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Research project looks at educational challenges faced by COVID-19


A University of Wolverhampton academic will undertake vital research which looks at the educational challenges faced by COVID-19.

Professor John Traxler, based in the University’s Education Observatory in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, is working with the EdTech Hub, to undertake the research and drafting for two reports which will help governments around the world combat the educational challenges produced by the current pandemic.

The EdTech Hub is a global initiative supported by UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), World Bank and Gates Foundation.

Professor Traxler said: “It’s been extremely interesting to see how the education sector facing the current pandemic can learn from experience of using digital technology to deliver learning outside of the traditional classroom.

“The first report will explore how the digital learning projects and pilots of the last two decades in the Global South, especially in low-resource and crisis or conflict situations, can help maintain the continuity of educations systems worldwide which are now under stress and, more importantly, how these can help combat the potential increase in educational inequality caused by the pandemic.”

The Observatory team working with Professor Traxler will be Dr Howard Scott and Dr Matt Smith.  As well as producing the formal publications, the team will be writing blogs and will be in regular contact with their counterparts in the EdTech Hub.

John Traxler, FRSA, is Professor of Digital Learning in the Institute of Education at the University of Wolverhampton. His journal papers have been cited over 7500 times and he has worked on many digital learning projects and missions. He has extensive experience developing e-learning and mobile learning capacity amongst university teachers. Over the last five years, he has become involved in policy and strategy. He is a frequent international keynote speaker, and has worked with a number of international agencies and international corporates.



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