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Prof Michael Thomas

Prof Michael Thomas

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Biography

Michael Thomas is Professor of Education and Chair of the Centre for Educational Research (CERES) in the School of Education. His primary focus is on the role of digital education across a range of sectors from higher education to schools, both in the UK and abroad (Asia, Europe, and development contexts e.g., West Africa).

He welcomes applications from potential PhD and EdD students working broadly in the field of digital education (teacher development, social justice, disadvantage), cross-curricular and project-based teaching and learning, critiques of neoliberal approaches to education (social class, social justice, alternatives to marketisation) and computer-assisted learning/digital literacy (learning analytics, immersive environments, gamification, creative approaches to technology usage and language learning).

He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and holds a PhD in cultural theory from Newcastle University (post-structuralism, education policy, political implications of deconstruction and the work of Jacques Derrida) and a second from Lancaster University (technology mediated task- and project-based learning). He has also studied for an MBA in Educational Management at the University of Leicester, an M.Ed in Educational Technology at Manchester University, an MA in Literature and Film Studies at Newcastle University and change leadership at Cornell University in the USA. He holds a First Class undergraduate BA degree in American Studies and Literature.

He's taught graduate and undergraduate students at eight universities in Germany (Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Mannheim), Japan (NUCB Nagoya) and the UK (Newcastle, the University of Central Lancashire, Liverpool, Swansea), and led large, multinational research groups and project teams. He currently teaches, conducts research, mentors staff, leads research teams, and supervises PhDs on the impact of digital education and the impact of English language education policy, from critical pedagogy, critical digital literacy and social justice perspectives. He has been an invited keynote/presenter in numerous countries, including the USA, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Belgium, Croatia, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, the UK, Romania, Spain, Germany, Singapore, Turkey, China, France, Italy, Korea and the Czech Republic. He is an academic affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

As an example of his research projects, he was PI of the CAMELOT project (EU KA3 ICT) about task- and project-based learning with video (2013-2015); a partner in the (EU KA2) VITAL project on learning analytics (2015-2017); and PI on the GUINEVERE project (EU KA2) which examined gamification in virtual environments (2017-2019). He is the founding and lead editor of four book series including:
- Global Education Policy and Critical Futures in Education (Palgrave Macmillan, New York);
- Digital Education and Learning (Palgrave Macmillan, New York);
- Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching (Bloomsbury Academic);
- Advances in Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IGI, USA).
And also founded the Scopus indexed journal, International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPE) in 2009.

He has examined PhDs in Australia, the UK and Europe, particularly in the area of digital pedagogy and computer-assisted language learning, and supervised over 25 research students (PhD, MA by Research) as well as hundreds of professional doctorate students on taught modules.

Among his books (3 authored monographs, 20 edited volumes) and (12) special editions of peer reviewed journals are books on digital education, digital natives, social media, game-based learning, project-based learning with technology and two four-volume major works on online learning and digital language learning with Routledge, Palgrave, Sage, and Bloomsbury Academic.

Languages

German
Japanese
English

Degrees

2015, Lancaster University, UK, PhD
2004, University of Manchester, UK, MEd
2000, University of Leicester, UK, MBA
1998, University of Newcastle, UK, PhD

Academic appointments

External Examiner, MA Education, University of Essex, 2018 - present
External Examiner, EdD Education, Keele University, 2018 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Tom-Lawyer O, Thomas M. 2020. Re-evaluating the Hegemony of the English Language in Western Africa: A Critical Review of the Research International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, Public Url

Zou B, Thomas M. 2019. Recent Developments in Technology-Enhanced and Computer-Assisted Language Learning IGI Global 9781799812845

Thomas M. 2017. Project-based Language Learning with Technology: Learner Collaboration in an EFL Classroom in Japan Routledge. New York and Oxford 9780415788281 DOI Publisher Url

Thomas M. 2011. Online Learning: Four Volumes Sage

Cutrim-Schmid E. 2010. Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research and Practice Thomas M. DOI

Book

Thomas M, Schneider C. 2020. Language Teaching with Video-Based Technologies: Creativity and CALL Teacher Education Routledge. London and New York 9780367434533 Publisher Url

Zou B, Thomas M. 2019. Recent Developments in Technology-Enhanced and Computer-Assisted Language Learning IGI Global 9781799812845

Zou B, Thomas M. 2018. Preface :xxi-xxxiii 9781522551409 DOI

Thomas M. 2017. Digital Language Learning and Teaching Critical and Primary Sources Critical and Primary Sources 9781474277952

Thomas M. 2017. Project-based Language Learning with Technology: Learner Collaboration in an EFL Classroom in Japan Routledge. New York and Oxford 9780415788281 DOI Publisher Url

Thomas M. 2015. Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia Bloomsbury Publishing 9781472572226

Thomas M, Reinders H. 2013. Task-Based Language Learning and Teaching with Technology Bloomsbury Publishing 9781441138743

Thomas M. 2012. Technologies, Innovation, and Change in Personal and Virtual Learning Environments IGI Global 9781466624689

Thomas M, Reinders H, Warschauer M. 2012. Contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning A&C Black 9781441113009

Thomas M. 2012. Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Virtual Learning Environments IGI Global 9781466617711

Thomas M. 2011. Online Learning: Four Volumes Sage

Thomas M. 2011. Digital Education Opportunities for Social Collaboration Springer 9780230118003

Thomas M. 2011. Deconstructing digital natives: Young people, technology and the new literacies :1-220 9780203818848 DOI

Lytras MD, Pablos POD, Avison D, Sipior J, Jin Q, Filho WL, Uden L, Thomas M, Cervai S, Horner DG. 2010. Technology Enhanced Learning: Quality of Teaching and Educational Reform 1st International Conference, TECH-EDUCATION 2010, Athens, Greece, May 19-21, 2010. Proceedings Springer Science & Business Media 9783642131653

Cutrim-Schmid E. 2010. Interactive Whiteboards for Education: Theory, Research and Practice Thomas M. DOI

Thomas M. 2009. Handbook of Research on Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning 9781605661902 DOI

Thomas M. 2006. The Reception of Derrida Translation and Transformation Springer 9780230514102

Journal article

Janosy R, Thomas M. 2020. Self-Taught Language Learners in China and Their Learning Strategies: A Multiple, Instrumental Case Study of Approaches in Contextual Situations Asian EFL Journal, 24 :136-161 Public Url

Tom-Lawyer O, Thomas M. 2020. Re-evaluating the Hegemony of the English Language in Western Africa: A Critical Review of the Research International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature, Public Url

Thomas M, Motteram G. 2019. Editorial for the special edition commemorating the work of Stephen Bax System, 83 :1-3 DOI

Thomas M, Schneider C. 2018. Language teaching in 3D virtual worlds with machinima: Reflecting on an online machinima teacher training course International Journal of Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 8 :20-38 DOI

Gelan A, Fastre G, Verjans M, Janssenswillen G, Creemers M, Lieben J, Depaire B, Thomas M. 2018. Affordances and limitations of learning analytics for computer-assisted language learning: a case study of the VITAL project Computer Assisted Language Learning: an international journal, 31 :294-319 DOI Publisher Url

Thomas M, Gelan A. 2018. Special edition on language learning and learning analytics COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING, 31 :181-184 DOI Author Url

Wishart J, Thomas M. 2015. Introducing e-research in educational contexts, digital methods and issues arising International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 38 :223-229 DOI

Thomas M, Evans M. 2014. Guest editorial Computer Assisted Language Learning, 27 :107-108 DOI

Thomas M, Peterson M. 2014. Editorial for the special issue web 2.0 and language learning: Rhetoric and reality CALICO Journal, 31 :i-iii DOI

Thomas M. 2012. Editorial preface International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 3

Thomas M. 2012. Editorial preface International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 3

Thomas M. 2012. Editorial preface International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 3

Thomas M. 2011. Editorial preface International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 2

Thomas M. 2011. Editorial preface International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 2

Thomas M, Jones A. 2010. Preface to the special issue Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26

Harrison R, Thomas M. 2009. Identity in online communities: Social networking sites and language learning Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 7 :109-124

Thomas M. 2009. Preface to the special edition Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 7 :63-64

Chapters

Saona-Vallejos MA, Thomas M. 2019. An Investigation of Social Networking Sites for Language Learning and the User Experience: The Case of Busuu and Learning Spanish as a Foreign Language Zou B, Thomas M. Recent Developments in Technology-Enhanced and Computer-Assisted Language Learning :72-98 IGI Global Publisher Url

Baetty B, Thomas M. 2019. English Language Learner Motivation in the Digital Technology Classroom: A Case Study of a Vocational University in Indonesia Zou B, Thomas M. Recent Developments in Technology-Enhanced and Computer-Assisted Language Learning :184-207 IGI Global DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Thomas M, Reinders H, Gelan A. 2017. Learning Analytics and Online Language learning Hyland K, Wong L. Face of English Language Education :197-212 Routledge

Thomas M, Housef A. 2017. Academic writing in the flipped EFL classroom: A case study on student engagement in Oman Loucky JP, Ware J. Flipped Instruction Methods and Digital Technologies in the Language Learning Classrooms :232-251 IGI Global DOI

Gasmi AA, Thomas M. 2017. Academic writing in the flipped EFL classroom: A case study on student engagement in Oman Flipped Instruction: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice :145-160 9781522518037 DOI

Thomas M, Reinders H, Gelan A. 2017. Learning analytics in online language learning: Challenges and future directions Faces of English Education: Students, Teachers, and Pedagogy :197-212 9781138201576 DOI

Thomas M. 2011. Technology, education, and the discourse of the digital native: Between evangelists and dissenters Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies :1-12 9780203818848 DOI

Benini S, Thomas M. A Critical Review of Game-based Learning, Gamification and Second Language Acquisition Peteson M, Thomas M, Yamazaki K. Digital Games and Language Learning Bloomsubry

Benini S, Thomas M. Project-based Learning and Telecollaboration: A Critical Review of the Research Thomas M, Yamazaki K. Project-based Language Learning and CALL: Theory and Practice . Texas, USA Publisher Url

Thomas M. Worlding Higher Education: From the Corporate Digital University to the University of Global Citizenship and Social Justice Di Leo J, Moraru C. The Bloomsbury Handbook of World Theory Bloomsbury. London & New York

Conference publication

Thomas M, Schneider C, Can T. 2019. Classification of Games to be used in Virtual Learning Environments: Some reflections based on the EU-funded GUINEVERE Project Innovation in Language Learning 2019, PIXEL :127-132

Thomas M. 2018. Digital game-based learning in 3D immersive environments: The GUINEVERE Project Innovation in Language Learning 2018

Engagement & Impact

Research Grants Awarded:

Global Challenges Research Fund, ASPIRE (Teacher Resilience and Capabilities Network in Sub-Saharan Africa): Phase 2 in Ghana, Grant value (£): 10,500. 2019

British Council, MERLIN (Minimum Academic Standards and the English Language Curriculum in Nigerian Universities: Benchmarking, Implementation and Evaluation), Grant value (£): 13,270. 2019

Global Challenges Research Fund, ASPIRE (Teacher Resilience and Capabilities Network in Sub-Saharan Africa): Phase 1 in Ivory Coast, Grant value (£): 7,640. 2018

European Commission, GUINEVERE (Games Used IN Engaging Virtual Environments for Real-time language Education), Grant value (£): 177,344. 2017

European Commission, VITAL (Visualising Language Learning Analytics), Grant value (£): 195,351. 2015

European Commission, CAMELOT (Creating Machinima Enhances Online Teaching and Learning)., Grant value (£): 489,785. 2013

ESRC Digital Social Research Fund / Oxford University, DIGIT (Digital Methodologies in Educational Research), Grant value (£): 4,700. 2012

Higher Education Academy, MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses in the Arts & Humanities), Grant value (£): 1,000. 2004

Conference organisation:

British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL)/Cambridge University Press (CUP) Seminar Programme 2018-19. Applied Linguistics and Transdisciplinary Impact: Critical Perspectives and Opportunities for Researcher Development, Organiser. 2019

Games and Immersive Learning. EU GUINEVERE Project, Florence, Italy. 2019

Global Challenges in Education: Theory, Research and Practice. Global Challenges Research Fund, Organiser. 2019

Symposium on Teacher Training in Development Contexts. Global Challenges Research Fund. Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Organiser. 2019

Learning Analytics in Language Learning, Organiser. 2017

Digital Education and Learning, Organiser. 2016

The Future of Learning, Organiser. 2015

HEA Discipline Workshop/Seminar Series on MOOCs in the Arts and Humanities, Organiser. 2014

ESRC/DSR Digital Methodologies in Educational Research, Organiser. 2012

Editorial boards:

Palgrave Studies on Global Policy and Critical Futures in Education. London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Book series founding editor. 2019

International Journal of Computer Assisted Language Learning & Teaching, Co-editor, https://www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers/international-journal-computer-assisted-language/41023. 2014

Research in Learning Technology, Editorial Board Member, https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt. 2012

The Journal of Teaching English with Technology, Editorial Review Board Member, https://www.tewtjournal.org/editorial-board/. 2012

Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching. London & New York: Bloomsbury, Book series founding editor. 2010

Advances in Virtual and Personal Learning Environments. London, New York, Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, Book series founding editor. 2010

International Journal of Virtual & Personal Learning Environments, Editorial Board, https://www.igi-global.com/journal/international-journal-virtual-personal-learning/1134. 2010

Digital Education and Learning. London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Book series founding editor. 2009

Teaching qualification:

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). 2018