CEL Science Speaker | Michael Wolfindale, TU Delft

Part of the 100 days of Data for Learning is the CEL Science speaker. Almost every Wednesday there is a speaker who will tell us about his or her research or project. Wednesday 16 November, Michael Wolfindale has given a presentation. 

Abstract: 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.

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.

Here you can find the recording of his talk in case you missed it or want to watch it back: