Dr Elizabeth Hidson

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Senior Lecturer in Education

My background is in UK secondary school education (ages 11-18). I trained initially as a teacher of IT, and across a 14-year career in London schools, I taught a range of additional subjects at GCSE and A Level. As an Advanced Skills Teacher and Lead Practitioner, I supported teachers across London in other secondary schools and also in the primary (5-11) phase. I have held multiple whole-school and senior leadership roles up to and including deputy headteacher.

I moved to the North East to study for my doctorate at Durham University. I also worked as a Research Associate at Newcastle University on several international educational technology research projects and have taught on PGCE, MA and doctoral researcher training courses at Durham University and Newcastle University before joining The University of Sunderland.

Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests include technology-enhanced learning and digital pedagogies, ICT and computing education, video-enhanced lesson observation and the use of digital and visual research methods.


My doctoral research looked at teachers' perceptions and pedagogical practices following the 2014 ICT to Computing change in the English National Curriculum. My MA dissertation looked at multimodality, moving image and the the kineikonic mode in relation to video production at Key Stage 3.

In addition, I have been involved in projects actively researching video-enhanced lesson observation for teacher education and CPD; the creative use of mobile technologies for teacher education; self-organised learning to support schools tackling early school leaving; and multimedia apps for language learning. I have several writing projects in progress.

Hidson, E. (2019). Video-enhanced observation: A new window on lesson feedback in a PGCE school placement. Impact: Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching. January 2019. Available online.

Hidson, E. (2018). Video-enhanced lesson observation as a source of multiple modes of data for school leadership: A videographic approach. Management in Education, 32(1), 26-31.

Conferences and presentations

  • Hidson, E. (2019). 'Video-enhanced lesson observation in initial teacher training and professional development'. University of Sunderland Faculty of Education and Society Research Seminar. 14 March 2019.
  • Hidson, E. (2018). Video-enhanced lesson observation: moving from performance management to continuous teacher development. BERA Conference 2018. 11-13 September,Newcastle, UK. 
  • ESRC NINEDTP Doctoral Training Event: ‘Visually Mediated Research: Using Visual Methods in the Social Sciences’.
25-26 June 2018. Newcastle University. ‘Using Video’ workshop leader. Also ‘Quality in visual methods: ethics, validity and participation’ workshop co-presenter with Dr Jill Clark.
  • ITTE 32nd Annual Conference, Winchester, 7-8 June 2018. Presentation: ‘Developing Computing pedagogy post-2014’. Also presented at ECR publication workshop. Invited panel member at ‘EdTech Policy and Practice’ debate session. 
  • BERA event: Ethical issues associated with using visual methodologies: the case of digital video. Open University,
28 March 2018. Case study presentation.
  • ITTE 31st Annual Conference, Hull,
21 June 2017, Video Enhanced Observation workshop.
  • CRiLLS Research Showcase, Newcastle University,
02 May 2017. VEO workshop.
  • BERA Conference, Leeds University,
15 Sept 2016, ‘Critical conversations of how to research educational leadership: A workshop for early career researchers’, panel member presentation.
  • ITTE 30th Annual Conference, London,
02 July 2016, thesis presentation.
  • Computing at School North East conference, Newcastle University,
16 June 2016, co-delivered Computing Education research workshop.
  • Durham University Researchers’ Poster Competition, Durham,
28 April 2016, poster presentation.
  • BERA/BELMAS leadership event ‘How to research critical conversations in educational leadership?’ Newcastle University,
26 April 2016, presentation.
  • Computing at School Research Group, London, 22 April 2016, presentation.


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Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) Video-enhanced observation: a case study of lesson feedback in a PGCE school placement. Impact: Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Hidson, Elizabeth (2018) Video-enhanced lesson observation as a source of multiple modes of data for school leadership: A videographic approach. Management in Education, 32 (1). pp. 26-31. ISSN 0892-0206

This list was generated on Sat Jun 15 18:49:22 2019 BST.
  • Technology-enhanced learning and digital pedagogies
  • ICT and computing education
  • Teacher education
  • School leadership and management
  • Video-enhanced lesson observation
  • Digital and visual research methods

I am a reviewer for the Technology, Pedagogy and Education journal.
I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a fellow of the College of Teachers (FCOT, MCollT), a Chartered London Teacher and a MirandaNet fellow. I am a co-opted member of the ITTE committee: the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education. I am also a member of BERA, BELMAS, NAACE and the Chartered College of Teachers.

I am a foundation governor at a County Durham primary school.

I was awarded the Gerald Collier Schoolteacher Scholarship by the College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University, in 2014.

Last updated 11 June 2019