How can we use technology in transformational ways to enhance education and learning?

Date/Time:
1 March 2017, 6.00pm for tea & coffee for 6.30pm start

Venue:
Ellison Building Room EBA110, Northumbria University, Newcastle City Campus, 2 Ellison Pl, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST Directions | Map

Cost:
Free

Speaker:
Professor Rebecca Strachan - Professor of Digital Technology and Education and the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Engagement for the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University

Event description:

Education and higher level skills are crucial to a modern and successful global society. Technology is increasingly being used across the education sector but have we really embraced its potential to enhance educational practice and transform the learning experience. In this lecture, Professor Strachan takes examples from her own research and elsewhere to illustrate how we should be reimagining education to use technology in transformational ways.

About the speaker:

Professor Strachan’s research focuses on improving the lives of people by providing enhanced technological solutions and opening up new opportunities for their academic and professional development. This includes exploring improvements to digital networks to benefit the end users, and using digital games to support language and STEM education. She has also developed pathways to open up access into higher education and is a keen advocate of partnership working. This is illustrated through her leading roles on the university’s digital degree apprenticeship programme; NUSTEM, a major widening participation programme that works with young people, particularly females, to encourage them to consider a career in science, technology and engineering (www.thinkphysics.org); and the EU Tempus funded IMPRESS project aimed at improving student services across higher education in the Ukraine (www.impress-eu.com) and included the Ukraine Ministry for Science and Education as a key partner. A member of the regional Dynamo Board, she also has extensive experience of collaboration with employers and professional bodies across the digital and engineering sectors. Becky is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing. Internationally she is a member of the IEEE and was recently elected to the IEEE Education Society Committee.