Creative Campus Collaboration Executive Roundtable a conversation with Education Leaders about Empowering Digital Literacy for students and faculty

This is a special invitation to participate in a roundtable discussion about the role Digital Literacy is playing higher education globally.

May 16, 2018

Hosted by Adobe at the Adobe Executive Briefing Centre in London


Join other education leaders in a roundtable discussion about digital skills required for student success; skills needed when they are graduating into a rapidly changing digital workplace. The schools and speakers represent a group of North American institutions driving this transformation on their campuses.

WHAT IS THE Creative Campus Collaboration?

The Creative Campus Collaboration started mid-2015 with a partnering of schools who had the strategic vision to provide access to Adobe's Creative Cloud to all of their students on campus. These schools had the desire to foster creativity in learning using digital tools as a core skill set. They saw the need to improve student outcomes and stimulate critical thinking in learning for non-creatives, regardless of areas of study and degree path, providing students a personalized "digital makerspace" to create content instead of consuming it. These collaboration events bring together multiple stakeholders on campus who represent the academic and administrative leaders. They share best practices with the goal of bringing Digital Literacy to all students; focusing on learning experiences and student outcomes.

Active Participants in the Creative Campus Collaboration in 2018

Learn from the LEADERS

As part of our roundtable discussion, our speakers will share best practice on how they are transforming their institutions to provide the digital literacy skills which students will need to succeed in the workplace.

You’ll hear first-hand how these leaders from three US institutions successfully introduced initiatives designed to incorporate digital literacy at three levels: across the whole student body; at the faculty level; and as a conduit for curriculum development.

While the UK and US education systems are very different, recent changes in the UK have brought them closer together, with students beginning to ask more questions about how institutions invest their funds.

As these US institutions know, skills like digital literacy will not only help students get ahead when they enter the working world, they give universities a competitive edge too.



Redefning arts and humanities education

In order to encourage its students to scrutinize the role of technology in the modern world, and help them become critical consumers and confident creators of digital knowledge, UNC Chapel Hill planned to introduce digital literacy skills to all of its students.

Recognizing digital literacy as another way of receiving and sharing information, UNC Chapel Hill decided to use it to teach and assess General Education, a subject which all students take. Where before Chapel Hill students completed written assignments, now they are building websites, creating eBooks, videos, magazines and more.

Chris Keilt - Vice Chancellor for IT, CIO

Chris has more than 25 year’s experience in higher education, including over two decades at Yale University. He’s worked in a variety of academic, information technology and business roles spanning health care services, administrative applications, student systems, finance and facilities operations.

Todd Taylor - Associate Chair, Director of the Writing Program

Todd’s research and teaching focuses on how notions of literacy are changing in response to emerging communications technologies such as the Internet. He co-authored the rst peer- reviewed scholarly lm in composition studies, Remembering Composition in 2007 and in 2009, Bedford/St. Martin’s published Take 20, a lm for writing teachers by writing teachers.

Digital Literacy going big for 98,783 Students across 24 campuses

Digital literacy on an massive scale

In the top 1% of universities worldwide (and entirely publically funded), Penn State is committed to equipping all of its students with the digital skills they’ll need in the future. Which is no mean feat when you’re 2.5 times larger than the largest UK university and you have 24 different campuses.

More than simply teaching its students how to use technology, Penn State wants to help them become fluent digital creators. Learn how Penn State achieved this feat, introducing innovation in the classroom and enhancing curriculums across all courses.

Michael Kubit - VP for IT, CIO

Michael has 25 years’ experience in IT services and organisational management and leads Penn State’s IT operations. He’s well versed in technology infrastructure and informational systems and has keen insight into the rapidly changing environment of IT architectures and the information technology demands of higher education.

Marie Hardin - Dean of Don P Bellasario College of Communications

Marie Hardin is professor of journalism and dean in the College of Communications at Penn State. She has been in the College since 2003, where she served as associate dean for ve years before becoming dean. Marie has taught courses focusing on the intersection of sports, media and society at the undergraduate and graduate level

Third Space Thinking

When the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism sat down with 75 senior executives and asked which key skills were missing in their workforces, they were surprised by the answer.

It wasn’t traditional business skills that were missing. The executives weren’t worried about much-emphasized STEM subjects like engineering. No, they felt the need for skills that were altogether more nebulous, so called ‘soft skills’.

USC Annenberg identified five traits which it called ‘Third Space Thinking’ and set out to incorporate them into every single student’s education. Courtney Miller will reveal how USC Annenberg redesigned the curriculum to include these digital skills for all students.

Courtney Miller - Director, Digital Learning Initiatives

Courtney Miller’s work sits at the intersection of media, technology and education. With 20 years’ experience, she’s a leading expert on education technology. Since 2011, she has been driving a digital literacy initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, which has included the creation of a cu ing-edge digital makerspace and an innovative approach to curriculum design.


Event Details

10:00 - Arrive at Adobe Office in London

10:30 - Welcome from Adobe

10:45 - 16:00 - Roundtable discussion (with break for lunch)

  • How Penn State University has gone big with Digital Literacy for all students.
  • How the University of North Carolina is redefining humanities education for the 21st century.
  • Why the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism introduced Third Space Thinking.
  • How your institution is approaching Digital Literacy. This Open Discussion is your chance to share your own plans, ideas or challenges.

16:00 - 17:30 - Free time to network with your peers or catch up on email before the dinner.

18:00 - Wrap up dinner at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen


Planning Details

  • Location London - Plan to arrive at the Adobe London office by 10am on May 16th. The Adobe London office is around 1 hour transit time from London Heathrow and 20 minutes transit time from London City Airport.
  • Event Hotel - If you are traveling from outside the UK and need to arrive the night before due to flight times, please inform us so we can suggest a hotel near the Adobe office.
  • Event Details - Event details are on the registration page and will be sent to you in your confirmation email once registered.


There are only 20 spots available for this event!

Please do not forward this to others. If you think someone else in your institution might be interested in attending please email the Adobe representative who invited you.

If you have questions please send an email to Sam Robins - sarobins@adobe.com


Created with images by Benjamin Davies - "Winding through London"

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