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Date

30 April 2024

Book Before

5 April 2024

BCEC

BCEC, Birmingham

About the Event

10 Years Forward, 10 Steps Beyond: Digital Capabilities for 2034

The UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities Conference is a face-to-face conference run by the Digital Capabilities and Digital Education Groups. It brings together university leaders, IT professionals, learning technologists and academics to discuss the latest trends and challenges in digital capabilities.

This year's conference will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and the theme will be Digital Capabilities in Higher Education: the next 10 years.The conference will explore a range of topics, including:

  • The capabilities needed to effectively use new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, in education
  • The challenges of ensuring digital equity and inclusion, such as supporting transitions into higher education for diverse learners
  • The need for new graduate digital capabilities in the digital age
  • Supporting widening digital capabilities gaps in a digital-first HE environment

The conference will also feature keynote speakers from leading universities and organisations, as well as panel discussions and workshops.

The conference will provide a platform for discussion and debate on the key issues facing the sector, and it will help shape the future of digital transformation in higher education.

Speakers

Becca Ferrari

Digital Learning Director

University of Nottingham

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Julie Voce

Head of Digital Education

City University of London

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Jeni Brown

Head of Digital Skills Lab

London School of Economics

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Lauren Regan

Digital Literacies Coordinator

City, University of London

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Jillian Terry

Associate Professor (Education) and Co-Director

LSE100

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Dr Jillian Terry is Associate Professor (Education) and Co-Director of LSE100, the sector-leading flagship interdisciplinary course for undergraduates at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Currently, Jillian’s work focuses on designing innovative interdisciplinary curricula, inclusive pedagogies, and the impacts of AI on teaching and learning.

Event Schedule

Tuesday

09:00

Registration opens

09:30

Newcomers session

10:00

Welcome and introductions

10:05

The Digital Student: An institution-wide programme for developing digital skills for learning and future employment

Dr Becca Ferrari, Deputy Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Student Experience – Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham
10:55

Comfort break

11:00

Rise of the cyber physical

Chandrakant Patel, Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer, HP Inc
11:45

DEG-DCG Achievement Award

12:00

Lunch

13:00

How do we design for beyond the future, and who will decide

Amanda Taylor-Beswick, Professor of Digital and Social Science, Director of the Center for Digital Transformation, University of Cumbria
13:00

Providing inclusive and equitable digital skills learning in higher education

Andrew Moles, Learning Developer - Data Science Tools, London School of Economics
13:25

Travel time

13:30

12 Days of AI - developing AI literacy for staff in HE

Chris Rowell, Digital Learning Producer, University of the Arts, London
13:30

Understanding the role of digital and information literacies in the lives of 16-18 year olds

Julie Voce, Head of Digital Education, City, University of London and Lauren Regan, Digital Literacies Coordinator, City, University of London 
13:55

Travel time

14:00

Developing AI Literacies in the classroom and beyond

Jeni Brown, Head, Digital Skills Lab, London School of Economics and Political Science

Workshop

14:00

Developing staff digital capabilities (and minding the gap) at The Open University

Esther Spring, Learning Lead (Digital and Innovation), The Open University

Workshop

14:50

Refreshments and networking

15:20

Sponsored Session

15:50

Lectures in the Metaverse: Engaging students socially within virtual worlds

Gary Burnett, Professor of Digital Creativity, Loughborough University
16:15

Closing remarks

16:20

Close of the conference