I am currently at Bath Spa University (UK) finishing my Ph.D. and learning how to be an open researcher.
In my research am looking at the informal digital learning spaces students bring to the university. While exploring those spaces I am also looking at how their digital literacies in academic settings are quite different than some of the skills, e.g. play (as the capacity to experiment with ones’s surroundings -I am thinking of digital surroundings- as a form of problem solving) and networking (the ability to search for, synthesise, and disseminate information) provided by Jenkins et al.(2006) as the ones needed for full involvement in the new participatory culture. A culture that is shifting the focus of new media literacies from individual expression to community involvement.
The idea is that enabling student-generated content as well as student-generated learning contexts it is possible to bridge formal and informal learning environments.
In my research I am looking at ways in which undergraduates can engage with digital tools in a research-rich context and how can their digital literacies be enhanced in that process. Students will through designing and developing their own digital learning environment, improve their digital competence in academic settings. Enabling student-generated content as well as student-generated learning contexts can be a means to bridge formal and informal learning environments. For this I will use a critical participatory design approach using Activity Theory as my theoretical framework (still figuring out this mix 😉 )
I am originally from Venezuela, where I worked for 15 years, teaching Mathematics at different levels of Secondary School. My initial interest in educational technology coincided with my move to teaching Mathematics at the University Simón Bolívar. Here, alongside teaching a bridge course and undergraduate students, I was part of the bridge course development team. This interest in educational technology became the theme of my master thesis: designing a website with cognitive tools to support disadvantaged students in their mathematical learning, as a part of the bridge course.
My PhD brought me to Europe in 2011. After a short stay in the mathematics faculty, at the University Complutense in Madrid, I attended a summer school at the Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education part of Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. There I met Prof. Dr. Jan van Maanen, an expert in mathematics education and the history of mathematics. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay for a year and a half as a guest researcher. It was during this period that the core ideas of my PhD began to mature into what is now the thesis of my dissertation at Bath Spa University.
My supervisory team at Bath Spa University is: Director of Studies, Prof. Grainee Canole, chair of the Institute for Education at the university and Professor of Learning Innovation (her blog), and my internal supervisor, Dr. Darren Garside, a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University (his blog).
My ORCID profile
Here is my first Blog, an attempt at a digital drawer for my links and documents when I started to draft these ideas.