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Dr Elizabeth Hidson

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

My background is in UK secondary 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 and related subjects. As an Advanced Skills Teacher and Lead Practitioner, I supported teachers at all stages of their careers 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 sole deputy headteacher.

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 multiple 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's International and Independent Distance Learning Team in 2018.

I now lead the PgCert Education (SCITT) programme working with SCITT partners in the North/North East and I'm Senior Assistant Programme Leader for the international PGCE Education (IDL). I am module leader for EDPM01: Development of Learning.

I supervise MA dissertations on MA Education (IDL).

Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests include educational technology, technology-enhanced learning and digital pedagogies, ICT and computing education, teacher education and CPD, 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 kineikonic mode in relation to digital video production at Key Stage 3.

Current projects

I am part of an 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. I also lead on research for my IIDL team at the University of Sunderland, focusing on pedagogical developments in distance learning.

Past projects

In addition, I have been involved in funded 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. 

Webinars / invited panel member / guest speaker
  • University of Sunderland Global Forum: Teaching Online The Covid-19 Catalyst for Change. 19 June 2020. Invited panel member.
  • Iris Connect, TPEA & Mirandanet: 'How EdTech can help overcome the challenges to ITT'. 02 July 2020. #EdTechforITT. Invited panel member.
    • ITTE 32nd Annual Conference, Winchester, 7-8 June 2018. ‘EdTech Policy and Practice’ debate session panel member.
    • BERA Conference, Leeds University, 15 Sept 2016, ‘Critical conversations of how to research educational leadership: A workshop for early career researchers’ panel member.

Past conferences, presentations and wider contributions
  • Hidson, E., (2020). 'Using Internet Video Calling and Desktop Sharing as a Discrete Research Method' in Lupton, D. (Editor). Doing fieldwork in a pandemic (research community crowd-sourced document).
  • Shukla, P., McLean, S., and Hidson, E. (2019). 'Positive pedagogy for a cross-disciplinary subject: reducing students’ anxiety, increasing confidence and work preparedness'. Improving University Teaching conference 2019, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, 24-26 July 2019. [Poster presentation by Dr. P. Shulka].
  • 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.
  • 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 'Writing for Publication' workshop.
  • 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.
  • 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 of doctoral thesis.
  • BERA/BELMAS leadership event ‘How to research critical conversations in educational leadership?’ Newcastle University, 26 April 2016, presentation on video-enhanced observation for school leadership.
  • Computing at School Research Group, London, 22 April 2016, presentation of doctoral thesis.


Number of items: 10.


Gillott, Lauren, Joyce-Gibbons, Andrew and Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Exploring and comparing computational thinking skills in students who take GCSE Computer Science and those who do not. International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 3 (4). pp. 3-22. ISSN 2513-8359

Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) Practical advice for schools considering implementing video-enhanced observation. Advancing Education, 2019 (Autumn).

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


Shukla, Priyank, McCLean, Stephen and Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) An intervention through teaching and learning practice for addressing stress and anxiety in students caused due to the challenge of studying a cross-disciplinary subject. Project Report. AdvanceHE.

Conference or Workshop Item

Hidson, Elizabeth, Elliott, Ian, Sheard, Simon and Bell, Jemma (2020) Shaping research-informed practitioners: A case study of the impact of written feed-forward targets on summative outcomes in postgraduate school-focused research modules. In: 2nd Annual Faculty of Education and Society Research Institute Staff Research Conference, 15 June 2020, Sunderland, UK.

Hidson, Elizabeth (2020) Digital opportunities for professional development. In: Bett Show 2020, 22-25 January 2020, London, UK.

Shukla, Priyank, McClean, Stephen and Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) Enhancing teaching practice in a cross-disciplinary subject using Positive Pedagogy approaches. In: SRHE Newer and Early Career Researchers Conference, 10 December 2019, Newport, Wales.

Hidson, Elizabeth and Elliott, Ian (2019) Spanning the grade boundaries: The impact of formative feedback on summative outcomes in a distance learning PGCE course. In: First Annual Faculty of Education and Society Research Institute Staff Research Conference, 04 June 2019, Sunderland, UK.

Hidson, Elizabeth (2019) The value of internet video calling and desktop sharing (VCDS) as a research method. In: BERA 2019, 10-12 September 2019, Manchester, UK.

This list was generated on Fri Jul 10 14:39:44 2020 BST.
  • Technology-enhanced learning and digital pedagogies
  • Educational technology
  • ICT and computing education
  • Teacher education and CPD
  • School leadership and management
  • Video-enhanced lesson observation
  • Digital and visual research methods

I am a reviewer for:

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 TPEA committee: the Technology, Pedagogy and Education Association. I am also a member of BERA, BELMAS, NAACE and the Chartered College of Teaching.

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 09 July 2020

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