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Professor Norbert Pachler

Pro-Vice-Provost (Teaching, Learning, Digital Education) at UCL

Norbert is Professor of Education at the UCL Institute of Education with academic specialisms in the areas of digital education, teacher education and development and language education. He has published widely and supervises in these fields.

His substantive role currently is that of Pro-Vice-Provost (Teaching, Learning, Digital Education) at UCL. He has a long-standing association with University of London Worldwide.

As Pro-Vice-Provost, Professor Norbert inter alia provides academic leadership for education at university level and works closely with the Vice-Provost Education and Student Experience on UCL-wide initiatives. He has particular responsibility for the development of the digital learning dimension of UCL’s Education Strategy including online provision. He oversees the work of the Online and Lifelong Education team and works closely with the Director of UCL Digital Education.

As Pro-director: Teaching, Quality and Learning Innovation, at the UCL Institute of Education between 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 innovation in the nature, form and content of what the Institute of Education does.
Between 2007 and 2013 Norbert led the international, interdisciplinary London Mobile Learning Group which comprised researchers in the fields of cultural and media studies, sociology, (social) semiotics, pedagogy, educational technology, work-based learning and learning design.

Norbert was Co-Director of the Centre for Excellence in Work-based Learning for Education Professionals between March 2005 - and July 2010. Through this WLE-work he aimed to foster technology-enhanced approaches in work-based learning by facilitating innovation and developing new concepts and theoretical thinking.

Norbert is Editor-in-Chief of The Language Learning Journal (Routledge), a leading international, peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of language education and he regularly reviews for a range of journals and funding bodies.