I am a Lecturer in Digital Education within the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, working with the MSc in Digital Education and the Edinburgh Futures Institute. I am a visionary for the Una Europa Future University Lab and a co-author of the Manifesto for Teaching Online.
My published research has argued the case for multimodal feedback around assessment, explored the potential for digital technologies to combine with walking ethnography as a method for understanding our urban surroundings and discussed the provocative value of the Manifesto for Teaching Online. I have also written about the ways that online distance students conceptualise the university and how learners use sound to negotiate space for learning. At the current time (autumn 2020) I am researching how learning technologies affect the spatial and temporal arrangements of higher education.
In August 2019 I completed my ESRC-funded PhD which investigated how the learning spaces of higher education are affected by the pedagogic and societal shift to the digital. The title of my thesis was 'Space, Sociomateriality, Sound. The Learning Spaces of Higher Education', which reflects my use of sonic methods as a way of investigating the relationship between technology, pedagogy and learning space. My thesis was presented in multimodal form where written discussion was juxtaposed with sound maps, playlists, field recordings and photographs.
Within the MSc in Digital Education I teach or lead courses around digital cultures, digital learning environments, and digital assessment. I also coordinate our dissertation programme. For the Edinburgh Futures Institute meanwhile I am currently developing a hybrid (on campus and online) postgraduate course exploring the future of educational organisation.
Details of other teaching, seminars and workshops can be found on my publications page.
Before all of this I was assistant director at Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools where I helped young people from non-traditional backgrounds to gain entry to higher education.
Dr James Lamb