Recording available: 'The Postdigital Classroom'

22 Feb 2024
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The Postdigital Classroom

Speakers: Professor Petar Jandrić, Dr David Overend, Dr Jack Reed, Dr Maureen Finn, Dr James Lamb

This event took place on 20th February 2024 at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. 

Event recording (Media Hopper)


As digital technologies and practices become more deeply woven into the fabric of our everyday and educational surroundings, there is a need to continually revisit traditional assumptions around how and where learning happens. We invite you to join us in responding to this challenge, as we gather for an event that will explore the notion of a ‘postdigital classroom’. Through a series of lightning presentations, we will examine the presence and influence of digital resources within a range of learning spaces. You will be encouraged to respond to these presentations, for instance by sharing insights from your own areas of study, practice or research. 

Jack Reed will explore postdigital considerations for learning beyond the classroom as he lays out a case for a "postdigital outdoor education". Looking towards the experiences of children from traditionally nomadic Gypsy/Traveller communities, Maureen Finn will question how the postdigital era is experienced in Scottish primary schools, including what happens when children are given the power to create their own learning spaces. David Overend will draw on an assemblage of images, recordings, notes and impressions generated from fieldwork as he responds to the contemporary city as a postdigital learning space. In the setting of the undergraduate architecture studio, James Lamb will describe the coalescing of digital with more traditional resources, practices and spaces. These presentations will be supported by an overview of postdigital thinking by Petar Jandrić, including its recent emergence as a popular and productive way of exploring the relationship between learning spaces and digital technologies. 


Professor Petar Jandrić is Professor of Informatics at Zagreb University of Applied Sciences. His research includes work at the intersections between critical pedagogy and information and communication technologies. He is editor-in-chief of the Postdigital Science and Education journal, book series, and Encyclopedia of Postdigital Science and Education. 

Dr David Overend is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. He is Deputy Director of the MA(Hons) Interdisciplinary Futures at Edinburgh Futures Institute. 

Dr Jack Reed’s research focuses on the entanglements between outdoor spaces and places, people's relationships with nature, and online networked environments. In January 2024 he will commence a postdoctoral project at the University of Exeter exploring nature recovery and regional development.  

Dr Maureen Finn is a senior lecturer and Director of the Knowledge Exchange Centre, STEP, which connects traditionally nomadic families with the education sector. STEP is based within Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. 

Dr James Lamb’s research and teaching takes a particular interest in the relationship between learning spaces and digital technologies. He is a lecturer within the Edinburgh Futures Institute and the Moray House School of Education and Sport, at the University of Edinburgh.