Jen and I had a race last weekend, a simple little 5k job. The looks of elation on our faces are for different reasons. Jen, because she placed fourth and mine because I finished period. I had to walk for a little while because my back was acting up and I was lapped by a ten year old. Embarrassing, but I shrugged it off enough to take a picture with my medal for finishing. Yes, they gave a medal for everyone who finished. I am not above taking some pride in that. The number I am flashing is 24, where I placed. I am not sure there were many more people than that in the race, aside from the infirmed.
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.