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2nd Meeting of the 203rd Session (2023-2024)

Remote laboratories: Tolkienian adventures in digital education

Professor Timothy D. Drysdale

Professor Timothy D. Drysdale

Professor Timothy D. Drysdale SFHEA
Chair of Technology Enhanced Science Education
School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

On Monday 30th October 2023, at 7pm

Tolkien's The Hobbit was inspired by the landscape of my heritage (Scotland) and filmed in the land of my birth (New Zealand). It's possibly even an apt metaphor for my academic journey from the familiar shire to the distant lands that I now call home, with some unexpected adventures along the way. No good story is worth telling without dragons, so there'll be tales of risk, live (remote) experiments, and maybe even some dragon sightings (no guarantees, it's an adventure after all). Along the way, I'll explain how my work evolved from insect-inspired technologies for body scanning, to digital education innovations, and remote laboratories in particular. These open up some fantastic opportunities for the future of education, as well as addressing emerging human rights concerns around open access to digital education.

Professor Timothy Drysdale is the Chair of Technology Enhanced Science Education and Director of Strategic Digital Education in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He leads the Practable.io remote laboratories, winners of the 2023 international award for Digital Transformation, from the Association for Learning Technology & Jisc. From 2015-2018, he was a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the Open University, where he was the founding director and lead developer of the £3M openEngineering Laboratory which was recognised by awards including the Times Higher Education Outstanding Digital Innovation 2017, The Guardian Teaching Excellence 2018, Global Online Labs Consortium Remote Experiment Award 2018, and National Instruments Global Engineering Impact Award for Education 2018. His public engagement work has seen him exhibit at the British Science Festival, the Royal Society, and Buckingham Palace.

This is a change to the previously advertised programme.