CEL Science speaker: Michael Wolfindale

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LDE-CEL science speaker: Michael Wolfindale

Title: The 100 Days of Hackaton

As part of our 100 Days of Data for Learning theme currently running at TU Delft, there will be a series of ‘hackathon’ events to give the opportunity to not only develop (or pitch future development of) innovative data-driven educational technologies, but also critically discuss important questions surrounding those technologies and the practices involved in creating them—questions concerned with issues of social justice, ethics, privacy, inclusivity, equality and diversity.

The challenge here is how to approach both the design and critical discussion of such technologies and practices that may be experimental, unpredictable and not well-researched. In this presentation, I briefly cover how speculative methods—building on concepts from speculative design, design fiction and critical design—may be one approach to consider for such a challenge.

After showing several examples from the literature—in particular, drawing inspiration from Jen Ross’s (2017; 2022) recent work on speculative methods in digital education research—we will move to an open discussion on how these and related methods might be employed in our institutions and research.

References Ross, J. (2017) ‘Speculative method in digital education research’, Learning, Media and Technology, 42(2), pp. 214–229.
Ross, J. (2022) Digital Futures for Learning: Speculative Methods and Pedagogies. New York: Taylor & Francis.

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