LEARNING SPACES / DIGITAL EDUCATION / MULTIMODALITY / SOUND
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.
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.
My most recent publications argued the case for multimodal feedback around assessment, explored the potential for digital technology to combine with walking ethnography as a method for understanding our urban surroundings and discussed the provocative value of the Manifesto for Teaching Online, of which I am a co-author.
Previously published research has included the ways that online distance students conceptualise the university and how learners use sound to negotiate space for learning.
I teach and coordinate An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning within the MSc Digital Education, where I also contribute to the Education and Digital Cultures and Assessment, Learning and Digital Education courses.
Details of other teaching, seminars and workshops can be found on my publications page.
Beyond this, since 2012 I have overseen the Elektronisches Lernen Muzik project, which uses playlists to explore how music informs and inspires teaching, learning and research.
Dr James Lamb