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Ms Michelle Cannon
London Knowledge Lab
UCL, Institute of Education
23 - 29 Emerald Street
Tel: +44 (0)207 907 4633
  • Lecturer in Digital Arts and Media Education
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Dr. Michelle Cannon has worked in educational settings for most of her career. She held international posts for several years teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) including in Europe and South America. She worked for Sage Publications and then opted to retrain as a freelance web designer around 2000. This evolved into a role as a creative media practitioner and researcher in mainly primary educational settings. She completed a Masters at the IoE, London in 2011 in Media, Culture and Communication and then gained a PhD studentship with The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (Bournemouth University).

Latest publication: Cannon, M., 2018. Digital Media in Education: Teaching, Learning and Literacy Practices with Young Learners, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Research Summary

Dr. Michelle Cannon's research interests include the processes of making with digital media and how these relate to literacy in the digital age. She explores film and media production in primary and early secondary educational settings and the relationships between practical media work, moving image literacy, social participation and personal engagement. She is interested in participative and visual methods of enquiry using mobile technologies.

She has worked on international EU-funded research programmes in collaboration with the BFI and a network of European cultural and educational agencies. The first study was a scoping exercise to establish the state of film education in schools and other social and cultural agencies across Europe. The second research study was a development of the first to establish a framework for film education the might serve educators in the field for a range of ages and settings.

Michelle’s doctorate took a critical, qualitative look at young learners’ engagement in film-making processes. Using theories from cultural studies, anthropology, media education and new literacies, she devised a model to advance socio-cultural understandings of creative audiovisual meaning-making with digital media. She has presented her work and participated in in various national and international conferences/workshops in Prague, Boston, Rome, Madrid and Hong Kong.


Teaching Summary

Michelle started a career teaching English as a Foreign Language in France, Spain, Hungary, Italy and Brazil in the 1980s. As a new media professional she led extracurricular creative media sessions in primary schools and at the same time began training teachers in the use of digital media in the classroom. She is now lecturing at UCL, Institute of Education, on the MA in Digital Media, Culture and Education, and the BA in Education Studies. She has evaluated school film and media projects for The British Film Institute, and has worked with the BFI and European agencies on international film education programmes and moving image literacy research projects.

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