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Louis Major


Research Associate

Wolfson College Research Associate

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+ 44 (0)1223 767539


  • 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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Louis is a Research Associate interested in the use of digital technology for educational purposes. In particular, Louis is interested in the role of technology in supporting educational dialogue. He is currently the lead Cambridge-based RA on the Digitalised Dialogues Across the Curriculum (DiDiAC) project. Funded by the Research Council of Norway (2016-2020), and undertaken in collaboration 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' role in the Faculty involves supporting the work of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) Group, which aims to develop the potential of dialogue and its impact on theory, policy and practice. In addition to being a member of the CEDiR steering group, he co-leads the Digital Technology and Dialogue research strand that focuses on the interaction between dialogue in educational settings and digital technologies.

Previous research undertaken has investigated the implementation of Tablet PCs in schools, the use of digital video to support teacher professional development and the potential of mobile devices for improving educational outcomes in low-resource contexts. His PhD involved evaluating the effectiveness of a technology-enhanced learning tool (a robot simulator) to support the learning of computing programming, and he maintains his interest in computer science education (including through research involving Raspberry Pis).

In addition, Louis is interested in methods for research synthesis and has experience leading systematic reviews and using other related methodologies. He also has an interest in undertaking design-based research to support the development of technological tools and pedagogy.

Before joining the Faculty in 2013, 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

  • Education and learning technology
  • Educational dialogue
  • Teacher leadership and professional development
  • Empirical research methods
  • Systematic reviews and methods for research synthesis
  • International education

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Course Involvement

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


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