Frontiers in Educational Technology

21st June 2022 12:00 - 12:00 14th July 2022

Category: Public Seminar

Speaker: Various

Location: Online

Audience: Public

Frontiers in Educational Technology

Convenors: Niall Winters, Carmen Hoepper, Zou Xinyi, Owen Henkel

Date TimeSpeakerSpeaker InfoTheme
Tue 21 June12.00-13.00Gerry LaceyProfessor of Robotics and Electronic EngineeringEdTech Healthcare Product Design: Challenges and Insight
Wed 22 June12.00-13.00Alice LakatiDirector of Research, Amref International University (AMIU)Mobile Learning in low resource settings
Tue 28 June14.00-15.00Taskeem AdamSenior Research Lead at EdTech HubTackling coloniality in EdTech: Addressing digital neo-colonialism in MOOCs
Thu 30 June12.00-13.00Bernie HoganSenior Research Lead at the OIIThe use of personal network approaches in teaching – pitfalls and potentials
Wed 6 July16.00-17.00Kristen DiCerboChief Learning Officer at Khan AcademyLearning Design in a Digital Space
Tue 12 July14.00-15.00Rising Academies and Avanti FellowsEdTech Start UpsReaching students during the pandemic: potential and pitfalls of leveraging tech to teach remotely in LMICs
Thu 14 July10.00-11.00Neil SelwynDistinguished Professor of Education, Monash UniversityRethinking the digitization of education in an era of climate crisis

Online Seminar Series

Frontiers in educational technology

The educational landscape is vast but where does technology sit in this complex field? Can we design responsible and sustainable EdTech? What is the roles of public and private players in this sector? What are the challenges facing mobile learning in low resource settings?

Join us for a series of online seminars this summer as we discuss these topics (and more) with leading experts in the field.

21 June – 14 July, 2022


Talk Summary

Gerry Lacey

(Professor of Robotics & Electronic Engineering – Maynooth University)

From surgery to hand hygiene: The theory and practice of teaching physical skills.

Tuesday 21st June | 12-1pm

  • This talk discusses the teaching of physical skills for minimally invasive surgery and clinical hand hygiene. It will explore the pedagogical models and the practical design choices. We will also touch on the challenges and insights that resulted from launching EdTech products into the healthcare market.
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Alice Lakati

(Director of Research – Amref International University (AMIU))

Mobile Learning in Low Resource Settings

Wednesday 22nd June | 12-1pm

  • This talk explores how mobile technologies can support the training and working practices of health workers on community settings in Kenya. Building on participatory and collaborative approach between NGOs, government, academia and the private sector, key projects will be discussed and successes and challenges highlighted.
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Taskeen Adam

Taskeen Adam

(Senior Research Lead at EdTech Hub)

Tackling Coloniality in EdTech: Addressing digital neo-colonialism in MOOCs

Tuesday 28th June | 2-3pm

  • Dominant MOOC platforms created by Western universities tend to embed Western-centric epistemologies and propagate this without questioning their global relevance. Consequently, such MOOCs can be detrimental when educating diverse and complex participants as they erode local and indigenous knowledge systems. This talk draws parallels between colonial education, specifically across Sub-Saharan Africa, and ‘digital neocolonialism’ through Western MOOC platforms.
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Bernie Hogan

Bernie Hogan

(Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute)

The Use of Personal Network Approaches in Teaching – Pitfalls and Potentials

Thursday 30th June | 12 -1pm

  • Networks are not mere manifestations of social structure, but selective representations. Who gets represented, how they are presented, and how this works within a classroom setting is an important and regular part of this conversation. This talk discusses the specific issue of showing a social network in a classroom that includes the people in the class. Dr. Hogan articulates this approach as a microcosm of how to engage and dialogue about representing and feedbacking data to a class as well as understanding how data inequality can be perpetuated.
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Kristen DiCerbo

(Chief Learning Officer at Khan Academy)

Teacher in the Loop: Integrating Teachers into Learner Analytics

Wednesday 6th July | 4pm

  • Kristen DiCerbo is the Chief Learning Officer at Khan Academy, a non-profit dedicated to providing a free world class education to anyone, anywhere. She is responsible for driving the learning strategy for Khan Academy’s programs, content, and product in order to improve student and teacher engagement and outcomes. Kristen will be speaking about Khan Academy’s work to make their recommendations for student learning pathways more interpretable to teachers and flexible for students.
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Reaching Students During the Pandemic

Rising Academies and Avanti Fellows

(EdTech Start Ups)

Reaching students during the pandemic: potential and pitfalls of leveraging tech to teach remotely in LMICs

Tuesday 12th July | 2pm

  • Join us for a conversation in which two start-ups discuss their experiences of leveraging technology to teach remotely during the pandemic in LMICs.
  • Rising Academies is a school network serving over 50,000 students in West Africa that found innovative solutions to keep teaching students over two pandemics (First Ebola and then COVID). This led them to develop Rising On Air – a free and adaptable, 20-week program of ready-to-air radio lessons – and RORI, a virtual math tutor that works over WhatsApp.
  • Avanti Fellows helps young Indians, from low-income backgrounds have equitable access to high-quality education. During early stages of the pandemic they helped partner with local government to start 200,000 low-income students learning online in 10 days, through a combination of innovative approaches.
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Neil Selwyn

(School of Education Culture & Society – Monash University)

Rethinking the Digitisation of Education in an Era of Climate Crisis

Thursday 14th July | 10-11am

  • In this presentation Professor. Selwyn will share some initial thoughts on an existential challenge that I think everyone working around the topic of digital education needs to start taking seriously. Is the continued use of digital technology in education part of a realistic ‘liveable future’, or even just a ‘survivable planet’? And, if so, in what form?
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