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Digital Transformation of Higher Education online research symposium

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 10:00 - 17:00 (UK BST)

That Higher Education is in a period of transformation is a moot point. The COVID:19 pandemic has resulted in a period of rapid digital transformation for universities all around the globe. However, this rapid change has created positive and negative effects on student learning and experience, and some changes will be short-lived and others long-lasting.

The purpose of this symposium is to explore this transformation from the perspective of existing and on-going research in digital education, to help the higher education sector to set a direction of travel which creates positive effects on access to higher education and enhanced student learning, through long-lasting changes. The symposium will cover topics relating to online education, open education, blended and hybrid learning, learning data and its impacts, digital skills and lifelong learning.

The symposium will hear from global experts in digital education about their experiences of digital transformation in higher education and related sectors, and gather their views about the most appropriate courses of action to create sustainable, accessible, inclusive, quality higher education to support lifelong learning for all.

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Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds

Josie Fraser, Head of Digital Policy, Heritage Fund UK

Michael Gallagher, Lecturer in Digital Education, Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh

Vitomir Kovanović, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L), University of South Australia

Allison Littlejohn, Director of University College London's knowledge lab, University College London

Neil Morris, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Digital Transformation, University of Leeds

Bronwen Swinnerton, Senior Research Fellow in Digital Education, School of Education, University of Leeds

George Veletsianos, Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning & Technology, Royal Roads University, Canada

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