Dr Natasa Lackovic


Research Overview

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

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.
Journal article

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
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.
Journal article

Lackovic, N. 1/05/2017 In: Knowledge Cultures. 5, 5 p.
Book/Film/Article review

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.
Journal article

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.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

How 3D objects and pictures of heritage can connect children worldwide
Lackovic, N. 8/09/2015
Other contribution

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Conference contribution

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
Journal article

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.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Creating and reading images: towards a communication framework for Higher Education learning
Lackovic, N. 2010 In: Seminar.net. 6, 1
Journal article