Digital Education Futures Lab (DeFL)

Research Group Summary

The Digital Education Futures Lab is informed by the exploration of how “the digital” can be effectively integrated into education and the conditions (enablers) needed for this to be relevant, meaningful and accessible to everyone (through foregrounding equity, wellbeing, open practices etc.)

Kathryn is taking on a limited number of research students (Masters and PhD). However, these topics need to closely link to her research interests and the areas of focus of the lab:

* Digital:  Innovative technologies in education (for example mobile, AR, VR, electronic, IA etc) and their impact on learning

* Education: the process of teaching or learning in any way that is digitally mediated including Technology-Enhanced, in which learning happens; formal (schools, tertiary, training); drawing in new ways of learning, and inclusive policies, including open digital pedagogies. I am particularly interested in how computational thinking can be integrated into the school curriculum and how we can support teachers and students to better engage with digital technologies.

* Futures: interrogating the purpose of technology for education through the adoption of a critical lens which problematizes the role of digital technology in our past, present and future educational contexts and better prepare youth for the changeable future of work. In particular, the role of technology in students lives and the influence this has in education.

Key Contact

Members - UC Staff

Associated Projects

Subject Area: Disciplines


Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Brown C., Baja M. and Luo Z. (2021) Tertiary Students’ perspectives on the cost of textbooks. In Spingett R; Sim KN; Lavin L; Bright S (Eds). Focus on flexible learningWellington. (Conference Contributions - Published)
  • Parsons D. and MacCallum K. (2020) A learning theory rubric for evaluating mobile learning activities. Mobile Devices in Education: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice: 983-998.IGI Global. (Chapters)
  • Brown C. (2020) Developing digital education leadership in the Commonwealth. In Mishra S; Panda S (Ed.), Technology-Enabled Learning: Policies, Pedagogies, and PracticesCommonwealth of Learning. (Chapters)
  • Parsons D., MacCallum K., Schofield L., Johnstone A. and Coulter S-K. (2020) Next-Generation Digital Curricula for Future Teaching and Learning. Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies in the Curriculum: 3-19.Springer, Singapore. (Chapters)
  • Luo Z., O'Steen W. and Brown C. (2020) The Use of Eye-tracking Technology to Identify Visualisers and Verbalisers: Accuracy and Contributing Factors. Interactive Technology and Smart Education. (Journal Articles)
  • Brown C., Sharifkhani M. and Ren X. (2020) Understanding tertiary educators’ perceptions and use of new learning and teaching spaces. In. (Conference Contributions - Published)