Dr Helen Caldwell, Dr Emma Whewell, Jean Edwards, Jo Barrow



The DLAB Vestival was a virtual festival *VESTIVAL* held in May 2021 for educators exploring the theme of overcoming personal barriers using technology and creativity.

Digital Learning Across Boundaries 2: Developing Changemakers, or DLAB2 for short, is a three year project inspired by the changemaker movement, which seeks to build the skills and attributes for individuals to find innovative solutions to society’s challenges. University lecturers, teachers and trainee teachers have worked together with school pupils through a connected classrooms approach in Spain, Norway, Belgium, Denmark and England. Through various activities that come together in a Virtual Festival (a Vestival), we explored our own fears and limitations. Together we sought to find solutions and helped each other push our personal limits. Vestival participants found out about the outcomes of our explorations by entering the Padlet of Vestival tents. Inside each tent are examples of our activities and opportunities to try out ideas.

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Speaker Bio’s

Dr Helen Caldwell is an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Northampton where she is a specialist in educational technology, teacher education and online learning. Her role at the University of Northampton involves leading the Online MA Education, the PGCE Top Up and the PG Cert in Digital Leadership.

Dr Emma Whewell is the Deputy Subject Leader for Sport and Exercise in the Faculty of Art, Science and Technology at the University of Northampton. Her research is situated in teacher identity and use of digital pedagogies in teaching and learning.

Jean Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Health and Society working on the FDLT and BALT courses working with teaching assistants. She is a member of the Digital Learning Across Boundaries (DLAB) project team and has recently published a book called Art in the Primary School: creating art in the real and digital world, available from Routledge.

Jo Barrow is a Senior Lecture in the subject area of Children, Young People and Families, where she teaches on the MA Education (online), MA Education (F2F), the PGCE Top-Up as well as some undergraduate modules. Jo is studying for an EdD at the University of Reading, where her research examines influences of reading comprehension performance of primary age children in disadvantaged areas. Jo is also involved in research surrounding Active Distance Learning (ADL) with Dr Helen Caldwell, Dr Emma Whewell and Jean Edwards.

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