#225 – What Matters in Edtech: Wellbeing
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Welcome to the latest episode of the GLOBAL edition of our What Matters in Edtech Series, our podcast collaboration with Bett. This podcast series is all about the things that matter in education, and how and when tech might help.
So, what’s in this episode?
This episode is all about learner wellbeing, and we are covering how to define and measure wellbeing in the context of developing and using impactful edtech to support learner wellbeing and, therefore, learner success.
This is all especially relevant given the impact of the pandemic, with over half of UK students surveyed by the National Union of Students saying their mental health has deteriorated or been affected negatively by COVID-19, with only 20% of students having sought mental health support.
We explore the ambiguities in edtech – what’s stressing students out and what’s creating those systems of support – as well as looking into how educational settings can weave more social-emotional learning metrics into the usual approach of academic success.
Santiago de Ossorno Garcia, Former Research Associate – UCL; Research and Evaluation Lead, Kooth | Twitter: @kooth_plc
Santiago de Ossorno Garcia currently works at Kooth providing the evidence-base for digital mental health support. He has also work as a Research Fellow in the UCL Institute of Education for EDUCATE advising on on research methods for user-centre design in Educational Technology. He completed his PhD in Universidad Complutense de Madrid exploring the Influence of the parental context in bullying and victimisation in the classroom.
Tej Samani, Founder, Performance Learning | Twitter: @SamaniTej
Following a career in professional tennis, Tej founded Performance Learning. Performance Learning has had over 86% success rate in improving exam results, and test scores in learners from primary age through to higher education, across the UK, U.A.E. and Africa.
Tej has been featured on BBC World Service discussing the importance of sleep and presented at the 2017 Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai.
Tej has been published as first author on two occasions in the journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) and is a One Young World Ambassador and ARNI Executive Board Member.
Charlotte James, Education Course Representative – Year 1 at University of Southampton Students’ Union, Blogger, Adventures in Learning Technology | Twitter: @adventuresinLT; @unisouthampton; Course Rep @SotonEd; @UoS_CHEP SPL Intern
Find out more about Charlie James here: https://adventuresinlearningtechnology.com/
Funmi Alassan, Chief Product Officer, Togetherall | Twitter: @FunmiAlassan; @togetheralluk
Funmi Alassan has joined leadership team at Togetherall as Chief Product Officer.
She joins the organisation from Tes Global UK, a leading education SaaS business, where she led a high performing product team, growing the product offering across key areas of online communities, recruitment, wellbeing, training and development, and app-based platforms.
Funmi has worked in technology and product management roles for over 12 years in industries including: shipping, automotive, digital marketplaces, recruitment services, and education.
Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast | Twitter: @podcastedtech
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie has spoken and moderated at a variety of events including SXSW EDU, Yidan Education Prize, ASU GSV Summit, and the Next Billion Edtech Summit. She is an industry mentor and advisor, including to the UCL Knowledge Lab initiative EDUCATE, a Reimagine Education, GESA Awards, Bett Awards and XPrize Adult Literacy judge, and previous Edtech50 and Edtech Digest winner.
Sophie is passionate about lifelong and everyday learning. If she’s not interviewing a University Vice-Chancellor, Edtech Investor, School Leader, or StartUp about education innovation, she’s engrossed in Teach Your Monster to Read or wrestling her lockdown baby. A keen cyclist, she has recently relocated to West Devon which she considers the English version of the Pyrenees. She is very lucky to work with a distributed team on The Edtech Podcast.
Quotes from this week’s episode
References from this week’s episode
- Bett – Website
- FormAssembly – Website
- Tes – Website
- Tes – Twitter
- Coronavirus and Students Phase 3 study Mental Health with demographics Nov 2020 – link to National Union of Students survey
- Santiago de Ossorno Garcia – LinkedIn
- Kooth – Website link
- Kooth – Twitter
- UCL Educate – Wellbeing Edtech – link to resource by Santiago De Ossorno Garcia
- EDUCATE at UCL – Website
- UCL Educate – Twitter
- Review of 99 self-report measures for assessing well-being in adults: exploring dimensions of well-being and developments over time by Miles-Jay Linton, Paul Dieppe and Antonieta Medina-Lara – link to article on BMJ Journals site
- How to Think About and Measure Psychological Well-being by Peter Warr, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield – link to paper written in 2012
- Tej Samani – LinkedIn
- Tej Samani – Twitter
- Performance Learning – Website
- Performance Learning – LinkedIn
- PLEX – link to find out more about the technology software by Performance Learning
- Performance Learning – Tej Samani – link to more about Tej on PL website
- Oxford Brookes University – Twitter
- UCL Institute of Education (IOE) – Twitter
- International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society (AIED) – Twitter
- You can learn about Tej Samani’s contributions to education research and the papers that have been published below:
- Charlotte James – LinkedIn
- Charlotte James – Twitter
- Adventures in Learning Technology – link to Charlie’s blog
- University of Southampton – Twitter
- Discord – Twitter
- Basingstoke College of Technology – Twitter
- Blackboard – Twitter
- Trigger Warning: Suicide – At least one university student has died every week since the start of term – link to article on TheTab.com mentioned by Charlie James
- TheTab.com – Website link
- TheTab – Twitter
- Unitu – The Student Voice Platform – Twitter
- Funmi Alassan – LinkedIn
- Funmi Alassan – Twitter
- Togetherall – Website
- Togetherall – Twitter
- ‘Feeling less stressed’ – Cardiff Metropolitan University – link to Togetherall case study on website
- TES – Website
- Togetherall FAQs – link to FAQ section on website
Thank you to FormAssembly for supporting this episode
This episode of The EdTech Podcast is sponsored by FormAssembly, the leading web form builder and data collection platform for colleges and universities.
With its drag-and-drop interface, robust integrations, and high standards of security and compliance, FormAssembly helps hundreds of customers in the higher education industry streamline data collection processes for students, staff, and alumni. For more information about FormAssembly, visit formassembly.com/edtech.
Thanks also to Bett for supporting the What Matters in Edtech GLOBAL series
The “What Matters in Edtech Global” Series is produced by The Edtech Podcast and supported by Bett.
Bett is the global meeting place for the education community. A trusted brand with more than 30 years of heritage, the Bett series promotes the discovery of knowledge and technology to enhance lifelong learning. The Bett series attracts over 60,000 educators, leaders and practitioners alongside more than 1,255+ technology providers from around the globe. For more information go to https://www.bettshow.com/bett-global-series.
This episode is brought to you in association with TES, Bett’s global Wellbeing partner
TES is a global education business. Tes powers schools and enables great teaching worldwide, by creating intelligent online products and services to make the greatest difference in education. For more than 100 years they have worked and grown in partnership with teachers and schools to become a global community of 13 million educators. Their innovative digital tools, software and services are used by school leaders in over 25,000 schools in more than 100 countries. Turn to Tes for staff management, pupil management, safeguarding and training and together they’ll help you succeed. For more information, visit https://www.tes.com/.
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