December 15th @ 10am -11am Central Time

Free to All

This event will explore a pressing challenge for higher education institutions across the world: advancing digital literacy among students and faculty. As technology use is proliferating and becoming more ubiquitous in people’s daily lives, colleges and universities have become more adept at integrating it into every facet of campus life to enhance course design, course materials, and interactions between learners and educators. However, simply knowing how to use the tools does not solve the challenge. Education professionals must be able to tie the use of digital tools to progressive pedagogies and deeper learning outcomes to equip students with 21st century skills that help them flourish in college life and in their careers. Identifying and implementing effective frameworks is paramount, and a number of organizations and institutions are leading the way. Hear from an international panel of experts on their perspectives on digital literacy, the biggest challenges associated with advancing it, and recommendations for developing successful digital literacy initiatives.


Meet the Panelists:

Michael Berman (California State University, Channel Islands)
Michael Berman has spent most of his career in higher education. After earning tenure as a faculty member in Computer Science at Rowan University in New Jersey, he became Director of the Office of Instructional Technology and then Associate Provost for Information Resources. In 2000, he moved to Cal Poly Pomona where he was named Vice President for Instructional and Information Technology. In 2005 he became the Chief Technology Officer at Art Center College of Design. In 2009, Dr. Berman joined CSU Channel Islands, originally as the CIO and now as Vice President for Technology & Communication. In this role he is responsible both for campus information and academic technology as well as communication and marketing. He has an appointment in the computer science department, has taught a graduate course on network programming and has advised graduate students. Dr. Berman earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, where he also taught undergraduate courses. He has written and spoken widely on topics including 3D printing, cloud computing, identity management, data analytics, and the impact of technology on teaching and learning. He is an NMC Board of Trustee and an active member of the NMC Horizon Project Advisory Board. Dr. Berman has a significant presence on social media (@amichaelberman), and was recently named one of 20 "Rising Star CIO's on Twitter" and one of the 10 most “Social CIO’s in Higher Education” in Huffington Post. He is the co-founder of the EduSoCal conference, which brought over a hundred people from across Southern California to discuss information technology in higher education. He has worked with startup companies, developed computer software, and authored a widely-used textbook, published in 1997 and still in print.
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.
Judy Bailey (University Libraries, The University of Adelaide)
Judy Bailey is currently the project manager for developing a Digital Capabilities Framework at the University of Adelaide. This is a key strategic initiative for the University which has come out of the 2015 Strategy of Learning Teaching and Assessment. The University Library is a key sponsor of the project in conjunction with the PVC (Student Learning) Professor Phil Levy. The framework is in its early developmental stages but already it is gaining support from all parts of the University as demonstrated by its multifaceted collaborative project team. The project has been strengthened by its relationship with Helen Beetham, its UK based consultant, an acknowledged expert in developing Digital Literacy. There are also close connections with Fiona Salisbury from LaTrobe University Library in Melbourne. Aligned to the project is a research project which specifically seeks to understand RHD students' perceptions of their digital skills and their preparation for a highly competitive employment environment when they graduate. Prior to working on this project, Judy was a Research Librarian at the University of Adelaide after working in a similar post in the UK at the University of Gloucestershire. Judy is also undertaking a PhD in Late Medieval History.
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.
Jim Devine (Devine Policy | Projects | Innovation)
Sarah Knight (Jisc)
Sarah Knight is a Senior Co-design Manager in the Student Experience team in the Jisc Digital Futures directorate. Sarah currently manages the Digital Student project which is researching students’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment in further and higher education and skills. Sarah also has responsibility for supporting the Jisc Change Agents’ Network, a national network to support staff-student partnership working on technology enhanced curriculum projects. In recognition of Sarah’s work and influence on research into students’ experiences of technology, she has recently been elected as vice-chair of ELESIG (ELESIG is a community of researchers and practitioners from higher, further and skills sector education who are involved in investigations of learners' experiences and uses of technology in learning). Sarah co-ordinates Jisc activity on the FELTAG agenda and has recently managed the production of The evolution of FELTAG: A glimpse at effective practice in UK further education and skills guide. Sarah has managed the production of numerous internationally acclaimed Jisc publications including the ‘Emerging Practice in a Digital Age’, ‘Effective Assessment in a Digital Age’, ‘Effective Practice in a Digital Age’, ‘Designing Spaces for Effective Learning’ and ‘In Their Own Words’. Sarah also established and runs the Jisc Student Experience Experts Group, an active community of practice, which provides valuable consultation and dissemination opportunities for Jisc. Sarah has worked for Jisc for 13 years and during her time at Jisc has led large transformation projects on curriculum design, digital literacies and learners’ experiences of technology. Blog: and Twitter: @Sarahknight #digitalstudent
Fiona Salisbury (La Trobe University)
Fiona Salisbury is the Deputy Director, Learning and Engagement at La Trobe University Library in Melbourne. Fiona has worked at La Trobe since 2006 and her responsibilities include library learning and teaching programs and services, web and elearning development, communications, and collaborative library initiatives related to curriculum design. In 2015 Fiona was the project manager of a Library sponsored Digital Learning Strategy project to develop a Digital Literacies Framework for the University. The project drew on international insights and expertise from the Jisc experience in the UK and Helen Beetham, a UK based higher education consultant, was part of the project reference group. Central to the Framework development process was an audit of university staff digital capability and practice. The Digital Literacies Framework that resulted from the project was recently endorsed by the University Academic Board and planning is underway for implementing the Framework. Before working at La Trobe University Fiona held a number of positions at the University of Melbourne Library. Fiona is also undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Education and Social work at the University of Sydney.
Lee Skallerup Bessette (University of Mary Washington)
Lee Skallerup Bessette, PhD is an Instructional Technology Specialist at the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington, where she works with faculty on digital pedagogy generally and the Domain of One's Own initiative.
Riina Vuorikari (The Joint Research Centre, European Commission)
Riina works at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) which is the in-house research service of the European Commission. Her main topic is the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp). DigComp is a tool to improve citizen's digital competence for work and employability, learning, leisure, consumption and participation in society. Info is available at: DigComp has 5 main areas: 1.) Information and data literacy: to articulate information needs, to locate and retrieve digital data, information and content. To judge the relevance of the source and its content. To store, manage, and organise digital data, information and content. 2.) Communication and collaboration: to interact, communicate and collaborate through digital technologies while being aware of cultural and generational diversity. To participate in society through public and private digital services and participatory citizenship. To manage one’s digital identity and reputation. 3.) Digital content creation: to create and edit digital content To improve and integrate information and content into an existing body of knowledge while understanding how copyright and licences are to be applied. To know how to give understandable instructions for a computer system. 4.) Safety: to protect devices, content, personal data and privacy in digital environments. To protect physical and psychological health, and to be aware of digital technologies for social well-being and social inclusion. To be aware of the environmental impact of digital technologies and their use. 5.) Problem solving: To identify needs and problems, and to resolve conceptual problems and problem situations in digital environments. To use digital tools to innovate processes and products. To keep up-to-date with the digital evolution. An infographic here:
steven bell (temple university libraries)
Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library leadership, higher education, design thinking and user experience. Steven is a past-president of ACRL and a co-founder of the Blended Librarian’s Online Learning Community on the Learning Times Network. He currently writes at Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. He authors weekly columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, "From the Bell Tower" and "Leading From the Library". He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design” and editor of the book “Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership”. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to