Teaching and Learning in the post-digital world

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Thursday 21 April 2022

10:00 AM - 03:00 PM


Frank Whittle Building, Coventry University 3 Gulson Road Coventry CV1 2JH

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Digitally-mediated experiences have become so pervasive in teaching, learning and everyday life at large that traditional dichotomies such as “digital vs. analogue”, “virtual vs. real” or “online vs. offline” do not operate as useful categories. While these are no new trends, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated our dependence on digital technologies and the term “post-digital” is increasingly gaining ground as meaningful way of describing the current socio-technical environment in which most of us learn, work and live these days.

This event focuses on the abilities (i.e. competence, skills, capabilities) that all university students need to develop in order to be able to "engage effectively and ethically with the current social and technical ecosystem, and to make the most of it in the context of teaching, learning and development, professional activities, civic participation and everyday life." Likewise, it addresses the question of how universities can support them in doing so.

The programme consists of multiplier events of the E-DigiLit and the EscapeRacism Erasmus+ projects.


10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and Agenda

10:10 – 10:30 Prof. Gary Hall: Keynote 1 on the Post-Digital

10:30 – 11:00 Helen Beetham: Keynote 2 on Critical Digital Literacies

11:00 – 11:10 Break

11:10 – 11:30 Prof. Jonathan Shaw and Dr. Daniel Villar-Onrubia

11:30 – 12:15 Discussion and Q&A with:

  • Prof. Gary Hall
  • Helen Beetham
  • Elizabeth Mullenger
  • Martin Jenkins
  • Prof. Jonathan Shaw
  • Chaired by Dr. Daniel Villar-Onrubia

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch and Networking

1:30 – 2:30 Panel Session: Active Learning on the Digital through the Pandemic (discussions on Virtual Escape Rooms, Immersive Learning, and 5G)

  • Sarah Kernahan-Andrews
  • Dr. Rhys Morris
  • Andy Winter
  • Chaired by Prof. Sylvester Arnab

2:30 – 2:45 Q&A

2:45 – 3:00 Closing remarks


About the Keynote Speakers

Prof. Gary Hall

Gary Hall is a critical theorist and media philosopher working (and making) at the intersections of digital culture, politics, art and technology. He is Professor of Media at Coventry University, UK, where he directs the Centre for Postdigital Cultures which brings together a plurality of media theorists, practitioners, activists and artists.

He is associated with the development of a number of critical concepts and practices, including open media, liquid theory, living books, radical open access, the microentrepreneur of the self, affirmative disruption, disruptive humanities, masked media, übercapitalism, anti-bourgeois theory and pirate philosophy.

Helen Beetham

Helen is an education researcher, writer and consultant, with 20 years experience of working for UK universities and funding bodies on issues in digital education.

Her expertise is in digital capability, digital identity and citizenship, the learning experience, and curriculum design.

She is currently principally engaged in a research project and funded PhD in critical digital thinking, based at the University of Wolverhampton Education Observatory.