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Teaching & Learning Reimagined

How institutions can prepare and support educators for success in the new world of teaching

Date: 12 October 2023 | Time: 12PM BST

In a world of constant change, academics in the EMEA region encounter unique challenges within higher education. The rapid evolution of teaching and learning methods, the integration of technology, personalised learning demands, and shifting student expectations have created a complex landscape that educators must navigate.

As educators are finding themselves on the front lines of this transformation, it’s essential to equip them with the necessary tools and strategies to drive academic success. This includes supporting their well-being while fostering an environment that encourages innovation and continuous development in the ever-changing landscape of higher education.

Join Osama Khan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at Aston University; Michelle Olmstead, Chief Innovation & Enterprise Officer at Trinity College Dublin; Sam Tanner, Head of Flexible & Work Integrated Learning at Nottingham Trent University and Stewart Watts, Vice President EMEA at D2L, for an insightful discussion on achieving educator excellence and how leading institutions are supporting educators to overcome the challenges of modern higher education.

Together, we’ll explore:

  • What success means for academics today and how to achieve it
  • How technology can support educators in enhancing the teaching experience and provide personalised, accessible learning
  • How data insights and time-saving tools can streamline administrative tasks, allowing educators to focus on teaching and achieve success.
  • Strategies implemented for continuous upskilling and reskilling to thrive in academia.

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About the Reimagined Series

This webinar series is inspired by and built on the trends we are encountering from learner engagement to student success and institutional effectiveness. It’s curated specifically with the educator in mind, with webinars, blogs, and stories that showcase new ways to look at the practices of teaching and learning.

This panel discussion aims to bring together some of the leading minds and innovators within the higher education community, in order to share insights and explore how universities can embrace the opportunity to reimagine the university of the future.

Join D2L for a powerful and interactive discussion on trends and modalities, data and analytics, and strategies to help you better prepare for the future of education.


  • headshot of speaker osama khan

    Educated at Independent University, Bangladesh, University of Surrey and University of Cambridge, Osama began his academic career as a lecturer (and then senior teaching fellow) at University of Surrey in 2004. He moved to Solent University in 2012, where he held a variety of roles including director of learning and teaching at Solent Learning and Teaching Institute. He was appointed the first Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching at Solent University leading on curriculum, digital services, learning space transformation.

    He was appointed as Vice-Provost, Education at University of Surrey in 2019. Subsequently his remit extended to form the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic portfolio with responsibility for education, curriculum, student services, digital transformation, and learning spaces. With a successful career in higher education for nearly 20 years, Professor Khan will be joining Aston University leading on education strategy, teaching excellence and student learning experience.

  • headshot of speaker michelle olmstead

    Michelle Olmstead is Trinity College Dublin’s Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer. Michelle has held positions at executive level in research universities including Colorado State University, Global Campus, Oxford University (Press) and Leiden University. She holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and a Master of Business Administration. Michelle is responsible for the strategic oversight of Trinity’s innovation and enterprise strategy, aligning closely with Trinity’s research and education.

  • Headshot of speaker sam tanner

    Samuel leverages technology to create new and innovative ways for people to access quality higher education. He currently runs the Flexible learning and Apprenticeship units at NTU, one of the UK’s largest universities. Samuel spent the first nine years of his career teaching music production and computing before moving to a professional services role to develop new delivery models.

  • headshot of speaker stewart watts

    A graduate of The University of Nottingham, Stewart has worked in the software industry within Education since 2011 gaining a good understanding of the intricacies of FE/HE institutions, the challenges they face and the common goals and objectives across the sector. Stewart moved to D2L in January 2016 having previously run the sales operation at Blackbaud Europe helping schools, colleges, universities and charities grow their revenue through fundraising and alumni relations technology.

    At D2L, Stewart manages the EMEA operation and has overall responsibility for the retention and growth of D2L’s customer base within both the education and enterprise sectors. Since joining D2L in early 2016, Stewart has worked closely with a large number of universities across Europe and acts as D2L’s Project Sponsor for any new implementations of Brightspace within the region.