Professor Neil Morris

Professor Neil Morris

Profile

Neil Morris is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education and the Dean of Digital Education at the University of Leeds, reporting directly to the Deputy-Vice Chancellor for Student Education.  He is a National Teaching Fellow, and has won a number of national awards for teaching excellence. Neil has a research background in neuroscience and has active research in educational technology, online learning and blended learning. He has published widely on the impact of blended learning, online learning and mobile technologies on student learning and engagement and he is the co-author of Study Skills Connected, a successful textbook on using technology effectively to enhance learning (Palgrave MacMillan), and Studying a MOOC: a guide (Palgrave MacMillan). Neil is co-lead educator on the FutureLearn online courses Blended Learning Essentials with Prof. Diana Laurillard, a project funded by the Ufi Charitable Trust.

In his current role, Neil has strategic and operational responsibility as the Dean of the Digital Education Service, which is responsible for delivering online courses on the FutureLearn, Coursera and VLE platforms. Neil has authored a number of strategies and policies for the University, including the Digital Strategy for Taught Student Education, the Blended Learning Strategy, the MOOC vision and strategy and the Open Educational Resources policy. Neil has led a number of strategic technology projects at Leeds, including Online Distance Learning, Digital Learning, collaborative lecture theatres, MOOCs for FutureLearnlecture capture, Open Educational Resources, Virtual Learning Environment and student response handsets. Neil has given many keynote talks at UK and international events, and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Neil is the Director of the University of Leeds Centre for Research in Digital Education.

External roles

  • Member, ESRC Peer Review College
  • Heads of eLearning Forum member
  • JISC, Senior TEL Group
  • University of Leeds Partner Representative for FutureLearn.
  • Member, DCMS National Coherence Delivery Group
  • Member, DCMS Working Group on Digital Skills and Inclusion

 

Awards

 

Affiliated Research Centres

Centre for Research in Digital Education

Responsibilities

  • Dean of Digital Education
  • Director, Centre for Research in Digital Education

Research interests

Neil's research investigates the use of technology to enhance learning for HE students, with particular interests in MOOCs, learner analytics, technology adoption and mobile devices. Neil is the Principal Investigator on a current ESRC grant exploring the impact of digital technology on the unbundling of higher education, a collaborative project with Prof Laura Czerniewicz at University of Cape Town in South Africa (see project website). Neil has recently completed a research project funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education with Professor Linda Evans, and also has on-going funding from the Ufi Charitable Trust for the Blended Learning Essentials online courses, with Prof Diana Laurillard.

Neil has previously conducted studies on tablet computers, eBooks, the integration of video lectures, podcasts and mobile technology into the HE curriculum (View YouTube clip).  Neil was the founding group leader for the Bioscience Education Research Group between 2010-2013. Neil has received grant funding from the Higher Education Academy Collaborative Teaching Development Grant Scheme for a research project on eBooks (see blog here), and the Higher Education Academy's Centre for Bioscience (ULBERG), the Higher Education Academy / JISC OER phase 3 scheme (embedding Open Educational Resources institutionally; final report here). Neil also led a student project to produce podcasts of research seminars for use in student education (PRELO).

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • BSc (Hons)
  • PGCLTHE

Professional memberships

  • Association for Learning Technology
  • Advances HE

Student education

I teach on the Masters in Digital Education (Distance Learning) in the School of Education.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Digital Learning

Current postgraduate research students

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>