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Inspiring Learning New Year Lecture

January 8, 2020 @ 3:15 pm 4:30 pm

Venue: Cairn Auditorium, Postgraduate Centre, Riccarton Campus, Heriot Watt University

About this event

Celebrate the new year with fresh thinking in learning and teaching. You are warmly invited to join colleagues from across the University for our Inspiring Learning New Year Lecture.

Title: How to Make (and Keep) Our Digital Education Resolutions in 2020

Speaker: Sheila Macneill

Sheila Macneill is an independent digital learning consultant and open education practitioner based in Glasgow. Sheila has over 20 years experience in developing the effective use of digital technologies for learning and teaching work at institutional and national level. Sheila is the current Chair of ALT (Association for Learning Technology), the UKs largest membership association supporting the effective use of learning technology. Sheila is an experienced academic developer and works with a range of staff in a number of universities across the UK. Sheila is active on a range of social media and shares her work, research and random thoughts on digital learning openly through her blog.


In this lecture we will explore current notions, research and practice around digital education. Through exploring some of the key narratives and myths of “the digital” we will set the context for digital learning and teaching in the (Higher) education sector in 2020. The lecture will explore a proposed framework the development of a critically informed digitally enabled university (Johnston, MacNeill, Smyth, 2019), including a model for a digitally distributed curriculum. We will then explore how to develop effective “digital habits” in our learning and teaching practice that embedded digital capabilities, allowing staff and students to engage meaningfully with digital technologies relevant to their disciplines.


Johnston, B., MacNeill, S. and Smyth, K. (2019). Conceptualising the Digital University: The intersection of policy, pedagogy and practice. Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity for informal discussion.

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