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Karen Barton

Developing a holistic institutional approach to digital capabilities development

The University of Hertfordshire’s digital capabilities scoping group piloted the Jisc digital capabilities framework and profiles to assess staff and student skills levels and identify requirements for a programme based approach to development.  We now plan to raise the profile of digital capabilities internally and establish a collaborative approach for digital capabilities development across the University.


Karen has published widely and carried out a number of funded research projects in teaching and learning; e-learning, simulations and professional learning, including: JISC/HEA-funded e-Portfolio Project; and Jisc/HEA funded Open Education Resources project.  She has led a number of innovative projects involving transactional, web-based simulations, multimedia and webcast environments.             

Frances Bell
Resistance as a digital capability

In this presentation, I will explore the concept of resistance being a digital capability. Though being capable with digital might seem at odds with resistance, I am hoping to explore with participants what a multifaceted view of resistance might have to offer our engagement and sometimes disengagement with digital.

Frances Bell started her career as a programmer/systems analyst in the 1970s, has worked in education in secondary schools, Further Education, and Higher Education, undergraduate and postgraduate. Since retiring in 2013, she is an Itinerant Scholar and IT Buddy at her local library.
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Jennie Blake
Where do we go from here?: Creating a CPD programme that supports development of digital capabilities

The University of Manchester Library is working on a strategic project identifying and supporting the digital skills its staff need. This paper will look at the work done to pilot, baseline and develop a Library wide CPD programme that supports new ways of working and continuous digital development within its staff.

Jennie works across University of Manchester to support and contribute to high level strategy around teaching and learning and takes an active role in promoting innovative pedagogy and practice. She like using data to make decisions and causes a bit of trouble and aims to make things better, not merely different.


Jeni Brown

Bringing 70:20:10 to the training room

IT Practicals, based on the 70:20:10 framework, use real world tasks and mimic the on the job learning that 70% of skills development.  The result is greater student satisfaction and skills retention, increased digital literacy, and decreased development time.  We’ll discuss the theory behind the practice, and how the sessions are developed and delivered.


At LSE since 2006, Jeni recently won the FDM Everywoman in Technology Academic Award for her role in promoting digital capabilities for female students.  She leads a talented team of professional and student staff, delivering innovative and challenging programmes to develop digital literacy, job specific skills, and technical confidence in users of all levels.


Caroline Carlin and Collette Fuller

People, places and practice. Bridging the digital divide at UCLan

This session explores our approach of aligning three key components to empower academics to be digitally creative in the design of their curriculum and delivery of their practice.  People (allocation of Surface Pro devices to academic staff), places (refurbished teaching spaces to facilitate digitally enabled teaching) and practice (implementation of a development programme of complementary technologies such as Office 365).


Caroline and Colette have worked together for over 18 years at the UCLan in a variety of training and development roles.  They are both Learning Technologists in the Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching team that focusses on the digital capabilities of both staff and students at UCLan.



Sarah Elsegood and Liam Herbert
Library lessons: benchmarking ARU Library staff digital fluency skills

In this short presentation, we aim to share what we have learned from our experience of rolling out the ARU digital literacy barometer, setting benchmarks by role and collating scores by department. We reflect on our pilot Digital Fluency Leaning Hour programme aligned to the barometer competencies.

A Chartered librarian with 26 years’ experience, Sarah is currently Chair of CILIP’s Academic and Research Libraries Group (Eastern Region). She is currently working as an Academic Services Manager at Anglia Ruskin University Library, and is Chair of ARU Library’s Information and Digital literacy Working Group.

A newly Chartered librarian with 7 years’ experience working in academic, legal and public sectors. Liam currently works as a Customer Service Supervisor at Anglia Ruskin University Library and is leading on the Digital Fluency programme for library staff as part of the Library’s Information and Digital Literacy Working Group.

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Laura Hollinshead and Chris Bell
Embedding digital practice in the curriculum: supporting staff and students to build their digital capability     

@derbyTelTeam @ljhollinshead 
This workshop will outline the University of Derby’s approach to embed digital practice within the curriculum. Opportunities will be provided to engage with the tools used as part of this approach and explore how this might translate into changes in digital practice and the development of digital capabilities of staff and students.

Laura Hollinshead is a Learning Technologist, Curriculum Development, at the University of Derby helping to support the development of initiatives around digital capabilities at the University.

Chris Bell is a Senior Learning Technologist, Digital Practice, at the University of Derby leading on learning analytics and digital capabilities.  


Gareth Johns

Certification for IT training: options and approaches


In 2016, Cardiff Met began exploring ways of rewarding staff and students for developing their digital capabilities.  Various certification options (MOS, MTA) and approaches (face-to-face, blended learning) have been tried.  This session will share the approaches that worked for Cardiff Met and will offer practical advice for institutions who are looking to reward and certify digital capabilities development.


Gareth leads the IT Training Service at Cardiff Metropolitan University, which is tasked with developing and delivering contextualised IT training for staff and students.  His current professional interests include Office 365 collaborative technology, boosting user adoption, and certification for IT training.  Gareth is a member of the UCISA Digital Capabilities Group.


Sarah Knight

@Sarahknight #digitalstudent

Lessons learned: Building digital capability and supporting students’ digital experience

Jisc has been working with over 100 colleges and universities to support the development of staff and students’ digital capabilities through its digital discovery tool and the staff and student digital experience tracker. This session will share the emerging findings from these projects and offer insights into organisational approaches to digital capabilities.


Sarah is Head of Change: Student Experience at Jisc. Sarah manages the Student digital experience tracker which is researching students’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment and leads the team who are developing the Jisc Building digital capability project to support the development of staff and student digital capabilities.          


Donna Lanclos


Beyond Metaphors: what we talk about when we talk about digital capabilities

Much of the approach around digital capabilities comes from a deficit model, starting with identifying gaps in practice.  What are we doing to students and staff if we start with what they are not doing?  What are other ways to talk about what we mean, and what is important around digital?


Donna Lanclos is an anthropologist who investigates, thinks about, and talks about academic behaviour.  Her work is relevant not just to libraries or universities, but to conversations about how we as a society make sure that people have opportunities to learn how to think critically, to practice those skills, and to find their voices. 

Farzana Latif
Strategies to challenge perceptions of digital learning

The session will explore some of the strategies being employed to empower staff with using appropriate technology within their teaching context. Combined, these adoption strategies are helping to
change culture, create and embed new innovations, whilst raising the baseline use of learning technology.

Farzana Latif is Technology Enhanced Learning Manager at the University of Sheffield. Her role involves shaping the strategic direction of TEL and leading a central team that were recently awarded with the ALT Learning Technology Team Award. She is a steering group member of the Heads of E-Learning Forum and UCISA Digital Engagement Group.

Deborah Kellsey Millar

The LearningWheel: a model of digital pedagogy
LearningWheel is designed to enhance learning and develop digital literacy skills. It is a rich resource generated by practitioners for practitioners offering suggestions to digital What? Why? How? Contributions for edtech resources and pedagogies focus around either a RESOURCE or SUBJECT themes.

Deborah is passionate about the benefits that digital technologies can bring to education. Her specialist interests lie in sourcing and sharing digital resources that are resource, subject and level specific.  Her internationally recognised LesrningWheel demonstrates her excellent proven track record of sharing best practice and knowledge exchange via crowdsourcing. 


Robert O’Toole


The Extended Classroom initiative: using a design anthropological approach for increasing the adoption of digital tools in a super complex research-intensive university


Warwick is a highly rated, financially successful, and rapidly growing institution.  However, we have lagged behind in the adoption of technology enhanced learning tools and the development of digital capabilities.  Why might this be the case?  And how are we using theory and practice from design anthropology to address these challenges?


Dr Robert O’Toole is a National Teaching Fellow and winner of the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2015, he completed a doctorate entitled Fit, Stick, Spread and Grow: Transdisciplinary Studies of Design Thinking for the [Re]making of Higher Education upon which a major institution-wide change programme has been based.


Jo Parker
Developing a digital mindset at the Open University        

Developing digital capabilities is much more about people than technology: join Jo to find out about the techniques and approaches she has used to support the development of digital capabilities at the OU. Jo will share some of the outputs (cognitive mapping and love letters/break up letters, amongst others), and the things that have (and haven’t…) worked on the institutional journey towards a more digital mindset.

Jo is a Senior Library Manager at the Open University, and currently leads an institutional digital capabilities project. The teams she has led have developed an award-winning range of digital and information literacy products and services.  


Lawrie Phipps and Donna Lanclos



Prelude to Change: Understanding your own digital practice

Before you think about changing your practice, you need a sense of what you do, and why.  This workshop will create opportunities for you to visualise your current digital practices as a foundation for imagining what you would like them to be.  Being grounded in your intentions toward your digital practice is the first step toward developing an effective and holistic digital identity.


Donna Lanclos and Lawrie Phipps have been leading aspects of the Jisc Digital Leaders course that impact on both individual practice and the wider practice of organisations. They have authored papers about effective digital practice and leadership and are currently writing a book chapter on leadership and social media.

Jayne Revill, eLearning Coordinator, Sheffield Hallam University
Partner showcase: Prodigy Learning. Embedding digital skills certification

Acquiring digital skills certifications enhances graduate employability. The session shares the SHU journey from justifying the case for digital skills certifications for graduates, describes the approach taken to deliver certifications from a pilot to embedding in the curriculum, highlights the impact and reflects on lessons learned along the way.

Jayne is a principal lecturer in business systems and a member of the Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems at Sheffield Business School. Her main areas of focus are information systems, quantitative analysis and accountancy. Her research is focussed on areas of e-learning, pedagogy and digital skills.
Daniel Villar-Onrubia and Jonathan Shaw
Innovative approaches to digital fluency development at Coventry University: the role of the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL)

Enhancing Digital Fluency and Innovation is one of the key pillars of Coventry University's educational strategy. Over the last four years DMLL has launched, supported and participated as a partner in a number of experimental initiatives and capacity building projects aimed at developing students and academics digital media competence.

Prof Jonathan Shaw directs the DMLL, which challenges a number of assumptions surrounding, and open up new horizons for, higher education and networked media. Working in higher education for nearly 20 years, he has been instrumental in driving innovation within curricula design, envisioning next generation learning spaces and implementing digital technology initiatives.

Dr Daniel Villar-Onrubia works as Principal Innovation Lead at DMLL. His main areas of interest include open educational practices, networked learning, digital pedagogies, media literacies and internationalisation of the curriculum. 


Sue Watling



Digital rifts to digital shifts: moving from theory to practice with design for active learning

Technology enhanced learning research has viewed how students learn as e-learners but there are knowledge gaps around how staff teach as e-teachers, in particular their negotiation of digital shifts in attitudes and practice. This presentation explores Design for Active Learning (D4AL) which involves taking small pedagogical steps in order to make larger digital strides later.


Sue Watling is a Teaching Enhancement Advisor in the Directorate of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at the University of Hull.  Sue’s research is around the impact of technology in UK HE in particular the digital shifts in attitudes and practices of staff who teach and support learning.

Event Information
Event: DCG Spotlight on digital capabilities (4)
Date: 15 May 2018   -   16 May 2018
Venue: Radcliffe Conference Centre, University of Warwick
Book by:  4 May 2018
Status: open
Hashtag: #udigcap

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