Professor Judy Robertson

Chair in Digital Learning / Research Lead in ETL


I am a computer scientist and learning technologist with an interest in interdisciplinary research. I am generally interested in methodologies for designing technology with and for children. I design and evaluate educational technology in real-world classroom settings by applying a user-centred design approach and rigorous methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative. I have explored the educational benefits of computer game authoring, and more recently examined the extent to which location-based games can increase school children’s physical activity. I am currently working on approaches to teacher education in computational thinking and data science.

Responsibilities & affiliations

 I am a Senior Member of the ACM and a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I will consider supervising PhD projects in data science education.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Stuart Gray- Investigating the effectiveness of an active smart-phone game as a tool for measuring, tracking, and improving executive function in children
  • Eder Paula- Educational Robotics approaches developed in formal and informal educational settings and the influence in young learners’ career interest in STEM
  • Valentina Andries- Play Technology in a Children's Hospital

Research summary

  • Computer Science education, and the development of computational thinking skills
  • Data science education
  • Research methodologies with a realist slant

Past research interests

Technology for behaviour change Design, development and evaluation of serious games for education and health, primarily with children

Project activity

  • Critter Jam - the design and evaluation of a location-based exergame to encourage children to take more physical activity
  • BrainQuest - design and evaluation of an exergame to promote executive function (with Stuart Gray)
  • Children's attitudes and understandings of technology (With Helen Pain and Andrew Manches)
  • Co-editing "Modern Statistical Methods in HCI" (Springer)  with Maurits Kaptein. (To be published Spring 2016)
  • Leading "Equal Bite: Gender equality in Higher Education" book project with Alison Williams, Lara Isbel and Derek Jones.

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