Dr Chris Davies

Chris Davies runs the MSc in e-Learning at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford. His research interests have included literacy development, writing in the workplace and educational uses of ICTs.


Chris took his first degree in English at Cambridge University, and an MSc and DPhil in Educational Studies at Oxford University. He taught English in comprehensive schools for a number of years, before coming to the Oxford University Department of Education to work in initial teacher education. He has been Vice President of Kellogg College, Oxford (2002-2006) and currently runs the MSc in e-Learning at Educational Studies.

His research interests have included literacy development, writing in the workplace and educational uses of ICTs. He played a major role in the original concept design and evaluation of the educational software, kar2ouche, which subsequently won first prize in the British Computer Society's annual IT awards in 2002. Since then he has collaborated with the OII in research into the impact of broadband on teaching and learning in schools.

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, November 2006 -


Past projects

  • Conceptualising interaction and learning in MOOCs

    October 2013 - January 2015

    The overarching goal of this project is to propose a typology that describes the nature of learner interactions in MOOCs that develops our understanding of how learning takes place in such settings.

  • The Learning Companion: an embodied conversational agent for learning

    August 2008 - July 2013

    The Learning Companion project aims to evaluate the feasibility of a computer-based digital tool to help adults whose engagement with learning is tentative or hard to sustain make productive use of the Internet for achieving their own learning projects.

  • The Learner in Their Context

    April 2008 - March 2011

    This project, initiated as part of Becta's major programme of research in support of the Government's Harnessing Technology strategy, looked at the learning opportunities afforded by young people's uses of new technologies in their everyday lives.




  • Davies, C., Hayward, G. and Lukman, L. (2005) 14-19 and Digital Technologies: A review of research and projects. Bristol: Nesta Futurelab.



  • 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.


Working papers