From Bjoern Hassler
Bjoern has been seconded to the FoE for 12 months and will join the STeM Education Group.
Björn's interests include applications of technology to teaching and learning, as well as public engagement and lifelong learning. He is particularly interested in the appropriate application of technology to international development, and the so-called digital divide. Recent projects have included moderating the Access to Open Educational Resources discussion on the UNESCO OER Community mailing list, as well as various ICT and development projects in Zambia, including projects on rural women's education. Björn has also made substantial contributions to institutional podcasting development both within the University of Cambridge, as well as the international audio-visual community, and provided consultancy for businesses, professional societies and non-governmental organisations. Björn has a first degree in physics and astronomy and a PhD in maths from DAMTP.
Björn is currently working with Sara Hennessy on the OER4schools project introducing interactive teaching and ICTs in Zambian primary schools. He is also PI on a new JISC-funded project: "ORBIT" aims to produce an Open programme and Resource Bank on Interactive Teaching for teacher education and development, focusing on ICT use in mathematics and science education.
Just as a place-holder for now, here's some information:
1 Current affiliations
- University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, full time since October 2011
- University of Cambridge, CARET. Since 2006 I hold a senior research associate position at CARET, http://www.caret.cam.ac.uk, working on video in education.
- Since 2009, I have been partially seconded to the Centre for Commonwealth Education (based at the Faculty of Education), working on the OER4Schools project and the ANTSIT project.
- Aptivate http://www.aptivate.org/team
You can find out more about my projects on the Projects page.
2 Recent grants I've contributed to or held
- Steeple (JISC funded, joint project between University of Cambridge, Oxford University, Open University)
- Steeple Benefits Realisation (JISC funded)
- DfID funded ANTSIT project, part of NetRC strand, 2010/2011, see http://www.dfid.gov.uk/r4d/SearchResearchDatabase.asp?ProjectID=60812
I originally studied physics and astronomy at the University of Sussex (1992-1995), before moving more into theoretical physics and mathematics at Hamburg University, where I graduated on the subject of conformal quantum field theory (1998).
I then moved towards fluid dynamics and environmental science during my Phd at the Department for Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, writing on aspects of the global circulation of our atmosphere (2002). After the Phd I did research work on wave propagation in the atmosphere (until 2006). The high up bits of our atmosphere are much like a vertical beach on which waves are breaking, shuffling around CFC and working on climate change. My out of date atmospheric science homepage is here.
During my PhD I've also started to work on educational issues, looking at undergraduate mathematics education (2001-2003). Since 2004 I gradually moved more into education, as well as media production, with the Science Media Network, and also at CARET.