My background is in the software industry but since starting my PhD in computing science in 2007 I have been very interested in the potential of technology to support learning. After finishing my PhD and spending a few years in the educational technology industry I switched to being a full-time researcher.
I lead the educational technology research strand in Open Lab, exploring the role of technology in supporting communities to play a more effective role in formal education towards a more community-driven curriculum. This also involves looking at the support of technology for creating engaging digital content, the means by which content usage information can be fed back to creators and educators as well as new ways of understanding the impact of technology use in education. I am also interested in interaction design and interactive surfaces looking at the use of wearable sensors to enhance pen and touch interactions.