Main Lecture room – West Downs 2
Chair: Emma Goto
Time 13.45 – 14.45

This paper is a critical response to ideas about learning and education using mobile digital devices as a platform. In the context of a turbulent digital landscape and, in the UK, an increasingly fragile policy framework for publicly funded education, the role of digital technologies in curriculum development and practice must be subjected to a searching critique. This paper explores the risks associated with an over-optimistic, technophiliac version of the potential of personalised learning by digital means and in particular the risks posed to both learners and teachers by the ‘panoptic sorting'(*) of pedagogical activity.

(*) Gandy, O (1993). The Panoptic Sort: A Political Economy Of Personal Information. Routledge

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David is a retired academic. Following several years as a primary school teacher he moved into teacher training where he spent 30 years as a subject leader responsible for ICT (as it was!). He worked first at Sussex University and then at the University of South Wales.

David worked with many different groups of students and courses over the years including undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training (primary and secondary), MA courses and he has been a second supervisor for PhD students. In all these contexts David have developed programmes, modules, schemes of work and assessment frameworks to meet a range of needs and levels of education for students in ICT and computing. He also designed and delivered an online PGCertHE for new higher education tutors to gain membership of the Higher Education Academy.Although retired, he continues to participate in debates, events and organisations that are relevant to the development of useful learning technologies.David was made an honorary fellow of ITTE in 2016.


Sarah Younie is Professor of Education Innovation, MA Programme Leader and Principal Lecturer in Education Studies. She teaches on the MA and BA programmes and supervises research students in educational technology, innovation, pedagogy, professional development and management of change.

Dr Sarah Younie graduated with a first class degree from the University of Warwick, and then studied for a PGCE in Humanities and English at University of Leicester; then, whilst working as qualified teacher in schools she completed a Certificate of Further Professional Study in Education at the University of Cambridge. Sarah was awarded an ESRC scholarship to study for her Masters in Sociology of Contemporary Culture at the University of York, and has since completed a PhD in Education and Technology. She taught in a number of secondary schools and since then she has taught on BA, PGCE and MA courses where her teaching and research focuses on change in education, in particular technology and the opportunities it affords for innovation in practice. She has been an external examiner for MA and doctoral programmes.

During her role as U.K Chair of ITTE (Information Technology in Teacher Education), Sarah has liaised with government agencies and has conducted national research for government, and submitted evidence for the ‘Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Education’ in 2009.

Sarah has implemented international research projects. She was the co-investigator for the EU funded ‘Learning School’ project, part of European Schoolnet Multimedia project, supported by 23 Ministries of Education; the ‘Web@Classroom’ project, awarded ‘ICT Best Practice in European Education’ in recognition of innovation. Other international projects have included the EU funded European Knowledge Center’ project, developing the teacher-researcher interface. Previous national research includes the ‘Use of Learning Platforms in HEIs and Schools’; BBC News School Report for ITE; SOURCE project (Software Use, Reuse and Customisation in Education) TLTP funded with The Open University. Sarah has delivered research papers at international conferences and published journal articles, book chapters and books on technology and education