Digifest 2016 invites middle and senior managers from further education (FE) and higher education (HE) to discover the brightest ideas in edtech across a two-day programme. It will feature the very best in digital services and solutions and share the latest knowledge and best practice of how digital is being used to transform UK education and research.
The event supports Jisc’s mission to help the UK retain its position as the world’s most digitally-advanced education and research nation. This year’s programme will include presentations, workshops and discussions led by those making the most of digital within FE and HE.
Phil Richards, chief innovation officer at Jisc, said:
“The education and research landscape is evolving rapidly and universities and colleges are continually being asked to provide more with tighter budgets. Digifest 2016 will celebrate how people with different expertise and skill sets are using powerful new technologies to answer this challenge.
By attending Digifest, service leaders and managers will be ensuring they are up to date with the skills and tools required to make the most of the opportunities which digital technologies can provide - from improved student experience and deeper business intelligence, to significant cost savings through knowledge-sharing and efficiencies in administration and resource acquisition.”
The programme includes sessions on how emerging technologies, including data visualisation and geospatial software, are pushing forward teaching and research practices, and will offer practical advice about implementing these technologies within colleges and universities.
Responding to the cost-cutting agenda, attendees will also get a chance to hear about how they can create new efficiencies, for example by using a next-generation cloud computing framework that will allow them to scale requirements easily and efficiently.
Other topics to be explored in detail include cyber security, trust and identity and open access.
Jisc’s own experts will be joined by pioneering technologists from across the sector. Keynote speakers include John Traxler, professor of mobile learning at the University of Wolverhampton, Professor Tony Hey, former vice-president of Microsoft Research Connections, Chrissi Nerantzi, principal lecturer in academic continuing professional development at the Manchester Metropolitan University and John Naughton, emeritus professor of the public understanding of technology at the Open University.
Ticket information and a programme of the event can be found on our Digifest web pages.