The Future of Technology in Education: What needs to change in 2015?

Updated Monday 8th December 2014

Four professors explore what needs to change in 2015 to remain at the forefront of learning. 

FutureMinds banner Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University OpenMinds: Talks from The Open University will showcase the University’s thought leadership in learning and teaching and the application of research to policy and practice across the UK. They will bring cutting-edge research and developments to both physical events in the OU’s Berrill Lecture and through live video streaming, providing a platform for those who watch or attend to engage with leading academics and respected figures within specific research fields.

The first talk in the series was entitled: The Future of Technology in Education: What needs to change in 2015? For nearly 45 years, The Open University has championed the application of technology in education. Four professors explore what needs to change in 2015 to remain at the forefront of learning. See the talk below: 

 

 
 
Speakers and themes included:
 
Peter Scott Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University Professor Peter Scott, Director of The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) explores the changes in how people learn and will introduce KMi’s new Augmented Reality brochure. Augmented reality (AR) is the integration of digital information with live video and the user's environment in real-time. Peter also asks why it is in this fast-paced digital age, paper assessments are still being used and invites discussion on what needs to happen to address this. Find out more about Peter Scott. 
 
 
Eileen Scanlon Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University Professor Eileen Scanlon, Associate Director (Research & Innovation) at the OU’s Institute of Educational Technology, looks at the way school children learn, how this is changing, and describes her work with teachers to demonstrate new technologies and how the impact of these new technologies can be maximised. Find out more about Professor Eileen Scanlon.
 
 
 
Mike Sharples Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University Professor Mike Sharples, Chair in Educational Technology at the OU’s Institute of Educational Technology addresses learning on a bigger scale and outlines the changes he predicts may occur within social learning in 2015. Find out more about Professor Mike Sharples.
 
 
 
 
Sian Bayne Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University The final speaker, Professor Siân Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, talks about changing conceptions of space in digital education and what it means to “flip the classroom”. Find out more about Professor Siân Bayne.
 
 
Read these articles from academic and research hub, The Conversation
 
 
 
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The series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. Find out more.

 

 

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