Jack Reed (PhD student)

Thesis title: The Influence of Mobile Devices and Social Media on the Transfer of Learning in Residential Outdoor Experiences


Jack completed an MSc in Outdoor Education at the University of Edinburgh in January 2020 and began his PhD candidature in October 2020. With experience in delivering both individual and collaborative research projects in outdoor learning, Jack has coordinated research in digital-based learning, learning communities, and the effectiveness of adventure pedagogy on the transfer of learning. He is also a member of the Moray House School of Education and Sport Research Ethics Committee and the Video and Social Media editor at the Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education. 

Jack was awarded a judges commendation for his MSc thesis at the British Educational Reseach Association Masters Dissertation Awards.   

His PhD research will investigate the extent with which mobile devices and social media influence the transfer of learning from residential outdoor experiences.


  • BSc (Hons) - Physical Education and Coaching (University of Gloucestershire)
  • MSc - Outdoor Education (University of Edinburgh).        


Research summary

  • Outdoor and environmental education
  • Technology, social media, and education
  • Learning communities
  • Place-based education

Peer reviewing

  • Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education
  • Networking Knowledge


  • Reed, J., & Smith, H. (2021). “Everything we do will have an element of fear in it”: Challenging assumptions of fear for all in outdoor adventurous education. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2021.1961092 
  • Reed, J. (2021). What is the Postdigital? Why Might it Matter for Outdoor Experiential Education? The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 33(2), 28-31.
  • MacKenzie, A., Bacalja, A., Panaretou, A., Girme, P., Cutajar, M., … Reed, J. (in press). Dissolving the Dichotomies between Online and Campus-Based Teaching: A Collective Response to The Manifesto for Teaching Online (Bayne et al. 2020). Postdigital Science and Education.
  • Reed, J., & Dunn, C. (2022). Life in 280 characters: Social media, belonging, and community during the Covid-19 pandemic. In R. Chan, R. Allen & K. Bista (Eds.), Online teaching and learning in higher education during COVID-19: International perspectives and experiences (pp. 81-92). Routledge.