My name is Megan Venn-Wycherley
I'm a Computer Science Education Researcher based at Open Lab, Newcastle University
I'm proud to be part of Open Lab's Educational Technologies research group, led by Ahmed Kharrufa, where we explore how the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of processes and technologies can bridge the gap between schools and their communities, improving the teaching and learning experience. Through my PhD research, I aim to explore how we formulate meaningful university-school partnerships for computing education, and understand how digital technologies can support the creation, facilitation and maintenance of these relationships.
During the academic term, one of my favourite parts of being at Newcastle University
is providing support on our Human-Computer Interaction courses, delivering lectures, seminars and practical sessions on Introductory Human-Computer
Interaction, Advanced Interaction Design and Ubiquitous Computing.
Beyond my work and research, I enjoy tinkering with the BBC micro:bit - a small programmable microcontroller developed to encourage people to engage with computing. My tinkering ranges all the way from articulating robotic hands to IoT-enabled dollhouses, from movement-reactive wearables to micro:bit-based adventure games!