Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

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Research Students

Dr Bronwen J Swinnerton

Research Fellow in Digital Learning

I am a research fellow in digital learning. My previous roles have involved developing blended learning and online training and teaching materials, both in the private sector and at the University of Leeds. My background is in education research, having worked in the history of education, research  in assessment and evaluation and in digital learning for many years.

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in digital learning research associated with MOOCs, and how learners behave in MOOCs. This can involve using learner analytics to analyse the masses of data from MOOCs, and I am interested in developments in this area too.  I am also interested in the ways in which online and blended learning materials can be personalised to enhance the learning experience.


I am involved with teaching Educational Research Methods to a variety of postgraduates within the School of Education. I also teach on EDUC5258M Design and Evaluation of Digital Learning Environments and EDUC5259M Digital Learning in Practice.

PhD Supervision

I am particularly interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Blended learning  and distance learning
  • Learner analytics
  • Personalisation of digital learning

Key Publications


  • Jenkins EW, Swinnerton BJ, Junior School Science Education in England and Wales Since 1900: From Steps to Stages (London: Woburn Press, 1998), 249p

Journal Articles

  • Threlfall J, Pool PC, Homer MS, Swinnerton BJ, ‘Implicit aspects of paper and pencil mathematics assessment that come to light through the use of the computer’, Educational Studies in Mathematics, 66.3 (2007), 335-348
    DOI: 10.1007/s10649-006-9078-5

  • Hargreaves M, Shorrocks-Taylor D, Swinnerton BJ, Tait K, Threlfall J, ‘Computer or paper? That is the question: does the medium in which assessment questions are presented affect children’s performance in mathematics?’, Educational Research, 46.1 (2004), 29-42
    DOI: 10.1080/0013188042000178809

Conference Papers

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