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Educational Technology Research

The Educational Technology Group (part of the Human Centred Computing Research Division) 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 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), Mannheim (Germany), North West (South Africa), Nottingham Trent, Southampton, Southern Denmark, Turku (Finland), Twente (Netherlands), Ulster, Walailak (Thailand), and Zagreb (Croatia), 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.


    Meurig Beynon (Emeritus Reader)
    Alexandra Cristea (Associate Professor - Reader)
    Mike Joy (Associate Professor - Reader)
    Jane Sinclair (Associate Professor)
    Russell Boyatt (Service Owner, Learning Systems, University of Warwick)
    Antony Harfield (Associate Fellow)
    Steve Russ (Associate Fellow)

    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-Portfolio – Student Perceptions of Warwick MyPortfolio and Gamification of MyPortfolio
    Dimah AlFraihat
    A Pedagogical and Technological Evaluation of E-learning from Users’ Perspective
    Nouf Almujally
    A Framework for Knowledge Sharing amongst Academic Staff in Saudi Arabia Universities using Web 2.0 Tools
    Huda Alrashidi
    Utilizing Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Optimize E-Learning to Support Students
    Abdulazaz Alshahrani
    Computer-mediated Communication (CMC) Support Feedback for Educational Evaluation in Learning Environments
    Maram Al Zaidi
    A Micro Note Taking Approach: The Student Experience
    Oran Devilly
    The Impacts on Emotional Engagement of an Adaptive Educational System as an Integrated Part of a Classroom Environment
    Suncica Hadzidedic
    The Effect of Emotions on Personalization Needs and Privacy Concerns in Health Website Usage: The Case of B&H and the UK
    Shima Ibrahim Teo
    Ontologies for Automatic Question Generation
    Javed Khan
    A Visual Authoring Framework for Adaptive Hypermedia
    Olfat Mirza
    Plagiarism Detection Using Style Analysis
    Moses Nkundwe Mwasaga
    Investigating the Usefulness of Micro High Performance Computing Systems as Educational Tools
    Matija Novak
    Effect of Source-code Preprocessing Techniques on Plagiarism Detection Accuracy in Student Programming Assignments
    Daniel Onah
    Investigating Self-Regulated Learning in Massive Open Online Courses: A Design Science Research Approach
    Ayman Qahmash
    Supporting Gifted Programmers
    Ebtehal Quqandi
    Mobile Learning Deployment in Arabic Higher Education
    Mohammed Rehman
    A Pedagogical Framework for Mobile Learning in International Contexts
    Adekunle Shonola
    Mobile Learning Security in Nigeria

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

    Resala AlAdraj, Reem Qadan Al Fayez, Andy Chow, Georgina Cosma, Fawaz Ghali, Maurice Hendrix, Amirah Ismail, Mmaki Jantjies, Teemu Laine, Jenny Liu, Andrés Moreno Garcia, Petch Sajjacholapunt, Jirarat Sitthiworachart, Shanghua Sun, Saba Khalil Toor, Shanshan Yang, Jane Yau