Overview

04 Nov, 20209:00 am-1:00 pm05 Nov, 20209:00 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

The Blended Learning in Higher Education Conference will run as an online conference taking place across the mornings of 4th and 5th November 2020. Join us to hear from 16 expert speakers and practitioners across 2 days.


The Blended Learning in Higher Education Conference, will act as a major sector check point in assessing the progress made so far on online teaching and blended learning delivery with the sharing of key innovations and best practice from across the sector. In addition the online Conference will assess the next steps in embedding the progress made and ensuring all institutions are able to deliver outstanding blended provision following the Covid-19 crisis.

What to Expect

  • Gain insights from institutions leading the way in delivering innovative and impactful blended learning courses
  • Assess how an institution can ensure high quality provision and standards in blended learning teaching
  • Examine how courses can be redesigned and adapted to maximise student outcomes through blended learning
  • Evaluate what has been achieved in the sector since Covid-19 and how teaching delivery can evolve in the long term
  • Explore best practice and lessons from across the sector as institutions deliver a social-distanced student experience

An Online and Interactive Format

  • 2 Day Conference delivered via an interactive online platform
  • Opportunities for virtual networking and discussion
  • 14 sessions delivered with live presentations and resources
  • Live interaction tools and break out rooms
  • Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
  • Post-event resources and networking follow ups

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR NEW ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Online Experience

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Topic based discussion groups
  • Next generation conference engagement platform

Key Speakers

Esther Barrett photo
Esther Barrett
Subject Specialist: Digital Practice
Jisc
Professor Neil Morris photo
Professor Neil Morris
Chair in Educational Technology, Innovation and Change
University of Leeds
Dr Sally Jackson photo
Dr Sally Jackson
Chief People Officer
Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Tim Coughlan photo
Dr Tim Coughlan
Lecturer, Institute of Educational Technology
Open University
Diana Laurillard photo
Diana Laurillard
Chair of Learning with Digital Technology, Knowledge Lab
UCL Institute of Education

Other Speakers

Paul Driver photo
Paul Driver
Senior Learning Technologist
Anglia Ruskin University
Dr David Lefevre photo
Dr David Lefevre
Director, Edtech Lab
Imperial College London
Steve Hoole photo
Steve Hoole
Head of Analytics for Teaching and Learning
Jisc
Professor Suzanne Cholerton photo
Professor Suzanne Cholerton
Pro Vice Chancellor - Education
Newcastle University
Dr Christine Rivers photo
Dr Christine Rivers
Co-Director Centre for Management Education, Surrey Business School
University of Surrey

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
8:45 am
Online Login and Registration

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
8:55 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:00 am
Day 1: Chair's Welcome Address
Professor Suzanne Cholerton
Professor Suzanne Cholerton
Pro Vice Chancellor - Education
Newcastle University
Confirmed
9:10 am
Top Tips for Maintaining Teaching Excellence and Ensuring Quality in Blended Learning
  • What does impactful online teaching look like and how can courses can be redesigned to deliver strong learning outcomes through blended learning?
  • How can lecturers successfully make the transition to being an effective online teacher?
  • How can departments monitor and support student engagement, feedback and progression effectively through blended learning?
  • How can institutions evaluate, review and enhance the quality of their online provision?
Professor Neil Morris
Professor Neil Morris
Chair in Educational Technology, Innovation and Change
University of Leeds
Confirmed
9:30 am
Interactive Questions, Polling and Ideas Session
9:40 am
Delivering Blended Learning on a Socially Distanced Campus
  • Discussing the importance of universities consulting with students on efforts to create socially distanced campuses
  • Ensuring that the needs of all students are considered, including students with disabilities, students with religious and cultural needs and students with health concerns
  • Examining how inclusion and wellbeing can be embedded into the development of a social distanced campus in a joined-up way
  • Considering how universities can ensure they are creating safe spaces where students feel connected to their classmates and a sense of belonging
10:00 am
Interactive Questions, Ideas and Polling Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function and participate in our new session polling.

10:10 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

10:30 am
What does the Future Hold for Online and Blended Learning Post Covid-19?

In this panel discussion, attendees will hear from teaching and learning leaders and those at the forefront of delivering transformational online programmes, as they assess how the crisis can support long term change in online and blended learning practices.

  • Exploring lessons from the rapid switch to online delivery: What has the crisis taught us about online teaching and delivery so far?
  • Examining good practice: Sharing examples from across the sector since September in delivering newly designed courses targeted to the needs of the online learner
  • The next steps: How can institutions transform online delivery from an emergency measure to a long term vision for teaching provision?
Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris
Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris
Dean of Teaching and Learning
University of Portsmouth
Confirmed
Paul Driver
Paul Driver
Senior Learning Technologist
Anglia Ruskin University
Confirmed
Dr Andrew Turner
Dr Andrew Turner
Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
Coventry University
Confirmed
Professor Danielle George
Professor Danielle George
Associate Vice-President for Blended and Flexible Learning
University of Manchester
Confirmed
11:20 am
Assistive Technologies: Embedding Inclusion into the Delivery of Online Learning
  • Exploring what constitutes an inclusive online learning space and the type of tools and assistive technologies that should be embedded into online delivery
  • Examining how lecturers can formulate course design and teaching methods to ensure blended learning provision is accessible for all students
  • Assessing the common challenges facing disabled and vulnerable students when engaging in online learning and how course leaders can support the co-design of teaching
Dr Tim Coughlan
Dr Tim Coughlan
Lecturer, Institute of Educational Technology
Open University
Confirmed
11:40 am
Questions and Answers Session
11:50 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:10 pm
Case Study: Health, Safety and Wellbeing: Supporting Staff in the “New Normal”
Dr Sally Jackson
Dr Sally Jackson
Chief People Officer
Sheffield Hallam University
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Interactive Questions, Ideas and Polling Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function and participate in our new session polling.

12:40 pm
Day 1 Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 1 concludes at 12:40pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

8:45 am
Online Login and Registration

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
8:55 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:00 am
Day 2: Chair's Welcome Address
9:10 am
Reimagining Assessment: Measuring Student Performance Following Covid-19
  • Designing new approaches to assessment with the world of blended learning and online teaching at its core
  • Assessing how a transparent and robust approach to assessment can be delivered which ensures the quality and integrity of a course
  • Examining how institutions can build a more holistic and wide-ranging picture of a student’s skills and competencies through blended assessment
  • Examining how a new blended approach to evaluation can replace traditional assessment techniques in the long term
Professor Helen O’Sullivan
Professor Helen O’Sullivan
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Keele University and Chair
Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
Confirmed
9:30 am
Interactive Session: Tools, Tips and Guidance to Get the Most out of Your Live Online Teaching

In this interactive session Jisc will offer a selection of ideas to get your live online classroom buzzing with engagement and enthusiasm. Participants will explore:

  • Tools and techniques to support stimulating and memorable live online sessions
  • Inspiration for ways to get students talking and collaborating as they would in person
  • Ideas for embedding accessibility and inclusion into the online experience
  • Hints and tips for common platforms that many lecturers will be using
Esther Barrett
Esther Barrett
Subject Specialist: Digital Practice
Jisc
Confirmed
10:10 am
Interactive Questions, Ideas and Polling Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function and participate in our new session polling.

10:30 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

10:50 am
The Journey to Effective Curriculum Design: How to Deliver a New Blended Learning Module
  • Exploring the steps taken to assess student needs and design a blended module which meets course objectives and delivers clear learning outcomes
  • Utilising a pedagogical evidence base and co-creation with students to develop a module which maximises impact on students
  • Examining ‘what works’ – What does the feedback tell us about what students and teachers want from a blended module?
  • Conducting a skills audit to support teaching staff to develop the digital competencies required to deliver effective blended teaching
  • Designing an integrated and joined-up approach to delivery in which in person and online components complement each other
Dr Alison Truelove
Dr Alison Truelove
Senior Lecturer in Critical Practice, Lead Academic Tutor and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Business Education
University of Exeter
Confirmed
11:10 am
Active Digital Design – Designing Engaging Content for Blended Learning Delivery
  • Exploring the methodology of Active Digital Design
  • Identifying the step by step principles of ADD and their usability
  • Sharing and evaluating the importance of consistency, integrated assessment, module personality and academic voice in the design process
  • Reflecting on a new generation of learners and their needs for on-demand and live learning opportunities
Dr Christine Rivers
Dr Christine Rivers
Co-Director Centre for Management Education, Surrey Business School
University of Surrey
Confirmed
11:30 am
Pedagogical Transformation: Moving beyond Technology Driven Online Education

In March 2020, universities around the World  moved online. Often within a matter of days.  Given the speed and scale involved, most institutions looked to technical solutions to enable this to happen. Videos were recorded and webinars were scheduled. However, this approach was generally not considered to be of comparable quality by key stakeholders.   When the Minister responsible for higher education announced that UK students would be charged full tuition fees for online study in 2020/21, she added a caveat: If students ‘feel that the quality isn’t there … there are processes that they can follow to seek redress’.

So how can we transition to an online or blended format in a manner in which quality is assured. Is it possible to develop  an approach in which student satisfaction is actually higher  than on traditional campus based courses?

Since 2018, the Imperial College Business School together with 7 other  institutions formed a global alliance to investigate this question. The result has been a portfolio of 200+ online courses in which outcomes have been maintained  while students satisfaction has often been higher than on campus based courses.

This talk will report on the work of the FOME Alliance and the approach to course design that has been developed.

Dr David Lefevre
Dr David Lefevre
Director, Edtech Lab
Imperial College London
Confirmed
11:50 am
Interactive Questions, Ideas and Polling Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function and participate in our new session polling.

12:10 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

12:30 pm
Case Study: Redesigning Technical Courses and Practical Teaching for Blended Learning
  • Exploring how the Staffordshire University adapted technical course to be delivered through blended learning
  • Discussing how students were enabled to ‘learn by doing’ whilst remaining socially distanced
  • Ensuring students can engage with practical learning in a safe way
  • Sharing the challenges faced in delivering technical courses through blended learning and how to overcome these
Tyrone Messiah
Tyrone Messiah
Head of Technical Services
Staffordshire University
Confirmed
12:50 pm
Looking to the Future: How Do We Develop More Inclusive Blended Learning Post Covid-19?
  • How are we doing on being inclusive?
  • How might the new openness to online learning improve our performance?
  • Insights from recent analytics on large-scale platforms
  • Meeting our global challenges rhetoric with strategic actions
Diana Laurillard
Diana Laurillard
Chair of Learning with Digital Technology, Knowledge Lab
UCL Institute of Education
Confirmed
1:10 pm
Interactive Questions, Ideas and Polling Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function and participate in our new session polling.

1:30 pm
Day 2 Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference for Day 2 concludes at 1pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

Audience

This Conference is designed specifically for the higher education sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Heads of Education
  • Heads of Faculty
  • Heads of Online Learning
  • Heads of Digital Education
  • Heads of Academic Development
  • Deans
  • Directors of Education
  • Directors of Teaching and Learning
  • Directors of Strategic Planning
  • Directors of Quality
  • Principal Lecturers
  • Lecturers
  • Academic Registrars
  • Learning Technologists
  • Pro Vice Chancellors
  • Widening Participation Managers

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or enquiries@insidegovernment.co.uk

Sponsorship

The Open University has a strong pedigree of working with employers to understand their learning and development needs. Training includes apprenticeships, short courses, degrees, certificates and diplomas. The scalability and flexibility of OU education means minimal disruption for organisations and employees can apply learning to their workplace immediately.