22 November 2018
Dr Julia Gillen gave two plenary talks in Helsinki this week as the guest of the Government of Finland and the University of Helsinki.

She gave a keynote presentation, “Enriching children’s learning and lives through multiliteracies” at The Joy of Learning Multiliteracies seminar on 20th November. This event, for early childhood and primary practitioners, was organised by the Joy of Learning Multiliteracies (MOI) project, led by Prof. Kristiina Kumpulainen. 

On 21st November Julia Gillen and Kristiina Kumpulainen presented their paper, “’We never teach her ....but she knows:’ Young children’s engagement with digital media in homes in the UK and Finland” at the monthly Seminar for the Learning Culture and Interventions Expert Group at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki. 

Julia Gillen and Kristiina Kumpulainen are co-chairs of Working Group 1, Digital literacy in homes and communities, in the EU COST Programme IS1410 “Digital Literacies and Multimodal Practices of Young Children (DigitLitEY) and Julia Gillen leads the research strand “A day in the digital lives on young children aged 0-3.”   In talking about multiliteracies with educators, Julia also drew on her work as Co-Investigator on the current ESRC/DFID project “Peer to peer deaf multiliteracies: research into a sustainable approach to education of Deaf children and young adults in developing countries” and with an earlier project “New Purposes, New Practices, New Pedagogy (NP3)” funded by Society for Educational Studies.

Dr Julia Gillen is Reader in Digital Literacies and Director, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre in the Department of Linguistics and English Language.