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Siân Bayne

Credentials: Professor of Digital Education and Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute

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Prof. Siân Bayne is Professor of Digital Education and Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. She directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education, where her research is currently focused on higher education futures, interdisciplinary approaches to researching digital education, and digital pedagogy. She is one of the authors of The Manifesto for Teaching Online, recently published by MIT Press. She led the Near Future Teaching project to design a values-based future for digital education. Read the final report to learn more about the outcomes. See more information about her work on her web site.

Siân gives regular keynotes on the future of digital education, publishes widely, and has conducted research funded by UKRI, Erasmus+, AdvanceHE, and NESTA.


The Manifesto for Teaching Online

With Dr Jeremy Knox

“The Manifesto for Teaching Online” is a series of research-based position statements co-authored by a team of faculty at the University of Edinburgh. Taking the form of twenty-one short and provocative statements, the Manifesto is intended to articulate a pedagogy, politics and philosophy of teaching online. It is intended to be a resource and source of inspiration for those teaching in online environments, but also has a critical agenda as it challenges the techno-instrumentalism of many current ‘edtech’ approaches. We see it as a ‘call to attention’, a piece of work aiming to jolt the truisms, solutionist narratives and commonsense clichés of educational technology into some other future: one which is challenging, critical and exciting.

This talk will explore how and why we created the Manifesto, from the first version issued in 2011, to the updated 2016 version, and then the book recently published by MIT Press. Then it will discuss some specific Manifesto points and linked examples of practice, emphasizing ways in which the academic community can develop a scholarly and reflective approach to the study of educational technologies, while at the same time opening up new, creative, and highly engaged ways of teaching online.