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Keynote speaker – DigiFest Conference - Chelmsford

Dr Richard Windle, keynote speaker at DigiFest 2019 in Chelmsford

Dr Richard Windle

We were delighted to welcome Dr Richard Windle of the University of Nottingham as our keynote speakerat the conference day in Chelmsford.

He spoke on ‘Students at the HELM. Learners as co-producers’.

A recording of his presentation and his slides will be available shortly.


Contemporary approaches to higher education require a rethinking of the boundaries between teachers, learners and other stakeholder groups. Digital approaches to learning and teaching have the potential to be transformative in this respect by opening up new ways of working, collaborating and sharing. This is both an exciting opportunity, but can also challenge both culturally and technically.

The Health E-learning and Media (HELM) team at the University of Nottingham has been developing and releasing open multimedia content for nearly 20 years. The approaches we have developed are aimed at making both the end products, but also, crucially, the development process accessible to all. Consequently many of our resources are co-produced by learners, health practitioners and patients.  The result are resources that are highly aligned to learners’ needs.

Here, we will explore the process, the resulting resources and their impact. We will also discuss the lessons learnt for learner-empowerment.


Richard Windle is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and a National Teaching Fellow. He is Faculty Digital Learning Director and a Principal Fellow of Advance HE. Richard leads initiatives that support colleagues, learners and external stakeholders to develop multimedia health-related learning content. This is embedded into programmes locally where it has a measured impact on learning, and released openly where it is has been accessed by millions of users in over 50 countries worldwide.

Richard’s research focuses on the development, impact and reuse of community of practice developed learning content.

DigiFest Conference - Chelmsford