Destiny at Staffordshire University Learning & Teaching Conference 2017

The annual Staffordshire University Learning and Teaching Conference took place a few weeks ago, featuring Carl Plant of Bitjam, and educators Jonathan Westlake and Sue Jackson from the university as our UK partner representatives for Destiny. Staffordshire University is celebrating a ‘silver’ award for its learning and teaching in the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), so the event was perfectly timed to showcase exciting projects such as Destiny and further cement the university’s dedication to embracing digital ways of learning into teaching methods.

The event was held on campus and welcomed educators and students from the University to learn of innovation in the education sector and how Staffordshire University is becoming involved with pioneering digital technology such as MOOCs, to firmly place themselves on the map as an institution of forward-thinking.

Other key speakers included Eric Stoller, a higher education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker. He frequently gives keynotes up and down the country on how educators should be utilising social media for learning and engagement and the importance of educating students on the value of digital identity development. Social media, digital technologies and blogging were the key themes and Eric delivered his keynote to a very enthusiastic audience! You can view the full slidedeck here.

Carl Plant took to the stage next to reveal future plans for Destiny, supported by Jonathan Westlake and Sue Jackson.

“The talk discussed the challenges of the project – for example can open source MOOC’s provide solutions for the health and social care sector? Research findings from the project so far, such as the design success of the first mobile e-learning platform that was actually tested on nursing and midwifery students at the University, were also shared with the audience” Staffordshire University Learning and Teaching Conference 2017

Staffordshire University is going through a period of development towards embracing digital technology, and becoming better connected with local business and the wider community. We’re proud to have them on board as a partner of Destiny and we’re looking forward to seeing how their digital developments contribute to the evolution of the project.

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