International Digital Education Symposium 2017

International Digital Education Symposium


Described as a "triumph" by key speaker, Caroline Stuart, Non-Executive Director, NXD Consultant, City of Glasgow College's second International Education Symposium focused this year on digital learning and the student experience.

The Symposium brought together policymakers, senior practitioners, industry leaders and eminent academics from across education and digital technology sectors. Discussions took place around the impact the unprecedented pace of technological change is having on learning and the future employability of our students.


The contribution of college education has long been undervalued and not fully understood; viewed more often as a stepping stone to university rather than as an equally valuable and empowering destination.  Following its successful launch last year this important Education Symposium returned to continue challenging the status quo and to articulate the critical role of colleges in the economic success of our country and its digital future. Read about our inaugural Education and Maritime Symposia 2016 here.

Focus on Digital Learning

Delegates heard and debated presentations which covered issues such as open education and using openness to improve collaboration, challenges of digital learning and teaching and maximising digital capabilities in colleges.

Key issues for debate included:

  • Are we addressing the skills needs of industry?
  • Digital transformation - how to do we keep pace?
  • How do we deliver the most valuable student experience?
  • What does a future-facing curriculum look like?

Event Outline

The Symposium took place on Tuesday 3 October in the Lecture Theatre at City of Glasgow College's City campus on Glasgow’s Cathedral Street and was accompanied by an exciting digital programme that ran throughout the afternoon. From games to robots and virtual reality to 3D printing, students and staff got to see how digital technology is changing the student learning experience and transforming creative, media and STEM skills education in unexpected environments such as welding, jewellery making and working at heights.


Panelists and speakers included leading researchers and renowned academics from across the globe (please click on speakers name to access their presentation):-