The Digital Education Futures Initiative at Hughes Hall, Cambridge
DEFI, the Digital Education Futures Initiative, is your link to innovative pedagogy being developed in and around the University of Cambridge.
We are working to build and support a global community of stakeholders (including academia, education, policy and industry) to develop new models of education and new research priorities arising due to the growing prevalence of digital technology.
DEFI at Hughes Hall
DEFI is part of The Bridge at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, which seeks to forge academic and industry links capable of bringing lasting change to four key areas:
- Global Health and Wellbeing
- Energy, environment and climate change
- Artificial Intelligence and Data
Hughes Hall is the oldest graduate college at the University of Cambridge. Originally founded as a teacher training college, Hughes Hall retains its strong focus on Education even today, making it an ideal home for DEFI.
Cambridge Teacher Research Exchange
Cutting edge and bespoke research
Online and in-person
STEM materials for primary students
Introducing young learners to the world of work
DEFI’s vision is to create a more inclusive global education system by building a community that offers a space for open dialogue, research, reflection and thought leadership on digital education’s role in shaping a sustainable future.
Exploring the impact of EdTech
DEFI offers research-based answers to some of the big questions that new technology raises for education:
- What pre-conditions and supports are needed to allow individuals to pursue unique educational journeys using technology?
- What are the benefits and consequences of this kind of self-directed learning?
- Can education be integrated into the worlds of work, leisure and citizenship in a way that removes the need for separate educational institutions?
- What kind of sustainable educational eco-systems would be required to realise this vision in whole or in part?
Theory of Change
Click below to view the DEFI Theory of Change, which provides insights into our work and our pathway to lasting impact.
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