Keynoting for Wikipedia

Call me Dave.

I’ve worked in various roles where digital, learning and culture meet – including:

  • Leading on Digital Learning at an institutional level
  • Leading numerous studies around the impact of the Web on learning and higher education
  • Developing university-level online courses
  • Making proof-of-concept pilots for delivering media online at the BBC
  • Teaching on various undergraduate and postgraduate courses

I’m currently Head of Digital Learning at the University of the Arts London having stared at the University of the West of England then a stint at Oxford. So, I’ve got a good understanding of a range of institutions and was recently awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

My best-known/most-used idea is a way of understanding individuals motivations to engage online: “Visitors and Residents”. This idea inspired the V&R mapping process which is used around the world by teachers, researchers and staff developers to reflect on, and explore, digital engagement.

Heated debate with Marc Prensky

I enjoy public speaking and often get asked to give keynotes and talks f2f and online. On occasion I’ve contributed to broadcast media and have been heard on Radio 4, the World Service and ABC Australia. I’m at home blogging, tweeting or creating videos – working in an open manner developing thinking and discourse in online spaces. For me the digital is much more than a set of tools or a chaotic library, it’s a place where we can learn and live.

You can contact me via @daveowhite, or

Reviewing responses to an activity at the UAL ‘Critical Creative Digital’ Platform event.

Why ‘daveowhite’? – David White is a spectacularly common name which means its always been taken as a profile in any platform by the time I try to sign-up. Daveowhite is my solution for this. The ‘o’ was inspired by the main character in North by Northwest and was Hitchcock taking a swipe at his producer David O. Selznik.

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