Event: Talk by Rikke Toft Nørgård Print
Friday, 06 November 2015

Speaker name:  Assistant professor, PhD, Rikke Toft Nørgård (Noergaard)

Institution: Center for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Aarhus University, Denmark

Short bio:

Rikke is an assistant professor at the Center for Teaching Developments and Digital Media, Aarhus University, Denmark. Her field of research lies within ‘futuremaking through design thinking and new technologies in education,' new educational potentials with new technologies and media, and development of the concept of ‘educational design thinking' (merging educational philosophy, empathic design thinking and practices with new technologies).

Rikke holds a PhD in digital gameplay with a focus on the gameplayer's interaction with and experience of gameplay design and technology.

Currently, Rikke is on a 3 month research stay with London Knowledge Lab, Center for Global Higher Education and Center for Higher Education Studies at Institute of Education, UCL

Title of talk:

Educational Design Thinking: On radical online learning, connected curriculum and participatory academic communities


Taking the blended MA in ICT-Based Educational Design and the Coding Pirates Future Island workshop for children year 7-17 as paradigmatic cases, this talk explores community-driven participation in education beyond the institution and across ages and stages. The talk reflects on how designing for ‘radical' participation in education can move educatees' learning with technologies beyond the security of the institution. Furthermore, the talk discusses how taking a value-based, vision-driven and designerly approach to teaching and learning through the use of ICT can promote the 4 C's of 21st digital literacy competencies: technological communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

Presenting and discussing the paradigmatic cases, this talk reflects on how interactions and experience with mixed technologies, media and materials beyond the institution might invite for engaging, empowering and emancipatory education in ways that foster participatory academic communities and citizenship through the use of educational design thinking.

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Honorary Degree: Professor Diana Laurillard Print
Friday, 30 October 2015





Honorary Degree: Professor Diana Laurillard

On 29 October 2015, Professor Diana Laurillard was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education by Edinburgh Napier University, in recognition of her major contribution to education, with an emphasis on learning with technology. The laureation cited her published books, her work at the Open University and the Department for Education and Skills, her membership of Boards of Governors and Trustees, and of the Dearing committee, and Harvard Visiting Committee on IT, and her recent work on learning design tools for teachers.


Event: Methods for Studying Creativity: Ahead of the Curve Print
Monday, 19 October 2015


Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London 

Researching creativity, collaboration and co-ordination requires methods that span disciplinary, quantitative and qualitative, and textual, visual and aural boundaries.  Michael Schober (New School, New York), Carey Jewitt (UCL Institute of Education) and Matthew Purver (Queen Mary University of London) discuss and demonstrate developing methods for studying creativity creatively. 

1.30 Registration and tea/coffee
2.00 Event starts - Chair and introduction by Patrick Sturgis
2.15 Michael Schober - paper 25 minutes, 10 minutes questions
2.50 Carey Jewitt - paper 25 minutes, 10 minutes questions
3.25 Tea/coffee
4.00 Matt Purver - paper 25 minutes, 10 minutes questions
4.35 Discussion between speakers and participants
5.00 Close

This event is free of charge but to attend please register from the link below.

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