Representational technologies and simulators as fields of action: Virtual experiences and access to expertise
- A CRLI seminar with Professor Roger Säljö, University of Gothenburg
- Tuesday 13th Feb 2018, 2.00-3.30pm (join us from 1.45 for a coffee and a chat)
- Room 612, A35 Education Building
- No registration needed, just come on the day
Recent developments in representational technologies challenge professional knowledge and learning in many professions. In the health sciences, for instance, new scanning techniques provide images of the human body that include details that previously could not be seen. At the same time, and as part of the same technological shifts, simulators offer possibilities of training professional skills in more sophisticated ways in an increasing range of settings: emergency services, navigation, health care etc.
This seminar will discuss how the spaces for learning and development that occur in the wake of these developments – at the work place as well as in the context of university training – may be seen as hybrid contexts that provide access to professional knowledge, but that still require consideration of the complexities under which professional services are enacted.
Professor Roger SäljöProfessor Roger Säljö, University of Gothenburg, specializes in research on learning, interaction and human development in a sociocultural perspective. Much of his work is related to issues of how people learn to use cultural tools and how we acquire competences and skills that are foundational to learning in a socially and technologically complex society.
In recent years, he has worked extensively with issues that concern how the so-called new technologies transform human learning practices inside and outside formal schooling. Roger Säljö has also been engaged in interdisciplinary work with colleagues from a range of different disciplines including medicine and health care, various natural sciences, linguistics and several others. He is Director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS), a national centre of excellence funded in 2006 by the Swedish Research Council, and one of the founding editors of the journal Learning, Culture and Social Interaction.