Technology and Education

Vision: the community of practice will critique the connections between technology and education, in order to develop situated outcomes that enhance scholarly practice.

The community will develop work in the following fields:

  • Developing a critical pedagogy of technology
  • Developing the relationship between technology, critical social theory and the idea/forms of the University
  • Resilient education and the place of co-operative practice in overcoming disruption in higher education, including peak oil and the impact of technology on climate change and energy sufficiency
  • Critiquing personal, communal and institutional strategies for enhancing learning through technology or e-learning/e-teaching
  • Developing analyses of innovations in practice, for example digital literacy, open education and personalisation/social learning
  • Critiquing the place of social media in the idea of the twenty-first century University, including issues of production/consumption, agency and participation

Activities of the Thematic Area

The work of staff and students in the thematic area will be developed through shared, scholarly practices that are negotiated. These practices will pivot around a series of meetings that seek to address the following issues:

  • How might the group’s work be managed, so that it is inclusive, participative and democratic? Can some form of consensus decision-making be invoked?
  • What research questions might the group develop collaboratively and/or individually?
  • How might the group mentor and support each other in developing answers to those research questions?
  • Which staff/students from beyond the CCSR might be involved in shared, scholarly practices?
  • How might this affect institutional practices at DMU and beyond?
  • How can the research be developed? (e.g. using social media to develop communities of practice, through funded projects, by defining/supporting Ph.D. projects.)
  • What outcomes would we envisage for the group/its members? These might include: an active blog for public engagement; peer-reviewed publications; engagement with professional bodies; public/third sector engagement; support for practitioners/policy makers.
  • How can the group develop as a community of practice, in order to intervene in relevant debates?

The group’s activities might include the following:

  1. The on-going development of a plan of thematic activities and deliverables.
    A blog that scopes its practices/research, hosted on the DMU Commons.  
  2. Regular scholarly seminars with staff/students.
  3. The production of peer-reviewed publications/edited collections.
  4. Engagement with open publishing.
  5. Guest lectures on themes that are agreed collectively at the start of each academic year.
  6. The development of project bids, mandates and plans.
  7. Scoping possible Ph.D./post-doctoral projects/areas of interest.
  8. The production of guidance notes for practitioners and policy-makers.



  • Richard Hall
  • Mike Leigh
  • CELT team
  • Other DMU staff interested in this area
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