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Education, Technology and the RELIEF Centre

Professor Diana Laurillard describes the potential role of technology in providing education in the context of mass-displacement

The RELIEF Centre explores ways of building prosperous lives for people in the context of displacement. Professor Diana Laurillard is leading the strand of this project which examines the potential use of technology in delivering education in this context.

As part of our work in the RELIEF Centre the Future Education team will be co-designing online and blended courses to develop the skills of community researchers and help improve teachers’ professional development. We are focusing especially on disadvantaged communities, such as refugees and low-income groups, where local professionals need additional support to meet local challenges, and where volunteer teachers may not have had sufficient teacher training in the specific demands of educating vulnerable children.

We hope that working with local professionals in an online collaborative dialogue could provide a model for scaling up education that will be applicable to many other contexts, particularly those that are experiencing the mass displacement of people, and need to increase the provision and quality of education quickly.

Would you like to take part in an optional research study?

If you would like to be kept up-to-date with the work of the Future Education team, or are working in education or community support in Lebanon, where education and training is needed, please consider helping us to develop the appropriate curriculum and format for courses of this kind. The research team would offer ideas for consultation, proposals for the kinds of resources and activities to be included in the courses, and their links to existing university or training courses and accreditation. You can register your interest, make enquiries, or get involved in the project by completing this form.

Please note that this is an independent project carried out by UCL RELIEF Centre and your participation is subject to the University’s own policies and terms. FutureLearn takes no responsibility for the contents or the consequences of your participation in this study. Your participation in the research has no effect on your course progress, marks or FutureLearn profile.

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