Dr Kevin Burden

Professor of Educational Technology

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

+44 (0) 1482 466731

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.


Research Interests

  • The pedagogical application and impact of educational technology in schools, colleges and post-compulsory settings
  • Mobile, ubiquitous computing and how learning can be augmented and transformed by the personalised, authentic and collaborative affordances of these technologies

Research groups


Kearney, M., Schuck, S., Burden, K., & Aubusson, P. (2012). Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective. Research in Learning Technology20(1), 14406.

Burden, K., & Kearney, M. (2016). Future Scenarios for Mobile Science LearningResearch in Science Education (RISE), 46 (2) 287-308

Burden, K., Aubusson, P., Brindley, S & Schuck, S (2016). Changing knowledge, changing technology: Implications for Teacher Education FuturesJournal of education for Teaching: International research and pedagogy, 42 (1)

Kearney, M., Burden, K., & Rai, T (2015) Investigating teachers’ adoption of signature pedagogiesComputers & Education, 80, 48-57

Beauchamp, G., Burden, K., & Abbinett, E (2015). Teachers learning to use the iPad in Scotland and Wales: a new model of professional developmentJournal of Education for Teaching, 41(2), 161-179.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Advanced Perspectives in Educational Research
  • Specialist Research in Professional Contexts (module leader)
  • Ethical and Philosophical Frameworks in Educational Research
  • Undertaking Critical Empirical Research

Research PhDs

  • Mobile learning
  • Digital technologies
  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Realities
  • Teacher education futures
  • Technology in fieldwork

Completed PhDs

  • Hajah Noraiman Al-Ain Haji Jamain (2012) ‘Teacher’s views/perspectives on the use of Interactive Whiteboard in Primary schools in Brunei Darussalam’.
  • Mohammed Alghamdi (2015), An investigation into how Web 2.0 technologies can be used to enhance the educational supervision of teachers’.
  • Amin Alzahari (2013), ‘Application of EMSs in Educational Supervision in the Schools in Saudi Arabia. How can we help supervisors' capacity to use EMSs more effectively in supporting supervision?
  • Howard Scott (2016), Social Media fatigue v enhanced engagement. Exploring utopian myths and pragmatic realities of digital technology tools in education’
  • Louise Shorthouse (2017) Visualisation and Immersive Learning in School

Current PhD supervisions

  • Margaret Korosoc, Analytics and student retention
  • Christine O’Dea, TBC
  • Ella Zaouit Ait (EdD), Teacher Identity formation and Portrait Methodology
  • Jaqui Bartam (EdD), What is visual literacy?
  • Kate Bowyers (EdD), TBC
  • Raona Williams(EdD), TBC

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, (1982), Loughborough University
  • MA in Education (1986), Institute of Education, London University
  • University of Hull Teaching Fellowship (2012)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, (2013)
  • National Teaching Fellow (2015)
  • Visiting teaching scholar, University of Technology, Sydney (2008, 2012)
  • Distinguished visiting fellow, University of Hong Kong (2015)
  • University of Technology, Sydney, Distinguished Visiting Scholar award, (2017-18)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons History, Lancaster University (1980)
  • PGCE, Loughborough (1981)
  • MA History, Institute of Education, University of London (1986)
  • PhD, University of Hull, 2012

External roles

  • External examining (PhD) at Galway University, NUI, University of Technology, Sydney, Hong Kong University,

Awards and accolades

Projects and grants (selected)

Professional highlights

  • Senior teacher, Malet Lambert School, Hull (1990-99)
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Hull (2010-2012)
  • Reader in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Hull (2012-2014)
  • Professor in Educational Technology, University of Hull (2016- )