External Keynote Lecture – Professor Diana Laurillard

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Monday 7 June, 10.30-11.45

Imagining the collaborative development of effective digital pedagogies

Professor Diana Laurillard


As we try to think through what counts as effective digital pedagogies we need an anchoring principle. We know a lot about teaching and learning in conventional contexts, and many teachers have learned a lot during the last year about converting to online. But now that both teachers and students have begun to understand the value of online learning, there will be an increase in the proportion of blended learning being used in courses. So in reimagining how HE will develop after learning the lessons of lockdown, can we also imagine how the academic community might find new ways of collaborating to innovate? Of working together to shoulder this new burden of innovation and work out how to make blended learning as effective as possible in their own teaching and learning context? The talk will offer some options for doing this, related to the University of Gloucestershire’s emerging blended learning framework, and will report on the early stages of engaging academics as teachers in developing new knowledge as we do in our research – through collaboration and peer review.


Diana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technology at UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London. Formerly: Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the government’s Department for Education and Skills (2002-5); Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning Technology and Teaching at the Open University (1995-2002). Served on: the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for IT in Education, Moscow; Visiting Committee on IT, Harvard University. Researching: ‘The Transformational Potential of MOOCs’ (Centre for Global HE, UCL-IOE); ‘Future Education’ (RELIEF Centre, UCL-IGP); learning design tool the Learning Designer. Online courses: Blended and Online Learning Design, Blended Learning Essentials. Books: Rethinking University Teaching (2002), Teaching as a Design Science (2012), Routledge. Lifetime Contribution Award, E-Assessment Association; Honorary Life Membership, Association for Learning Technology and Club Fondation Universitaire, Belgium, Honorary Fellow of UCL.

Recording of the lecture (including an introduction from the Vice-Chancellor)

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