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Educational Technology Research

The Educational Technology Group (part of the Intelligent and Adaptive Systems Research Group) is interested in the use of software tools to support the learning and teaching process. The primary focus of its research is upon practical tools that can be applied in teaching Computer Science at university level. Complementary research is addressing conceptual issues concerned with the development of computer-based learning environments for general educational applications.

Current work is concerned with software tools and principles in the areas of peer assessment, plagiarism detection, and automated submission and assessment systems. Other projects include the development of agent-based pedagogic architectures, and the use of learning objects in educational software.

Other research within the group has been directed towards principles for the development of interactive learning environments. A significant theme in this work is that the choice of programming paradigm strongly influences the support that the computer can give to constructionist approaches to learning.

Members of the group have contributed to the activities of the Information and Computer Sciences Centre of the Higher Education Academy and to the IMPDET programme. There has been active collaboration with colleagues at other universities, including Dundee, Durham, Aalto (Finland), UEF (Finland), KMUTNB (Thailand), London Metropolitan, Malmö (Sweden), North West (South Africa), Nottingham Trent, Southampton, Southern Denmark, Twente (Netherlands), Ulster, and Walailak (Thailand), and the group has close links with the Centre for New Technologies Research in Education in the Warwick Centre for Education Studies.

Current Projects

Topics currently being investigated include the following (which include under each topic a complete list of publications).

Other Projects

Topics which have been under investigation recently, but which are not being actively pursued at Warwick at this time.


    Mike Joy (Associate Professor - Reader)
    Meurig Beynon (Emeritus Reader)
    Alexandra Cristea (Associate Professor - Reader)
    Antony Harfield (Associate Fellow)
    Steve Russ (Associate Fellow)
    Jane Sinclair (Associate Professor)
    Russell Boyatt (Senior Academic Technologist, IT Services)

    Research Students

    The following research students are being supervised within the Group (their topics of interest are in parentheses)

    Monisa Abdul Wahab (Raising Engagement and Motivation through Gamified E-portfolios (MeP))
    Resala AlAdraj (Security and Collaborative Groupware Tools Usage)
    Reem Qadan Al Fayez (Applying NoSQL Databases for Integrating Web Educational Stores - An Ontology Based Approach)
    Dimah Al-Fraihat (Evaluation of Web-based Education)
    Maram Al Zaidi (A Mobile Micro Approach to Support Note-taking Practice: A Student Perspective)
    Oran Devilly (The Impacts on Engagement of an Adaptive Educational System as an Integrated Part of a Classroom Environment)
    Mohamad Mahli (Satisfaction in Adaptive Educational System Using Dynamic Curriculum Sequencing Systems and Adaptive Feedback)
    Olfat Mirza (Source Code Plagiarism Detection Using Style Analysis)
    Moses Nkundwe Mwasaga (Ethno Supercomputing)
    Ayman Qahmash (Supporting Gifted Programmers)
    Mohammed Rehman (A Pedagogical Framework for Mobile Learning in International Contexts)
    Petch Sajjacholapunt (Enhancing E-Learning Material to Support Revision Strategy)
    Adekunle Shonola (Security Challenges being Encountered when Using Mobile Devices for Learning in Higher Education Institutions in Nigeria)
    Shima Teo (Ontologies for Automatic Question Generation)

    The following colleagues are no longer based in the Department, but still contribute to our research.

    Andy Chow, Georgina Cosma, Fawaz Ghali, Maurice Hendrix, Amirah Ismail, Mmaki Jantjies, Teemu Laine, Jenny Liu, Andrés Moreno Garcia, Jirarat Sitthiworachart, Shanghua Sun, Saba Khalil Toor, Shanshan Yang, Jane Yau