This group is led by Prof John Traxler.
This group focusses on digital learning, interpreted broadly to include e-learning, mobile learning, distance learning and blended learning, both popular learning and institutional leaning, formal and informal. We have research students exploring blogging, social media, language learning, and digital literacy amongst other topics central to formal learning, have projects and missions in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America and have contacts with a variety of international agencies such as UNRWA, UNESCO and USAID. The cluster builds on this very wide range of research and consultancy activities and now aims to:
- Focus, consolidate and rationalise research and consultancy income
- Raise the national and international reputation, visibility and impact of the University in digital learning
- Support a core of interested practitioners, lecturers and researchers to grow output, and contribute significantly to the next research assessment exercise, the REF.
- Support research-informed teaching and research-informed management across the University
- Develop and contribute to relevant modules and courses
A specific priority is digital learning for / with disadvantaged, disenfranchised and disempowered communities and individuals
This area of research is crucial for teaching and learning since digital technologies are now ubiquitous, pervasive and intrusive in their different ways in different societies, communities and cultures around the world, not only supporting, extending and enhancing learning and teaching but fundamentally changing the nature of what we know, what we need to know and the ways in which we come to know it. In this sense, research in digital learning is not optional but absolutely necessary for informing teaching and learning at every level. It is however also imperative for researchers in digital learning to collaborate and engage critically with researchers in other disciplines to support the transformation of the delivery of their research into engaging, accessible and authentic educational experiences.