Selected recent and upcoming invited talks


June 2024. Keynote. Utopia and Digital Education Futures. Summer School in Philosophy of Education and Educational Research, Gdynia & Gdańsk, Poland.

June 2024. Keynote. Desirable Higher Education Futures. London School of Economics Education Symposium, London.

February 2024. Invited workshop. Speculative Futures for Higher Education. GRADE research symposium, Jönköping University, Sweden. with Jen Ross.

January 2024. Invited talk. Building Futures. University of Copenhagen.


November 2023. Plenary Humans, machines and the futures we choose. OEB, Berlin.

November 2023. Keynote Digital education utopia. University of Copenhagen, Making a Difference conference. Copenhagen.

June 2023. Work in progress seminar Scorched earth technologies: higher education and utopia. Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. University of Edinburgh. View the talk here.



March 2023 Invited talk Utopia: digital education futures. Aarhus University.


September 2022 Keynote Digitally Engaged Learning conference, Penn State University.

June 2022 Invited talk Galvanised seminar series, Edinburgh Futures Institute – Higher Education Futures.

May 2022 Invited workshop Digital Futures In Higher Education Practice and Policy. Trinity College Dublin.

May 2022 Keynote Aalborg University. AAU Learning Day: mission oriented teaching and learning. Education Futures and a Manifesto for Teaching Online.

May 2022 Invited talk Danish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education. What is digital pedagogy (not)? with Michael Gallagher

January 2022 Invited talk Displaced Universities Ukraine Teaching Excellence Day, AdvanceHE. Creating Future-Facing courses.


December 2021 Opening keynote University of Edinburgh IT Futures Conference. with Ben Williamson

November 2021 Invited seminar Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society. Anticipating the near future: high hopes for higher education. with Michael Gallagher

September 2021 Invited workshop University of Copenhagen. Scenarios for the future of digital education

September 2021 Keynote University of Adelaide Festival of Learning and Teaching. Anticipating the future for digital education.

September 2021 Invited talk International Association of Universities. Innovative education for unshaped futures.

September 2021 Invited seminar Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University. The Manifesto for Teaching Online.

August 2021 Keynote Annual DT&L Conference University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Manifesto for Teaching Online. with Jeremy Knox

June 2021 Invited conversation Future Trends Forum. The Manifesto for Teaching Online. with Jen Ross

May 2021 Panel Times Higher Digital Education week. What could university look like for the class of 2030?

March 2021 Invited lecture The Annual Drapers’ Lecture, Queen Mary University London. The Future of Digital Education.

February 2021 Keynote QAA Quality Insights Conference. Post-digital Higher Education.

January 2021 Invited talk Tuesday Club: an informal, trans-disciplinary community that identifies and monitors the future of geopolitical trends. The Future of Teaching Online. with Jen Ross


October 2019. Keynote U21 Education Innovation Leadership Symposium. Johannesburg, South Africa. Near Future Teaching.

August 2019. Keynote Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) annual conference symposium. Vienna, Austria. Near Future Teaching.

May 2019. Closing keynote. Norwegian University of Science and Technology Learning Festival, Trondheim, Norway. Near Future Teaching.

April 2019. Opening keynote. Queens University Belfast annual Learning and Teaching Conference, UK. Near Future Teaching.


November 2017. Keynote Clinical Psychology Annual Conference. Glasgow, UK.

November 2017. Invited talk Open education as Knowledge infrastructure for the 21st century. Open University of the Netherlands.

September 2017. Opening keynote. The dark side of TEL conference. Newcastle University. What’s the matter with technology enhanced learning?

September 2017. Keynote Association for Learning Technology annual conference, University of Liverpool. The social value of anonymity on campus.

June 2017. Keynote CALRG Conference Open University, Milton Keynes. The social value of anonymity on campus.

May 2017. Invited talk Kings College London conference (Unlocking the Future of HE): Future Teaching and Online Pedagogy. Kings College, London.


November 2016. Keynote . The Next Generation: Digital Learning Research Symposium 2016, Dublin. The manifesto for teaching online.

October 2016. Keynote. Teacherbot – interventions in automated teaching Leiden|Delft|Erasmus Centre for Learning and Teaching annual meeting 2016, Rotterdam. Teacherbot: interventions in automated teaching.

September 2016. Keynote. The risks and pleasures of teacher automation British Educational Research Association annual conference, Leeds. Teacherbot: interventions in automated teaching.

May 2016. Keynote. Campus codespaces for networked learners Tenth International Conference on Networked Learning, Lancaster. Being ‘at’ university.

March 2016. Keynote . A teaching philosophy for digital education: the Manifesto for Teaching Online Association for Learning Development in Higher Education annual conference, Edinburgh. The manifesto for teaching online.


October 2015. Keynote . Teaching born digital: the risks and pleasures of digital education Aarhus University, Denmark.

October 2015. Invited talk. Teacherbot Code Acts in Education: 5th ESRC seminar. Bristol, UK.

September 2015. Invited talk. Learning design in MOOCs International MOOC Conference: Where are MOOCs going? The future of distance learning. Capri, Italy.

August 2015. Keynote. What do we want from digital education? EuroCALL Conference 2015: Critical CALL, Padova, Italy.

June 2015. Keynote. Teacher automation – controversies and interventions Galway Symposium on Higher Education.

May 2015. Keynote. Teacherbot – automated teaching on a MOOC European MOOCs Stakeholder Summit, Belgium.

April 2015. Seminar. Assessment born digital University College London.

March 2015 Inaugural lecture. The trouble with digital education University of Edinburgh.

January 2015. Invited public talk. IThe space of distance education The Future of Technology in Education: What needs to change in 2015? Open University, Milton Keynes.


October 2014. Keynote. The ‘more-than-human’ in digital education European Distance Education Network Research Workshop Oxford.

September 2014. Keynote. Digital Education and University space #GMW14 – Lernräume gestalten – Bildungskontexte vielfältig denken Pädagogische Hochschule, Zürich.

May 2014. Invited talk. IThe pedagogy of Humanities MOOCs The digital university: MOOCs and the Humanities. Edge Hill University.

April 2014. Keynote. The sentimental campus: online distance education and being ‘at’ University Oxford. (Oxford Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference.)

February 2014. Invited talk. Gallery Education and the Digital Future. London. (An Artist Rooms and engage seminar, Tate Britain.)


December 2013. Keynote. : Media and Learning conference. Brussels.

November 2013. Invited plenaryU21 Educational Innovation Conference. Dublin.

October 2013. Invited presentation. European Commission High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education. Brussels.

October 2013. Plenary Teaching and learning in the digital. Tenth annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Raleigh, North Carolina, US.

October 2013. Invited talk. : U21 conference Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age – Opportunities and Challenges for U21. University College Dublin.

July 2013. Invited talk. First European MOOCs and Libraries Conference. London.

May 2013. Invited talk. UUK conference: open and online learning. London.

May 2013. Keynote. Open education and the sentimental campus. EdTech2013: Opening Up Education. University College Cork, Ireland.

February 2013. Invited talk. MOOCs and the sentimental campus. Disrupting Higher Education symposium. Trinity College Dublin.


November 2012. Invited seminar. ‘Campus envy’ and being ‘at’ University: the geographies of education on the internet. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

September 2012. Invited lecture. New approaches to learning digitally. New Directions for Work in Digital Scotland: Scottish Insight Seminar. Glasgow.

March 2012. Invited talk. Invited talk. Mapping posthumanism in the digital university. Society for Research in Higher Education Digital University network. London.