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Digital Technology and Dialogue

Digital Technology and Dialogue

Strand Leaders: Louis Major and Sara Hennessy (with others including Rupert Wegerif).

This strand focuses on the interaction between dialogue in educational settings and digital technologies. In doing so, we take a broad view of dialogue, and acknowledge the multi-modal affordances of technology for the mediation of discourse and how these may support new forms of interaction. Our work examines how collective knowledge building is enabled in the constantly changing environment of digitally-enhanced learning. This includes pursuing research possibilities related to, for example, online spaces for learning, virtual environments and uses of communications technologies, in addition to more ‘conventional’ classroom hardware and software. Our intentions through such work are to build robust theoretical and methodological perspectives that contribute to dialogue research. In doing so, we are open to the possibilities of inter-disciplinary collaboration, both within and outside the University.

Projects include:

The Virtual Internships Project (VIP). (Industry Partners: 2019-21. Wegerif, Major & Twiner). Developing and testing a new model of ‘Virtual Internships’ that features young people working in teams role-playing being interns in real enterprises, developing and designing products that respond to real-world challenges. Through participating in these virtual scenarios it is intended that learners will develop key ‘complex competencies’, in particular relating to dialogue and creativity.

Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum (DiDiAC). (Research Council of Norway: 2016-20. Warwick, Major, Cook & Vrikki). In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Oslo (Project Leader: Ingvill Rasmussen), investigating the potential of micro-blogging to enhance existing (and promote new) forms of classroom dialogue and critical thinking in Year 7 classrooms.

Using the IWB to Support Classroom Dialogue. (ESRC: 2008-10. Hennessy, Warwick & Mercer). A dialogue-based approach to the use of interactive whiteboards in learning.

Interactive Whiteboards and Collaborative Learning in Primary Science. (ESRC: 2007-09. Mercer, Kershner, Kleine-Staarman, Warwick).