I am a Lecturer in Digital Education within the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I teach on the MSc in Digital Education and am co-programme director for the MSc in Education Futures within 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 explored how online students conceptualise the university, the ways that students use sound to negotiate space for learning, and the impact of learning technologies upon the spatial and temporal configurations of the university. I have also argued the case for multimodal feedback around assessment, and explored how digital technologies and mobile learning can help us to understand our urban surroundings.
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. My thesis was presented in multimodal form where written discussion was juxtaposed with sound maps, playlists, field recordings and photographs.
At the current time (April 2021) I am course organiser for the Education and Digital Culture and the dissertation courses on the MSc in Digital Education, as well as teaching on Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning and Social Research Methods. Details of other teaching, seminars and workshops can be found on my publications page. I also run the Elektronisches Lernen Muzik project where the relationship between music and learning is explored through playlists.
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