12-13 March 2019
Digifest is the leading annual edtech event for middle and senior-level managers and change leaders in further and higher education. It’s a high-energy, inspiring opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments in learning and teaching.
Digifest 2019 will explore the power of digital and look in detail at what next-generation digital students need to thrive in their constantly evolving technological environment.
Over two packed days you’ll have the opportunity to see and hear what leaders at the forefront of the edtech industry think about current education trends, to explore an innovative, motivating and challenging programme of thought-provoking keynote sessions and lightning talks and take part in hands-on workshops.
Immerse yourself in the buzz around the halls, try out the latest advances in technology in the Digi Lab and talk to our team about how to use these new technologies in your own institution.
Digifest is free for Jisc member organisations.
Who should attend?
Managers from further education (FE), higher education (HE) and other educational organisations as well as those who are leading change in universities, colleges and skills organisations.
The wide-ranging talks, workshops and breakout sessions also offer plenty to interest library, business support and curriculum staff as well as academics.
Why come to Digifest?
At Digifest we provide delegates with cutting-edge content, industry future-gazing and unique networking opportunities.
Over the years it has become the ‘must attend’ annual event for everyone in the FE and HE education sectors who wants to enhance their digital expertise and improve learning and teaching.
Meetoo - real-time Q&A
Try out the Meetoo platform at the sessions running in Hall 1. Meetoo, the 2018 winner of a Bett award, is the student response system that uses students' mobile devices to improve engagement and participation in lectures and seminars, through live polling and Q&A.
Used by lecturers in all of The Russell Group universities, Meetoo offers optional anonymity and moderation settings to give every student a voice and provides teaching staff with a quick and easy vehicle for obtaining instant feedback. Find out more about Meetoo.
Visit the Jisc training surgery
Come and chat to members of the training team alongside Jisc subject specialists about your training needs and the courses available to you.
The surgery will be located on the mezzanine floor in Hall 3 between 11:00-16:00 on day one and 10:30-15:00 on day two.
- Sophie Wilkins, training adviser, Jisc
- Rebecca Burningham, deputy training manager, Jisc
- Jo Standbridge, administrative assistant, Jisc
- Teresa Higgs, training adviser, Jisc
Community meet-ups (day one)
The sky's the limit for networking opportunities at Digifest and we have created dedicated areas where you can renew old acquaintances and make new contacts – use these as spaces to build your industry connections, share expertise and grow your community.
Don't forget to use the Digifest app to connect with delegates, catch up with friends and colleagues and share industry insight.
Devolved nations community meet-ups (day two)
In response to feedback, we have dedicated a space for you to meet with other members from the devolved nations to share your experiences, successes and challenges.
Hosted by the heads of Jisc Scotland, Jisc Northern Ireland and Jisc Wales, the meet-ups provide an opportunity to delve deeper into the themes and threads of Digifest and explore, with others from the local community, how these can be incorporated and contextualised into a devolved nation context.
Try out learning analytics
Join the learning analytics team in Hall 3 on the mezzanine level to try out the study goal app and data explorer.
- The study goal app can assist your students learning journey. The demo will include seeing functionality, including check-in for registers, targets and visualisations for learning activities
- Data Explorer is a tool that brings together the data from various sources and provides quick, flexible visualisations of usage. At the demo you can see sample visualisations and explore what data might disclose about student’s behaviour, informing academic discussions and overall course performance
YouTube session catch up
This year's Digifest programme is centred around shaping education for a hyper-connected world.
We've broken this down into four individual strands:
Digital lives of students: practices and expectations
With a focus on the diverse aspects of student’s experience, this strand emphasises some of the factors that have an influence on learning such as:
- Wellbeing and mental health
- Life on campus
- Social environment
The student factor: attitudes to digital learning
Connecting with the student voice and personal experience is vital, this strand will focus on issues such as diversity, identity and the importance of a deep understanding of learning environments. Key elements include:
- Diversity and inclusion
- Assumptions and aspirations
- Support from peers/institutions
A fast-evolving world: the new face of digital education
A focus on the exploration of new technologies and how they are radically changing teaching and learning with special emphasis on:
- Disruptive technologies
- A hyper-connected world
Leading the change: developing digital skills
How are we preparing students for future careers that don’t yet exist? This strand will discuss digital skills and showcase best practice that institutions are currently providing to meet this requirement. We will also address the importance of a culture of entrepreneurship and how to equip students with the best tools to be part of increasing digital world. This strand will look at:
- The skills gap
You'll also hear from our keynote speakers: Anne-Marie Imafidon, founder of the Stemettes; Dave Coplin, founder and CEO of the Envisioners and chief envisioning officer at Microsoft; Joysy John, director of education at Nesta; and Liz Sproat, head of Google education for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
A range of resources and recordings from Digifest sessions will be released during and after the event.
International Convention Centre Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA.
Information on how to get to the venue can be found on the ICC website.
For more information on Digifest, email firstname.lastname@example.org.