Live Event: Webinar on Digital Technology and Outdoor Education

Is the use of digital technology in outdoor education fundamentally contrary to all its key values? To what extent is digital technology already embedded in contemporary outdoor education? What do we know about its potential? And which areas are in need of further exploration? Don't miss out on these thrilling discussions!



September 13


Live on Zoom





Digital Technology and Outdoor Education

Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted a large-scale uptake of digital and mobile technologies as learning tools in education systems. It follows that the field of outdoor education has been influenced in a variety of ways by the continuous development of digital technologies. There is a need to better understand these new layers of complexity and to optimize the regulation of digital technology in this sector.

At this Digital Technology and Outdoor Education webinar, three PhD researchers will discuss different perspectives on the complexities, pitfalls, and potentials of employing digital technologies in outdoor education.

The 90-minute webinar has an interactive format and leaves plenty of space for plenary discussion and audience engagement. The webinar’s central aim is to facilitate a critical examination of the possibilities and key challenges associated with the integration of digital technologies into outdoor education practices.


Simon Beames, Professor of Outdoor Studies at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

General information

  • September 13, 2021          
  • Time: 13.00-14.30 (CEST)

Other time zones:

  • 07.00-09.30 (EDT/GMT-4)
  • 11.00-12.30 (UTC)
  • 12.00-13.30 (GMT+1)
  • 21.00-22.30 (GMT+10) 

Live on Zoom  

 or log in manually with

  • Meeting ID: 684 8341 0356 
  • Passcode: DigTechOE  


Panel Members

Dave Hills is a PhD researcher at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His research investigates the pedagogical considerations and consequences of managing digital technology in outdoor education. Dave has been researching this topic for 6 years now and believes that technology is the professions greatest opportunity, but also its greatest threat. His other research interests include educational innovations and outdoor education curriculum design in higher education.

Jack Reed is a PhD candidate at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, where he investigates the extent to which social media influences residential outdoor learning experiences for young people. Jack has coordinated research in digital-based learning, learning communities, and the effectiveness of adventure pedagogy on the transfer of learning. His research interests include identity in the networked space, place-based education, learning communities, and outdoor and environmental education.

Imre van Kraalingen is a PhD researcher at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. Her research aims to develop accounts of how mobile technologies now form a part of contemporary teaching and learning experiences in higher outdoor education in Norway. She seeks to explore the mediating impact of mobile technologies on teaching and learning out-of-doors.


No registration needed.