Stewart's new book
Stewart gained a B.Ed. from Lancaster University, an M.Ed. from Leeds University and a Ph.D. from Durham University. He has twenty-nine years of experience 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 Department of Education at Teesside University, offering wide-ranging provision locally and internationally that made effective use of technology-enhanced learning and teaching within 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 and 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 a post at the University of Hull where he served as Director of Postgraduate provision and Head of Department, led research and developed innovative uses of digital technology to enhance learning and teaching. He now works as a visiting Emeritus Professor, independent consultant and scholar, supervising PhD students and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes at universities in Europe and Asia.
During his career he has led 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.
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.
Founder and Chair: International Virtual Environments Research Group (iVERG.com).
Editor: Proceedings, International Virtual Environments Research Group.
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.
American Educational Research Association (AERA);
British Journal of Educational Technology;
British Journal of Educational Psychology;
Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology;
Computers & Education;
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.
· Listening to Children's Ideas to Improve in Learning and Developing Higher-Order Thinking Skills through
Reflection with Daily Documentation. Ph.D., 2022.
· 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.
· Lifelong 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.