Digital Learning and Training: Technologies and Methods

  • 18 November 2021
  • 13:00-17:30
  • Online and Room B114, Brockington Building

The Applied Cognition, Technology and Interaction Group is an open network of researchers working to promote interdisciplinarity and exchange between biomedical, psychological, design, and interactional research that supports the wellbeing, mental health, and independence of people living with dementia, cognitive decline and associated disabilities.


  • 13:00 -13.20 – Welcome

  • 13:25 -14:05 – 1st Keynote – Dr Alison Kahn - Digital Children: Applying ethnographic methods to address The Essential Digital Skills (EDS) Framework outlined by the Department of Education (2018)
    Dr Alison Kahn, fellow in Museum Anthropology and Modernist Literature at the Stanford University program in Oxford, will discuss how the pandemic has provided lessons to overcome issues in methods for digital transmission of information in children to facilitate learning.

  • 14:10 – 14:25 – 10 Minute talk – Dr Lucy Beishon – The Cognition and Flow Study: a Mixed Methods Analysis.
    Cognitive training (CT) may be beneficial in delaying the onset or slowing dementia progression. CT has been evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively, but none have used mixed methods approaches. The aim of this study was to use a mixed methods approach to identify those who may selectively benefit from CT.

  • 14:30 – 14:35 – Short Talk – David Maidment – pre-recorded presentation: ‘The power of mobile health (mHealth) technologies to enhance hearing loss self-management’
    Objective. To assess the everyday experiences of first-time hearing aid users toward a newly developed mobile health (mHealth) intervention. Branded m2Hear, the intervention delivers increased individualisation and interactivity to enhance learning potential and hearing loss self-management.

  • 14:40 – 14:55 – 10 Minute Talk – Claudio Di Lorito – Keeping physically active through tele-rehab during the COVID-19 pandemic: Results from the Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability on Early Dementia (PrAISED) study.
    The Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia (PrAISED) is delivering an exercise programme for people with dementia. The study supports that people with dementia can use tele-rehabilitation, but success is reliant on having a caregiver and an enthusiastic and known therapist.

  • 15:00 – 15:10 – 10 Minute Break

  • 15:10 – 15:50 – 2nd Keynote – Prof. Martin Orrell
    Prof Martin Orrell is Director of the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham. He developed Cognitive Stimulation Therapy with Professor Aimee Spector when at UCL, which has proven benefits for people with dementia. In his keynote, he will discuss the use of digital methods to improve the lives of people with dementia.
  • 15:55 – 16:15 – 10 Minute Talk – A.Gisela Reyes Cruz – Accessibility reflections through a competencies-based approach
    This presentation will provide an overview of research on technology use by people with visual impairments that supports the proposal of a competencies-based approach, for bringing people from different backgrounds and abilities together to reflect on and learn about disability, accessibility and technology.

  • 16:20 – 17:30 – Sandpit Networking & Discussion Session
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