Digital Learning: The IoC’s annual conference returns

February 22, 2020

A UK funded initiative, the Institute of Coding is aiming to help universities, employers and students to think differently

Digital Learning: The IoC’s annual conference returns

The Institute of Coding’s Digital Learning conference returns to London from the 24-25th February 2020 with the title ‘Thinking Differently’ and theme: ‘Lifelong Learning’.

Funded by the UK Government, the IoC aims to equip students in universities with the digital skills required to improve employability.  Through strategic partnerships with 33 universities and in excess of 100 employers, the network offers courses and runs events throughout the year.

At the end of January the IoC announced that it has reached 32,000 enrolments from universities across the country.  It offers almost 200 digital learning courses which can be completed as part of a full time or part time study program.  Noteworthy courses include a partnership between Newcastle University and the NHS, as well as a Cryptography unit developed in conjunction with Coventry University.

The full course catalogue can be accessed here:

“Since its launch over two years ago, the Institute of Coding has made a significant response to the UK’s digital skills shortage, providing new access to digital skills courses for tens of thousands of people,” Dr Rachid Hourizi, Director of the Institute of Coding

The conference will commence with a keynote speech by Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon, MBE.  In the afternoon there will be a variety of breakout sessions including a talk titled ‘Future.Now’ by Liz Williams MBE, CEO, and ‘Transitions in the age of automation’, presented by Will Fairbairn, McKinsey.

Various panel sessions will take place in the afternoon including the following sessions:

  • Diverse approaches to teaching coding to non-computer science audiences
  • Diversity and inclusion for 2020 – examples of digital solutions in practice
  • International perspectives on diversity and inclusion in the IT sector
  • Getting women into AI, data science and future tech specialist roles

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