Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

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Professor Neil Morris

Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change

Neil Morris is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education and the Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds, reporting directly to the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Education.  He is a National Teaching Fellow, and has won a number of national awards for teaching excellence. Neil has a research background in neuroscience and current research interests in educational technology, online learning and blended learning. He has conducted a number of published research studies on the impact of mobile technologies on student learning and engagement and he is the co-author of Study Skills Connected, a successful textbook on using technology effectively to enhance learning (Palgrave MacMillan), and Studying a MOOC: a guide (Palgrave MacMillan). Neil has led a number of strategic technology projects at Leeds, including MOOCs for FutureLearnlecture capture, Open Educational Resources, Virtual Learning Environment and student response handsets. Neil is co-lead educator on the FutureLearn online course Blended Learning Essentials with Prof. Diana Laurillard, a project funded by the Ufi Charitable Trust.

In his current role, Neil has strategic and operational responsibility for the Digital Learning Team, which is responsible for the University's iTunesU site and delivering MOOCs for the FutureLearn platform. Neil has authored a number of strategies and policies for the University, including the Digital Strategy for Taught Student Education, the Blended Learning Strategy, the MOOC vision and strategy and the Open Educational Resources policy. Neil has given many keynote talks at UK and international events, and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Neil is a Trustee of the Association for Learning Technology, and Chair of the Editorial Board for the Association’s Journal, Research in Learning Technology. Neil is also Chair of ALT’s Publication and Communication Committee.

Research Interests

Neil is currently seconded as the Director of Digital Learning for the University of Leeds, overseeing all projects relating to Blended and Digital Learning. He is also involved with pedagogic research investigating the use of technology to enhance learning for HE students, with particular interests in MOOCs, learner analytics, technology adoption and mobile devices. Neil has a current grant from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education with Professor Linda Evans, and from the Ufi Charitable Trust for the Blended Learning Essentials online courses, with Diana Laurillard.

Neil is the Director of the University of Leeds Research Centre for Digital Learning

Neil has conducted studies on tablet computers, eBooks, the integration of video lectures, podcasts and mobile technology into the HE curriculum (View YouTube clip).  Neil was the founding group leader for the Bioscience Education Research Group between 2010-2013. Neil has received grant funding from the Higher Education Academy Collaborative Teaching Development Grant Scheme for a research project on eBooks (see blog here), and the Higher Education Academy's Centre for Bioscience (ULBERG), the Higher Education Academy / JISC OER phase 3 scheme (embedding Open Educational Resources institutionally; final report herecase study here). Neil also led a student project to produce podcasts of research seminars for use in student education (PRELO).

Social media

Scoop-it: http://www.scoop.it/t/moocs-by-neil-morris

Twitter: @neilmorrisleeds

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/NeilMorris2

External roles

  • Visiting Professorship, Ulster University
  • Chair, Communication & Publications Committee, Association for Learning Technology
  • Chair, Editorial Board, Association for Learning Technology
  • Member, ESRC Peer Review College
  • Programme committee eMOOC conference (Experience track)
  • Programme Committee ALT Conference 2015
  • Heads of eLearning Forum member
  • JISC Scaling Up Online Learning Working Group
  • University of Leeds Partner Representative for FutureLearn.
  • Former Editor-in-Chief of the International Student Research Journal, Bioscience Horizons, published by Oxford University Press (2011-2014).
  • Former Associate Editor for Advances in Physiology Education, published by the American Physiological Society.
  • Former Associate Editor for Bioscience Education, published by the Higher Education Academy.

Recent outputs

Forthcoming external talks

Recent external talks



EDUC5263M: Digital Learning in Practice module, on the Masters in Technology, Education and Learning (campus-based and Distance Learning) in the School of Education

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research students in the following areas: Technology-enhanced learning; mobile devices and learning; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); learner analytics; Open Educational Resources; blended learning; technology acceptance.

Key Publications

Journal articles

  • Morris NP, Lambe J, Ciccone J, Swinnerton BJ, ‘Mobile technology: students perceived benefits of apps for learning neuroanatomy’, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 32.5 (2016), 430-442
    DOI: 10.1111/jcal.12144, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/98958/

  • Morris NP, Ramsay L, Chauhan V, ‘Can a tablet device alter undergraduate science students' study behavior and use of technology?’, Adv Physiol Educ, 36.2 (2012), 97-107
    DOI: 10.1152/advan.00104.2011

Conference papers

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