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03 Dec 2015

Dragan Gasevic and Jeff Haywood have been awarded a European Erasmus+ grant to study and support policy development for learning analytics in European higher education.

Working with six European partners, the project will take a participatory approach to help develop learning analytics strategy and policy in universities. The project will run 2016-18.

For more information, check out the project page.

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03 Dec 2015


We have an excellent collection of seminars coming up next year, to include talks from Celia Lury, Cormack O'Keefe, Keri Facer, Ben Williamson and Cathrine Hasse. These colleagues will talk about work of urgent contemporary interest: educational data and its production, digital methods, community engagement and posthumanism.

See the full programme here.

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01 Nov 2015

An important new report has been released on new ways of teaching and learning and their implications for higher education policy. With Jeff Haywood as lead author, the report presents the findings of a study funded by European Commission during 2014-15.

17 Oct 2015

Andrew Manches (with Judy Robertson, Gnanathusharan Rajendran and Peter McKenna) has been awarded a research incentive grant by the Carnegie Trust to investigate the role of embodiment in the way individuals think about basic Computing concepts.

05 Oct 2015

At the Children and Technology group we are always thinking about how to communicate our research to the public!

In case you missed the Fringe in August, the Children and Technology Group’s Dr Andrew Manches supported the BBC during their Digital Weekend by sharing some computing activities.

We want to contribute ever more to events like this in the future, so if you are interested, keep posted on our news feed for information about upcoming appearances.

05 Oct 2015

If you teach in the early years, the odds are your classroom is full of physical learning materials. From plastic letters to wooden blocks, these materials provide children with the hands-on experience that is so important for their learning. But why is hands-on experience important for learning? It seems obvious, but this is a question that researchers have spent many decades trying to understand. This question becomes even more troublesome when considering subjects such as Maths.

21 Sep 2015

With the evolution of technology moving at an ever faster pace, how do changes in the ways children interact with technology affect they way they think and learn?

Dr Andrew Manches discusses this issue from experience working with children in the following video

21 Sep 2015

Remember the “digital native” hype from the early 2000s? There was a lot of discussion about how there was a new generation of children growing up were born with access to technology, and that their technological prowess  would be such that traditional education would need to reform to accommodate it. Research evidence is now growing to confirm that the superior skills of digital natives are in fact not a reality.

19 Sep 2015

Doing a PhD within a niche, interdisciplinary field can be filled with both euphoric highs and confusing lows. Am I doing something so ground-breaking that it will make simultaneous waves within several fields? Or is my work so niche it will fail to even register a ripple on any of its founding disciplines? As a result, hearing of success within your niche can help calm these choppy waters.

16 Sep 2015

Professor Lydia Plowman visited the ‘Comparing Children’s Media Around the World’ conference, held at the University of Westminster on the 4th of September 2015, where she addressed attendees from around the globe, on some of the groundbreaking research in which she is involved. The Comparing Children’s Media Around the World conference set out to discuss an international, cross-cultural approach for delivering children’s media, and featured contributions from academic thinkers in addition to a panel of intercontinental media producers.