Professor Norbert Pachler

  • Qualifications and position:
    • Mag.Phil, DPhil
    • Director: International Teacher Education, Professor of Education
  • Faculty:
    • Faculty of Children and Learning
  • Department:
    • Culture, Communication and Media
  • Summary:
    • As Director: International Teacher Education Norbert is responsible for developing partnerships with clients all over the world in the fields of teacher education and development in particular around the IOE's international PGCE (iPGCE). Previously Norbert worked for the Deanery inter alia as Pro-Director: Professional Education and Acting Dean for Initial and Continuing Professional Development. He also was Chair of Academic Board and has served on the Planning and Resource Committee, Senate and Council.Between 2005 and 2010 Norbert was Co-Director of the Centre for Excellence in Work-based Learning for Education Professionals ( Through this WLE-work he fostered technology-enhanced approaches to teaching and learning by facilitating innovation and developing new concepts and theoretical thinking.
  • Teaching:
    • Master of Teaching, MA TESOL, MRes, EdD, PhD
  • Research Projects:
    • In 2007 he founded the international, interdisciplinary London Mobile Learning Group ( , which he convenes. The group comprises researchers in the fields of cultural studies, sociology, semiotics, pedagogy, educational technology, work-based learning and learning design. Social Mobile Network to enhance community building for adults' informal learning (Stellar-funded Theme Team) Mobile - Education on the move. Responsive learning contexts in European Adult Education (Grundtvig-funded) European Diploma in Intercultural Education (EDICC) (EU-funded). Landscape review and analysis of the provision of ICT CPD in schools (Becta funded). Scoping a vision for formative e-assessment (JISC funded). ICT CPD for school teachers (Becta funded)
  • Postgraduate Research:
    • Norbert's research and supervision interests include technology-enhanced teaching and learning (with a particular focus on mobile learning and e-learning), teacher education and development and all aspects of foreign language teaching and learning. He has published widely and supervises numerous research students in these fields.Patricia Arinto, EdD (Philippines): Teaching at a distance in a digital age: perspectives from the Philippines. Jaroslaw Dydowicz, EdD (Poland): Digital media and the development of didactic competence in ELT. Tinghe Jin, MPhil/PhD (China): The learning of Chinese culture-loaded words in second language acquisition. Sangmi Lee, MPhil/PhD (Korea): Codeswitching in language and content classrooms. Muireann O'Keeffe, EdD (Ireland): ePortfolio development and professional development. Doroteia Pita, EdD (Madeira): Literacy practices of teachers in and out of school. Uwe Matthias Richter, EdD (UK): Convergence factors of face-to-face to online distance learning. Jean-Pierre le Tissier, PhD (UK): Pupils' perspectives on language learning. Michael Williams, EdD (Austria): Using English as the medium of instruction in intercultural classrooms
  • Professional Activities:
    • Norbert is joint editor of the Language Learning Journal (Routledge), Associate Editor of the London Review of Education (Routledge), member of the Editorial Board of Teacher Development (Routledge) and the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) as well as Editor in Chief of Reflecting Education (WLE Centre). Norbert has held, and holds numerous External Examinerships. Among others he currently examines the MPhil in Education (Research in Second Language Education) at the University of Cambridge.
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • Norbert regularly gives invited talks and keynotes at national and international conferences and events. . International Roundtable on Social Mobile Networking for Informal Learning (SoMobNet), Stellar Theme Team, Institute of Education, University of London, November 21, 2011 . Roundtable 'Pedagogically-orientated Mobile Learning research: the case of design research' at AERA annual conference, New Orleans, April 8-12, 2011 . Workshop 'The mobile' in teaching and learning: exploring and evaluating the role of mobile phones' at the Learning and Teaching Conference, Institute of Education, University of London, April 1, 2011
      • Research seminar 'Harnessing technology to enhance teaching and learning'. Part of the HEA Evidence-based Practice Seminar Series 2010 'Enhancing Professional Learning and Teaching Practice through Technology', Institute of Education, University of London, May 20, 2010 . Workshop entitled 'Individualised mobility as cultural resource: harnessing the 'mobile complex' for participatory learning.' 22. Kongress der DGfE, Mainz, March 2010 • Workshop entitled 'Technology-enhanced learning in the context of technological, societal and cultural transformation'. 2nd Alpine Rendez-Vous: International workshop Garmisch-Partenkirchen, November 29-December 1, 2009 • Symposium entitled 'Interdisciplinarity and mobile learning research'. AERA 2009, San Diego, April 2009 • Symposium entitled 'Digital media as cultural resources for learning.' CAL 09, Brighton, March 2009 • Symposium entitled 'Learning with mobile phones' at 21. Kongress der DGfE, Dresden, March 2008
  • Personal Country Knowledge:
    • Austria, Germany, UK, European Union, Carribbean, USA
  • Languages Spoken:
    • German (advanced)
  • Languages Written:
    • German (advanced)
Professor Norbert Pachler

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  • Culture, Communication and Media
    Institute of Education
    University of London
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  • Room 618b
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  • Cook, J., Pachler, N. and Bachmair, B. (2011) 'Ubiquitous mobility with mobile phones: a cultural ecology for mobile learning', Special Issue - Media: digital, ecological, epistemological 8(3), 181-196.
  • Pachler, N., Pimmer, C. and Seipold, J. (eds) (2011) Work-based mobile learning: concepts and cases.. Oxford: Peter Lang.
  • Pachler, N. and Daly, C. (2011 Key issues in e-learning: research and practice. London (Continuum).
  • Pachler, N., Cook, J. and Bachmair, B. (2010) 'Appropriation of mobile cultural resources for learning', International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning 2(1), 1-21.
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  • Pachler, N., Daly, C., Mor, Y. and Mellar, H. (2010) 'Formative e-assessment: practitioner cases', Computers & Education 54(3), 715-21.
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  • Pachler, N., Bachmair, B. and Cook, J. (2010) Mobile learning: structures, agency, practices. New York: Springer.
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  • Vavoula, G., Pachler, N. and Kukulska-Hulme, A. (eds) (2009) Researching mobile learning: frameworks, tools and research design. Oxford: Peter Lang.
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  • Pachler, N. and Daly C. (2009) 'Narrative and learning with Web 2.0 technologies: towards a research agenda', Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 25, 6-18.
  • Pachler, N., Makoe, P., Burns, M. and Blommaert, J. (2008) 'The things (we think) we (ought to) do: ideological processed and practices in teaching.' . Teaching and Teacher Education, 24, 437-450.
  • Pachler, N. (ed) (2007) Mobile learning: towards a research agenda. London: WLE Centre.