Dr Michael Gallagher

Lecturer in Digital Education

Michael Gallagher is a Lecturer in Digital Education in Development Contexts. He works on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. He also works on the Distance Learning at Scale project. Formerly, he was the RA for the Global Challenges Research Fund project REAR: Research for Emergency Aftershock Response.

Michael works in digital education in development contexts in collaboration with INGOs and universities largely in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. His research focuses on educational mobilities, how technology structures and manages these mobilities, and the impact of these movements on local knowledge practices and communities. Further to work on mobile and digital education, Michael has a research and professional focus on ICT4D and is currently working on projects related to digital education and mobile learning in Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, and Uganda. Michael also has ongoing projects with Beni American University (Nigeria) and Haaga-Helia University (Finland). For more details, see his website

Related news

Funding, and alternative narratives of digital education development in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda

9 Dec 2019

Our burgeoning research cluster (https://www.digitaleducationafrica.org/) of Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, the University of Dar es Salaam and the State University of Zanzibar in Tanzania, and Makerere University in Uganda (and the University of Edinburgh of course!) have been lucky enough to receive more funding to continue our work exploring digital education in sub-Saharan Africa, thanks to the 

Edinburgh DigiEduHack team reach worldwide finals

31 Oct 2019
Hackathon participants

 

On 3rd October Ana Hibert of the Centre for Research in Digital Education led a 24-hour hackathon at the University of Edinburgh to explore new approaches to some of the challenges faced in digital education today. The University of Edinburgh event was joined by more than 1700 participants in 21 separate countries solving 60 challenges in 24 hours as part of DigiEduHack.  

DigiEduHack: 24 hours of Finding New Approaches to Digital Education

16 Oct 2019

Ana Hibert of the Centre for Research in Digital Education, supported by Dr Michael Gallagher, recently organised a 24-hour hackathon at the University of Edinburgh to explore new approaches to some of the challenges faced in digital education today. The University of Edinburgh was joined by more than 1700 participants in 21 separate countries solving 60 challenges in 24 hours as part of DigiEduHack.  

Effie St John (the robot) joins the Centre for Research in Digital Education

9 Sep 2019

'Effie St John' (the robot) joins the Centre for Research in Digital Education

This week the Centre welcomed our new ‘robot colleague’ (mentioned in our teaching Manisfesto) Effie St John is a telepresence robot, which we are trialling over the next few months on behalf of the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI - hence the name!).

Near Future Teaching at your institution

5 Aug 2019
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If your institution would like to further explore the methods and outputs from Near Future Teaching, please get in touch. 

We are able to offer keynote talks and run workshops on the values-based, co-design methods we used, and we can help introduce such approaches in other institutions wishing to adopt similar ways for building education strategy and vision. 

Our workshops provide an opportunity for your staff and students to begin to design a preferable future for teaching using accessible and interactive methods. 

Projects

Foundations for All

This project will provide insights to the Mastercard Foundation (and other key stakeholders) on h