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Dr Elizabeth Hidson

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Senior Lecturer in Education: Programme Leader for PgCert Education (SCITT)

My teaching background began in UK secondary education (ages 11-18). I trained as a teacher of Information Technology in 1999, and spent 14 years in London schools. I have held multiple school leadership roles up to and including sole Deputy Headteacher. Strategic projects that I have worked on include the Specialist Schools programme, Building Schools for the Future (BSF), academy conversion and setting up a new sixth form.

As an accredited Advanced Skills Teacher (AST), Lead Practitioner and Chartered London Teacher, I mentored teachers at all stages of their careers across London in primary and secondary schools. I was also a national TDA Teacher Advocate and part of their first 'Talk to a Teacher' Facebook campaign, as well as being the featured ICT teacher in the national teacher recruitment 'Class of Today' interactive DVD.

I moved to the North East to study full-time for my doctorate at Durham University. I also worked as a post-doctoral Research Associate at Newcastle University on a range of funded international educational technology research projects and taught on Sutton Trust, supported progression, PGCE, MA and doctoral researcher training courses at Durham University and Newcastle University before joining the University of Sunderland's International Teacher Education Team in 2018.

As a Senior Lecturer, I now lead the PgCert Education (SCITT) programme working with School Centred Initial Teacher Training partners in the north of England and I'm Assistant Programme Leader for the international PGCE Education (IDL). I am module leader for EDPM01: Development of Learning, a Level 7 MA module where trainees use case study research design to explore school-based interventions. I am also an assessor on the Assessment-Only Route to QTS.

Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests include teacher education and professional development, educational technology, video-enhanced lesson observation, technology-enhanced learning and digital pedagogies, ICT and computing education 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 kineikonic mode in relation to student digital video production.

The Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Fellow Award 2021-2022
I am leading the University's Reflective Action in Education (SunRAE) project: an internationally-focused staff-student research e-journal and e-conference integrated into the PGCE IDL provision at the University of Sunderland. 
The Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship Team Award 2020-21

I am leading a team of fellow international and independent distance learning practitioners to develop the use of Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment (VEDA) in teacher education. We have been awarded one of four fellowship grants for the 2020-2021 academic year and we have begun sharing our work on this exciting project from mid-2021 onwards.

Ongoing projects
I am part of an international team working during 2021-2022 to build research capacity and develop an interdisciplinary network funded by the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE).

I am involved in a successful ongoing collaboration with colleagues at Ulster University, looking at the potential of adapting pedagogy to counter the stress and anxiety inherent in learning computer programming. The project was funded by an AdvanceHE 2019 SDP grant.

Past projects
I have been involved in a range of funded international EdTech research projects: on 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. 

Forthcoming publications and conferences
  • Hidson, E., Elliott, I., Griffiths, A., Sheard, S., Bell, J. and Wynn, V. (forthcoming). 'Video-enhanced dialogic assessment of teaching practice portfolios'. In: Transforming Assessment Special Interest Group of ASCILITE, the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Webinar. 06 October.
  • Hidson, E., Elliott, I., Griffiths, A., Sheard, S., Bell, J. and Wynn, V. (forthcoming). 'Video-enhanced dialogic assessment of teaching practice portfolios: the process of constructing dialogic evidence in an online space to demonstrate meeting professional teachers’ standards'. In: Assessment in Higher Education Conference, 30 June -02 July 2021, Manchester, UK. Postponed to 2022.
  • Hidson, E. and Shelton, C. 'Planning for learning computing' (commissioned book chapter), in Csizmadia, A., and Shelton, C. (Eds.), Learning to teaching computing in the secondary school: a companion to school experience. Routledge.
  • Hidson, E. 'Observing and evaluating computing lessons' (commissioned book chapter), in Csizmadia, A., and Shelton, C. (Eds.), Learning to teaching computing in the secondary school: a companion to school experience. Routledge.
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  • Technology-enhanced learning and digital pedagogies
  • Educational technology
  • ICT and computing education
  • Teacher education and professional development
  • School leadership and management
  • Video-enhanced lesson observation
  • Digital and visual research methods

I am a peer reviewer for:

External quality assurance:
  • External examiner for other UK universities
  • External expert panel member for validation events at other UK universities
  • Selected as a finalist judge for the Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards 2021 judging panel
  • Nominated for Best Evaluation Award at the Practical Pedagogy 2021 conference for the "Video-Enhanced Dialogic Assessment: Online vivas for teacher assessment" paper
  • Winner of a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Fellow Award 2021-2022
  • Winner of a Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship Team Award 2020-21
    • Winner: Delegates' Award for Best Conference Poster 2019 along with co-authors Shukla, P. and McLean, S. 'Enhancing teaching practice in a cross-disciplinary subject using positive pedagogy approaches'. SRHE Newer and early career researchers conference. 10 December 2019
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellow of the College of Teachers (FCOT, MCollT); Chartered London Teacher; MirandaNet fellow
  • Elected member of the TPEA committee: the Technology, Pedagogy and Education Association
  • Member of BERA, BELMAS, NAACE, BAICE and the Chartered College of Teaching.
  • JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) Award for Services to Examining, 2017
  • Foundation governor at a County Durham primary school
  • Awarded the Gerald Collier Schoolteacher Scholarship by the College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham University, 2014

Last updated 29 September 2021

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