Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Dr Aisha Walker

Associate Professor in Technology, Education and Learning

Programme Leader for MA Technology, Education and Learning;  MA ICT in Education and MA TESOL and ICT. Study Abroad Co-ordinator for the School of Education


Research Interests

Within the general field of digital technologies and learning, my specialist research area is digitally-mediated discourse: how people interact in digitally-mediated environments and how discussion can support learning. I am especially interested in children's and young people's uses of and interactions through digital technologies. I am also interested in academic literacy and discourse, in particular the ways in which the teaching/learning of these skills may be supported through technology.

See also http://www.aishawalker.com/



I manage the MA ICT and Education (now MA Technology, Education and Learning) and teach modules related to technology enhanced learning and 'children in the digital age'. My background includes linguistics and English language teaching so I also teach a module on Language Learning and Teaching with ICT.


PhD Supervision

Digitally-mediated discourse

Children and digital technologies

Digital games and learning

Technology and language learning


Key Publications


  • Walker SA, White G, Technology Enhanced Language Learning: connecting theory and practice, Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Journal Articles

  • Doult W, Walker SA, ‘He’s Gone and Wrote Over It’: The use of wikis for collaborative report writing in a primary school classroom’, Education 3-13: the professional journal for primary education, 42.6 (2014), 601-620

  • Avraamidou A, Monaghan JD, Walker S, ‘Abstraction through game play’, Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 17.1-2 (2012), 1-21

  • Kukulska-Hulme A, Pettit J, Bradley L, Carvalho. AA, Herrington A, Kennedy DM, Walker SA, ‘Mature Students Using Mobile Devices in Life and Learning’, International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 3.1 (2011), 18-52

  • Walker SA, ‘Socratic strategies and devil's advocacy in synchronous CMC debate’, Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning, 20.3 (2004), 172-182
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2004.00082.x

  • Pilkington RM, Walker SA, ‘Discussion skills in Higher education: Developing Constructive Argument in an Online Society’, Instructional Science, 31 (2003), 41-63
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1022556401959


  • Walker SA, ‘Confessions of a Reluctant Podcaster’, in Academic futures, ed. by Network IR (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), 209-222

  • Pilkington RM, Walker SA, ‘Facilitating debate in networked learning: Reflecting on online synchronous discussion in higher education’, in Advances in Research on Networked Learning, ed. by Goodyear P and others (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004), 67-89

  • Pilkington RM, Walker SA, ‘Overcoming ' Literacy Deficit': Using CMC to Develop Written Argument’, in Arguing to Learn: Confronting Cognitions in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Envirionments, ed. by Andriessen J, Baker M and Suthers D (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003)

Media Contact Areas

Digital learning

Childhood in the digital age

Digitally-mediated communication

technology-enhanced learning

technology enhanced language learning

digital technologies and language

© Copyright Leeds 2018