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Innovative Learning: Driving Educational Change

  • Tuesday, 08 December 2015
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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The digital revolution is changing education and training at an unprecedented pace and scale. Web and digital technologies are playing an ever greater role in teaching, learning and professional development. The House of Lords Digital Skills Committee Report published in February 2015 “Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future” highlighted the need for the UK to keep up with changing global educational standards and meet the future demands of the global economy. In an increasingly competitive market is vital for organisations to provide innovative teaching methods, putting the learner at the centre as they develop new strategies to improve learning outcomes.

New players have entered the learning arena. Traditional forms of teaching are being challenged and new models such as MOOCs (massive online open courses), Augmented Reality, Gamification, Blended Learning and Holographic Technology are emerging, generating discussion across the sector in terms of value, application and outcomes. Our agenda aims to support the education and training sector to be more flexible and agile enough to meet user demands and to keep pace with the latest trends and innovations that are driving educational change. Learn how to provide accessible learning at a time and place of a learner’s choosing, identify learner needs more readily and drive up value in your services.

Join us for the opportunity to learn about how digital can enhance the quality of education and learning from experienced practitioners from across the public sector with invaluable knowledge and experience of innovative learning initiatives at both national and international scale. Innovative Learning: Driving Educational Change will offer you the new ideas, new thinking and new contacts to support you taking the next steps in implementing the educational digital change.

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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Aaron Porter, Governor, Goldsmiths University of London (confirmed)
  • Lord Aberdare, Member, The Select Committee on Digital Skills (confirmed)
"New Models of Learning for the UK’s Digital Future"

The House of Lords Digital Skills Committee report, “Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future”, published in February 2015, highlighted the need for the UK to keep up with changing global educational standards and develop its talent base, particularly in terms of digital skills, in order to remain competitive in the world economy. This session will highlight the findings and recommendations of the report in relation to education.

  • Bob Harrison, Member, Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) (confirmed)
"FELTAG 2 Years On-So What?"

FELTAG was published two years ago. Many FE providers have embraced the “spirit” of FELTAG and are now preparing for the digital future of a Further Education and Skills sector. Those providers will not only survive but thrive. This requires a paradigm and culture shift from an analogue past to a digital future and a realignment of the current asset base and funding mechanisms.

"Reshaping the Educational Experience in Higher Education"

Universities across UK have implemented a range of essential policy initiatives to reshape the educational experience. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funds the ‘Changing the Learning Landscape’ initiative to get institutions to strategically approach new technology in learning.


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area



A quiz will be displayed at the conference through an interactive app called Kahoot. Visit from your device to participate

  • Amy Solder, Director – Innovation Lab, Nesta (confirmed)
"Digital Education Projects"

 Educators aren’t taking advantage of existing technology to enhance learning at scale. All of this adds up to a need – and an opportunity – to rethink education in the UK. Nesta has developed an education programme looking at ways to improve education with the aim to benefit not just young people themselves, but society and the economy too.

  • Peter Kilcoyne, ILT director, Heart of Worcestershire College (confirmed)
"Making Blended Learning Work"

This talk will cover the lessons learnt from 5 years of cross college blebded learning at HOW College and the ways in which we are working with other organisations to support blended learning nationally.

"Opening Up Digital Support for Essay Writing Skills with OpenEssayist"

 This presentation focuses on the use of a natural language analytics engine to provide feedback to students when preparing an essay for summative assessment. OpenEssayist is a real-time learning analytics tool, which operates through the combination of a linguistic analysis engine that processes the text in the essay, and a web application that uses the output of the linguistic analysis engine to generate the feedback. The system itself was used by students at the Open University and an analysis of their activity will be discussed as they engaged with the system for their module assignments. A significant positive correlation was found between the number of drafts submitted to the system and the grades awarded for the first assignment. This cohort of students also gained significantly higher overall grades than the students in the previous cohort, who had no access to OpenEssayist. As a system that is content free, OpenEssayist can be used to support students working in any domain that requires the writing of essays.


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address

"Is Technology the Keystone in Reducing Risk and Improving Outcomes in Healthcare and Education?"

 E-Learning is having a progressively greater impact on the structure of education and professional development. Becoming a mainstream method of educational programme delivery within a healthcare setting. This research conducted by University of Salford evaluates the effectiveness of a web based learning and risk management manual handling training system compared with traditional moving and handling training

"What can Higher Education Digital Skills Gap learn from Digital and Social Media Marketing MOOC?"

Radical changes in education are emerging in regards to the application of new technologies and new strategies for learning and development. With access to online content and new modes of interaction and engagement, traditional forms of teaching are being challenged. New models such as MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are altering the learning landscape


Question and Answer Session


Panel Discussion

Simon Bullmore, Head of Learning, The Open Data Institute

John de Pury, Deputy Director of Policy, Universities UK

Ken Corish, Online Safety Manager, SWGfL and UK Safer Internet Centre

Peter Kilcoyne, ILT director, Heart of Worcestershire College

Bob Harrison, Member of Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG)

"Striking the Right Balance between Using Learning Technology Safely and Making the Most of It"

 Are the benefits of accessing open data in the learning environment outweighing the privacy risks? Is it possible to make the most of the digital learning tools without renouncing to keep privacy safe? The panel will be discussing the challenges and opportunities of the digital implementation in the learning environment.


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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