More and more of my writing is being ported into different online spaces (mostly here) so it has been awhile since I posted here but that isn’t necessarily by design. I like posting here and being reminded of the sixteen years or so I have been posting to this WordPress instance (a brief interlude into Posterous aside). From time to time I muster the courage to read older posts and note my journey to here. Either way, a busy year to be sure as it has been for all of us working in higher education.

One of the happiest parts of all of these changes has been assuming the role of Programme Director of the MSc in Digital Education and chatting with so many incredible students over the last year from our programme on a programme podcast. A really diverse, insightful group here all reflecting on digital education in their contexts and in many cases what the current pandemic has changed about all of this for them.

Podcast homepage

Of course there is the other podcast as well, M&M podcast, which Myles and I will be resurrecting in 2021. Both of us just sort of needed to plow through the semester and breathe a bit but we are eager to get back to it.

There are other passion projects as well including some early efforts to populate this. Early stages of course.

There have been papers and projects as well. We just launched the Foundations for All programme with two cohorts of twenty each in Kiryandongo and Kampala, Uganda. I am happily working with colleagues at the University of Dar es Salaam and the State University of Zanzibar on projects, as well as one with colleagues at Makerere University on refugee education. So staying busy. Here is hoping 2021 is treating you well, all things considered. Stay well all.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. 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, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate 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 the humanities in Korea.

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