International Digital Education Symposium 2017

International Digital Education Symposium


City of Glasgow College will host its second International Education Symposium on Tuesday 3 October 2017.

With a focus this year on digital learning and the student experience, the Symposium will bring together policy makers, senior practitioners, industry leaders and eminent academics from across education and digital technology sectors. We will explore the impact of the unprecedented pace of technological change 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 launch last year – hailed a great success by delegates and guest speakers - this important Education Symposium returns 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 can expect to hear presentations on, and debate policies and practical solutions in support of, core themes including open education and using openness to improve collaboration, challenges of digital learning and teaching and maximising digital capabilities in colleges.

Key issues for debate:

  • 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 takes place on Tuesday 3 October, from 9.00am to 5.00pm, in the Lecture Theatre at City of Glasgow College's City campus on Glasgow’s Cathedral Street. It will comprise panel-led debates, presentations, and question-and-answer sessions. Live demonstrations of the college’s digital learning environment will be available throughout the day.

An evening reception will provide delegates with the opportunity to circulate and network. 

Download the day's schedule here


Panelists and speakers include leading researchers and renowned academics from across the globe:-

  • Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive, City of Glasgow College
  • Anders Flodström, Education Director European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT Digital)
  • Gillian Docherty, Chief Executive Officer The Data Lab
  • Melissa Highton, Assistant Principal and Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services University of Edinburgh
  • Polly Purvis, CEO ScotlandIS
  • Caroline Stuart, Non-Executive Director, NXD Consultant
  • Keith Smyth, Professor of Pedagogy, University of Highlands & Islands
  • Joe Wilson, Educational Consultant
  • Sheila MacNeill, Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University