Director, Centre for Innovation in Education
University of Liverpool
About this conversation:
I passionately believe that digital tools and services offer fantastic opportunities for learning and teaching. However, in many Universities there is still often a segregation of TEL / E-Learning into separate units or departments and in some cases these are detached from academic or curriculum development services. Alongside this we have, as a sector, segregated the roles in these areas (as an example see my blog post on Learning Technologists https://blog.digis.im/ed-tech/do-we-still-need-learning-technologists/ ).
My research is exploring the effectiveness and impact of the TPACK framework (Mishra & Koehler, 2006) as an academic development and curriculum development framework where we see “digital” as an integrated component of academic development and curriculum design (not a separate component) My work draws upon the discussions around critical digital pedagogy (http://hybridpedagogy.org/critical-digital-pedagogy-definition/ ) and the notion that “it is as much about using digital tools thoughtfully as it is about deciding when not to use digital tools”.
I am proposing that we shift the positivist rhetoric from technology as an “enhancement” to learning (TEL) to one of critical discourse where we consider the use of “digital” as part of the wider curriculum design process through which we integrate digital when and where it adds value and we don’t use digital where it doesn’t.
Simon Thomson is a “flipped academic” (Bruton, 2012) and has a track record for developing and supporting digital pedagogic practice in Higher Education. His academic career has been entirely focussed on teaching excellence and his work is dedicated to improving the staff and student experience.
He has led on a number of funded learning & teaching research projects including a JISC/HEA funded OER project as part of the Phase 1 UKOER programme, an institution-wide pilot of tablet devices evaluating the impact of 1to1 tablet device use and more recently a HEFCE funded project exploring the next generation of digital learning environments. He has presented and published his work at a number of national and international conferences, predominantly in the areas of learning technology and open education.
A passionate advocate of open education almost all of his work is available under a creative commons license (where he is permitted to do so).
Simon was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellow in 2014 in recognition of his work in Open Education and Digital Pedagogy. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SEDA accredited in Embedding Learning Technologies and an Apple Distinguished Educator.
You can connect with Simon on Twitter @digisim or through his personal website: https://blog.digis.im
When: Tuesday 26th February 2019 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)
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