Emeritus Professor of Education

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Stewart gained a B.Ed. from Lancaster University, an M.Ed. from Leeds University and a Ph.D. from Durham University after which he spent twenty-nine years in secondary education, the last thirteen as a head teacher of large schools. During this time, he was an early innovator in the educational use of digital technology, led the first four-nation European Comenius project in the use of ICT, founded one of the first technology-enhanced learning schools in the UK and was appointed as an educational consultant with McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

In 1999 Stewart moved into university teaching and research at the School of Education at Durham University, where he created and taught programmes on the application of ICT in education, for students training to be teachers; created the postgraduate 21st Century Digital Technology and Management, Leadership and Change programmes and taught on the International Ed.D., of which he was also Director.

Following this Stewart founded and developed the highly successful Department of Education at Teesside University, which offered rich and wide-ranging provision locally and internationally that made effective use of technology-enhanced learning and teaching, underpinned by a strong research culture.

For his pioneering research and his development of effective applications of digital technology to enhance learning and teaching both nationally and internationally, he received a National Teaching Fellowship from the UK Higher Education Academy in 2009, awarded for significant and sustained innovation and development in the application of pedagogy in digital learning environments in design, the management and leadership of change, in the liberal arts and science and in cultural contexts where established practice often makes innovation challenging.

In 2012 Stewart took up his current post at the University of Hull where he has served as Director of Postgraduate provision and Head of Department and where he continues to lead research and develop innovative uses of digital technology to enhance learning and teaching.

He currently runs several funded research projects spanning the exploration of human learning in virtual reality settings using physiological, psychological and subjective measures to develop predictive objective metrics of cognitive load; the use of mobile digital technologies to enhance the development of knowledge, understanding and higher-order thinking skills in school and university students; and the development of digital assets, resources and experiences to help learners, teachers and their institutions promote greater knowledge, understanding and educational attainment. Much of Stewart's research focuses on the application of innovative, experiential, mobile and online learning to develop the understanding and effective application of digital technology for individualised learning and teaching.

Academic appointments

Visiting Professor: Hong Kong University; University of Saint Joseph, Macau; Future University, Hakodate, Japan;

                              Yokohama University, Japan; Bern University, Switzerland.

RCUK:  Arts & Humanities Research Council, reviewer.

External Examiner: Ph.D. - Newcastle University; Durham University.      Ed.D. - Greenwich University.

Editorial Board:  Educational Research and Evaluation.

Founder and Chair:  International Virtual Environments Research Group (iVERG.com).

Editor: Proceedings, International Virtual Environments Research Group.

Invited Editor:

   Teacher Learning Through Teacher Teams: Educational Research and Evaluation, 22(3-4), 2016.

   Affordances, Approaches and Challenges for Blended, Technology-Enhanced Learning: Present and Future     

      Development. Educational Research and Evaluation, 20(7-8), 2015.

   Virtual Worlds. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 3(4), 2012.

Invited Reviewer:

  American Educational Research Association;

  British Journal of Educational Technology;

  British Journal of Educational Psychology;

  Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology;

  Computers & Education;

  Human-Computer Interaction;

  Journal of Computing in Higher Education;

  Journal of Human-Computer Studies;

  Journal of Personality and Individual Difference;

  Teaching and Teacher Education;

  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Doctoral supervisions completed

·   Evaluation of the use of ICT to support students' learning and communication in a Saudi Arabian higher education

         institution: conflicts, contrasts, and tensions in lecturers' perspectives. PhD., 2020.

·   Malaysian cultural identities and their influence on entrepreneurial intention and practice. Ph.D., 2019.

·   The investigation of using wiki technology to support self-regulated learning. Ph.D., 2018.

·   The Informal Learning Experiences Gained by Adult Players in a Digital Game Environment: An Ethnographic

         Study of Perceptions. Ph.D., 2017.

·   Towards being a Learning Organisation: A business excellence approach. Ed.D., 2011.

·   The impact of knowledge management practices in improving student learning outcomes. Ph.D., 2009.

·   Effective leadership behaviours of private Secondary School Principals in Hong Kong. Ed.D., 2009.

·   Students' perceptions of and performance in online learning: An examination of the Community of Inquiry Model.

         Ed.D., 2008.

·   The impact of synchronous inter-networked teacher training in ICT integration. Ph.D., 2006.

Doctoral theses examined

  ·  The obstacles to using technologies in primary schools to help students with mathematics difficulties in the

          Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ph.D., Durham, 2017.

  ·  Science teachers' use of e-learning in the secondary school: Investigating the impact of the government's

          e-Strategy initiative. Ed.D., Greenwich, 2014.

  ·  The ICT gender imbalance in schools and beyond: Missed opportunities. Ed.D., Greenwich, 2010.

  ·  The impact of knowledge management practices in improving student learning outcomes. Ed.D., Durham, 2010.

  ·  Identifying a weakness in the UK education system in supporting children with complex social, emotional and

          behavioural difficulties (ADHD) Ed.D., Greenwich, 2010.

  ·  Students' perceptions and performance in online learning: an examination of the Community of Inquiry model.

          Ed.D., Durham, 2008.

  ·  Lifeong learning in Eastern and Western culture organisations in Singapore. Ed.D., Durham, 2007.

  ·  The English as a foreign language writing classroom and Weblog: the effect of computer-mediated

          communication on attitudes of students and implications for EFL learning. Ph.D., Newcastle, 2007.

  ·  The relationships between individual learning styles and learning strategies when using electronic materials for

          practising EFL listening. Ph.D., Newcastle, 2007.

  ·  Educational duties of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions: past, present and future. Ph.D. Durham, 2004.

  ·  The attitudes of university academic staff towards e-learning and in-service training in Saudi Arabia: an analytical

          study. Ph.D., Durham, 2004.

  ·  The use of a virtual environment in the education of engineering students. Ph.D., Durham, 2003.

  ·  Adaptive and maladaptive motivational responses in online learners. Ed.D., Durham, 2001.