«Lets educate, learn and flourish: how can we open doors, light fires and race with machines?»
Education and higher level skills are crucial to a modern and successful global society. Technology is increasingly being used across the education sector but, have we really embraced its potential to enhance educational practice and transform the learning experience? In this lecture, professor Strachan will take examples from her own research and elsewhere to illustrate how we should be reimagining education to use technology in transformational ways.
Rebecca Strachan is full professor of Digital Technology and Education and associate pro vice chancellor for Strategic Planning and Engagement in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University. She is a leading expert in the exploitation of digital technologies to improve daily life and believes we should be using technology in transformational ways to support student learning. She has developed a keen interest in gender, diversity and STEM, and is deputy chair of the University’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment team and supports equality of opportunities for all.
A keen advocate of partnership working, she is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Council for Professors and Heads of Computing. Internationally she is a committee member of the IEEE Education Society and was part of the team that developed their MOOC on Open Education. She recently led the EU Tempus funded IMPRESS project aimed at improving student services across higher education in the Ukraine (www.impress-eu.com) working with partners across Europe including the Ukrainian Ministry for Science and Education and four of the leading classical universities in the Ukraine. She is currently working with a team in Nigeria to introduce digital games in the classroom and is the faculty executive lead for NUSTEM, a major widening participation programme to engage more young people, particularly females in STEM (www.nustem.uk). She is also the university lead for the BRIDGE project, aimed at encouraging greater diversity in the construction sector (http://www.gateshead.ac.uk/bridge/).
She believes students should be active participants in their own learning and we should equip them for their future careers and lifelong learning by creating interactive and applied learning experiences, using technology in transformational ways and preparing them to be independent learners.
For further information, see https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/s/rebecca-strachan/