Cetis Conference 2014: Building the Digital Institution


what: Building the Digital Institution: Technological Innovation in Universities and Colleges

when: 17th and 18th June 2014

where: University of Bolton

Thank you!

The conference is now over. Thanks to everyone who came and made it a stimulating two days. The presentations are now available on the Programme and session pages.


Joining Instructions and Latest News


Registration will be in the Reception area of Senate House from 10am on Tuesday 17th June. If you are arriving by train you should exit the station at the front entrance and walk along the A579 passing Morrisons on your right. The University of Bolton is ahead of you. A map showing the station and location of Senate House is available here: http://www.cetis.org.uk/2014-cetis-conference/location/The University of Bolton also has a more detailed Visitors guide: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/AboutUs/Resources/VisitorsGuide.pdfLuggage and Security
There will be a locked room available for any luggage you have. Ask at Reception if you’d like to use it. Please be aware that the conference is using teaching rooms and there will be students around during the conference, you will need to take care of your belongings.Programme

On Tuesday 17th refreshments will be available from 10am on the first floor of Senate house. The Welcome, Introduction and Keynote by Phil Richards will take place in the Main Lecture Theatre from 10.30am.
The parallel sessions begin after lunch. The full programme is available at:http://www.cetis.org.uk/2014-cetis-conference/programme/ .  You can check what sessions you’ve signed up for by going to http://www.eventbrite.com/mytickets/ . If you have any special requirements you haven’t let us know of, then please do so as soon as possible.

If you are coming for the day on Wednesday 18th please ask at the reception desk where your session is located.

There will be wifi provided but the venue, but with around 80 of use logging onto the network, we’d ask everyone to be considerate about use and only to use bandwidth heavy applications such as Skype only when absolutely necessary.
Conference Dinner
The conference dinner will talk place in the Albert Halls in the Bolton Town Hall on Tuesday evening (marked on the map). The entrance to the Albert Halls is on the right hand side of the building. A bar will be available in the Lancaster Suite from 7pm and the dinner will be served in the Festival Hall at 7.30pm.

Special Diet

If you indicated that you have a special diet – please let the catering staff know as they will have prepared a special meal for you.

Monday 16th
If you are arriving on Monday 16th some Cetis staff will be gathering at the Spinning Mule (http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/pubs/the-spinning-mule) in the Centre of Bolton from 7pm onwards if you’d like to join us.


If you have any questions regarding the conference, please email jisccetis@gmail.com.


Each year the Cetis conference provides a unique opportunity for developers, learning technologists, lectures and policy makers to come together to discuss recent innovations in the domain of education technology. This year’s conference focuses on the digital institution and explores how technology innovation can support and develop every aspect of university and college life, for teachers and learners, researchers and developers, service directors and senior managers.

The UK higher and further education sector is going through an unprecedented period of change and flux and institutions are facing enormous challenges around funding and student retention. At the same time, new forms of technology supported teaching and learning are emerging. MOOCs are being heralded in some quarters as a new alternative to traditional campus based courses, with a unique ability to widen access and engagement. Others question their ability to revolutionise higher education, and engage disenfranchised learners; and focus instead on more diverse forms open education policy and practice.

So how are universities and colleges addressing the many challenges they face? Cetis has always believed that technology and standards have a crucial role to play in enabling institutions to become more creative, flexible and efficient, to meet the increasingly diverse demands of their learners and to enhance the student experience. Now in its tenth year, the Cetis conference will have an “unashamedly technical focus” on what it means to be truly digital in all aspects of education, from assessment to systems integration, from open education to learning analytics.

As in previous years, the conference will include parallel sessions, keynote presentations and networking opportunities. This year we are delighted to welcome Audrey Watters and Phil Richards as our keynote speakers. Audrey is a technology journalist and author of Hack Education (http://audreywatters.com/) a blog exploring how technology can support creativity in education. Phil is the Chief Innovation Officer at Jisc and will talk about how Jisc will be supporting innovation in the future.

In depth parallel sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including learning analytics, systems integration, ebooks, the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, MOOCs, open education policy and practice, and open knowledge.

In addition to providing an invaluable opportunity to network with a national / international community of technology innovators, the Cetis conference is our chance to touch base with our community, to identify new developments and issues of concern, and to take a snapshot of technology innovation across the sector.

This year the conference will be held at our host institution, the University of Bolton. Bolton is centrally located with good transport links and is easy to reach from Manchester and most parts of the country.

On these pages you’ll find the conference programme, information on the venue and accommodation.

Please contact Christina Smart or David Sherlock at jisccetis@gmail.com if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bolton.