Building your own map: academic careers in digital education

Dr Louise Drumm (Edinburgh Napier University)

Building your own map: academic careers in digital education

When we talk of academic careers, we often talk of trajectories or pathways, but the lived experience can feel very different and uncontrolled. Although digital education has stumbled into the limelight since the start of Covid-19, it is poorly understood as an area for research and academic endeavour. This can be a freedom but also a barrier to legitimising your career. What can we learn from our and others’ experiences to help move ourselves forward; to build our own maps into territories where no one has been before? This presentation will trace back over the weird and overlapping pathways of one career (so far), emphasising the value in seeing ourselves and others in the round, where we value the whole self.

This will be an interactive presentation with moments for reflection and thought sharing using digital tools.

About our speaker:
Dr Louise Drumm is a Lecturer in the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at Edinburgh Napier University. She is the programme leader for the MSc in Blended and Online Education and also teaches and supervises on the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Teaching and Academic Practice in Higher Education.​ She has worked in a number of universities in the UK as a learning technologist, academic developer, lecturer and software developer. She is also an experienced theatre director and practitioner, and likes to explore creative approaches to academic development. Her PhD, from Glasgow Caledonian University, was on the role of theory in teaching with technology in higher education. Her research interests include the relationship between digital teaching and theory, critical digital pedagogy, open education practices, creative methods, digital literacies and academic development.


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