CELebrate keynote 1: Challenging educational paradigms: the role of the Learning Technologist

This is the first of three keynotes at the CELebrate 2016 Conference.  Scheduled for Wed 13 Apr, 11:00-12:00.  Click here to book a place.

Speaker: Peter Bryant, Head of Learning Technology and Innovation, London School of Economics

This talk will explore the tensions and forces that are impacting on the role learning technology teams choose (or are required) to play in changing institutional culture and pedagogical practice.

The focus on tools, packages and platforms can serve to reinforce a number of unhelpful paradigms about technology; that the use of technology is the exclusive privilege of the technically adept, the young or the innovator; that technology is a ‘nice to have’, not an essential, integrated part of the action (the ‘action’ being curricula, assessment or pedagogy); that technologists are there simply to support technology not participate actively in integrating or innovating; or that learning has been and always will be the same, and new technology simply enhances and builds on the successes of the past. This talk will explore the tensions and forces that are impacting on the role learning technology teams choose (or are required) to play in changing institutional culture and pedagogical practice.

Biography
Pete is the Head of Learning Technology and Innovation at the London School of Economics. His pedagogic research interests include digital identity and social media, the emergence of digital pedagogies, learning spaces in the digital world, institutional resistance to technology, DIY education and edupunk and the education and training of independent arts makers. He has researched and published extensively in community and third sector governance, the uses of community and public media for the promotion of arts and network formation processes amongst arts practitioners.

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