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Simon Thomson

Simon Thomson
Contact Details
Simon Thomson

Head of Digital Pedagogy

Centre For Learning And Teaching

0113 81 26303 S.Thomson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Simon Thomson

Simon has a background in performance and broadcast engineering. His academic career has been largely focused on the effective use of technology and open education practice to provide a high quality student learning experience.

As co-chair of a national Open Education conference and recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship in 2014 he is often invited to share his passion for and expertise in teaching, technology and open education.

Predominantly using action research to underpin his work, he endeavours to make a practical difference to the day to day activities of learners and teachers through the use of technology as an enabler, enhancer, enricher and empowerer of learning.

Areas of Expertise

  • Blended and Online Education
  • Blended Learning
  • BYOD
  • E-Learning
  • Flipped Learning
  • Mobile Learning
  • Open Education
  • Open Education Practice
  • Open Education Resources
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning


  • Current: PHD in E-Research & Technology Enhanced Learning (Lancaster University)
  • MSc Blended & Online Education (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • BA (Hons) Theatre & Music (University of Leeds)
  • FAETC (Oxford Brookes University)

Current Teaching

Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice

BSc (Hons) Broadcast Media Technologies

Research Interests

Simon is currently working on a conversational framework for e-learning. The 4E Framework is currently in use at Leeds Beckett University where it is challenging our perceptions of technology use in Higher Education.

He has recently completed a funded research project examining the effective use of 1to1 tablet devices in higher education learning and teaching settings, the findings of which will be openly published.

Simon continues to work with the open education agenda. He is currently developing a Facilitated Online Open Course to inform and support academic staff in the effective use of the open web as a professional development tool.

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