Dr Bronwen J Swinnerton

Dr Bronwen J Swinnerton


I am a Senior Research Fellow in Digital Education. I am actively researching digital education in higher education and in workplace settings. I teach on the MA Digital Education and supervise several doctoral students.

I am Deputy Director of the University of Leeds Research Centre for Digital Education

I have a LITE Fellowship in Learning Analytics. This is a 3-year part-time role, researching the implementation of Learning Analytics at the University of Leeds.

My previous roles have involved developing blended learning and online training and teaching materials, both in the private sector and at the University of Leeds. My background is in education research, having worked in the history of education, research in assessment and evaluation and in digital learning for many years.


  • Deputy director, Research Centre for Digital Education
  • LITE Fellow in Learning Analytics
  • FutureLearn Fellow

Research interests

I am particularly interested in digital technology in higher education, including the impact on teaching and learning, unbundling, and the acquisition of digital skills. I use blended learning approaches in my teaching and I am an educator on the FutureLearn Blended Learning Essentials suite of MOOCs. I am interested in MOOCs more generally and how learners behave in MOOCs. I am also interested in learning analytics and how they might be used to learn more about teaching and learning, but also the challenges associated with learning analytics.to analyse the masses of data from MOOCs.

I recently worked on the ESRC-funded research project 'The Unbundled University: Researching emerging models in an unequal landscape' on which I am a co-Investigator. For more information visit the project website.

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Professional memberships

  • Association of Learning Technologists (ALT)

Student education

I teach on a range of modules related to digital education. I am Module Leader for EDUC5265M Digital Education in Practice. I also supervise several MA dissertations

Current postgraduate researchers

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