Digital = People = Social = Learning

Digital = People = Social = Learning

“Digital” is a core aspect of our modern world, however we must not lose sight of the human-factor when we use digital tools and systems as part of our teaching and learning experiences.

In his keynote presentation, ‘Digital = People = Social = Learning’, Simon will explore three core questions set out by Paul LeBlanc in his article The Human-Technology Intersection: A Framework:

1. What human interactions are most critical for student success?

2. How can technology enable better versions of those interactions?

3. Where can technology replace people so that human resources can be redirected to accomplish more of those interactions?

These questions will be explored in relation to social interaction, framed within the context of social learning theory and the role of “digital” within this complex relationship.


The keynote session will be “flipped” in the sense that there is a small amount of pre-reading required of Paul LeBlanc’s Educause article. There is also an interactive Padlet space for some initial thoughts and comments relating to question one, which you are invited to contribute to before the conference.

Please bring a web-enabled device with you to the keynote session if you have one.


Simon Thomson

January 30, 2019