peter williams

Dr Peter Williams

Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

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Peter is Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning. His experience in higher education includes designing and managing an innovative EU-funded online course in business management, pioneering an institutional staff development programme, leading an interdisciplinary social and cultural studies degree course and creating and leading a degree for primary school ICT specialists.

His doctoral dissertation examined management issues for E-learning in universities. Peter has served on several strategic planning groups at faculty and university levels. He currently supervises doctoral students researching the application of new technologies for learning, teaching and assessment.



Research Interests

  • E-learning
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • E-assessment
  • Authentic assessment
  • Social learning analytics
  • Collaborative learning
  • Institutional policy and change in higher education

Research groups

  • Entered for the University's submission for Education in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)
  • Served on the Faculty of Education Research Committee, the Research Degrees Committee and the Faculty Reading Group
  • Member of the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies and the Editorial Boards of Education and Education Sciences


Williams, P. (2016) 'Assessing Collaborative Learning: big data, analytics and university futures', Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. Vol. 42, No. 6.

Williams, P. (2014) 'Squaring the Circle: a new alternative to alternative assessment', Teaching in Higher Education, Vol. 19, No. 5. Published online 10 February 2014

Williams, P. (2008) ‘Assessing context based learning: not only rigorous but also relevant’, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Vol. 33, No. 4. Published online 23 July 2008

Williams, P. (2007) ‘Valid knowledge: the economy and the academy’, Higher Education, Vol. 54, No. 4. Published online 8 February 2007

Williams, P. (2010) ‘Beyond Control: will blended learning subvert national curricula?’ in E. M. W. Ng (Ed.) Comparative Blended Learning Practices and Environments, Information Science Reference, Hershey, Pennsylvania. ISBN: 978-1-60566-852-9

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Researching Classroom Practice

Research PhDs

Peter welcomes applications in his specialist areas. He has been principal supervisor to nine doctoral students, three of which have so far been supervised to completion.

Completed PhDs

  • E-learning for transformation? A grounded theory investigation of the student and staff experience in two educational programmes at the University of Malta
  • Is it all Academic? A Review of the Utility of Management Research and the Quest for Economic and Social Impact
  • An anatomy of a Social Network: Momentum, Enhanced Engagement and Social Media Fatigue: a Qualitative Case Study of Situated Literacy and Engagement among Further Education re-sit students in the UK

Current PhD supervisions

  • A case study of change facilitators for technology-enhanced learning in relation to one university’s strategic intent
  • Perceptions of kindergarten teachers in Makkah regarding the use of computer technology for teaching reading and writing in classrooms
  • Washback impact of high-stakes language tests on improving instruction and raising student achievement in Libyan universities
  • A comparative study of the impact of two universities’ employability policies on humanities undergraduates


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • University Teaching Fellow
  • PGCE

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • EdD
  • MA (Ed S)
  • MA

External roles

  • Member of the Association for Learning Technology
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Educational design and product consultant to MyKnowledgeMap, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (2014)
  • Member of the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies and the Editorial Boards of Education and Education Sciences