Dean's Lecture Series

Learning the Unlearnable: Teaching the Unteachable

Presented by: Professor Richard Noss
Tuesday 21 February
Theatre Law GM15 Theatre, 185 Pelham Street, view map

Technology in education shouldn’t only be about changing methods of communicating knowledge – whether via an interactive whiteboard, a wireless netbook or a smartphone being illicitly used at the back of a class. It should also be about changing knowledge itself. Yet researchers, schools and policy-makers have tended to concentrate on how technology can enhance teaching without considering whether and how it should change the nature of what is taught.

This lecture will draw on nearly three decades of research that has focused on technology and knowledge, and draw some conclusions for learning and teaching in the 21st century.

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Professor Richard Noss

Richard Noss is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of London’s Institute of Education, and co-director of the London Knowledge Lab, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the learning and computing sciences. He was co-founder and deputy scientific manager of Kaleidoscope, the European network of excellence for technology enhanced learning, and is currently the director of the UK’s Technology Enhanced Learning Research Program.

Richard has edited and authored six books and directed some 20 research projects. He is a past editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning and co-editor of the Technology Enhanced Learning book series. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences and in 2011, was elected a Foreign Fellow of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians.