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Mrs ALEXA JOYCE profile picture
  • Student
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

As Director of Digital Transformation and Skills at Microsoft, Alexa works across the Europe, Middle East and Adrica region to drive digital transformation of education institutions and digital skills development, from primary through to higher education. She focuses on enabling them to develop the skills that students need to succeed in work and life.

Over the last 20 years, Alexa has worked with governments in more than 100 countries across the world in digital transformation. She previously led the global strategy at Microsoft for engaging and support education system leaders as they evolve their school systems, and was formerly EMEA Director of Policy, Teaching and Learning, focusing on supporting national device deployments across the region.

Prior to Microsoft, she worked with leading international education organizations: European Schoolnet (the network of 34 Ministries of Education in Europe), UNESCO and OECD. She’s on the advisory board of ALL Digital, a European network for digital inclusion, University College London’s EDUCATE incubator for ed-tech startups and the Institute for Ethical AI in Education.

Research Summary
Alexa has carried out research in both an academic and professional capacity in multiple areas of information and communication technology (ICT) in education. She has focused on topics such as STEM education using technology, how to improve uptake of STEM and computer science among girls, policy frameworks to apply ICT in education systems, and digital skilling.

Since she began her PhD at the Institute of Education, supervised by Dr. Diana Laurillard, she has been focusing on the use of ICT to improve Education for Sustainable Developent (ESD). This research is looking at both the use of ICT to support ESD learning among students, as well as improving teacher professional development in the field. She is building on the findings of this research to create a policy framework and guidance for decision makers on the role of technology for ESD in schools.
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