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Dr Mark Childs

Digital Learning Designer


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Digital Learning Designer in the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD)  


Mark is a Senior Learning Designer at the Durham Centre for Academic Development and has worked at the University since 2020. His particular areas of expertise are pedagogic design for online and blended learning and learners’ collaboration in online environments. 

Mark holds a BSc from the University of Birmingham, an MScEcon from Cardiff University, an MA in Consultancy from the University of Wolverhampton, a PhD in Education from the University of Warwick and an MA from the Open University. He is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and in 2021 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for his research and teaching using virtual reality and videoconferencing.

Full list of publications

Research interests

  • Virtual Reality
  • Online collaboration
  • Learner Experience
  • Presence and Embodiment
  • Learner Identities

Esteem Indicators

  • 0000: : Visiting Fellow Edge Hill University


Chapter in book

  • Childs, M. & Childs, A. (2020). “Chapter 17: Relating and Acting: Learning, Embodiment and Performance in Virtual Worlds”. In Leap into Action: Critical Performance Pedagogies in Art and Design Education. Lee Campbell Peter Lang. 247-258.

Conference Paper

  • Ferguson, R., Childs, M., Okada, A., Sheehy, K., Tatlow-Golden, M. & Childs, A. (2020), Creating a Framework of fun and Learning: Using Balloons to Build Consensus, 14th European Conference on Games Based Learning - ECGBL 2020 23-25 Sep 2020. Brighton..

Journal Article

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