DLNET Conference 14 October 2021

September 14, 2021 2:30 pm

Session summaries and recordings available now


The recordings and session summaries of the individual presentations are now available for catch up.


Digital Learning – Common Barriers, Creative Solutions


DLNET’s conference seeks to bring together learning and engagement practitioners, reflecting on how cultural heritage organisations have overcome challenges to creating digital learning content and education sessions during the pandemic. Such challenges include upskilling staff in new tech and platforms, how to create activities and content on a shoestring or while homeworking, reaching out to families and schools, and utilising new networks to create greater online reach.

The day will consist of short case study presentations and demonstrations, followed by opportunities for questions and networking.

Speakers include colleagues from John Muir’s Birthplace, the National Videogame Museum, Ashmolean Museum, The Heritage Alliance, University of the Philippines and The Fifth Sector.

The event will be delivered through Zoom and is FREE to attend.



9.30-10.30 - Welcome and Keynote “Common Barriers, Creative Solutions” - Sian Shaw, Co-Chair of DLNET   10.00-11.00 - Reaching online audiences  Finding Your Place: Programme and Platform Considerations for Different Audience - Jonathan Isip, UP School of Library and Information Studies, @archivistnathan Marketing the DASH survey - Sara Sartorius, The Fifth Sector, @sartoriusdigit  11.00-11.15 - Break   11.15-12.15 - Creating digital on a shoestring Making the most of what you have: Ashmolean Home Learning - Helen Ward, Ashmolean Museum, @helen_ward Engaging Families through Videogames: Game Making with Free Tools & Resources - Leah Dungay, National Videogame Museum, @leahdungay  12.15-13.00 - Lunch  13.00-14.00 - Developing expertise and confidence When the going gets tough, the tough get….filming? Engagement in the time of Covid. - Tracy Robertson, East Lothian Council Museum Services, @JM_Birthplace Live Learning Sessions from Your Kitchen Table  - Jo Rice, Ashmolean Museum, @JoRice1  14.00-14.15 - Break  14.15-15.00 - Exploring digital skills  Digital Skills for Heritage, Answering the Sectors Digital Questions: Finding, Sharing and Creating Digital Content - Sarah Shaw, The Heritage Alliance, @museumtales  15.00-16.00 - Networking

Jonathan Isip is an assistant professor at the UP School of Library and Information Studies (UPSLIS), and holds additional administrative positions as Information Officer and Graduate Program Coordinator. They work in partnership with the System Administrator to facilitate technology adoption and they advise on data privacy matters in the School, alongside managing its social media accounts, emails, and website. They teach courses in archival theory, records management, information governance, and foundations of information studies. Nathan is a records management and data privacy consultant as well as one of the creators of the archives podcast and video series For The Record. Sara Sartorius is a consultant for The Fifth Sector, she specialises in heritage, cultural, travel and tourism marketing, with over 20 years’ experience in marketing strategy, planning and delivery. She combines high level analytical, ​communication and organisational skills to create a multi-channel mix of communications that generates high returns on investment. Helen Ward is Deputy Head of Learning at the Ashmolean Museum and has managed a variety of learning, interpretation and audience development projects at the Ashmolean Museum over the last 14 years and has a particular interest in digital. A qualified history teacher, she started her career teaching in secondary schools. She also worked in a strategic role at the Museum, Libraries & Archives Council supporting museums and record offices in the East Midlands to develop their learning provision, where she led on the development of 2 websites for teachers. Leah Dungay is the Learning Officer at the National Videogame Museum, in Sheffield. She is an experienced museum educator and outreach professional specialising in STEAM and History. During the pandemic, she ran the NVM at Home Workshops and Pixelheads Virtual Summer Club for families and young people at home. These won the 'Best Website Activity' from Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museums Award 2020 and the 'Community Visionary' Award from MCV Develop. Tracy Robertson is Visitor Services Officer for East Lothian Council Museum Service. She has been welcoming visitors to attractions for more than 25 years, with experience ranging from the British Museum to the Henry Moore Foundation. She first became involved in digital marketing while developing www.visitcolchester.com in the early 2000s and is now responsible for social media across Dunbar Museums and for managing www.jmbt.org.uk, a hub for visitor information and learning resources for John Muir’s Birthplace. During pandemic lockdowns when physical spaces were unavailable, our digital resources had to step up. Developing these has been both educational and rewarding. Jo Rice is Head of Learning at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Interested in so many things at the moment: imaginative and creative learning, playfulness in museums, museums as social spaces, museums and well-being, social and cultural prescribing, reinterpreting collections, co production... and much more! Jo is also a trustee for a small multi-academy trust in rural South Warwickshire. Before coming to Oxford Jo worked for Warwickshire County Council as Community Learning Officer and then Head of Heritage Education. Jo also worked as a primary school teacher in Leeds. With over 15 years of experience in the sector, Sarah Shaw has worked with a fantastic range of museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites. In recent years, Sarah has moved to specialise in producing dynamic resources and opportunities for heritage organisations across the UK. From designing award winning family friendly UNESCO experiences, to researching the digital divide in the sector - Sarah has a wide knowledge of the issues at the heart of heritage.

 Download the programme and the speaker bios as a PDF file: Common Barriers, Creative Solutions