Felicitas Macgilchrist is a multi-disciplinarian with backgrounds in education, linguistics, and cultural studies. Her research interests within education technology (EdTech), can be summed up as being in the pursuit of equity and equality for all learners. Essentially, she is working to close the gap between today’s EdTech practices and the higher ideals of a better future.
Macgilchrist is head of the Media-Transformation department at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Media-Georg Eckert Institute, Braunschweig, Germany, which explores the implications of educational technologies in schools. She is professor of media research at the University of Goettingen’s Institute for Educational Science, and is co-editor of Learning, Media and Technology. Among her collaborations, Macgilchrist is a member of the research project Reconfigurations of Education in/Equality in a Digital World (RED), which concerns itself with global perspectives in datafication, education, and inequality.
I chose Macgilchrist because of her desire to see digital learning become more equitable for all on a global scale, for her futurist perspectives and for her varied research interests, which include understanding how learners’ interactions with software and hardware is being converted into data and how EdTech professionals can use that data to enhance learning, pedagogy, and research. Another research interest seeks to understand how digital technologies may affect and enhance the rewriting of history books as history books move into the digital realm where space is unlimited and the presentation and readability of material is layered, rather than the linear nature characteristic of print materials. And within that re-writing, Macgilchrist is curious to see whether a broader range of perspectives and voices will be included, ones that are not as common in print books. Macgilchrist is also an advocate for collecting data through storytelling and other forms of ethnography, arguing that the words of participants provide rich context and detail that surveys do not typically allow. can then be used to generate broader themes. For these reasons, I also believe Macgilchrist has made significant contributions to EdTech, and may continue to contribute as she continues to examine the questions she has, and further develops her collaborations.
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(2021, July 11). Introduction video Felicitas Macgilchrist [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkNJ5woyZzg
Macgilchrist, F. (2018). Cruel optimism in edtech: when the digital data practices of educational technology providers inadvertently hinder educational equity. Learning, Media and Technology. 44(4):1-10