Associate Professor of Learning and New Technologies
Department of Education
Niall is joint convenor, with Dr Rebecca Eynon, of the Learning and New Technologies Research Group and currently supervises eight PhD students.
His main research interest is in understanding how educational interventions can help to address inequality, especially for people who are marginalised, by focussing on how technology can support the strengthening of education and training capacity, particularly in health. More specifically, Niall works to design, develop and evaluate technology enhanced learning (TEL) interventions that support the professional development of learning practitioners, primarily healthcare workers in the Global South and in the UK. He is motivated by the need to improve TEL intervention design to provide new insights into learning practices, in support of equitable access to educational opportunity.
Niall’s research is interdisciplinary in nature. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and has been a visiting researcher at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon and MIT Media Lab Europe. Before joining the Department of Education, Niall was a Reader in Learning Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab (LKL), Institute of Education, University of London and Deputy Head of the Department of Culture, Communication and Media.
Niall is currently Principal Investigator (PI) on the:
ESRC/DFID-funded project: “The design and evaluation of a mobile learning intervention for the training and supervision of community health workers”. For more details, click here or view the project blog.
HEIF-funded project: “The professional development of postgraduate medical trainers’ technology enhanced learning design expertise”.
Previous research projects include:
An investigation of mobile learning for formative assessment and reflective practice in postgraduate medical education, HEA, June 2012-May 2013.
Peer learning and knowledge sharing for distance learning students using mobile phones, CDE, March 2011 – August 2011.
Mobile learning for development, HEIF, September 2009 – July 2010.
Mobile phones for development: Supporting veterinary training of distance learners in Tanzania, CDE, July 2009 – August 2010.