Westminster Higher Education Forum

Technology in higher education - maximising effectiveness, tackling barriers and collaboration with industry

Morning, Thursday, 28th March 2019

Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ


This seminar focuses on the use of technology in the higher education sector, assessing its effectiveness and discussing ways forward for maximising its potential in both learning and teaching.

Delegates will consider the impact of technology on the learning experience and what more might need to be done to meet students’ expectations by further developing personalised teaching. They will assess the benefits and challenges of flipped and blended learning practices in delivering instructional content and improving students’ engagement.

Further sessions will discuss how technology can impact the quality of marking by supporting better standardisation processes, while alleviating pressure on lecturers by reducing academic workloads. Delegates will look at improvements already delivered in the quality of feedback provided to students and at practical issues still to be addressed.

Those attending will also discuss the latest findings on the use of virtual reality teaching, including concerns about its potentially negative effect on students’ ability to memorise quantitative data and its successful application in subjects such as science and geography.

The seminar will also look at the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including key lessons that can be learnt from examples of best practice in marketing and student recruitment. Delegates will examine how MOOCs have fostered co-operation between hi-tech industry and the higher education sector, while also assessing their impact on lifelong learning and social mobility.


Keynote Speaker

Dr Paul Feldman

Chief Executive, Jisc

Keynote Speaker

Dr Paul Feldman

Chief Executive, Jisc


Alex Sobel MP

Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Member, House of Lords European Union Committee and Member, House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee


Dr David Webster

Head of Learning & Teaching Innovation, University of Gloucestershire

Ian Mulvany

Head of Product Innovation, SAGE Publishing

Peter Kilcoyne

ILT Director, Blended Learning Consortium

Dr Jonathan Eaton

Academic Registrar, Teesside University

Dr Maren Deepwell

Chief Executive, Association for Learning Technology

Dr Mu Mu

Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing, University of Northampton

Dr Sam Smidt

Academic Director, Arena Centre for Research-based Education, University College London

Sir Anthony Seldon

Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

Simon Burgess

Business Development Manager, Siemens

Kerry Houchen

Director, Online Degrees, FutureLearn

Professor Rose Luckin

Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies and Director, EDUCATE London, Institute of Education, University College London