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Louis Major

Position/Status

Senior Research Associate

E-mail Address

lcm54@cam.ac.uk

Phone

+ 44 (0)1223 767539

Qualifications

  • PhD Computer Science (Keele University)
  • MSc Information Technology (Keele University)
  • BA (Hons) Law and History (Keele University)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

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

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Profile

Louis is a Senior Research Associate interested in digital technology's role in the future of education, in particular, how technology can support dialogue and the development of other ‘future skills’ such as 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 enable 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 supporting 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 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 role of Tablets in schools, the use of digital video to support teacher professional development and the potential of mobile devices to improve educational outcomes in low-resource contexts. 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
  • Computer science education
  • Teacher leadership & professional development
  • International education
  • Systematic reviews, methods for research synthesis & design-based research


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Course Involvement

  • Undergraduate Tripos: Research & Investigation
  • Primary PGCE: Researching Pupil Perspectives
  • MEd: Researching Practice; Research Methods Sessions (RMS)
  • Practitioner Professional Development: Teaching Advanced Mathematics (TAM)

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

He is also a member of Wolfson College Cambridge.


Publications

See Google Scholar, Academia.edu and ResearchGate.