Digital Transformation and Innovation in Further Education

Promoting and sharing best practice in independent, blended and digital learning

1st July, 2019 - Heart of Worcestershire College & The Artix, Bromsgrove

A one day conference focussing on the innovation and best practice in the use of digital technology to enhance the learning experience.

The increasing demand for digital skills across the UK workforce outlines the importance for the FE sector to ensure that its supply of graduates meets employers’ demands for those digital skills. A culture of engaged and collaborative teaching innovators is required to help scale up learners’ use of digital methods across the curriculum to accelerate learning and encourage essential and rapid digital progress.

It is an expectation of today’s learners that the Further Education sector should not only keep abreast of technological advances, it needs to fully embrace current technology and be bold enough to experiment with evolving practices. Even more essential is the need to empower our teachers with the skills and confidence they require to deliver education to an audience that not only deserves, but more so expects, technology to be embedded within and to enhance their learning experience.

The implementation of forward-thinking digital pedagogy and technologies such as: flipped classrooms, personal learning networks, VLEs, e-portfolios, cloud services, MOOCs, virtual and augmented reality, and gamification, play an essential role in meeting these needs.

The Blended Learning Conference event brings together teachers, digital developers and education leaders to share experiences and offer insights into how they’ve used technology to improve the overall student experience, from teaching, learning and assessment to student communication and welfare.

This event provides an exciting opportunity to gain and share knowledge, discuss strategies, benefit from others’ experiences and see new innovations from industry leaders.

Keynote and presentations from:

  • Michelle Swithenbank Chief Executive and Principal, Hull College Group - Keynote

  • Chris Rothwell Director of Education, Microsoft, UK - Keynote

  • Peter KilcoyneILT Director, Heart of Worcestershire College

Breakout Sessions

Following the keynote presentations, delegates will be able to attend three of the following workshops covering topics such as:

  • Office 365
  • Google Apps
  • Blended Learning
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Learning Apps
  • Accessibility
  • E-Portfolios
  • Digital Content Authoring Tools
  • plus more to be announced

There will also be opportunities for delegates to network with others at the conference and meet with many of the top suppliers of elearning platforms and services during breaks and lunch.

Programme of the day (details to follow)

Time Description
09:00 Registration
10:00 Conference Starts
tbc Coffee break
tbc AM events
tbc Lunch
tbc PM events
tbc Coffee break
tbc PM events
16:00 Conference ends


The conference will be based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire at Heart of Worcestershire College and the Artrix Arts Centre.

Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1GN

Free parking is available at the Artrix Centre.
HoW College is situated in view from the Artrix car park.

By road:
The Artrix is ideally located for access from the M5 (Junctions 4 and 5) and M42 (Junction 1), from which it is just a short drive on the A38 to the venue’s ample free car parking (follow the brown signs).

By rail:
For delegates arriving by train we will be providing a shuttle bus between Bromsgrove station and the Artrix at key times, to and from the conference.

The Premier Inn Bromsgrove Central is conveniently situated within walking distance from the Artix.

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Consortium Members

Consortium member colleges can book up to 10 free places with member booking code.
To request a code (BLC mambers only), please email Emily using the link below, then book your place using the code provided.

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Non-members will be charged £90 (inc.VAT). Please use the follwing link to register your interest via email.
You will be notified via email when booking opens for non-members.

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