The Digital Learning Network is open to anyone to join who has an interest in how digital technology can support creative and inspiring educational experiences.
There are many people whose job involves some kind of educational/digital role, but who don’t have a network and depend on colleagues and informal relationships to share information about new developments. DLNET aims to help join these people up and share information that can help – be that ideas, project updates, case studies and reviews. Members range in experience from the beginner to the skilled practitioner, and ideas and best practice are shared via:
- our website
- face-to-face events such as ThinkDrinks and conferences
- DLNET Mailing List
- Twitter, including our monthly #DLNETChat
The idea of the Digital Learning Network, or DLNET for short, is to go back to basics and get people talking about technology and learning in museums, archives and libraries. Originally formed as the Elearning Group in 2002 the Digital Learning Network has 10 years of experience of supporting people in museums, libraries and archives in their work using digital technology in learning.
The DLNET Committee Members
- Helen Adams
- Stuart Berry
- David Cree
- Frances Jeens
- Sean Macmillan
- Lisa Peter
- Sian Shaw
Sian Shaw, DLNET Chair
Sian is the Digital Learning Manager at Westminster Abbey. In this role, she has developed a digital learning programme from scratch for the 1,000-year-old church, which is designed to help students, teachers and families engage with the Abbey, regardless of their location. Sian is a University of Leicester Museum Studies MA alum, volunteers as a GEM mentor, and has previously worked on web content for the British Library’s Learning team as well as various roles at Tes (Times Educational Supplement) Resources. Sian is interested in the use of digital as a learning and engagement tool for audiences, as well as the development of digital confidence for all heritage professionals.
Stuart D. Berry, Committee Member (#DLNETChat)
Stuart works for community development charity, PLANED, based in Pembrokeshire in South West Wales. His role combines working with grass-roots community-run cultural activity, with Local Authority, National Park and National Museum provision in the area.
Stuart’s career in museums and heritage started in 1999, working for museum services in Sheffield and Gloucester before spending nine years working for the National Coal Mining Museum for England, in Wakefield. Stuart has spent time as a freelance museums consultant and also worked as an English Teacher in Taiwan.
He is interested in looking at ways that digital technology can enhance the ways that audiences can engage with cultural content, whether on-site, in a venue, in the landscape or from the comfort of home.
Find Stuart on Twitter: @stuartdberry
Lisa Peter, Committee Member
Lisa Peter works in the Learning Department at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, with a special focus on international audiences and projects. She delivers workshops to school groups, university students and adult learners at the Shakespeare Centre, and she manages language learner programmes and teacher training sessions. As a tech-curious educator, Lisa is also heavily involved in the digital outreach programmes at the Trust, having co-created MOOCs, online teacher training courses, and produced live broadcasts, and she is currently overseeing the transition of all programmes to a digital-first delivery model. Lisa is also co-director of Midland Creative Projects, a project management consultancy in the arts and cultural sector.
You can get in touch with Lisa on twitter (@EleanorPe).
David Cree, Committee Member
Learning Enabler, National Museums Scotland
David works for National Museums Scotland, in Edinburgh as a Learning Enabler. His role includes on gallery learning with families and adults, as well as progamming and delivering schools workshops and community engagement programmes. He has worked for various museums across Edinburgh and the Lothians since 2013, in front of house and education roles before his post at NMS.
David studied Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at Edinburgh which meant spending a lot of time learning in museums which kicked off a passion for museum education. David has been involved in digital learning projects since starting at NMS and is particularly interested in using technology to increase accessibility and engagement in learning across audiences.
When not working, David can usually be found hunched over a desk painting orcs or getting drookit out cycling.
Sean Macmillan, Committee Member
Sean Macmillan is an Archivist currently based at the University of London. His previous roles include the University of Oxford, Liverpool Hope University, public libraries, and private estate working on a valuable personal archive. These roles gave him fantastic training and the opportunity to learn from some wonderful professionals. In his own time Sean is developing an interactive resource for managing his knowledge of digital preservation (see: https://www.dpconline.org/blog/sean-macmillan-dapp-blog). He also manage an education YouTube channel for information professionals, including a video about emerging technologies.
Helen Adams, Committee Member
Digital Engagement Lead, GLAM, University of Oxford
Helen’s role as Digital Engagement Lead spans the six Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) at the University of Oxford, helping to lead projects, embed data-led practice and achieve consistently high-quality outputs and services generated through digitised collections and content. She has extensive experience of leading gallery improvements, interpretation, digital and community engagement projects, as well as audience research and evaluation at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Martin School, Barnet Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She is also a Trustee of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust – a digital-first organisation. Helen is interested in digital as a means for storytelling and inclusion, and for sharing knowledge within the sector.
Find Helen on Twittee: @HelAdams