Dr Eleanor Dare is currently the Co-Convenor for Arts, Creativity and Education at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, they are also the Senior Teaching Associate: Educational Technologies, Arts and Creativity, lecturing and supervising on MPHIL Arts, Creativities and Education, MPhil Knowledge, Power and Politics, and MEd Transforming Practice. Eleanor is module lead for AI and Education, a Personal and Professional Development course at Cambridge. Eleanor is also the co-founder with Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice of the Storytelling studio and consultancy, X||rdinary Stories, working with industry and academia to research and develop experiential projects involving emerging technologies. Eleanor is an active developer of Games, AI and VR content, a computer programmer with an MSc and PHD in Arts and Computational Technology. Eleanor was formerly Reader in Digital Media and Head of Programme for MA Digital Direction at the RCA. Eleanor has extensive experience with by practice investigation of AI, interaction design and digital education. Eleanor has taken part in numerous exhibitions and has published dozens of papers addressing computation, AI, Education, Games and digital interaction. These include chapters in MIT’s Leonardo, ACM Interactions, Routledge, Sage and Intellect Books.
Eleanor Dare’s research addresses the implications of digital technology and virtuality as a material for collaboration, critical-educational games development, performance, worldbuilding and pedagogic experimentation. Eleanor has been involved in several AHRC/EPSRC/ESRC/Arts Council/British Council funded projects investigating aspects of virtual and extended reality as well as projects with the Mozilla Foundation (AI-Musement/Monstrous 2022-2023), Theatre in the Mill Bradford (Bussing Out, 2022) and the Big Telly Theatre Company (via the Arts Council of Northern Ireland) for Rear Windows, forthcoming.
Specific research projects include: 2023-2024 UKRI Natural Environment Research Council, Digital Voices of the Future: Children’s visions of future UK treescapes revealed through gaming. 2023-24 ESRC Digital Good Network. 2023 AHRC Future of Broadcast. 2022, Pathways Digital, Cambridge University. Art Fair Innovations, AHRC/EPRSC, Shanghai and London, 2019: AHRC/ESRC 2019 UK-Japan network focused on location-based VR for children.
Eleanor will deliver a Methods Workshop addressing the development and use of virtual and extended reality spaces for research, pedagogy and collaboration.