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Experiences in Digital Learning

ULIP, Goldsmiths and the Centre for Distance Education present ‘Experiences in digital learning’, a series of monthly webinars aimed at fostering discussions among professionals in academia all along a very special post-COVID-19 academic year. Check our Events section for our next webinar.

In the February session of our webinar series, Experiences in Digital Learning, we will turn our attention to online and digital assessment. How has assessment changed in the last year and what are the implications for our future assessment practices in Higher Education? We will take the opportunity to consider the ways in which online assessment will change our futures.


Linda Amrane-Cooper 

Linda's academic and professional career has spanned Higher Education, teaching, and Museum Education. Linda is head of our Centre for Distance Education and Director of Strategic Projects.

In addition, building on her 20 years’ experience of supporting high quality learning and teaching in Higher Education experience, Linda also leads our PG Learning and Teaching in HE programme. Prior to joining the University of London, Linda was Dean and Head of Glasgow Caledonian University’s London campus and Dean of the Royal Docks Business School at the University of East London. She moved into the Business discipline after a long career in Education and Social Science, where roles included Associate Dean of Education and International Lead, and Head of Initial Teacher Training. She has benefited from the opportunity to work across the UK HE sector in a wide range of Universities and teach at all levels, both face to face and online. Linda has taken an active role supporting the professional development of HE staff as an education developer, mentor and coach.

Stylianos Hatzipanagos 

Stylianos is CDE Fellow and Executive Co-lead for Research and Dissemination. His expertise is in technology enhanced learning, research informed innovation of academic practice, and doctoral/postgraduate education management. He has held leadership roles in research led and modern universities, in blended learning and distance learning contexts. His research and scholarship portfolio includes: learning design and evaluation of online learning environments, formative and technology-enhanced assessment, computer supported collaborative work, flexible and distance education, digital literacies, social media and social networks in an educational context. His output has been peer-reviewed articles, books, edited journal special issues and has led and participated in research projects at an international (EU- Digital competences and social inclusion, Lifelong learning, eLearning professional training, Minerva programmes) and national (HEA, JISC) level. He has been the recipient of four CDE Teaching and Research awards and has been a member of the University of London Learning, Teaching, Assessment Strategy committee.

Prof Alan Tait 

Alan Tait is Emeritus Professor of Distance Education and Development at the Open University UK. From 2013-2015 Alan was Director of International Development and Teacher Education, and before that was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the Open University UK 2007-2012, and from 2004-2007 Dean of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies.

Alan was Editor of the European Journal of Distance and E Learning (EURODL) 2005-2013, was from 1989-1998 Editor of Open Learning, was President of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) from 2007-2010, and Co-Director of the Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Learning 1988-2013.

In 2012 Alan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics and Informatics, and appointed Visiting Senior Online Consultant at the Open University of China in 2013. Alan is founding Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Learning for Development(Opens in new window), produced from the Commonwealth of Learning; Visiting Professor, Amity University, India; Distinguished Visiting Professor Open University of Hong Kong; Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education at the University of London; Visiting Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark 2012-2016; and transformation advisor for the Commonwealth of Learning at Botswana Open University 2011-2016.

Publications can be found on Research Gate(Opens in new window). Alan has given keynote lectures in a range of places, most notably in 2014 the Asa Briggs Commemoration lecture at the Commonwealth of Learning Pan-Commonwealth Forum, Abuja, Nigeria.

Simon Walker 

Simon Walker is Professor of Educational Development at UCL. He is currently co-leading a cross university initiatives to improve assessment and feedback and programme design to meet key objectives of UCL’s Education Strategy. This large-scale work will impact on educational and organizational change. His research interests lie in Learning Design – he co-authored the Larnaca Declaration on Learning Design, which formed the basis of the book Learning Design: Conceptualizing a Framework for Teaching and Learning Online and co-founded the International Cross-Institutional Network for Learning Design. He established the annual Academic Practice and Technology (APT) international conference in 2003; Compass - Journal of Learning and Teaching in 2009; and the Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change in 2015. He set up and has co-led the Students as Change Agents UK Network. He has worked on many international higher educational development projects across the world including in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Bangladesh. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2006.