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Digital 2010 sponsors pre-conference workshop focused on SMEs & the digital divide at ALT-C



  • Yorkshire & Humber’s Digital 2010 sponsors pre-conference workshop focused on small businesses & the digital divide
  • Yorkshire Forward’s Executive Director, Thea Stein, welcomes delegates to  conference dinner

Yorkshire and Humberside’s Digital 2010 partnership for improving digital skills is one of the major sponsors of ALT-C 2008, the UK Association for Learning Technology’s annual international conference. This year’s conference will be held at the University of Leeds, Yorkshire from 9-11 September.


Digital 2010 is sponsoring a pre-conference workshop on 8 September and the conference dinner on 10 September at the 15th annual conference, ALT-C.  This year’s conference theme is Rethinking the Digital Divide.  


The pre-conference workshop, sponsored by Digital 2010, centres on Two Nations – the Small Business & the Digital Divide.  This two hour workshop will examine the significance of the ‘digital divide’ theme for small businesses in terms of their business activities and the associated management and employee skills. Delegates from the business, skills and educational communities will share their thoughts, facilitated by Gilly Salmon, Professor of e-Learning & Learning Technology at the University of Leicester.


The discussions will be supported by detailed results from regional research into business use of ICT. Issues the workshop, and the conference, will be seeking to address include whether small businesses have access to technology and connectivity, whether they are aware of the potential of e-learning to meet their training needs, and whether staff at different levels in the business get access to e-learning resources.


Thea Stein of Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward, will give a welcome speech at the start of the conference dinner on 10 September. Thea’s role as Executive Director of Economic Inclusion focuses on connecting people to the opportunities available within the region and closing the gap between those doing well in the economy and those not doing so well. 

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