Dr Michael Gallagher
Lecturer in Digital Education
2.02 Simon Laurie House, Moray House School of Education and Sport,
- University of Edinburgh (Holyrood Campus)
- Post code
- EH8 8AQ
I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and a member of the Centre for Research in Digital Education. My research interests include critical studies on digital education in development contexts, and the implications of such thinking for educational mobility. My published work includes critical perspectives on educational technologies (AI, MOOCs, mobile technology, ICT4D); the mobilities of digital education students; educational futures, and international frameworks for educational development (SDGs, New Urban Agenda, and more) and their impact on educational autonomy.
At the University of Edinburgh, I work on several Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) projects around digital education in sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda) and potential impacts on inclusion, as well as the Near Futures Teaching project, the Distance Learning at Scale project, and was formerly part of the NERC Research for Emergency Aftershock Response project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea for many years. I am also a Director and Co-Founder of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT4D. I work often with INGOs on digital education projects mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
My research focuses on the critical examination of the mobilities exhibited by groups and sectors in flux and how technology is used to both structure and manage these mobilities. Post-Brexit, with greater concentrations of international students and refugees, with the unbundling of labour and education, with a global edtech regime emerging in developing contexts largely unmooring local educational expertise and displacing higher education as a vehicle for social mobility, this research focuses on frameworks to investigate these movements holistically and to begin to address the larger intractable challenges that may stunt educational progress in development contexts. I routinely employ mobilities research and sociomateriality to identify “the distribution of agency between people, places, and material assemblages of connectivity” (Sheller, 2017) and the role digital education might serve in an increasingly unbundled intersectional educational environment.
I have consulted on several research and educational design projects, including the World Bank’s Open Learning Campus, where I worked on their open courses, conducted research on open learning and digital education, and contributed to learning analytics and course design. I am also on the Advisory Council of Beni American University in Nigeria. I am a Fellow in the Higher Education Academy (HEA), in keeping with the requirements of the UK Professional Standards Framework.
PhD: University College London, Education
MSc: University of Edinburgh, Digital Education
MSc: Drexel University, Information Science
BSc: Wright State University, Education
Responsibilities & affiliations
Faculty on the MSc in Digital Education
Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh
Digital Education Research Cluster
Advisory Council Member: Beni American University (Nigeria)
Higher Education Academy: Teaching Fellow
I teach on the MSc in Digital Education at Moray House School of Education and Sport.
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
I welcome enquiries about PhD supervision in the following areas:
- Critical studies of educational technology in developing contexts/emerging economies
- Critical studies on broadening access to higher education for marginalised groups in developing contexts, particularly for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and women.
- Critical studies of the intersections of national policy, global indicators of educational development (SDGs, etc.), technology, and educational autonomy in developing contexts.
My research interests include critical mobilities research in digital education in development contexts and the implications of such thinking for educational mobility. My published work includes critical perspectives on educational technologies (AI, MOOCs, mobile technology); the mobilities of digital education students; and educational futures. I work largely in ICT4D, with a particular focus on inclusion and gender in digital education.
Current research interestsdigital futures, digital education in low resource contexts, mobilities, ICT4D, policy, SDGs,
Recent presentations, seminars, and knowledge exchange events include the following:
- Gallagher, M. & Breines, M. (2019).Expanding the Teacher Function. IT Futures Conference, Edinburgh.
- Bayne, S. & Gallagher, M. (2019). Preferable and possible near futures for education. SERA Conference, Edinburgh, UK.
- Gallagher, M. (2019). The Near Future of Digital Education Workshops. University of Stockholm, Sweden.
- Gallagher, M. (2019). Interviewing, Focus Groups, and Digital Methods. American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
- Gallagher, M. (2019). Digital Education Theme Development Workshops. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- Gallagher, M. (2019). Digital Education in a Postdigital World. University of Derby Keynote.
- Gallagher, M. (2019). The Near Future of Digital Education in a Postdigital World. University of Exeter Keynote.
- Gallagher, M. (2019). UN Habitat Workshop: Digital education for urban resilience: Nairobi, Kenya
- Gallagher, M. (2019). British Council Focus Group: The Future of Digital Education
- Gallagher, M. (2019). Marshall Islands Visiting Delegation: Workshop on digital teaching
- Near Future Teaching testing sessions with staff (10.10.2018) and students (17.10.2018): The NFT team facilitated a series of sessions with staff and students from across the University to test the response to the draft vision and strategy emerging from the Near Future Teaching project, and gather feedback and input for a further iteration. Through these sessions, we engaged 15 staff members and 40 students (although over 150 students expressed interest in attending one of the sessions).
- Near Future Teaching testing sessions with schoolchildren: Five 90 minute sessions were conducted with school children from two schools near Edinburgh: one primary and one secondary. Two of the sessions were with 16 to 17 year olds, engaging a total of 14 students, and three sessions were conducted with 8 to 10 year olds, engaging a total of 43 students.
- A further Near Future Teaching testing session was held for students (23.10.2018) and was attended by Princess Anne, the Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, and Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.
- Gallagher, M. (2018). OER and Creative Commons Licenses. Cara Online Seminar.
- Gallagher, M.; Ross, J. & Macleod, H. (2018). Digital Education Workshop. Istanbul, Turkey.
- Gallagher, M. (2018). Surfacing local educational and community practices amidst decisive models of universal educational systems. Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE): Digital technologies ‘on the ground’: foregrounding local educational practices in an era of global technology, London.
- Bayne, S. & Gallagher, M. (2018). The Near Future of Teaching at Edinburgh. University of Edinburgh Learning & Teaching Conference, Edinburgh.
- Gallagher, M. (2018). Near Future Teaching and Shaping Education Futures: Social media as communication and data collection. RKE Making Research Visible, University of Edinburgh.
- Lamb, J. & Gallagher, M. (2018). Exit the classroom: digital, mobile teaching and learning. University of Edinburgh Learning & Teaching Conference, Edinburgh.
- Gallagher, M. (2018). Amira’s complexity and cosmopolitanism: the role of disposition in mobilities and mobile learning. Networked Learning Conference 2018, Zagreb, Croatia.
- Gallagher, M. (2018). Disconnects and Scale: Digital Education in Development Contexts. Seminar at the Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.
- Gallagher, M. (2018). Thinking about the Future of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh: Speculative Design. Institute for Academic Development (IAD); Seminar for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP).
- Gallagher, M. & Lamb, J. (2018). The Mobile Campus: Imagining The Future of Distributed Education at the University of Edinburgh. Festival of Creative Learning, University of Edinburgh.
- Knox, J. & Gallagher, M. (2018). Internet of (Campus) Things. uCreate Studio, University of Edinburgh.
- Gallagher, M. (2018). Equity not Equality: How ICT4D Might Inspire Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. Oxford University Department of Education Seminar Series, Oxford.
- Gallagher, M. (2018). “No one should feel othered or alone”: Near Future Teaching and the Future of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. Future of Learning Conference 2018: Pedagogy, Policy and Technology in a Digital World, January 15-17, 2018. Bangalore, India.
- Knox, J. & Gallagher, M. (2017). The Internet of (Teaching) Things. Kings Buildings, the University of Edinburgh.
- Gallagher, M. (2017). Equity & Equality: SMS, MMS, and Digital Education. EngTalks, University of Edinburgh.
- Gallagher, M. & Lamb, J. (2017). Multimodal pedagogy and mobile learning for refugees. When Education Becomes Possible. Scottish International Storytelling Festival, University Chaplaincy Centre, University of Edinburgh.
Affiliated research centres
- PI on GCRF Theme Development Fund: Digital Education in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda project
- GCRF Theme Development Fund: Migration in Latin America
- GCRF Theme Development Fund: Universal Secondary Education in the Asia-Pacific Region
- Near Future Teaching project
- Distance Learning at Scale (DLAS) project
- PI on Exploring the Teacher Function: Designing Interventions in Automated Teaching project
- Creating Refugee Access to Tertiary Education through Blended Learning: An Action Research Approach
- Foundations for All, Mastercard Foundation
- Co-I on A Learning Analytics Approach to Micromasters (PTAS funded) project
- Hacking the Distance Learning Experience: Student-led technology development
Current project grants
GCRF Theme Development Fund: Digital Education and Social Justice in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda (2019-2020)
Educational unsustainability in sub-Saharan Africa
Artificial intelligence and the mobilities of inclusion
Artificial Intelligence and Inclusive Education
Centre Report 2019
Moving beyond microwork
Disposition and distilling a complex cosmopolitanism through a mobilities lens
On an excursion through EC1
Amira’s complexity and cosmopolitanism: the role of disposition in mobilities and mobile learning
KakaoTalk meets the ministry of education:
National strategies for OER and MOOCs From 2010 to 2020
Mobile learning in an age of surveillance
Field activity and the pedagogy of simultaneity to support mobile learning in the open
The sonic spaces of online, distance learners
Artfully converting open (urban) space
Learning in the Open, Aesthetic Alignment, and the Pedagogy of Simultaneity
Being ‘at’ university: the social topologies of distance students
Making distance visible: assembling nearness in an online distance learning programme