Shaping digital futures
The rise of digital technology is transforming the world in which we live.
Our research aims to critically and proactively shape the way in which education responds now and in the future.
We examine the educational implications of established and emerging digital technologies and practices.
There are significant technological challenges in education, and we want to understand them.
These range from the increasing reliance on virtual education to the rise of data-driven educational processes, digitally automated decision making and AI-driven education.
We look at the impact of the intensification of digital practices in teaching and learning, as well as the influence of technology on wellbeing, health and safety of learners.
Through our research we aim to influence both education policy and practice.
We engage in theoretically and empirically robust forms of inquiry and use our work to support evidence-based decision making.
We provide a voice in professional, policy and public debates on digital education.
Exploring datafication in schools
Every day, schools generate large quantities of digital data, but it remains poorly utilised and understood. Our Data-Smart Schools project aimed to change that. Working in secondary schools, our research team explored ways to use digital data for social good.
Current funded projects
- Data-smart schools: enhancing the use of digital data in secondary schools
- Building an evidence-base for using Minecraft: Education Edition as an educational tool
- Making a digital difference? An investigation of new technologies in secondary schools
- An investigation into the relations between imaginary situations and scientific abstractions in preschool digital play