Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Contact Details

Dr Maggie McPherson

Visiting Fellow

I’ve been involved in various EU and UK funded research studies and projects related to technology enhanced learning for over two decades, and have published extensively in this field.  My research interests centres on holistic approaches  and appropriate research methodologies to investigate education in online environments.  

Finally, although I have primarily focused on e-Learning, I have in my previous role also carried out investigations into IT/IS Management, and e-Society/eGovernment issues and continue to hold an interest in e-democracy.

Research Interests

Current Research Projects:

Recent Research Projects:

Recent Research Evaluator for:

Membership of Professional Associations

  • International Leadership Association (ILA)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education (AACE)
  • Learning Light (Chair of Learning Light Steering Group. Until recently, Non-executive Director and Deputy Chair of the Board)
  • International Association for the Development of the Information Society (IADIS)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Management of Information Systems (FIMIS).
    IMIS Council Member and Spokesperson on e-Learning (2004-2008)

Recent Consultancy Invitations:

Recent Conference Speaker Invitations:

  • 2011: ED-MEDIA Symposium (Crisis of Delivering Tertiary Education), Lisbon
  • 2010: ED-MEDIA Symposium (Transforming Learning), Toronto
  • 2009: WICT Conference (Tensions btw EL Innovation and Quality Control), Malta
  • 2009: ISKS, Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2008: Brussels, Cambridge, Addis Ababa

Editorial Responsibilities:

  • Co-editor of the Emerald Journal: Interactive Education and SMART Technology (ITSE)
  • 2008-2009 ALT-C Research Papers Co-editor

Conference Committee Duties:

  • Co-chair of the IADIS E-Learning Conferences 2007-2011 
  • Member of ALT-C Committee (2008 and 2009)  


Postgraduate Research Tutor (PGRT).

Senior Lecturer MA ICT in Education.

Co-ordinator for two modules on the MAICTE Programme.

PhD Supervision

Supervisor to existing PGR students who are investigating the use of technology to support education. However, I am no longer taking on new PhD students for supervision.

Key Publications

Journal Articles

  • Shortridge A, McPherson MA, Loving G, ‘Using web-based reflection with video to enhance high fidelity undergraduate nursing clinical skills education. (In Press)’, IJEL: International Journal on E-Learning, Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education 2013 (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/74493/

  • Richter T, McPherson MA, ‘Open educational resources: Education for the world?’, Distance Education, ed. by Conole G, 3.2 (2012), 201-219
    DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2012.692068, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/74494/

  • Bekele R, McPherson MA, ‘A Bayesian Performance Prediction Model for Mathematics Education: A Prototypical Approach for Effective Group Composition’, British Journal of Educational Techology, ed. by Rushby N, 42.3 (2010), 395-416
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.01042.x

  • McPherson MA, Nunes JM, ‘Critical issues for e-learning delivery: what may seem obvious is not always put into practice’, J COMPUT ASSIST LEAR, 24.5 (2008), 433-445
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2008.00281.x

  • Nunes JMB, McPherson MA, ‘Why Designers cannot be Agnostic about Pedagogy: The influence of pedagogical thinking in Instructional Design for H.E’, Studies in Computational Intelligence, ed. by Jain LC, Tedman RA and Tedman DK, Evolution of Teaching and Learning Paradigms in Intelligent Environment.62 (2007), 7-30

  • McPherson MA, Nunes JMB, ‘Organisational issues for e-learning: Critical success factors as identified by HE practitioners’, The International Journal of Educational Management, 20.7 (2006), 542-558
    DOI: 10.1108/09513540610704645

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