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Visiting Fellow: Audrey Watters

Author: Lauren Heywood   20th March 2017
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The DMLL is excited to welcome its next visiting fellow!

Audrey Watters is a writer who focuses on education and technology — the relationship between politics, pedagogy, business, culture, and ed-tech. She has worked in the education field for over 15 years: teaching, researching, organising, and project-managing. Although she was two chapters into her dissertation (on a topic completely unrelated to ed-tech), she decided to abandon academia, and she now happily fulfils the one job recommended to her by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer.

At the end of every year since 2010 she has reviewed the most important and influential trends in education technology. This isn’t just a “listicle” – a quick dash through popular technologies. Rather, it’s an in-depth exploration and analysis of the events of the year:

Audrey will be visiting fellow at the lab during the first week of April 2017. If you want to know more about the different activities we will be hosting or would like to meet with her please get in touch with Daniel Villar-Onrubia (

twitter: @audreywatters@hackeducation


Upcoming events:



Current Trends in Education and Technology


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When: 12-1pm, April 3rd
Where: Room ETG34, Ground Floor, Ellen Terry Building

In this talk Audrey Watters, visiting fellow at DMLL, will discuss the most significant trends in education and technology. Audrey is a writer who focuses on the relationship between politics, pedagogy, business, culture and ed-tech. Since 2007 she has been releasing at the end of every year an in-depth review of the most important and influential trends in education technology.

Audrey Watters is the author of The Monsters of Education Technology (2014), The Revenge of the Monsters of Education Technology (2015), The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology (2016), and collections of her keynotes and public talks. She also published Claim Your Domain in 2015, which argues students should control their digital identities and digital work.

The talk is aimed at anyone – lecturers, staff and students – interested in the implications of emerging technology trends for education.


Please register via the DMLL Eventbrite. If you have any queries please drop an email to


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CU DoOO (Coventry.Domains) Community Lunch


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When: 12-1.30pm, April 4th
Where: the Grass, DMLL

We are pleased to invite you to our next CU DoOO (Coventry.Domains) community lunch.

We will have with us a very special guest, Audrey Watters (author of Claim Your Domain – Own Your Online Presence), who will talk about the philosophy behind this and will discuss examples.

We would like it to be an opportunity for the community to share practice and it would be great if some of you could volunteer to talk briefly about who you have made use of this platform or what are your plans in this regard. If you would be happy to do this please drop an email to Lauren Heywood. Otherwise, feel free to just attend the session and learn from the experience of others.

We would be very grateful if you could reply by Monday so we have time to do catering arrangements. Please let Lauren ( know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements.

We will also be launching the Coventry.Domains Awards!

If you wish to register interest in attending and have not yet received a calendar invite please email or


Technology-Enhanced Student Attainment and Retention?


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When: 2-4pm, April 4th
Where: the Teaching room, DMLL

Supporting students to achieve their full potential and to succeed in completing their degrees within the required timeframe is an important responsibility for universities. Learning analytics, personalization or adaptive learning are some of the technology-based approaches that bring the promise of helping universities to address such imperatives. But how much evidence is behind the hype?


    Audrey Watters.
    Prof. Daniel Burgos is Vice-Rector for Knowledge Transfer & Technology, UNESCO Chair on eLearning, and ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources at the International University of La Rioja (UNIR). In addition, he leads the Research Institute for Innovation and Technology in Education (UNIR iTED). Previously, he worked as Director of Education Sector and Head of User Experience Lab at the Research & Innovation Department of Atos, Spain, since 2007; and as assistant professor at the Open University of The Netherlands, from 2004. His interests are mainly focused on Adaptive and Informal eLearning, Learning & Social Networks, eGames, and eLearning Specifications.
    Lynn Clouder is Professor of Professional Education and Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning Enhancement at Coventry University. She co-edited Student Attainment: Issues, Controversies and Debates (2016) and is currently working with colleagues on Global Perspectives on Teaching Excellence: A new era for Higher Education. Lynn has a particular interest in attainment issues for students with disabilities.


Please contact Daniel Villar-Onrubia ( for information about booking a place.




Perspectives in Education Technology: in conversation with Audrey Watters and Jim Groom
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When: 10.30-11.30pm, April 7th
Where: the Teaching room, DMLL

In this joint talk two of our Visiting Fellows at the DMLL, Audrey Watters and Jim Groom, will be discussing issues relevant to the use of digital technologies in education and key digital skills for students and lecturers.


    Audrey Watters

    Jim Groom is the co-founder of Reclaim Hosting, an independent web hosting company focused on the higher education community. Previously he was the director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In the Spring of 2011 he opened up a digital storytelling course called “ds106” for anyone to take openly online and hundreds of people participated and continue to give back to that community. In Spring of 2013 he joined a group of hackers and thinkers at MIT to think about how an online framework could allow people to seamlessly syndicate the work they do across the web in a space of their own both on an academic and personal level.


If you are a Coventry University staff member please register via:

If you are not CU staff and would like to attend please drop an email to








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