Keele Digital Festival 2019

This one day event brought together over 100 delegates from across the sector to discuss the use of Microsoft Teams to support learning and teaching practices in universities, and the ways in which students want to communicate, collaborate and learn in a modern university.


The theme of the 2019 Keele Digital Festival was: 'Working with Jisc to explore Microsoft Teams in Learning and Teaching: Challenges and Opportunities'

The event was coordinated by Jisc, Keele University's Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, and Keele Information and Digital Services, and featured presentations, workshops and demonstrations, with speakers from a variety of institutions, including:

  • Dr Rafe Hallett, Keele University
  • Lawrie Phipps, Jisc
  • Professor Helen O'Sullivan, Keele University
  • Santanu Vasant, University of East London
  • Dr Stephen Bateman, Staffordshire University
  • Dr Emma Thirkell, UCLAN
  • Victoria Foley, Alex Goffe & Karl Gimblett, Keele University
  • Jessica Louise Macbeth & Jane Fitzgerald, UCLAN
  • Nicky Bowen & John Billington, Hugh Baird College
  • Phil Richards, Jisc

Alongside the presentations, there were three activity sessions, encouraging delegates to explore the themes of the day.

All of the presentations from the day were filmed, and are available to view below. 


An analysis of Microsoft Teams at scale: experiences so far Santanu Vasant - University of East London

Afternoon presentations

TimeEvent - All activities in Keele Hall, Ballroom
09:00 - 09:30   Registration / Coffee & Pastries
09:30 - 09:50 Day introduction by Lawrie Phipps (Jisc) & Dr Rafe Hallett (KIITE)
09:50 - 10:10 Prof Helen O'Sullivan: Pro Vice Chancellor for Education - Keele University
10:10 - 10:40 Keynote: An analysis of Microsoft Teams at scale: experiences so far
Santanu Vasant - University of East London
10:40 - 11:20

Linked Activities
During the event we will be running a series of three linked activities to help elicit the collective experience and knowledge in the room. This will be used to help build a bigger picture and be included in a report of the event.
Activity 1 - Impact and Change 

Coffee & Biscuits

11:20 - 11:50 Using Teams to Deliver Teaching and Learning: An Academic's Perspective
Dr Stephen Bateman - Staffordshire University
11:50 - 12:30 Activity 2 - Supporting Staff
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 13:30 Case Study: Using OneNote Classroom to Create an Escape Room Assessment Activity
Dr Emma Thirkell - UCLan
13:30 - 13:45 Case Study: Using Teams to Deliver a Postgraduate Medical Education Course
Karl Gimblett, Tom Lovelock & Vikki Foley - Keele University
13:45 - 14:00 Case Study: Preparing Modules for Teams Delivery
Dr Jessica Louise Macbeth & Jane Fitzgerald -UCLan
14:00 - 14:45

Activity 3 - The First Three Projects

Coffee & Biscuits

14:45 - 15:15 An Institutional Migration to Microsoft Teams
Nicky Bowen & John Billington - Hugh Baird College
15:15 - 15:45 A sector perspective on the shift to digital ecosystems
Dr Phil Richards - Jisc
15:45 - 16:15 Plenary
16:15 - 16:30 Closing words