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Prof Norbert Pachler
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
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  • Pro-Vice-Provost Quality and Standards
  • Online and Lifelong Education
  • Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience)
  • Professor of Education
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

As Pro-Vice-Provost (Teaching, Learning, Digital Education), Norbert works closely with the Vice-Provost Education and Student Experience on UCL-wide initiatives, with a particular focus on academic oversight of digital education across the university.

Norbert chairs the Academic Regulations and Quality Assurance Sub-Committee (ARQASC) of Education Committee, the Student Recruitment, Admissions and Funding Committee (StRAFC), the UCL's Access and Participation Steering Group and the Admissions Requirement Panel. 

As Pro-Director: Teaching, Quality and Learning Innovation at the UCL Institute of Education from 2013-2020, Norbert had overall strategic responsibility for the UCL Institute of Education’s teaching and learning portfolio comprising a large teacher education, undergraduate and postgraduate taught portfolio, leading change, managing quality and supporting curriculum and pedagogical innovation. From January 2019 this included line management of UCL's Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE).

Between 2018-2020 Norbert also served as Vice-Dean: Enterprise for UCL IOE across consultancy, knowledge exchange, entrepreneurship and other third stream activities and he leads and contributed to a number of large-scale international teacher education and development projects. 

Research Summary

As founder and convenor of an interdisciplinary, international research group, the London Mobile Learning Group, Norbert led on the development of a coherent theory of mobile learning around a socio-cultural ecology including a framework for planning and analysing examples of mobile learning projects and practice across all phases of formal education as well as informal contexts.

The theory is a response to important ongoing social, cultural, economic, technological and educational developments in a world in flux and focuses in particular on the normalisation of functionally convergent mobile devices and services and their impact on the cultural practices, the learning habitus and the life-worlds of device and service users; and addresses important questions such as the turn towards user-generated cultural resources and the paradigm shift for formal education in which learning is viewed in categories of context, not content.

Norbert has been involved in a number of complex, multi-national, multi-year, EU-funded research projects and has been PI on and participated in a number of research and consultancy projects for UK and international governments, quasi non-governmental organisations and (pan-European) research bodies, including the Higher Education Funding Council as well as the European Commission. The projects include:

  • system-level reviews and analyses of provision to support policy making and funding decisions;
  • monitoring and evaluation of educational interventions based on specifically devised impact criteria to be able to judge efficacy, for example with the OECD of pan-European technology-based innovations;
  • inquiries into professional online and mixed-mode interventions at university level with a view to enhancing pedagogical design and the student experience and learning journey;
  • pan-European knowledge-exchange activities; as well as
  • theory and pedagogical scenario building linked to empirical validation.

Norbert's ResearchGate profile: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Norbert_Pachler

Teaching Summary

Norbert’s supervises research students in his areas of research interest.

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