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Decolonising Digital Education: Lessons from Distance Learners

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Last year LIDC joined forces with the Bloomsbury Learning Exchange (BLE) and the University of London’s Centre for Online and Distance Education (CODE) to host a hugely-successful event on Decolonising Digital Education.

One year on, conversations on decolonising education, including digital education, continue. We believe all voices need to be represented in these discussions in order to make the prevailing system of delivering digital education more equitable.

This year we want to hear about experiences of learning of distance digital education. Do you, as learners, feel part of an education system that incorporates diverse perspectives and voices? Do learning platforms provide an all-round, inclusive education that meets all needs? Does this form of educational experience provide opportunities to engage with knowledge beyond the existing power structures?


Our panel of speakers represent a diverse range of students currently enrolled in Distance Learning courses. We’ll hear about the various challenges they face and how they feel these challenges can be overcome and their achievements recognised. We will also hear from a tutor involved in digital education.


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Conrad Francis is an Australian Sri-Lanka dual Olympian (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004). He holds a PGCE in International Sports Management (2022) from the University of London, a Diploma in International coaching from Semmelweis University (2012) and a Diploma in Sport & Recreation from Swinburne University Of Technology (2007).

Conrad was Captain of Sri Lanka’s National Swimming Team for five years. He is an advanced-level coach and has received numerous plaudits for his work and sits on Swinburne University Board of Olympians and  sits on numerous has worked as a Coach.


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Sanjeeva Singh is an Olympian Archer currently working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in International Sports Management (University of London). He has taken on various roles as a player, coach, sports administrator and currently is the High performance Director (Archery) in India’s Sports Authority under the Ministry of Youth, Affairs and Sport.

Between 2021 and  2023, Sanjeeva was awarded an impressive 201 international medals for his work as a High Performance Director plus 59 international medals for his work as a Coach.

He is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and holds an MBA in Systems and Marketing  (India). He has worked in various capacities for Tata Steel (India).


Dr. SwSwati Decol Dig 17.04ati Aggarwal holds a doctorate in AI and has extensive experience in research and teaching at a State University in India. Researching within Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Health, Ethics, and Cognitive Development, she was awarded the EU funded Marie Curie Postdoc fellowship in 2021, leading her to Europe. Here, she documented brain development in newborns and premature infants, aiming to develop AI-based assessment tools for detection of developmental delays in infants.

Transitioning to teaching in 2023, she embraced Europe’s student-focused environment. Seeking innovative pedagogy, she pursued a course in Postgraduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of London.



Cde Dr Christine Thuranira MckeeverDr. Christine Thuranira-McKeever has an academic background in agricultural economics. Christine spent the early part of her career working in international development.

With an academic background in agricultural economics, Christine spent the early part of her career working in international development, a field in which she maintains an active interest, from an agricultural and educational perspective.

Christine’s education research interests are mainly in learning design for science-based courses, and in enhancing the student experience & improving retention, particularly in areas relating to student support, tools to support student engagement and international institutional partnerships to support students.

Christine has been the recipient of a teaching research award from the CODE, investigating factors impacting scholarship students’ learning experience. She has also undertaken a number of other CODE studies around student engagement, including investigating the application of technology, and the impacts of different teaching, learning and assessment frameworks on the student experience.

In 2020 she became chairperson of the Equality and Diversity Committee at the college and in 2022 she was appointed as vice-principal for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.


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