Experiences in Digital Learning Seminar Series

These monthly webinars, organised by the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), Goldsmiths and the Centre for Distance Education, provide a platform for exploration, exchange and learning from the widespread innovation and development taking place in digital learning during a worldwide pandemic. 

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Experiences in Digital Learning Seminar Series

These monthly webinars, organised by the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), Goldsmiths and the Centre for Distance Education, provide a platform for exploration, exchange and learning from the widespread innovation and development taking place in digital learning during a worldwide pandemic. 

Description

In June 2020, following the sudden disruption to the education industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), represented by Tim Gore, Goldsmiths, represented by Mark d’Iverno, and the University of London Centre for Distance Education, represented by Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper, quickly launched the first instalment of a series of talks between digital learning specialists, looking back at what has been rapidly achieved and what lay ahead of us. 

The webinar series now continues at a monthly pace. ‘Experiences in Digital Learning’ aims at fostering discussions among academic professionals throughout a very special post-COVID-19 academic year. 

In each one-hour session, we discuss a theme such as challenges for practice-based programmes, student engagement, inclusion and access, and others with a panel of 3 experts, moderated by Dr. Linda Amrane-Cooper, Head of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London Worldwide, and answer questions from the audience.

Check CDE's Events section to view our upcoming events and themes.

Mark, Linda and I are very pleased to welcome you to this special webinar series which forms a part of the growing Goldsmiths - ULIP collaboration. We both feel that it is very timely to glimpse in the mirror at our evolving pedagogic practice and to hear from this very special group of experts we work with their insights into the practice of digital learning as we adapt this new world we are a part of 

Tim Gore, University of London Institute in Paris

2021-22 Schedule of events

2 December 2021 - Academic freedom in a digitised world

While the free researching and expression of information and ideas, and the associated freedom to respond and to contest both of these are essential elements of a University’s mission, what do these freedoms mean when so much discourse is now in the public arena, messages pass through many hands and a rapid response is often privileged over a more considered reply? How can Universities help staff and students to engage, as they must, in academic freedom in this digitised world?

The webinar will be chaired by Centre for Distance Education Fellow, Dr David Baume

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3 February 2022 - Student experience and student well being

More information coming soon.

3 March 2022 - The year ahead for the practitioner

The Covid-19 pandemic has rejuvenated debates around the use of learning technologies in the classroom (online or face-to-face) and resulted into the emergence of hybrid models and approaches that are predicted to permanently influence the way both distance and campus-based learning are carried out. This webinar explores what this means for the role of the teaching practitioner, beyond the immediate Covid-19 related confounding factors, examining the likely impact on their professional lives for the year ahead.

The webinar is chaired by Centre for Distance Education Fellow Stylianos Hatzipanagos.

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5 May 2022 - Evolutions in learning technology

More information coming soon.

2020-21 Past Events

23 June 2020 - The Future of Social, Creative and Experiential Digital Learning

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there have been forecasts of the imminent disruption of higher education. Recently HE around the world rapidly adapted to an atomised world where physical interaction was no longer an option. Institutions, faculties, and their students managed to remain connected only digitally. 

But what comes after this first wave of innovation and change? What can we learn about new ways of coordinated, experimental, social, creative and experiential forms of digital learning and teaching? How can we question traditional and online educational practices while making something new and lasting for a changing world?

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1 October 2020 - Learning design for flexibility and contingency

As recent circumstances have shown, both teachers and learners have demonstrated tremendous resilience in maintaining continuity, successfully completing coursework or graduating from a distance. Our panel discusses how to design for teaching while supporting interactive learning through flexible models. We’ll share practical design tools useful for mapping the learning journey.  

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5 November 2020 - Adventures in Synchronous Online Teaching

This event will explore online synchronous teaching. 

Our panel, chaired by Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper, provides a short input, reflecting on their experiences in digital learning and is followed by a short discussion. 

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21 January 2021 - Sustaining Teaching Online - reflections of 2021

Massive changes in the use of learning technology and large-scale adoption of online learning that would have typically taken years if not decades have happened in a matter of weeks as a result of a tumultuous 2020 no one has truly escaped. In this latest talk in our Experiences in Digital Learning series, we reflect on these widespread changes from three different perspectives. 

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4 February 2021 - What will Digital Assessment look like this year?

Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper, Prof Alan Tait and Prof Stylianos Hatzipanagos share their insights from the large scale move of 110,000 exams online at the University of London while considering the implications for future practice. Prof Simon Walker provides insight from the work on digital and online assessment at UCL.

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4 March 2021 - Approaches to Inclusive Online Practices

Chaired by Linda Amrane-Cooper, our panel talk provides input, reflecting on their experiences in digital learning, and is followed by a discussion.

  • Rear-View Mirror: reflecting about practice through the lens of Universal Design for Learning principles and practices, Virna Rossi, London Ravensbourne University
  • Equity and Dialogue, Maha Bali, American University in Cairo
  • Embracing Neurodiversity through Inclusive Learning and Teaching Online, El Spaeth, University of Glasgow

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6 May 2021 - Institutional Response

Chaired by Linda Amrane-Cooper, the panel reflects on the rapid innovations and changes we are seeing in digital learning, teaching and assessment and the way this impacts institutions and students. Our May webinar panel line-up includes Stephanie Marshall, Vice-Principal, Education (Queen Mary University of London) and Elisabeth Hill, Pro-Warden Academic (Goldsmiths University of London.)

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Past events

Missed our event? Do not worry, we record most of our online events and make them available on our YouTube channel. Simply click on one of our past events below to view event details and access the recordings.