Staff profile

Dr Nicholas Bowskill

Senior lecturer in Education


Education, Childhood and Inclusion


University of Derby Online Learning



I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have over 25 years’ experience within different universities. I have conducted field work in both the UK and in China and worked on national and international research projects to do with technology and learning. 

I am interested in group-based theories and practices for learning and teaching. I spend most of my time thinking and doing work on how theory and practice can be organised, managed and implemented using technology.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently lecture on the following courses:

Research interests

My interests relate to social and group learning in general but also with technology. I am interested in group-related theory for learning and the use of technology. I created a technique, and then a consultancy practice, called SharedThinking from my PhD which provides practice for reflecting and invoking a sense of belonging in groups. I am also interested in Online Peer Observation as another collaborative learning strategy.

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