Staff profile

John Hill

Head of Digital Learning

Portrait of John Hill


Learning and Teaching


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the University’s Head of Digital Learning. This means I work across the University in partnership with staff and students to embed and support the development of digital learning.

I lead and develop University-wide strategies and policies that ensure students have the highest quality digital-learning experience while studying with us.

Currently, I am leading the implementation of an ambitious new institutional Technology-Enhanced Learning Strategy (2017-2021) to deliver excellence across four key areas: Digital Practice, Digital Capability, Digital Infrastructure, and a Data and Research-informed approach.  

Teaching responsibilities

I have experience of teaching on the subject of digital learning, including 'effective online learning' and 'learning in a digital age'.

Research interests

I am interested in all aspects of pedagogy especially around the topics of learning technology, digital learning, blended learning and educational policy.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

My recent conference presentations have included a keynote on preparing staff and students to be digitally ready.

I have recently presented at a number of Jisc events and co-presented with Jisc colleagues on the theme of digital capbility development.

International experience

I have experience of working with International Collaborative partners to establish digital learning provision.

Recent publications

Smith, K. and Hill, J. (2018). Defining the nature of blended learning through its depiction in current research. Higher Education Research & Development, pp.1-15.