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Educational Technology

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), KMITL (Thailand), KMUTNB (Thailand), London Metropolitan, UCL, 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.

Other Projects

Topics which have been under investigation recently, but which are not being actively pursued at Warwick at this time, include: adaptive learning spaces; agent-based pedagogic architectures; learning objects and metametadata; service-oriented architectures in higher education; web-based peer assessment.


    Meurig Beynon (Emeritus 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 (the supervisor/s are in parentheses)

    Nouf Almujally (Mike Joy)
    A Web-based Knowledge Sharing Adoption Model for Academic Staff in Saudi Arabian Universities
    Naif Alotaibi (Mike Joy)
    Cross-lingual Plagiarism Detection (Arabic - English)
    Huda Alrashidi (Mike Joy and Thomas Ullmann)
    Utilizing Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Optimize E-Learning to Support Students
    Abdulaziz Alshahrani (Mike Joy)
    Computer-mediated Communication (CMC) Support Feedback for Educational Evaluation in Learning Environments
    Oran Devilly (Jane Sinclair and Mike Joy)
    The Impacts on Emotional Engagement of an Adaptive Educational System as an Integrated Part of a Classroom Environment
    Noor Hasimah Bin Ibrahim Teo (Mike Joy)
    Ontologies for Automatic Question Generation
    Moses Nkundwe Mwasaga (Jarkko Suhonen, Mike Joy and Mikko Apiola)
    Investigating the Usefulness of Micro High Performance Computing Systems as Educational Tools
    Matija Novak (Dragutin Kermek and Mike Joy)
    Effect of Source-code Preprocessing Techniques on Plagiarism Detection Accuracy in Student Programming Assignments (more ...)
    Ebtehal Quqandi (Mike Joy and Ian Drumm)
    Towards the Development of Guidelines for Utilizing Mobile Augmented Reality in Educational Environments
    Mohammed Rehman (Mike Joy)
    A Pedagogical Framework for Mobile Learning in International Contexts

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

    Monisa Abdul Wahab, Resala AlAdraj, Reem Qadan Al Fayez, Dimah Al-Fraihat, Maram Al Zaidi, Andy Chow, Georgina Cosma, Fawaz Ghali, Sunčica Hadžidedić, Maurice Hendrix, Amirah Ismail, Mmaki Jantjies, Javed Khan, Teemu Laine, Jenny Liu, Olfat Mirza, Andrés Moreno Garcia, Daniel Onah, Ayman Qahmash, Petch Sajjacholapunt, Adekunle Shonola, Jirarat Sitthiworachart, Shanghua Sun, Saba Khalil Toor, Shanshan Yang, Jane Yin-Kim Yau