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Simon Thomson

Head of Digital Pedagogy, Leeds Beckett University

Simon Thomson is a “flipped academic” (Bruton 2012), and Head of Digital Pedagogy at Leeds Beckett University, UK.


He has led on a number of funded learning & teaching research projects including a JISC/HEA funded OER project as part of the Phase 1 UKOER programme, an institution-wide pilot of tablet devices evaluating the impact of 1to1 tablet device use and more recently a HEFCE funded project exploring the next generation of digital learning environments.

He has presented and published his work at a number of national and international conferences, predominantly in the areas of learning technology and open education.

A passionate advocate of open education almost all of his work is available under a creative commons license (where he is permitted to do so).


Simon’s current research focus is exploring the motivations of academic staff in developing their digital capability skills, with particular reference to the use of the TPACK framework in Higher Education, (Koehler, M. & Mishra, P. 2009).


Simon is an HEA National Teaching Fellow (2014), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SEDA accredited in Embedding Learning Technologies and an Apple Distinguished Educator.

You can connect with Simon on Twitter @digisim

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