Future of platforms for learning

This was an interesting webinar from the Digital Education Futures Initiative at the University of Cambridge about the role of digital platforms in the future of learning: Photo by Nataliya Smirnova on Unsplash

Out from the Shadows of the Global Pandemic

Susan Robertson After more than two years of having bunkered down in Cambridge, UK because of the global pandemic, I took my first international flight, and attended my first ‘real’ or ‘in-person’ conference in the United States of America. I must say it felt rather strange digging into my drawer in search of my passport. […]

Are you reconsidering your use of social media?

The prospect of the billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has generated considerable unease amongst academics who use the platform. It has drawn attention to the central role which mass commercial social media platforms now play as a communications channel between academics, as well as the important role they play in facilitating public engagement. We […]

Call for Abstracts 1 June – Disruption, voice and listening (flipped) conference

Organised by the Cultural Theory Cluster at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, at Birmingham City University, ‘Disruption, Voice and Listening’ is a 2-day online ‘flipped conference’ in October 2022, exploring the interplay between ‘disruption’, ‘voice’ and ‘listening’. Download the CFP as a PDF at this link Disruption, Voice, and Listening invites proposals that consider […]

Will the pandemic transform education policy?

Adrian Zancajo, Antoni Verger, Pedro Bolea The Covid-19 pandemic is the most significant disruption most national education systems have experienced since their modern institutionalisation globally. During the first wave of the pandemic, between February and June 2020, 197 countries closed their schools and universities, and around 85% of primary to tertiary education students were out […]

Long covid in the post-pandemic university

Mark Carrigan Over the last ten days I’ve been slowly recovering from my first encounter with Covid. I’ve started writing this post on the tenth day since my symptoms emerged, though it’s only been five days since my first positive test. Apart from 24 hours when I was worried by increasingly bronchial coughing, it’s been […]

Bourdieu and higher education  

In this episode of Meet the Education Researcher, Neil Selwyn talks to Troy Heffernan about the continuing relevance of Pierre Bourdieu’s ideas to contemporary higher education. They talk about the importance of Bourdieu’s notion of ‘cultural trajectories’, his 1990 book ‘Homo Academicus’, and Troy’s own use of Bourdieu to make sense of rising tensions between […]


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