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About Digital Learning

Digital Learning and Assessment Group (DLA)

The Digital Learning and Assessment Group (DLA) was established to support the Academic Strategy 2020/21,

The group consists of representatives from Faculties and Departments to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of blended resources to enable flexible teaching and learning across King’s.

Here you will find out what resources we’re currently working on, what’s coming next and who to contact for all your local faculty online teaching needs and support.

The following guidance and tools are designed to direct you to college-wide learning resources, updates,  tools, contacts, links, and guidance specifically designed to help you create and navigate successful online learning.

All of these resources are also available via the Flexible Teaching and Learning KEATS site. 

Student Virtual Desktop: Available now

  • Students can now access many applications online using the Student Virtual Desktop.

  • Teaching staff can also access the Virtual Desktop but their primary method of accessing Kings applications and daily work should still be via their Standard Operating Environment (SOE) device e.g. a Kings issued laptop. 

  • user guide is available [internal only].

  • Check the list of applications that can be accessed through Virtual Desktop.



Contact us

If you have any specific DLA questions, please email us at the address below.


Up next

  • Guidance on upcoming improvements to MS Teams Meetings, including breakout groups, increased capacity of up to 1,000 attendees and new reactions feature.
  • Capturing lessons learnt and piloting new forms on innovative e-assessment and feedback.
  • Further support guidance on digital tools for assisting professional staff.
  • Using KEATS and analytics to improve interaction and engagement for teaching and learning.
  • Improving KEATS course pages through an upgrade to Moodle. This is part of several ongoing improvements to transform KEATS into a high-quality teaching and learning environment which is simple to learn and use.
  • Ensuring that our fully flexible teaching and learning content is accessible, inclusive and engaging via supporting tools, including Blackboard Ally, PowerPoint and KEATS templates.



Focus on

A part of Kings commitment to inclusive education, Blackboard Ally, an accessibility tool available via KEATS, is being implemented in Summer 2020 and available for staff and students prior to the start of the 20/21 Academic Year.

Blackboard Ally will add value to KEATS once enabled and assist staff with understanding accessibility considerations and facilitate the creation of more accessible content available from KEATS. Blackboard Ally does not fix content, but highlights issues and provides support as to how to improve accessibility. This will allow for greater awareness of accessibility considerations and will allow colleagues to implement the practice they learn on documentation/content which resides outside of KEATS.

Read more about why and how to use Blackboard Ally (PDF, 247 KB)

Faculty Specific Guidance and find out more about the DLA

To do list HR page Principal’s pages Social media dashboard - meeting with AC and LO next Tuesday Pulsar meeting with Doro About pages - changes coming later today D&I pages Accessibility - has meeting with Anne Athena Swan - gender equality About us - Professional Services / Central Departments audit Sharepoint Stats reporting - scope Worktribe - status update page and alert on Worktribe homepage Russell Group - who has dedicated digital team/resource What is their quality score?

Faculty contacts

Faculty Specific Guidance for your local online teaching needs and support.

Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

Dickson Poon School of Law

Life Sciences and Medicine

Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

King's Business School

Arts and Humanities

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

King’s Foundations

The Digital Learning and Assessment Group are made up of various teams helping to support the delivery of the academic strategy for 20/21.

James Toner leads Digital Education at King’s College London and is co-lead/convenor of the Digital Learning and Assessment Group. James' role includes heading the Education Solutions and the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) team that has a cross-college focus on innovative, sustainable and scalable technology to support the student and staff teaching and learning experience.

Dr Kyle Dyer is the Academic Lead for Digital Education for King’s College London and co-Chairs the Digital Learning and Assessment Group with James. He is responsible for providing key academic input into the Digital Education Vision for King’s and into strategic planning for King's Online, KPED and CTEL, while supporting faculties in developing and adopting successful and consistent approaches to digital education. Kyle's role involves leading for innovation and adoption of digital education and ensuring that commitments to digital education are realised and implemented in line with the Education Strategy.

Jonathan Thompson is the Programme Manager for the Digital Learning and Assessment Group which includes overseeing the delivery of the task and finish groups and liaising with faculties about plans and preparations for Digital Learning for the 20/21 academic year.

Steph Hann is a Strategic Project Manager who works across the Strategy, Planning & Analytics (SPA). She provides project management for the Digital Learning & Assessment Group, as well as supporting on comms.

We have five task and finish groups that are focused on the following areas:

  • Staff Development and Support (Led by Lauren Cracknell and Sue Harrison)
  • Student Digital capabilities (Led by Nabila Raji and Dr Ellie Dommett)
  • Systems, design and Infrastructure (Led by Dr Vincent Giampetro and Philip Blake)
  • Digital Assessment (Led by Kathryn Connor and Dr Kyle Dyer)
  • KEATS reporting and data (Led by Philip Blake and Dr Anatoliy Markiv)

If you have any specific DLA questions, please email us at