The following is an excerpt from Chris Douce’s review of my keynote â€œHow digital engagement enhances the student experienceâ€ presented at the Higher Education Academy’s HEA 2017 Annual conference: Generation TEF.
The opening keynote was by Eric Stoller. Eric has built a consultancy about using technology and social media to create digital engagement, with a particular emphasis on higher education.
Iâ€™ve noted that Eric said that there are social media skeptics and that social media is a subject that can be polarising. There was the suggestion that social media is all about learning, and the learning doesnâ€™t stop when students leave the classroom. A point I noted was â€˜life-long learning should be at the heart of the experienceâ€™; this is especially interesting since the life-long learning agenda within my own institution has been fundamentally impoverished due to government increases of tuition fees. It is now harder to study for an entirely different qualification, or to study a module or two with the intention of developing skills that are important in the workplace.