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Michael Detyna

Learning TechnologistMichaelDetyna


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 3949


Room 3.09, Waterloo Bridge Wing,
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King's College London
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Michael is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.


Michael is passionate about education and has a keen interest in learning about the world. Michael has a particular interest in learner engagement, and he mentors academics on several digital tools and approaches. He is a peer reviewer for a range of national and international journals including Interactive Learning Environments. He has spoken at a number of conferences, and was keynote speaker at an international conference on learning innovations in Pretoria. He has an academic background in a wide range of disciplines (Digital Education, Physics, Geography, International Politics, English).

He holds a BSc in Physics from Bristol University and won a silver medal in the national Physics Olympiad. He also has an MA with distinction in International Politics, and has previously worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He has taught and worked in China, Prague, the Middle East, the USA and Rwanda in Central Africa. He has also travelled widely, visiting over one hundred and thirty countries - the majority of the world's countries. He has also studied Academic Practice at the University of London, and has a Cambridge University accredited CELTA teaching qualification.

He convenes the university wide Virtual Reality Interest Group which has involved speakers from academia and industry. His research relates broadly to learner engagement and to learning environments. He has led on writing a number of successful funding bids related to this, and organised research for a number of projects related to learning environments.

Michael has worked in higher education for more than a decade, managing large scale events, projects and budgets. He has helped coordinate four conferences, of which two were major international conferences related to pedagogy. Michael is an Apple accredited video editor, and has produced video content. He is adept in the use and mentoring of a range of learning technologies, and has built and run several websites.


Michael leads on the design and provision of a number of university-wide courses for academics, and has given lectures to postgraduates on digital education. He presently teaches and mentors lecturers on classroom technology. He also supports the implementation of King’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, and provides expertise in relation to curriculum design and development. Further, he investigates the problems and complexities of technology-enhanced learning practice and provides appropriate educational and technical guidance and advice to colleagues.

Recent publications and conference presentations

  • Detyna, M;, Dommett, E (2021) ‘An investigation into digital tools for lecture engagement: a feasibility study’ Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol 14, No 1
  • Mehtaa, K; Miletich, I; Detyna, M (2021) ‘Content-specific differences in Padlet perception for collaborative learning amongst undergraduate students’, Research in Learning Technology, Vol. 29, 2021
  • Detyna, M; Bazin, K; Apps, C; Dudley, P (2020) ‘Investigation into the use of an interactive 360° patient home environment to facilitate interdisciplinary learning’, 5th European Congress of the Europe Region World Physiotherapy Education, 2020
  • Detyna, M; Bazin, K; Ledema, R; Shah; R Apps, C and Dudley, P (2020) ‘An investigation into the use of VR and an interactive 3D patient home environment to facilitate interdisciplinary learning and to enhance the student experience’ HEA Teaching and Learning Conference 2020
  • Detyna, M & Kadiri, M (2019) ‘Virtual reality in the HE classroom: feasibility, and the potential to embed in the curriculum’, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2019.1700486
  • Detyna , M; Dommett, E (2019) ‘Taking risks in interactive learning spaces’, Excellence in Teaching conference, King's College London
  • Detyna , M (2018) ‘Impressions from global teaching; and implications for enhancing student engagement’, HE Academy Conference
  • Detyna, M (2017) ‘Mobile learning interactivity through audience participation’, Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, Pretoria: South Africa
  • Detyna, M; Rhodes, J; Kasule, C (2016) ‘Presentation Interactivity, Pedagogy and Practice’ Excellence in Teaching conference, King’s College London
  • Detyna, M; Patel, U (2010) ‘Reconceptualising internationalisation for learning and teaching’, 3rd June, Learning at City Conference London: City University London
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