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The latest episode of our podcast, Inside Learning, features Ann Devitt, Academic Director of Learnovate. Ann is Associate Professor of Language Education and Director of Research at the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin. She is a language graduate with a doctorate in computer science and her research areas focus on language and literacy teaching and learning as well as technology enhanced learning.
In her role as Academic Director of The Learnovate Centre, Ann guides research and technology priorities in the centre and champions initiatives to develop new research and innovation activities.
This episode explores Ralph Waldo Emerson’s declaration that ‘the mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.’ Ann examines the idea of threshold concepts and experiential learning and explores ideas on the expertise trap, innovation and immersive learning using virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR).
You can access the paper mentioned during the podcast here:
Threshold Concepts and Practices in Teacher Education: professional, educator and student perspectives
Inside Learning explores the power of learning to unlock human potential and is hosted by author, speaker, coach and broadcaster Aidan McCullen.
Aidan interviews global experts in the science of learning and the future of work to educate, entertain and inform us all on the power of learning.
Dr. Ann Devitt is Associate Professor of Language Education and Director of Research at the School of Education and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the Academic Director of The Learnovate Centre and has extensive research experience in both academia and industry. Having worked in the language and speech technology industries for a number of years in Europe, she returned to academia to complete a PhD in computational linguistics. After this she worked as research fellow in the telecoms industry where she has a number of patents and publications. In 2008, she joined the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin. She was a recipient of a Fulbright TechImpact Award in 2016 and has twice received commendations in the Provost’s Teaching Award.
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