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Stay calm and e-educate: Technology, education and mental wellbeing

#BERA_MentalHealth

In unprecedented times, maintaining education for learners across the spectrum has been a huge challenge, requiring educators to adapt quickly to online teaching and learning models.

A vast array of technologies and learning resources emerged for teaching staff and students of all ages to grapple with and embrace. Preliminary research suggests that many professionals in education felt they were given insufficient levels of training with few support mechanisms, and this has had a negative impact on their mental wellbeing. Students too have faced enormous challenges engaging with learning and for a significant minority, continuous and quality access to technology remains a major stumbling block. Some of the most disadvantaged children and young people have been left even further behind: The Covid-19 pandemic has both revealed and exacerbated the scale of this digital divide.

This half day event will bring together practitioners and academics from across all sectors of education to examine the repercussions of the rapid and dramatic switch to teaching and learning online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures, and how this has affected mental wellbeing in education communities. What lessons can be learned? As we face an uncertain future, one constant will be technology and we invite you to join the debate. Educators, researchers and policy makers require new approaches to understand how the education experience is changing in the context of digital technologies and how this is inextricably tied to mental wellbeing.

The event will comprise four presentations and a panel discussion which includes practitioners from across education settings.

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Speakers

Sveta Mayer, Dr

UCL Institute of Education

Dr Sveta Mayer is a lecturer at UCL Institute of Education and member of Bloomsbury Colleges Centre for Educational Neuroscience. She is involved in interdisciplinary research, drawing upon play-based pedagogy and social neuroscience, to design...

Carmel Kent, Dr

University College London

Dr Carmel Kent is a senior researcher at University College London. She has 20 years of industry and academic experience, having worked for IBM research, EdTech and healthcare providers’ companies and startups, as a software engineer, data...

Terry Hanley CPsychol, AFBPsS, PhD, Dr

Terry is a Reader in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manchester and an Associate Director of Research for the School of Environment, Education and Development. He is a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care...

Siobhan Lynam, Dr

University of West London

Dr Siobhan Lynam is a lecturer in psychology at the University of West London, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners and the British Psychological Society. Her research in higher...

Michelle Jayman, Dr

Researcher/Lecturer at University of West London

Michelle Jayman is a lecturer and researcher for the School of Human and Social Sciences at the University of West London, UK. She is a Convenor for the BERA Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education Special Interest Group and a Champion for the...

Francesco Maiorana

Instructor at Kansas State University

Francesco Maiorana is a Computer Science Instructor at the Department of Computer Science, Kansas State University, a Scientix ambassador, and a CoderDojo Champion. He is an active researcher in computer science education, medical informatics,...

Lydia Lymperis

Doctoral Researcher in Education at Newcastle University

Lydia Lymperis holds an MA in Education from the University of Nottingham and is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Newcastle University, where she also works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the MA Applied...

Chairs

Michelle Jayman, Dr

Researcher/Lecturer at University of West London

Michelle Jayman is a lecturer and researcher for the School of Human and Social Sciences at the University of West London, UK. She is a Convenor for the BERA Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education Special Interest Group and a Champion for the...

Jonathan Glazzard, Professor

Professor of Inclusive Education at Leeds Beckett University

Jonathan Glazzard is Professor of Inclusive Education at Leeds Beckett University. He is Director for the Centre for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education and he researches mental health, disability and early reading development in children and young...

Anthea Rose
Anthea Rose, Dr

Research Fellow at University of Lincoln

Dr Anthea Rose is an experienced cross-discipline education and social science researcher with a specific interest in mental health, gender and social justice. Her work is framed within education and social policy and she is particularly...