Professor Kevin Burden

Professor of Educational Technology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education


  • BA (Lancaster University)
  • MA (University of London)
  • PhD (University of Hull)


Kevin is an international expert on the application and impact of digital technologies in learning.

His research and work focuses on the transformational uses of mobile technologies in both formal, but increasingly, informal public spaces that include schools, colleges, universities, museums, heritage sites and the wider environment.

Kevin leads international collaborative projects in mobile learning with partners including the EU, the British Council and UNESCO.

He is a visiting scholar at Hong Kong University and a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Kevin is currently investigating the development and impact of next generation digital eBooks to support learning beyond the classroom.




Uncertainty in teacher education futures: Scenarios, politics and STEM

Schuck, S., Aubusson, P., Burden, K., & Brindley, S. (2018). S. Schuck, P. Aubusson, K. Burden, & S. Brindley (Eds.), Uncertainty in teacher education futures: Scenarios, politics and STEM. Springer Research.

Book Chapter

Disrupting education using smart mobile pedagogies

Kearney, M., Burden, K., & Schuck, S. (2019). Disrupting education using smart mobile pedagogies. In L. Daniela (Ed.), Didactics of smart pedagogy: Smart pedagogy for technology enhanced learning, 139-157. Springer Publishing Company

Journal Article

Investigating the use of innovative mobile pedagogies for school-aged students: A systematic literature review

Burden, K., Kearney, M., Schuck, S., & Hall, T. (2019). Investigating the use of innovative mobile pedagogies for school-aged students: A systematic literature review. Computers & education, 138, 83-100.

Investigating and critiquing teacher educators’ mobile learning practices

Burden, K. J., & Kearney, M. (2017). Investigating and critiquing teacher educators’ mobile learning practices. Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 14(2), 110-125.

Designing an educator toolkit for the mobile learning age

Burden, K., & Kearney, M. (2018). Designing an educator toolkit for the mobile learning age. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 10(2), 88-99.

Research interests

External Examining (PhD)

• Anne Bartlett-Bragg (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia), December 2013

• Louisa Panichi: (internal examiner) Participation in language learning in virtual worlds. An exploratory case study of a Business English course (University of Pisa), September 2014

• Thamer Binmahboob, (internal examiner), Integration of Graphic organisers into Writing Workshops: Perceptions of Saudi Second Language learners, Sept 2014.

• Alison McNamara, Touch Screen Interactivity in Mathematics Education at primary School Level (National University of Ireland, Galway, EIRE), December 2015

• Zeynep Polat-Yaseen, Student-generated animations and the teaching and learning of chemistry, (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia), March 2016

• Banny Chan Shun Kei, A study on the development of Hong Kong community students’’ digital literacy through storytelling (Hong Kong University,), Nov 2017

• Paul Flynn, Collaboratively Exploring the History of Education for Community of Practice Formation in Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education, ( National University of Ireland, Galway, EIRE, October 2016)

• Erica Lau (internal examiner), An Investigation of Transnational Higher Education in Hong Kong: Developing Transcultural Communities of Practice (May, 2017)

• Emma Asprey, Critical reflection by trainee teachers in collaborative online weekly logs, Bath Spa (May 2019)

PhD Completions and supervisions:

• Al-Ain Haji Jamain (funded by Brunei government) ‘Interactive Whiteboard in Primary schools in Brunei Darussalam’ (Sept 2014)

• Mohammed Alghamdi: ‘An investigation of using Web 2.0 technologies in educational supervision’.( funded by Saudi Arabia government) (Sept 2016)

• Howard Scott (University Scholarship) ‘Social Media fatigue v enhanced engagement. (Completed May 2018)

• Margaret Korosec (funded by Hymers College, Hull) ‘Analytics and Student Retention’ (completed Dec 2018)

• Louise Shorthouse (University of Hull Scholarship (Completed May 2017)

• Christine O’Dea (self funding) (due to complete Nov 2019)

• Rebecca Kelly ( University scholarship) (due to complete Dec 2020)

• Ella Alhouit (self funding) ) (due to complete Dec 2020)

Postgraduate supervision

I am available to supervise doctoral students in the following areaS:

*Mobile learning

*Technology Enhanced Learning

*Educational technology

Awards and prizes

National Teaching Fellow


University Teaching Fellow


Distinguished Visiting Professor

2018 - 2018

Distinguished Visiting Fellow (Hong Kong University)

2015 - 2015