The Future of Teaching and Learning

Monday 26 January 2015, 5.15pm - 7.30pm

The Royal Yacht Hotel - Celestial Hall North, The Weighbridge, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3NF


Professor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, FHEA, MACM


Teaching models have barely changed for centuries however technology is starting to revolutionise education in the same way as the rest of our lives. This talk will discuss the impact of technology on education, the changing expectations and needs of both students and lifelong learners, and the factors that support successful learning and teaching in an online world. Finally it will look at the role of BCS as a champion for change.

Speaker bio:

Professor Liz BaconProfessor Liz Bacon BSc, PhD, CEng, CSci, CITP, FBCS, FHEA, MACM is President of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and a Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich in London, with a University wide remit leading the development of technology enhanced learning. She is a past Chair of the BCS Academy of Computing, and the CPHC (Council of Professors and Heads of Computing) national committee. Liz is a Professor of Software Engineering with over a hundred publications and a Co-Director of the eCentre research group. She is an experienced journal and conference reviewer, editorial board member, and PhD supervisor, and has been involved in several EU research projects, including being Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator for two EU FP7 projects in the past four years.

She is an experienced systems designer and developer and has applied her research in technology enhanced learning, software engineering, artificial intelligence and cyber terrorism to a range of application areas such as crisis management and health. Within technology enhanced learning her research has focussed on the following areas: smart games-based learning environments; metacognition and learning strategies; and adaptable, adaptive and personalised systems.

Liz has been involved in many professional activities during her career which include working with e-skills UK, the Science Council, Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM), EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education), the National HE STEM programme, EKKA (Estonian Quality Assurance Agency), and the University of Cambridge as an ICT Thought Leader for their International Examinations. She also researches, publishes, and is a regular international speaker, on the supply and demand of e-skills to the IT industry. Liz is passionate about the development of the discipline and keen to inspire more people to choose computing as a career, particularly women.