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Free University Centre Shrewsbury event delves into digital era

An event at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) led by an academic with wide-ranging commercial experience at global financial and business institutions will delve into the world of digital technologies.

Daniel Clark will present the free talk on ‘Being Digital: What Are Digital Literacy and Identity?’ at Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base, from 7pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 19th October 2016.

Daniel said: “It is stating the obvious to say that we operate in a world that increasingly uses digital technologies. But how do people actually use digital tools? What does it mean to be ‘digitally literate’? Does it make a difference when you were born? And do digital tools mean rethinking our identity itself?

“Using a metaphor from the Matrix, with gratitude to Tara Brabazon, from whom I got the idea, I want to encourage people to ‘take the red pill’ and be thoughtful about their use of technology, instead of simply taking what they are given.”

The talk will draw on the latest research in the field, and be of particular interest to those looking to ensure they understand the digital skills they need to succeed in their careers, and also to parents and educators involved in preparing the next generation for the digital era.

Daniel’s career spans a variety of roles in finance, HR and general management, as well as professional and higher education, including positions at Goldman Sachs as a Vice President, and at EY (Ernst & Young), Barclays, UCS and BPP Professional Education.

In recent years, he has focused on supporting the use of technology in education and its implications. He is a Trustee of the Association for Learning Technology, the largest UK organisation in this field, and is a long-time blogger on this topic at learningshrew.wordpress.com.

To book places, email [email protected] or call 01743 297185.

Alternatively, people can visit the information point at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay (SY3 8HQ) which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am to 4pm on Fridays.

The talk is part of a series of events at UCS covering a selection of subjects. Many of the events are free, they are open to everyone and the programme is growing all the time. For further details on UCS events go to the UCS website.

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