Changing the Learning Landscape – The role of digital literacies in supporting continuing professional development in HE contexts

  • Date: 29 May 2013
  • Start Time: 09:30 am
  • Location/venue: Aston Business School Conference Centre, Aston University Birmingham, B4 7ET

Who is it for?

The event will draw on pilots and case studies in the field where digital literacy has become an integral part of professional development opportunities. It will explore: how developers can support each other, and practitioners, to become digitally literate; what digital literacies are important for those with development roles; and how professional recognition and accreditation can support the development of digital literacies in HE staff (e.g. UKPSF, CMALT, SEDA PDF, open badging).

This event is now fully booked

This programme has been developed by SEDA in association with CLL partners.


Funding opportunity

Delegates at the workshop will be invited to submit proposals for funding for small scale projects in embedding learning technologies in their academic practice. Up to £5000 will be made available for workshop participants and bids between £500 and £2,500 will be invited. Individuals or teams that have attended the workshop can apply. Details of this funding opportunity will be given at the workshop.

The programme for the day



09.30 – 10.00

Registration and Refreshments.

10.00 – 10.05

Introduction to CLL and the development events.
Sue Thompson, CLL Co-ordinator, Higher Education Academy.
Liz Shrives, CLL Development Programme, SEDA.

10.05 – 11.00         

Developing our digital literacies: the imperative.
Rhona Sharpe, Head of Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University.

11.00 – 12.30        

How do practitioners become digitally literate?
Case studies from the sector.

A research based framework for developing digital practitioners,
Liz Bennett, University of Huddersfield

Creating a Digitally Ready Community: blurring the boundaries between staff and student development.
Pat Parslow, University of Reading

Normalising digital literacies across the university,
Neil Witt, University of Plymouth

12.30 – 13.15


13.15 – 14.00

How can recognition and accreditation support the development of digital literacies?

Professional Associations Guide to Implementing the UKPSF in the Digital University
David Baume, JISC

Using ‘Open Badges’ to enhance validation of digital skills and practice – serious opportunities for learning providers?
Terry McAndrew JISC TechDis /HEA

14.00 – 14.45

Activity: what might a professional development infrastructure or framework to develop digital literacies look like?

14.45 – 15.00

Tea Break

15.00 – 16.00

Panel discussion (commenting on outputs from the activity): how can this be achieved and what needs to change?

Chair: Liz Shrives CLL Development Programme Convenor

Panel members will include:
Rhona Sharpe:  Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University
Maren Deepwell, Association for Learning Technology
Terry McAndrew JISC TechDis /HEA
David Baume, Higher Education Consultant
Joelle Adams, Staff and Educational Development Association
Sue Beckingham, Sheffield Hallam University



Free professional development opportunity

For general enquiries about this workshop please email Alex Fenlon;

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