Niace Digital 2013

NIACE Digital Conference, 11th December, 2013 Book Now!.

Technology is as central to adult learning as it is in day-to-day life.  This conference will showcase current and emerging technologies and their use or potential in adult learning.

It’s not the tool, it’s how you use it.  This conference will give delegates the chance to share and showcase great practice, with a view to improving the learner’s experience.

Technology won’t help improve or shape adult learning if the policy isn’t in place to support its use.  This conference will look at existing policy, identify gaps, and produce a clear list of policy recommendations.


bobBob Harrison
Education Adviser, Toshiba Information Systems and Board Member, NIACE


Jim Knight, Lord Knight of WeymouthLord Knight of Weymouth
Shadow Defra Minister in the Lords; Consultant on education, technology & welfare

Rajay NaikRajay Naik
Director of Government and External Affairs, The Open University


imagesrob1Rob Wilmot
Director, BCS agency and co-founder, Freeserve.  

Debate Panels

“This house proposes that Adult Education must embrace the MOOC culture”

Chaired by David Hughes, Chief Executive, NIACE  

Dr Maren Deepwell, Chief Executive, Association for Learning Technologies Fred Garnett, Visiting Research Associate, London Knowledge Lab Peter Shukie, Blackburn College & founder of COOCsShri Footring, Jisc RSC LondonHover mouse over panel member for details, or click to follow on twitter


“This house proposes that while beginning to embrace the benefits of online communities, the adult learning sector has failed to provide the support adults need in e-safety”

Chaired by Josie Fraser, Leicester City Council  

Dr Bex Lewis, Research Fellow, University of Durham & E-Safety Author Ewa Luger, Research Fellow University of Nottingham, Consent & Privacy expert Rebecca Avery, Kent County Council, CEOP Champion 2012Richard French, BCSSimon Beard, Learning resources Manager, CityLitHover mouse over panel member for details, or click to
follow on twitter


blankfaceBring Your Own Device (BYOD)
“This house proposes that the move towards Bring Your Own Device will discriminate against many potential learners”

Chaired by Joy Marsden, Policy & Project Officer, NIACE Dysgu Cymru  

Joe Nicholls - Principal Consultant: Digtial Enablement, Cardiff University Bob Harrison, NIACE Borad Member & Education Advisor, Toshiba Paul Richardson, Jisc RSC WalesPeter Kilcoyne - ILT Director, Worcester College of TechnologyHover mouse over panel member for details, or click to follow on twitter

We have digital learning conferences for a number of reasons.  One of those reasons is allow delegates to network while learning about great technology practice and hearing from key thinkers in the field.  Delegates coming to our conference on Wednesday 11th Dec can expect plenty of this.

Another reason we hold conferences is to inform what we do – we want to know what practitioners and policy leaders are thinking and be lead by their thoughts when we take forward the digital learning agenda.  Of course, the people who  come to our conference don’t always make up a representative sample of the opinion out there, and we want all the ideas, conversation and thoughts inside and outside the venue to be captured.

So, this year, this site will collate the thoughts of delegates, the thoughts of those watching our video streams and twitter and they’ll even be a specific online event for those outside the conference – so you can really get involved.

Our “Live” conference page will provide constant updates, live video and opportunities to participate – all you have to do is click on the site.