Who I am
My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I am a researcher as well at the University of Edinburgh on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in Asia Pacific (Korea).
My research focus is on mapping the effects of mobility and mobile technology on open spaces, urban spaces, and learning practices towards developing digital and mobile pedagogies, particularly in the humanities in higher education. In my research, I explore the learning spaces between the formal and informal, the solitary and socialized, the digital and non-digital, and the practices that stimulate the movements between these. I write often about Korea and particularly Korean higher education.Aside from mobile learning, I am most interested in mobility itself, digital education, online community development, ICT4D, and open learning.
Theoretically, I am situated in the mobility work of John Urry, the posthumanisim of Haraway, still a big fan of Vygotsky; pedagogically, I sit somewhere between the critical pedagogy of Freire and the learning trajectories of Wenger. I am still searching for that pedagogy that fully makes use of mobile technology. I am a teacher first and foremost.
I am currently a consultant on several learning design projects, including the World Bank’s Open Learning Campus, where I work on their open courses, conduct research on open learning and digital education, and contribute to learning analytics and course design. I am an Associate at the Centre for Research in Digital Education. I am also on the Advisory Council of Beni American University in Nigeria. I continue to work with the MSc in Digital Education team at the University of Edinburgh on several projects, all of which are listed in the Research page of this blog. I collaborate often with Finnish colleagues at Haaga-Helia University on several projects related to mobile learning. I consulted at the The University of Edinburgh, where I assisted in the designing a course on course design for faculty and staff as part of the Institute for Academic Development (IAD), as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). I was a facilitator of the MobiMOOC course and a member of the MobiMOOC Research Team. I am a Fellow in the Higher Education Academy (HEA), in keeping with the requirements of the UK Professional Standards Framework.
Previously, I was the Education & Outreach Manager, Research & Learning Environments at a very large academic database. In this capacity, I focused on the creation of scholarly networks of activity surrounding the sciences. I also conducted much of our organization’s social media presence. Formerly, I worked for Aluka, a not-for-profit digital library of scholarly materials by and about Africa. In that capacity, I worked often throughout Africa conducting workshops on information literacy and online research. I have a background in education, having worked as a teacher for many years both in the United States and Korea. I have a Masters in Library and Information Science degree (MLIS), with a concentration in the management of digital information. I also have a Masters in Education (digital education) at the University of Edinburgh. I have taught for more years that I can remember. My personal CV, in case you are interested, as well as my Panoply Digital one.
I am an American by birth, but an expat by choice.
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