Dr Louis Major

Senior Lecturer in Digital Education

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Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Digital Education at the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE). My research focuses on digital technology’s role in the future of education, in particular, how this can enable new models of education, address educational disadvantage, and support dialogue and communication.

I am part of the EdTech Hub team which is investigating how culturally appropriate uses of technology can lead to better learning outcomes for children in low-income countries. Launched in 2019, the Hub is the world's largest educational technology research project. I am also an Editor of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET - Editor-in-Chief during 2021).

Prior to joining MIE, I worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (Faculty of Education: 2013-21). I was also Principal Researcher and Innovation Lab Director for the Digital Education Futures Initiative (DEFI: 2020-21). My previous research includes as:

  • Principal Investigator of the Gaming to Development project (G2D: 2020-21). Stimulated by the narrowing difference between the ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ world, particularly in the wake of COVID-19, G2D investigated how a real-time 3D creation platform - the Unreal Engine - can support careers education and enable young people to develop important future skills and competences related to dialogue.
  • Co-Investigator of the Virtual Internships Project (VIP: 2019-21). Working with industry partners and teachers, VIP investigated how technology can enable young people from areas of low social mobility to engage meaningfully with the world of work (in addition to supporting the development of effective teamwork, problem-solving and creativity).
  • Lead UK Researcher on the Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum project (DiDiAC: 2016-2020). Working with colleagues at the University of Oslo, and teachers across Norway and the UK, developing and evaluating the imapct of a microblogging tool (Talkwall) on classroom dialogue and interaction.

Examples of my other work includes investigating the role of Tablet computers in schools and the use of digital video to support teacher professional development. My PhD (Computer Science) involved evaluating the effectiveness of digital tools to support the learning of computer programming. Before joining Cambridge, I also worked as a Research Assistant for the Lifelong Learning Network (based at Staffordshire University: 2009-11) and Sessional Lecturer and Teaching Assistant at Keele University (2009-13).

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Association for Learning Technology (ALT), Associate
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA), Member
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow

External positions

Editor, British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET)

2020 → …

Fellow, The Higher Education Academy

2018 → …

Areas of expertise

Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, PhD Computer Science, University of Keele (2009 - 2013)
  • Master of Science, Information Technology, University of Keele (2008 - 2009)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Law & History, University of Keele (2005 - 2008)

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