Professor Rebecca Eynon

 Professor Rebecca Eynon

Rebecca Eynon's research focuses on learning and the Internet, and the links between digital and social exclusion.

Email: rebecca.eynon@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287206

Profile

Rebecca Eynon holds a joint academic post between the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and the Department of Education at the University of Oxford. Since 2000 her research has focused on education, learning and inequalities, and she has carried out projects in a range of settings (higher education, schools and the home) and life stages (childhood, adolescence and late adulthood).

Rebecca is co-editor of Learning, Media and Technology and has published a number of academic articles, reports and conference papers. Her recent publications include Teenagers and Technology (Routledge, 2013). Her work has been supported by a range of funders including the EC, BECTA, the ESRC and the NominetTrust. She currently holds a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship exploring the links between Internet use and social mobility in Britain.

Rebecca graduated in Psychology with Statistics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 1995 and gained a distinction in her Masters in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester in 1997. She completed her PhD in 2003 at City University, London. Prior to joining Oxford in 2005 Rebecca held positions as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, City University (2004-2005); as a Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Birmingham (1999-2000) and as a Researcher and part-time Lecturer, Centre for Mass Communication Research, University of Leicester (1997-1999).

At the OII Rebecca teaches on the MSc Social Science of the Internet and at the Department of Education she is a lecturer for the MSc Education (Learning and Technology). At both departments, she supervises DPhil students interested in learning, education and / or digital exclusion.

Research interests

Sociology of education, technology enhanced learning, everyday life and learning, digital and social exclusion

Positions held at the OII

  • Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor, May 2014 -
  • Senior Research Fellow, January - May 2014
  • Research Fellow, January 2005 - December 2013

Research

Current projects

Past projects

Publications

Articles

Books

Chapters

Conference papers

  • Eynon, R., Hjorth, I., Gillani, N. and Yasseri, T. (2014) Vote Me Up If You Like My Ideas! Experiences of Learning in a MOOC. International Communications Association Pre-Conference, Innovation in Higher Education: Building a Better Future? May 2014, Seattle, WA.
  • Eynon, R. and Gilliani, N. (2013) Towards conceptualising interaction and learning in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOC Research Initiative, December 2013, Dallas, TX.
  • Geniets, A. and Eynon, R. (2013) Exploring the social impact of low and discontinued internet use among young people in Britain. American Sociological Association Annual Conference, August 2013, New York, NY.
  • Helsper, E. and Eynon, R. (2013) A Skills Framework to Understanding Digital Engagement. 63rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June 2013, London, UK.
  • Eynon, R., Davies, C. and Holmes, W. (2012) Supporting older adults in using technology for lifelong learning. 11th International Conference on Networked Learning, April 2012, Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Eynon, R. (2011) On the periphery? The social and educational implications for those who are not savvy Internet users. New media, new literacies, and new forms of learning. December 2011, Institute of Education, London, UK.
  • Eynon, R. (2010) Supporting the Digital Natives: What is the role of schools? Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Networked Learning, May 2010, Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Eynon, R. and Helsper, E. (2009) Digital natives: Who are they and what do they look like? CAL '09: Learning in Digital Worlds, Brighton, UK, 23-25 March 2009.
  • Eynon, R. (2008) Internet use in Britain: Adult Learning and the Digital Divide. Keynote address at NIACE Digital Inclusion Conference, Nottingham, UK, November 2008.
  • Eynon, R. (2006) Breaking Barriers to eGovernment: Identifying the Barriers. Knowledge Society Forum: TeleCities Autumn Event, Turin, Italy, October 2006.
  • Eynon, R. (2005) The use of ICTs for teaching and learning in Law Education: some innovators' perspectives. Society of Legal Scholars Conference (SLS), Glasgow, UK, 6-9 September 2005.
  • Eynon, R. (2005) Tales from the chalk face: how academics experiences of e-learning can inform regional e-learning strategies. e-Learning Regions and Cities Conference, Oxford, UK, June 2005.
  • Eynon, R. (2004) e-Learning and the undergraduate student experience. 3rd European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL), Paris, France, November 2004.
  • Eynon, R. (2004) Innovators and e-learning. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), September 2004, Sussex, UK.
  • Eynon, R (2004) The use of the world wide web in teaching and learning: a case study approach. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), May 2004, London, UK.
  • Eynon, R. (2003) IT skills and the use of the web in teaching and learning: the student experience. Paper presented at the conference of the Centre for Learning and Teaching - Information and Computer Sciences, part of the LTSN, July 2003, Leeds, UK.
  • Eynon, R. (2002) The use of the world wide web in teaching and learning. Paper presented at the conference of the Centre for Learning and Teaching - Sociology, Anthropology and Politics, part of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN) Birmingham, UK.
  • Eynon, R. and Thomas, H. (2000) Systematic reviews in medical education: an application. Paper presented at the Conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe, August 2000, Beer Sheva, Israel.

Presentations

  • Eynon, R. and Geniets, A (2012) Hard to catch, or slipping through the net? Digital democratic inclusion efforts and suspended Internet use of 17-22 year olds in Britain. European Communication Research and Education Association Conference, October 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Eynon, R. and Geniets, A. (2012) On the periphery? Exploring the meaning of discontinued Internet use by young people in the UK. 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), October 2012, Manchester, UK.
  • Eynon, R. and Geniets, A. (2012) Watching from the sidelines. Suspended Internet Use of 17-22 year olds in Britain. European Conference on Educational Research, September 2012, Cadiz, Spain.
  • Eynon, R. and Geniets, A. (2012) Understanding discontinued Internet use amongst young people. Low and Discontinued Internet Use by Young People in Britain: Drivers, Impacts and Policies. March 2012, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • Eynon, R. and Helsper, E. (2011) Understanding the relationship between family dynamics and Internet use. iCS-OII 2011 symposium, 'A Decade in Internet Time,' September 2011, Oxford, UK.
  • Eynon, R. and Malmberg, L. (2011) Understanding the online information seeking behaviours of young people. 14th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, August-September 2011, Exeter, UK.
  • Eynon, R. and Davies, C. (2011) Supporting Older Adults to Learn Using the Internet: The Role of a Digital Learning Companion. CAL, April 2011, Manchester, UK.
  • Eynon, R. and Helsper, E. (2010) Distinct Skill Pathways to Digital Engagement. Presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), October 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Eynon, R. (2009) The Learning Companion: an Embodied Conversational Agent for Learning. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), September 2009, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Eynon, R. (2009) Mapping young people's use of new technologies for learning. Implications for policy and practice, BERA, September 2009, Manchester, UK.
  • Davies, C. and Eynon, R. (2009) A Learning Companion for Adult Informal Learning. Presented at 'Learning Companions and Pedagogical Agents: Future Trends and Possibilities', Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 28 May 2009.
  • Eynon, R. (2009) Digital natives: Who are they and what do they look like? The Net Generation: A critical and international perspective. Open University and Economic and Social Research Council Workshop, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, May 2009.
  • Dutton, W. and Eynon, R. (2008) The tools of networked individuals: parallel patterns and strategies for governmental and research institutions. eResearch08 Conference, University of Oxford, 11-13 September 2008.
  • Eynon, R., Fry, J. and Schroeder, R. (2008) The Ethics of Internet Research. ESRC Methods Festival, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford, 30 June-3 July 2008.
  • Eynon, R. (2008) The Digital Divide in Britain: Implications for Education Policy and Practice. ALT-C, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, September 2008.
  • Eynon, R. (2007) Breaking Barriers to eGovernment: Overcoming Obstacles to European Public Services. Presented at the workshop 'Solutions for eGovernment', Florence, 31 October 2007.
  • Eynon, R. (2007) Breaking a Barrier to eGovernment: Building an eCitizenscape in Britain. Expert Symposium: From Identity Management to Citizen-Centric Government: Contributions from Recent Social Science Research, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, June 2007.
  • Eynon, R., Fry, J. and Schroeder, R. (2007) The Ethics of Internet Research. Economic and Social Research Council e-Society Programme and SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods Colloquium, London, UK, 28-29 March 2007.
  • Margetts, H. and Eynon, R. (2007) Online job search in the EU: The potential of web 2.0. Presented at the workshop 'Fostering Innovation in eGovernment', Barcelona, 9 March 2007.
  • Margetts, H. and Eynon, R. (2006) Oxford Internet Survey (OXIS) New directions, new questions. Presented at 'The Next Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS)', Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 24 November 2006.
  • Margetts, H. and Eynon, R. (2006) Segmenting citizens: group based approaches to eGovernment. Presented at the workshop 'From Barriers to Benefits: Efficiency and Effectiveness of eGovernment', Helsinki, 22 November 2006.
  • Dutton, W.H., Margetts, H. and Eynon, R. (2006) Barriers to eGovernment. Presented at the workshop 'Learning from Experience in eGovernment: Why Projects Fail and Why They Succeed', University of Oxford, 26 June 2006.
  • Eynon, R. (2005) Breaking Barriers to e-Government: overcoming obstacles to improving European public services. Presented at the workshop 'Legal barriers to eGovernment', Brussels, 29 September 2005.
  • Dutton, W.H. and Eynon, R. (2005) Breaking Barriers to e-Government: overcoming obstacles to improving European public services. Presented at the 5th European Conference on eGovernment, Antwerp, 17 June 2005.
  • Margetts, H. and Eynon, R. (2005) Organisational Culture as a Barrier to e-Government. Presented at the 5th European Conference on eGovernment, Antwerp, 17 June 2005.

Reports

Working papers

Teaching

Courses taught at the OII

  • Learning, the Internet and Society

    ICTs have the potential to transform how, what and where people learn, and challenges existing ideas of what the purpose and nature of formal education is and what the future of education should be.

  • Social Research Methods and the Internet I: Methods Core

    This course provides students with the opportunity to engage with the methodological, ethical and philosophical underpinnings of quantitative and qualitative social science research practices.

DPhil students supervised at the OII

Current students

Completed students

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