Dr Chris Davies

Chris taught PGCE English at the Department of Education for several years, before setting up and running the MSc in Learning and Technology, and jointly convening the Learning and New Technologies research group.

He is now retired from the Department of Education, but remains a member of the Learning and New Technologies research group, researching uses of digital technologies for teaching and learning in schools. He is currently Acting President of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.


  • 2016 (with Lisbeth Brevik) “The potential of digital tools for enabling the observation of comprehension in the classroom”. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy
  • 2016 (with Rebecca Eynon) Major Themes in Education: Education and Technology. 4 Volumes. Routledge
  • 2013 (with Rebecca Eynon) Teenagers and Technology. Routledge.
  • 2013 (with Rebecca Eynon) “The role of the Internet in reshaping learning and education” in (ed. Dutton) Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies, OUP
  • 2011 (with John Furlong) “Young People, New Technologies and Learning at Home: Taking context seriously”, in Special Issue of Oxford Review of Education: The Educational and Social Impact of New Technologies on Young People in Britain.
  • 2010 (with Rebecca Eynon) “A Companion for learning in everyday life” in (ed. Y.Wilks) Close Engagements with Artificial Companions. Natural Language Processing 8. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • 2009  (with Sue Cranmer & Jenny Good). “Increasingly autonomous: learners using technology in the context of their family lives and beyond”. Becta.
  • 2009 (with Jenny Good) “Choosing to use technology: how learners construct their learning lives in their own contexts” Becta.
  • 2008 “Digital Literacies: A view from young people” in Report 3 from ESRC Seminar Series The Educational and social impact of new technologies on young people in Britain, published by University of Oxford and LSE
  • 2008 (with Jingjing Zhang, Setsuo Yokoyama & Youzou Miyadera). “A Hybrid Online Research Instrument beyond the Traditional Web Survey and its Application” in  The International  Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society,  Volume 4, Number 1  pp. 151-157.
  • 2007 “What can technology do for/to English?” in Teaching Secondary English with ICT  Eds. Anthony Adams & Sue Brindley, Open University Press, Buckingham
  • 2005 “Does access to broadband technology in schools result in a shift towards independent and active learning in classrooms?” in ed. A.Méndez-Vilas. Recent Research Developments in Learning Technologies
  • 2005 (with Peter Birmingham) e-Learning in broadband-connected classrooms. Becta:   Coventry
  • 2005 (with Geoff Hayward and Lina Lukman) Digital Technologies in 14-19 Education. Literature Review, Nesta Futurelab: Bristol
  • 2005 (with Peter Birmingham) “Implementing Broadband Internet in the Classroom: Key Issues for Research and Practice”. Oxford Internet Institute Research Report, January 2005.
  • 2002 (with Peter Birmingham and Christian Greiffenhagen) “Turn to Face the Bard: Making sense of three-way interactions between teacher, pupils and technology in the classroom.” Education, Communication and Information 2, 2/3, 139-161.
  • 2001 (with Peter Birmingham) “Storyboarding Shakespeare: Learners interactions with storyboard software in the process of understanding difficult literary texts”. Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education 10, 3, 241-253.
  • 2000 (with Maria Birbili) “What do people need to know about writing in order to write in their jobs?” British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 48, No. 4, December 2000, 429-445


From 1998-2003, Chris co-ordinated the Oxford-Intel Project, which involved helping to develop ground-breaking educational software, kar2ouche, which went on to win first prize from the British Computer Society in 2002. From 2002-2004, he worked with the Oxfordshire Community Network and the Oxfordshire LEA to conduct research into the implementation of broadband technology in Oxfordshire schools.  This work was carried out in partnership with the Oxford Internet Institute.

From 2008-2011, Chris was Principal Investigator for a Becta-funded project investigating learners’ uses of technologies away from formal education. During that time he was also co-organiser of an ESRC Seminar Series concerning the impact of new technologies on adolescents. During 2009-2011, he was a member of a team testing the feasibility of computer-based “learning companions” to support the self-directed learning of senior citizens. In 2011 he became director of the Kellogg Centre for Assistive Learning Technologies which is currently engaged in a project part-funded by Lenovo investigating uses of tablet technologies in Special Schools, and the use of mobile phones for English language learning in Dharavi, Mumbai. In 2012, the Centre published a substantial literature review of research in the field of assistive learning technologies. He was co-director of a project funded by Wikipedia, investigating the quality and accuracy of its content.

Chris is a Research Associate of the Oxford Internet Institute.


  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • Kellogg College


  • Associate Professor of Education

Subject area

  • MSc Education (Learning and Technology)
  • MSc Education (Research Training)

Research groups

  • Learning and New Technologies