickly.  At LinkedIn, he combines his passion for technology, education, and entrepreneurship to change the way people sell, work, and learn.

Event Information
Event: DCG Spotlight on digital capabilities (3)
Date: 24 May 2017   -   25 May 2017
Venue: The Spark, Southampton Solent University
Book by:  12 May 2017
Status: open
Hashtag: #udigcap

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