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Louis Major


Senior Research Associate

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  • PhD (Computer Science, Keele University), MSc (IT, Keele University), BA (Hons) (Law & History, Keele University)

Membership of Professional Bodies & Associations

  • Association for Learning Technology (ALT), Associate
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA), Member
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow

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Louis is a Senior Research Associate interested in digital technology's role in the future of education, in particular, how technology can enable new models of education and the development of ‘future skills’ such as dialogue and creativity.

Louis is Co-Investigator and Project Manager of the Faculty's 'Virtual Internships' project (2019-21). Working with industry partners and teachers in different parts of the UK, this investigates how technology can support young people from areas of low social mobility to engage meaningfully with the world of work. He is also the named researcher on the Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum project (2016-20). Undertaken with colleagues at the University of Oslo, DiDiAC utilises dialogic strategies and technology (the Talkwall micro-blogging tool) for promoting interaction in the classroom.

Louis co-ordinates the activities of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) Group, including co-leading CEDiR's Digital Technology and Dialogue research strand. He is particularly interested in methods for research synthesis and has led a number of systematic reviews. Louis has also led design-based research (DBR) to develop technology and pedagogy, and is interested in how DBR may help to close the gap between education practice and theory.

Examples of Louis' other research includes investigating the potential of mobile devices to improve educational outcomes in low-resource international contexts, the role of Tablets in schools and the use of digital video to support teacher professional development. His PhD involved evaluating the effectiveness of digital tools (simulated robots) to support the learning of computer programming.

Before joining the Faculty in 2013 as a Research Associate, Louis was employed as a Research Assistant for the Lifelong Learning Network (based at Staffordshire University) and as a Sessional Lecturer and Teaching Assistant (at Keele University).

Academic Area/Links

  • Digital technology in education
  • Dialogue and other ‘complex competencies’
  • Digital education futures
  • Systematic reviews, methods for research synthesis & design-based research
  • International education
  • Teacher leadership & professional development
  • Computer science education

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Course Involvement

  • Undergraduate Tripos: Research & Investigation
  • PGCE: Researching Pupil Perspectives
  • MEd/MPhil: Researching Practice; Research Methods Sessions (RMS); Education, Globalization and International Development
  • Practitioner Professional Development: Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM)

Louis is currently co-supervisor to three doctoral students in the Faculty.


See Google Scholar, and ResearchGate.