Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Technology and Education: opportunities and challenges for equality

Maren Deepwell's slides are available here: Technology and Education, opportunities and challenges for equality slides


Technology has always played a significant role in education - whether it was the fountain pen and printing press of the past or today’s mobile devices, online study and immersive technologies. It cannot be assumed, however, that technologies will offer equal opportunities to all or that there is equality in all the spaces where technology and education meet and interact. As new technologies are increasingly adopted within educational contexts, now is a great time to think about the challenges and opportunities for equality.

For this TEL seminar we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Maren Deepwell (Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Learning Technologiesand our own Mary Krell (Senior Lecturer in Media & Film Studies) to speak about the opportunities and challenges they see for equality in the ways that technology and education come together.

Dr. Tamsin Hinton-Smith (Senior Lecturer In Higher Education) will chair the seminar and join Maren and Mary for a panel discussion of the ideas raised and audience questions.

About Maren

Maren is the chief executive of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and an Open Practitioner with a special interest in leadership, equality and open education.

As chief executive of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Maren believes strongly that the intelligent use of Learning Technology can best be developed by working across schools, further and higher Education. Her vision is for Learning Technology to become an effective way for all to learn, teach and assess - informed by open practice, innovative research and global policy. Building on this vision Maren works closely with teachers, leaders, learning technology practitioners and researchers to support ALT’ s members and contribute to   the wider community.

About Mary

Mary is a digital artist whose work spans performance, interactivity and narrative. Her work has been shown on multiple continents and she regularly collaborates with artists and thinkers from around the world.

Originally from the USA, she has been based in the UK at the University of Sussex since 2002. Prior to coming to Sussex, she was the Head of the Design Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Before entering higher education, Mary worked as a digital designer at Seattle's Saltmine Creative during the initial boom of the 1990s. While at Saltmine she worked on projects for Wizards of the Coast, Microsoft and the Pokemon franchise.

Mary has also been an associate member of Forced Entertainment as a digital author.   With them, she created a number of interactive works that were exhibited around the world at venues including the ZKM (in Karlsruhe, Germany), the ICA (in London) and The Art Institute of Chicago. Nightwalks, an interactive virtual reality piece created in collaboration with the company won the Transmediale in 2000. She also performed in the inaugural tour of The Voices.

About Tamsin

Tamsin first came to Sussex as a single teenage parent undergraduate student in sociology many years ago. This led to the development of some of her primary research interests around 'non-traditional' students in higher education, and experiences of (un)belonging and marginalisations. After developing an academic career in Sociology, including as Co-Director of the Centre for Gender Studies; Tamsin moved to the Education department at the University of Sussex in 2014 where she has continued to develop and expand her interests around people's experiences of accessing and participating in compulsory, further, higher and informal educational contexts; and the organisational cultures that support or inhibit this. Tamsin is currently the Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee for the School of Education and Social Work.

Maren Deepwell

Maren Deepwell

Mary Krell

Mary Krell

Tamsin Hinton-Smith

Tamsin Hinton-Smith#

When and where?

Gardner Tower, ACCA
University of Sussex 
12 - 1:30pm, 17th May 2019

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