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
Digital Heritage Consultant, Martin Bazley & Associates
Martin is Director of Martin Bazley & Associates.Following 7 years’ experience in teaching and a year in publishing, Martin worked for 7 years at the Science Museum, London as Digital Projects Manager in the Learning Unit and for 3 years as E-Learning Officer for SEMLAC (later MLA South East). His specialisms include design, development and evaluation of online learning resources and offline learning opportunities based on digital technology, as well as staff training and consultancy on websites and trends in digital technology within the cultural sector.
Digital Learning Officer, Leeds Museums and Galleries
Izzy started at Leeds Museums and Galleries in 2017 and manages the MyLearning.org website, which hosts free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations. She also works on digital interpretation and learning across the service’s nine sites. Prior to this, Izzy worked in the commercial sector, for companies specialising in heritage interpretation design and digital media. Her teaching career started on an 80-year-old converted rice barge on the river in Bangkok and has included working in multi-cultural Hill Tribes and the deserts of Sudan, as well as (cold) classrooms in England. Izzy is particularly interested in interactive digital media, the application of AR to heritage education and the intersection between physical and digital.
Cultural Coordinator, PLANED, Pembrokeshire
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
Digital Learning Manager, Westminster Abbey
Sian ShawSian is the Digital Learning Manager at Westminster Abbey, a new post designed to implement a digital learning strategy, particularly for school audiences who are unable to visit the Abbey, as well as creating pre- and post-visit materials for schools who come on guided tours. She is a University of Leicester Museum Studies MA alum, 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 literacy and digital confidence for all heritage professionals.
Museum Development Officer Digital & Communications, Museum of London
Alec works for the London Museum Development team, based at the Museum of London. As the Museum Development Officer for Digital and Communications, he leads on the ‘Digital Futures’ programme and provides support for London’s non-national museums in all areas of digital tech and practice. Within the Digital Futures programme, he delivers a number of different training sessions for London’s museums, from creating digital 3D models to developing a social media strategy. Alec is passionate about inspiring people about the potential of digital, particularly for engaging audiences, both on and offline.
Digital Outreach Manager, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Wilson Yau, RIBA, LondonWilson has been at the RIBA since 2009 and he has a background in architecture and teaching. Previously, he has been a secondary school teacher of art and design. He holds a BA in Architecture, a PGCE and a MA in art and design in education. At the RIBA he is part of the Learning team, where he leads on digital learning and community outreach and assists in the RIBA’s National Schools Programme and informal learning activities. Architecture is both a passion and inspiration for the digital and outreach work Wilson does with audiences of all ages, for his research and artwork.