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

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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 

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.  


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