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Transitions and digital technologies

Research theme

Transitions are important times in our lives: when we move from a comfortable home environment to a first school; when we move from one school to another; when we move to seeking employment; when we move from one employer to a quite different form of employment; or when we change the practices we use within our employment.

These transitions not only often involve digital technologies, but they can be supported or aided by digital technologies. Research in our Centre has focused on aspects of such transitions, and has highlighted the importance and roles of digital technologies in a range of cases.

Video technologies that support the transition from higher education to professional practice in the performing arts are the focus of Julie-Ann Sime's book chapter (co-authored with alumnus Alberto Ramirez-Martinell): Video-enriched learning experiences for performing arts students: Two exploratory case studies  (2010).

Timos Almpanis, a student on the Doctoral Programme for E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning, explores how university teachers are being supported with their internal transitions to using digital technologies in his paper Academic Staff Development in the Area of Technology Enhanced Learning in UK HEIs (2012).

Rob Graham also uses the theme of educational transitions in his book chapter Inspirational Transitions: Cultivating the capacity to embrace Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching. Graham, who is a student on the Doctoral Programme for E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning, reviews how student teachers negotiate the transition to the school classroom where the resources and technological support needed for technology enhanced learning may be less available than they expected or hoped.

Staff and students working on this theme

  • Julie-Ann Sime
  • Timos Almpanis - PhD candidate
  • Rob Graham - PhD candidate


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