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Join us on August 24th for "Speculative method in digital education research", a Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) seminar with Dr Jen Ross, University of Edinburgh.

JenRoss(3).jpgIn this seminar, Jen Ross discusses Speculative method in digital education research – the subject of a paper she recently published in the journal Learning, Media and Technology. The question of ‘what works’ is currently dominating educational research, often to the exclusion of other kinds of inquiries and without enough recognition of its limitations. At the same time, digital education practice, policy and research over-emphasises control, efficiency and enhancement, neglecting the ‘not-yetness’ of technologies and practices which are uncertain and risky. As a result, digital education researchers require many more kinds of questions, and methods, in order to engage appropriately with the rapidly shifting terrain of digital education, to aim beyond determining ‘what works’ and to participate in ‘intelligent problem solving’ (Biesta, 2010) and ‘inventive problem-making’ (Michael, 2012).

Jen will discuss speculative methods as they are currently used in a range of social science and art and design disciplines, discuss them in terms of epistemology, temporality and audience, and argue for the relevance of these approaches to digital education. Using ‘teacherbot’ (http://www.de.ed.ac.uk/project/teacherbot-interventions-automated-teaching ) and ‘artcasting’ (http://www.de.ed.ac.uk/project/artcasting ) examples from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research in Digital Education, the talk will demonstrate speculative method in action, and reflect on some of the tensions such approaches can generate, as well as their value and importance in the current educational research climate.

Dr Jen Ross is a senior lecturer, co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education, and Deputy Director (KE) of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include: Online and distance learning and teaching; Cultural heritage learning and engagement; Digital cultures; Reflective practices; Online learning and identity; Higher education; Creativity and Digital futures. You can learn more about Jen at: http://jenrossity.net/blog/.

Event details
• When: 11.30am to 1.00pm on 24 August 2016. This is a brown bag event, you are welcome to bring your lunch to eat.
• Where: Room 612 Education Building A35
• This seminar will not be available online or recorded.

The CRLI Wednesday seminars (formerly CoCo and STL) run on most Wednesdays in semester and host local and international experts who present research on learning and educational innovation in an informal setting.

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