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 – November 2019


Past projects

  • Conceptualising interaction and learning in MOOCs

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Chris Davies, Dr Isis Hjorth, Dr Taha Yasseri, Nabeel Gillani

    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

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Professor Yorick Wilks, Dr Chris Davies

    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

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Chris Davies, Professor John Furlong, Dr Lars Malmberg, Melissa Highton

    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.


  • e-Learning in Broadband-Connected Classrooms

    22 June 2004

    This seminar focuses on how practising teachers are beginning to make use of the powerful resource of broadband-connected Internet access during the key period of its introduction in one local education authority, Oxfordshire.