Making research more accessible

We've created a number of easy-to-read research resources exploring ways to improve teaching and learning. You'll find a list below of the current research available in various formats, including our Byte-Sized pieces in short and long versions, as well as our AI Readiness webinar series.

The most in-depth study to date of how the UK education system fared during the pandemic.  Shock to the System: Lessons from Covid-19, available to read now.

 

Explore our Research Topics

Wellbeing

When developing health-related educational technology or interventions to improve wellbeing, designers and educational technologists should consider multiple complexities, including the challenges related to measuring wellbeing while conducting research.

Artificial Intelligence

To understand AI, and reap the potential of AI for society, we need to be able to identify the difference between AI and Human Intelligence. In addition, since our students and children will experience the greatest impact of AI - both from an employment perspective, but also from cultural and sociological perspectives - we need to evaluate how AI impacts education.

Motivation, Feedback & Mindset

When developing and using educational digital environments, it is important to consider the conditions that are known to promote learning. Exploring the constructs of motivation, feedback and mindset in education helps to understand how EdTech products and services might be enhanced.

Augmenting Human Decision-Making

The exact role of AI in education is not easy to predict and there are still debates over whether it should be developed to assist human cognition or replicate it.  The use of multimodal classification models have been found to assist educators and businesses and provide advanced feedback and reflection.    

Perceived Credibility of Research Evidence

Public perceptions of educational research credibility are uneven, and it is suggested that more work is required of AI in education's stakeholders, chiefly academics and developers, to communicate with the public and recover a potentially misleading reputation of AI in education and more broadly. 

Guided Independent Learning

For the last 30 years there has been an extensive movement to change teaching in Higher Ed through innovative strategies involving independent learning.  Research suggests that providing guidance during independent learning can benefit knowledge acquisition and understanding.

Research Studies

In its first incarnation, the EDUCATE Programme, part-funded by ERDF, saw 272 EdTech startups come through its doors, and our research team devised a number of studies looking at the data generated from those close working mentor-company relationships.  Half of the studies have been completed.

Ongoing Studies

1. The importance of boundary objects in industry-academia collaborations to support evidencing the efficacy of educational technology

Alison Clark-Wilson, Kristen Weatherby

2. Developing a more comprehensive ontology for EdTech

Alison Clark-Wilson, Carmel Kent

3. EdTech Entrepreneurs’ understanding of research

4. EdTech Entrepreneurs’ understanding of theories 

Kim Issroff

01/ Completed Study

Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in the educational technology sector to become more research-minded.  An introduction to the collection of articles

02/ Completed Study

Preemptive intervention and its effect on student attainment and retention

03/ Completed Study

The mentoring relation as an interpersonal process in EDUCATE: a qualitative case-study of mentor-mentee perspectives

04/ Completed Study

Developing Little Bridge as an evidence-informed English language learning platform for 6-12 year olds

 

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Below you can find our team's published works, including

educational research papers, publications, journal contributions, and more.

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