Part two of the NMC’s digital literacy event series will explore the question: How do we prepare students to live and thrive in a digital society? Digital literacy goes beyond technical skills. It includes the complex practices of digital professions and subject specialisms. It involves the lifelong, life-wide skills required to thrive in a digital society. Institutions are charged with developing students’ digital citizenship, ensuring mastery of responsible and appropriate technology use, including online communication etiquette and digital rights and responsibilities in blended and online learning settings and beyond. This new category of competence is affecting curriculum design, professional development, and student-facing services and resources. In this event, panelists will discuss how learning-focused organizations and national governments are responding to these new responsibilities. Panelists’ expertise includes the development of national and international frameworks to support digital literacies.

Catch up by watching the recording of our first digital literacy webinar or watch the recording of this event.


Meet the Panelists:

Bryan Alexander (Bryan Alexander Consulting)
Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry. Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative. From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda. In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently. His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling.
Helen Beetham (Independent)
Helen Beetham is a writer, researcher and adviser on digital literacy issues and a regular keynote speaker across the English-speaking world. As a long-standing consultant to the Jisc (UK) e-learning programme, she has written influential reports on e-learning, digital literacy, open education and digital organisations. Helen was a member of the UK Government's Beyond Current Horizons programme on educational futures, and has led futures thinking initiatives for a number of global universities and national bodies. Most recently she completed a year-long study on the expectations and experiences of today's 'digital students' and designed a digital capabilities framework for use across education sectors. Helen's co-authored volumes Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age and Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age (both Routledge) are standard texts on Masters courses in Education. @helenbeetham
Cheryl Brown (University of Cape Town)
Dr Cheryl Brown is a Senior Lecturer and member of the Learning Technologies Team at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. She co-convenes the Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology and teaches courses in research and evaluation of emerging technology and emerging technologies and educational practices. he supervises MEd and PhD students from across Africa. Cheryl is Principal Investigator for a Carnegie funded "Developing Educational Technology Professionals in Africa" project, and Commonwealth of Learning Digital Educational Leadership project . She is co-chair of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Innovation Awards (ATLAS) which recognise innovation in learning and teaching in the Apereo community. Cheryl is an NRF rated researcher and her interests centre around access to ICTs and how they facilitate or inhibit students’ participation in learning. In the past few years she has looked more closely at the role of personal devices (for example cellphones, tablets and laptops) play in students learning in a developing context and the development of students' digital literacy practices.
Yves Punie (European Commission Joint Research Centre, Human Capital and Employment Unit, Seville.)
Yves Punie is senior scientist at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Seville, Unit Human Capital and Employment. He is leading its research and policy activities on "ICT for Learning and Skills". The research area started in 2005 with the aim to provide evidence-based policy support to the European Commission on harnessing the potential of digital technologies to innovate education and training practices, improve access to lifelong learning and to deal with the rise of new (digital) skills and competences needed for employment, personal development and social inclusion. The research covers three main interrelated research strands, across all educational sectors: Open Education and OER, Innovating Learning and Teaching and Key Competences and 21st century skills. More than 20 major studies have been undertaken on these issues with more than 80 different publications. All studies are aimed at supporting European policies on the modernisation and innovation of E&T (DG EAC) and development of key competences (DG EMPL). Before joining the JRC in 2001, he was interim Assistant Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences. Web List of publications, see Project pages: