Westminster Higher Education Forum

Technology in Higher Education - data analytics, the learning experience and next steps for MOOCs

Morning, Wednesday, 18th October 2017

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


This seminar will discuss the use of technology in the Higher Education sector, and ways forward for developing its role in enhancing learning and teaching - as well as its role more widely in HEI business processes.

It comes amid increasing emphasis being placed on the use of technology and data-led teaching methods by HEIs, within the wider discussion on the effectiveness of different teaching methods in higher education, facilitated by developments to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Delegates will discuss the role of Big Data and data analytics for universities, including targeted marketing of prospective students, improving retention and personalising learning experience for individuals.

The agenda will also bring out the latest thinking on the use technology in teaching and learning, assessing progress in areas such as flipped and blended learning, and potential uses of virtual reality (VR). Those attending will also consider examples of best practice in developing a culture among the teaching community across all disciplines that supports the full potential use of technology. Further sessions will look at MOOCs, specifically emerging business models and uses including lifelong learning, marketing, pre-sessional support and credit-bearing modules.

We expect attendees to include key policymakers and stakeholders from universities, learning technology companies, data analytics software providers, online learning platforms, technology and education consultancies, students’ unions, academics and others with an interest in this area of policy and practice.

Guest of Honour

Paul Feldman

Chief Executive, Jisc

Guest of Honour

Paul Feldman

Chief Executive, Jisc

Keynote Speaker

Mark Lester

Director of Partnerships, FutureLearn


Lord Lucas


Jennie White

Programme Co-ordinator for BA Marketing, BSc Digital Marketing and MSc Digital Marketing, University of Chichester

Professor Paul Bacsich

Senior Consultant, Sero HE

Dr David Lefevre

Director, Edtech Lab, Imperial College London Business School and Co-Founder and Chairman, Epigeum

Steve Williams

Strategic Lead for Higher Education, Waterstons

Kate Borthwick

Senior Enterprise Fellow (Technology Enhanced Learning), Modern Languages, University of Southampton

Jane Harvell

Head of Library Academic Services and Special Collections, University of Sussex

Dr Megan Kime

Head of Online Distance Learning Student Education, University of Leeds

Louis Reynolds

Account Manager, GK Strategy

James Gray

Chief Executive, Kortext

Markos Mentzelopoulos

Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of Westminster

Kevin Mayles

Head of Quality Enhancement and Learning Analytics (Learning and Teaching Innovation Portfolio), The Open University

Professor Rebecca Strachan

Professor of Digital Technology and Education and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Strategic Planning and Engagement, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University