Speaking briefly today at the Interweaving Conference at Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh as part of a showcase of the work of the Centre for Research in Digital Education. My slides are below although out of context they might not reveal all that much. I intend to record some narration later and make it available here. More importantly, I am speaking alongside colleagues about some incredible projects at the Centre: the Learning Analytics Report Card (LARC), Computational Thinking in Primary Schools, Professional Learning Communities, Supporting Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics (SHEILA), and Digital Play. A good range of projects from the Centre and eager to learn more about colleagues’ work at Moray House.

The REAR project: Correct community response to aftershocks reduces subsequent loss of life in earthquake-stricken areas but local response can be delayed or inhibited by social, cultural and political factors. Effective, large-scale user engagement with appropriate information, so essential in emergency response, requires work on developing public awareness at scale, designing effective co-learning across multiple stakeholder groups, and building a deep understanding of the social and gender issues which might limit, or enable, user engagement.

This project is led by John McCloskey and Mark Naylor in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh: the Centre for Research in Digital Education is leading the education, learning and engagement strand of the work.



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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