Dr Natasa LackovicLecturer
Natasa's name in the original spelling is: Nataša (Lacković), pronounced just like “Natasha” in English.
Nataša is a Co-Director of Lancaster University's graphic novels and comics network GNC ReOPeN: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/reopen/ . This is an exciting interdisciplinary university network, pioneering the exploration of relationships among Higher Education, visual communication, graphic narrative, questions of knowledge, pedagogy, society and public engagement.
Her main research and teaching interest is in the field of graphic/visual, digital and multimodal methods and theorisation in education and communication. This includes innovation, learning, public engagement and signifying potential and ideologies of external representations and artefacts (e.g. photography, digital artefacts, 3D artefacts, video, any material object, learning resource, space or place).
Nataša relates to a wide range of approaches, including critical theory, critical media literacy, multi-modality/literacies, semiotics, and the emerging fields of Edusemiotics (a new theory of knowledge and learning), Numanities, and Post-Humanism/ Digital/Truth. Having worked on a number of joint and co-funded UK and international Higher Education projects, her publications up to date reflect my interest in the learning, experiences and being of HE student. Passionate about these research themes:
1) pictorial images, artefact based research and practices in general and higher education, addressing educational and wider community needs; particular interest: photographs, graphic novels/comics, illustrations.
2) multimodality and semiotics of teacher-student practice and research methods in higher education
3) student/teacher/societal well-being, creativity and empowerment.
Nataša's interests also include:
- "University-Creative Industry/Independent Artistic Associations-Community" links and collaboration, such as projects with comic artists
- Critical views on graduate employability (GE); GE paradigm shift
- Multiculturality and (im)migration, intercultural competencies, fluid identities, critical exploirations on how those relate to "internationalisation" and "globalization"
- Student-created (multimodal) resources and artistic acts for new conceptualisations/theorisation of learning in general and HE in particular
Module leader: I teach on the online Doctoral Programme in Higher Education Research, Evaluation and Enhancement (HEREE) and I lead the module ED.S842: Enhancing Learning Teaching and Assessment at University.
Module leader: I lead a module Ed.S836 "Policies, Ideologies and Interventions in Education" for all students on the departmental online masters programmes.
I also teach sessions face to face on all departmental residential programmes.
Before coming to Lancaster, I spent four years at the University of Nottingham, exploring the role of digital pictures in HE teaching-learning applied via a design-based research approach (my PhD). Publications from this PhD thesis are on their way. At Nottingham, I was also working as Teaching Assistant for master's degree courses and won university award for teaching, and worked part-time on various research projects to supplement my international fees. Therefore, I engaged in various projects tackling education with 3D heritage artefacts, critical conceptualisations of graduate employability, the role of microblogging (Twitter) in HE, and Black and Ethnic Minority students’ achievement, among other projects. Prior to Nottingham, I did my MA at the Institute of Education/UCL, London, exploring the role of language and literature textbooks’ images (alongside literature excerpts) relating to critical theories of national identity formation. I began my career as an English teacher (5 years of teaching experience), having completed a BA in English Studies (Language and Literature) at the University of Belgrade, Serbia.
PhD Supervision Interests
I am interested in supervising PhD students with the interests aligned with the ones mentioned in this profile.
Analysing videos in educational research: an “Inquiry Graphics” approach for multimodal, Peircean semiotic coding of video data
Lackovic, N. 19/06/2018 In: Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy. 3, 6, 23 p.
Re-imagining graduate employability (GE) paradigm or finding a new one?: An integrated three-layered approach towards greater social and techno-ecological relatedness of graduates’ employment futures
Lackovic, N. 13/06/2018 In: Education and Technological Unemployment. Springer
Visual cultures and education
Jandric, P., Lackovic, N. 1/06/2018 In: Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
Do pictures ‘tell’ a thousand words in lectures?: how lecturers vocalise photographs in their presentations
Hallewell, M., Lackovic, N. 08/2017 In: Higher Education Research and Development. 36, 6, p. 1166-1180. 15 p.
COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE ARISES FROM MULTIMODAL, DIALOGIC INTERTEXTUALITY: LEARNING IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL REASON (2017)
Lackovic, N. 1/05/2017 In: Knowledge Cultures. 5, 5 p.
Being knowledge, power and profession subordinates: students' perceptions of Twitter for learning
Lackovic, N., Kerry, R., Lowe, R., Lowe, T. 04/2017 In: Internet and Higher Education. 33, p. 41-48. 8 p.
MultiMAP: exploring multimodal artefact pedagogy in digital higher education
Lackovic, N. 1/03/2016 In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Designs for Learning. Aalborg, Denmark : Aalborg Universitet København p. 148-162. 15 p.
Images of educational practice: how school websites represent digital learning
Crook, C., Lackovic, N. 2016 In: Handbook on digital learning for K-12 schools. Springer p. 75-90. 16 p.
How 3D objects and pictures of heritage can connect children worldwide
Lackovic, N. 8/09/2015
Imagining technology-enhanced learning with heritage artefacts: teacher-perceived potential of 2D and 3D heritage site visualisations
Lackovic, N., Crook, C., Cobb, S., Shalloe, S., D'Cruz, M. 30/06/2015 In: Educational Research. 57, 3, p. 331-351. 21 p.
3D printing in education: a framework for learning with 3D artefacts
Lackovic, N. 2015 In: 14th Conference on rapid design, prototyping and manufacturing proceedings. p. 109-119. 11 p.
Creativity in TEL
Lackovic, N., Kelle, S. 2014 International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning 4 p.
The contested curriculum: academic learning and employability in higher education
Speight, S., Lackovic, N., Cooker, L. 15/01/2013 In: Tertiary Education and Management. 19, 2, p. 112-126. 15 p.
Designs for learning and image-based conceptual inquiry: a DBR research project
Lackovic, N., Crook, C. 25/04/2012 In: Designs for Learning 2012 . Copenhagen, Denmark : Aalborg Universitet København p. 47-48. 2 p. Electronic ISBN: 9788799532803.
Stakeholder attitudes towards employability in a Sino-British university
Speight, S., Lackovic, N., Cooker, L. 2012 In: Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability. 3, 1
Beyond the surface: image affordances in language textbooks that affect National Identity Formation (NIF)
Lackovic, N. 2010 In: Mapping minds. Inter-disciplinary Press p. 53-65. 13 p.
Creating and reading images: towards a communication framework for Higher Education learning
Lackovic, N. 2010 In: Seminar.net. 6, 1
Comics for Inclusive English Language Learning
01/12/2018 → 30/11/2020
Communities in control: graphic narratives of health inequalities told by communities across England
01/02/2018 → 30/11/2018
What's your story? Graphic narratives of local residents' lived experiences of well being and social connectedness
01/02/2018 → 30/11/2018
The Comic Project
01/01/2017 → 31/08/2017
MultiMAP: MultiModal Artefacts Pedagogy and Proliferation in Higher Education
15/06/2015 → 31/01/2017
The Comics Project
Association for Visual Pedagogies annual conference (Event)
Membership of committee
The Dukes, Lancaster
Multimodal Methodologies in Education: Dealing with visual and digital data
Participation in workshop, seminar, course
MultiMAP: Exploring MultiModal Artefact Pedagogy in digital Higher Education
Participation in conference
International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (Journal)
"Andrew Hendry Postgraduate Scholarship"
“Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Award”
- Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation
- Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education
- Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning