Stephen Dixon

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Biography

Stephen is Senior Lecturer in Education and Multi Professional Practice, and teaches on a range of programmes, including the BA (Hons) in Education Studies, the BA (Hons) in Studies in Primary Education, the Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching, the MA (Education) and the Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD), for which he also supervises doctoral students. Previously a Senior Lecturer in ICT, Stephen specialises in E-learning, and the use of multimedia in learning and teaching, with particular focus on web based materials and web design, as well as film making (he is an Apple Certified Pro). He also acts as external consultant and external examiner for other universities. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Executive Committee of BESA (the British Education Studies Association), for which he acts as Secretary. He is on the Board of Reviewers for the journals: Pastoral Care in Education, Educational Futures and Transformations, and is currently co-editor of Educational Futures.

Profile

Research Interests

Stephen’s research interests include E-Learning, web 2.0 tools, social media, and the use of multimedia in learning and teaching, particularly in the associated affordances for social constructivist styles of learning, as well as the critique of dominant discourses concerning students’ digital literacies. In 2017 he successfully completed his doctoral research into the use of digital audio (mp3) for feedback purposes, an area in which he has also been involved in national research projects, such as TALENT (2000-2002) and Sounds Good (2008-2009). He also has recent publications on the use of technology and social media by students, and perceptions of risk in young people using the internet.

Teaching

Stephen’s areas of interest include research methods and methodology, philosophy of education, politics of education, digital childhoods, education and technology, design, and learning and teaching with new technologies.

Administrative Responsibilities

Stephen is a member of the Learning, Teaching and Academic Quality Committee, the University Regulations Review Group, the Electronic Assessment, Marking and Feedback Working Group, the Mitigating Circumstances Board and University Senate.

Membership of Professional Organisations

Stephen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the British Education Studies Association, for which he also sits on the Executive Committee as Secretary. He is on the Board of Reviewers for the journals: Pastoral Care in Education, Educational Futures and Transformations, and is currently co-editor of Educational Futures.

Other Activities

Conferences and Other Research Activity

Dixon, S. (2022) ‘Hearing Voices: undergraduate students’ experience of digital audio feedback’, Personalised Pedagogies – Inclusive, Empowering and Progressive Higher Education for All, University of Hull Learning and Teaching Conference. Teaching Excellence Academy, University of Hull

Dixon, S. (2022) ‘Education, Technology and Social Justice: Reflections on Digital Divides’, BESA Annual Conference. Manchester

Dixon, S. (2022) ‘L&T Chat Show Episode 7 – Steve Dixon on creating and using audio feedback’. L&T Chat Show [podcast interview]. Available at: https://anchor.fm/landtchatshow/episodes/LT-Chat-Show-Episode-7—Steve-Dixon-on-creating-and-using-audio-feedback-e1hdp3i

Dixon, S. (2020) The push for online content. British Education Studies Association. Available at: https://educationstudies.org.uk/blog-post-the-push-for-online-content/

Dixon, S. (2019) Poodll Podcast. Audio Feedback Toolkit, Sheffield Hallam University. Available at: https://melsig.shu.ac.uk/melsig/resources/audio-feedback-toolkit/audio-feedback-the-voices-of-innovators-temporary/

Dixon, S. (2019) ‘We want to see the cat! A case study of webinar-based learning and student experience’, BESA Annual Conference. University of Trinity St David’s, Swansea

Dixon, S. (2017) ‘Using POODL for Audio Feedback’, Arden University Learning and Teaching Conference. Arden University

Dixon, S. (2017) ‘Using POODL in Assessment’, Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Warwick

Dixon, S. (2016) ‘Audio Feedback: Troubling to hear’, Troubling Research Conference. Birmingham

Dixon, S. (2016) ‘Student perceptions of audio feedback’, BESA Annual Conference. Wolverhampton University

Dixon, S. (2014) ‘Audio Feedback Revisited: A Pastoral Dimension?’, BESA Annual Conference. University of Glasgow

Dixon, S. (2013) ‘Young People and Digital Media: A Problem of Polarisation’, Hidden Truths: Understanding Vulnerability in 21st century Britain. Newman University

Dixon, S. & Sanders, R. (2012) ‘Education Studies Students 2.0?’, BESA Annual Conference. University of Hull

Sanders, R. & Dixon, S. (2011) Closing The Gap [DVD], Stoke City Council

Dixon, S. (2011) ‘Participation Discourse Wordle’ [image], Media Education Research Journal, 2 (1), p.5 (Available at: http://www.merj.info/MERJ%202.1-Editorial.pdf)

Trotman, D., Tucker, S., Martyn, M. & Dixon, S. (2011) ‘Towards a Pedagogy of the Possible’, ATINER 2011. Athens Institute for Education and Research

Dixon, S. & Sanders, R. (2011) ‘Questioning the Digital Native Assumption’, CAL 11. Manchester Metropolitan University

Dixon, S. & Sanders, R. (2011) ‘Teaching Media 2.0’, Media Education Summit. Birmingham City University

Dixon, S. (2009) ‘Now I’m a Person: Feedback by audio and text annotation’, A Word in Your Ear. Sheffield Hallam University (Available at: http://research.shu.ac.uk/lti/awordinyourear2009/docs/Dixon-Now-Im-a-person_.pdf)

Dixon, S. (2009) ‘Audio Feedback audio case study from Newman University, Birmingham’, A word in Your Ear. Sheffield Hallam University (Available at: http://research.shu.ac.uk/lti/awordinyourear2009/audio/dixon-steve-newman.mp3)

Dixon, S. (2009) ‘Sounding Good’, BESA Annual Conference. University of Stafford

Dixon, S. (2005) ‘E-Learning Conference Workshop’, BECTA Annual Conference. Birmingham

Dixon, S. (2003) ‘Web Learning Conference Workshop’, MAPE Annual Conference. Birmingham

Dixon, S. (2003) ‘Online Learning Conference’, JISC – E-Learning. Coventry University

Dixon, S. (2003) ‘Web Conference Workshop’, MAPE Annual Conference. Birmingham

Dixon, S. (2001) ‘Online Learning’, TALENT Conference. Birmingham

Dixon, S. (2000) ‘Using Networked Technologies for Teaching and Learning’, TALENT Conference. University of Leicester

Publications

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Dixon, S. (2022) ‘Old wine in new bottles: Utilising audio feedback for summative assessment’, Educational Futures, 13 (1), pp.73-86

Dixon, S. (2015) ‘The pastoral potential of audio feedback: a review of the literature’, Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, 33 (2), pp.96-104

Dixon, S., Sanders, R. & Griffin, S. (2013) ‘Education Studies Students 2.0?’ Educationalfutures, 6(1), pp.41-57 (Available at: http://educationstudies.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Dixon-etal-F.pdf)

Dixon, S. & Sanders, R. (2011) ‘Dangerous Assumptions – what our media students have taught us’ Media Education Research Journal, 2 (2), pp.12-25

Dixon, S. (2010) ‘Sounding Good: Exploring the potential of audio feedback’ Educationalfutures, 2(3), pp.29-37 (Available at: http://educationstudies.org.uk/wpcontent/uploads/2013/11/vol_23_dixon_final_1.pdf)

McDougall, J. & Dixon, S. (2009) ‘Doing Media 2.0’ Networks, 8, pp.23-25 (Available at: http://www.academia.edu/8343976/Doing_Media_2.0)

Chapters in Books

Dixon, S. (2021) ‘Foreword’, in Taekke, J. & Paulsen. M. (2021) A New Perspective on Education in the Digital Age: Teaching, Media and Bildung. London: Bloomsbury

Dixon, S. (2020) ‘Young People and Digital Media’, in Cronin, M. & Brotherton, G. (Eds) (2020) Working with Vulnerable Children, Young People and Families. 2nd Edition. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.122-145

Dixon, S. (2018) ‘Children and Technology’, in Bright, C., Tatton, A. & Thomas, L. (2018) Supporting Children and Young People in Schools: A guide for Foundation Degree Students. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.88-99

Dixon, S. & Sanders, R. (2016) ‘Technology’, in Trotman, D., Willoughby, R. & Lees, H. (Eds) (2016) Education Studies: The Key Concepts. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.221-225

Dixon, S. (2013) ‘Young People, Digital Media and Risk: A Problem of Polarisation’, in Cronin, M. & Brotherton, G. (Eds) (2013) Working with Vulnerable Children, Young People and Families. Abingdon: Routledge, pp.157-180

Non-refereed Journal Articles

Dixon, S. (2015) ‘E-safety for the i-generation’, Pastoral Care in Education: An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, 33 (2), pp.129-30

Dixon, S. (2011) ‘Politics 2.0: Book and Resources Reviews’, Media Education Research Journal, 2(1), pp.5-8 (Available at: http://www.merj.info/pdf/Morozov%20&%20Lievrouw%20review.pdf)

Dixon, S. (2010) ‘Personal Connections in the Digital Age’, POV – Journal of the Media Education Association, 2 (2/3) (Available at: http://themea.org/2010/11/16/personal-connections-in-thedigital-age-review/)

Dixon, S. (2010) ‘Video Production Resources Review’, Media Education Research Journal, 1 (1), pp.100-102

Barnard, D. & Dixon, S. (2007) ‘Brand New’, Education Executive, 25, pp.18-20

Dixon, S. & Upton, C. (1999) ‘Local History and the World Wide Web’, Society of Archives Newsletter (Archives in Education Issue), 17, pp.7-8

Dixon, S. (1998) ‘The ABTAPL Website – Now Online’, Bulletin of the Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries, 5 (2), p.2

Dixon, S. (1998) ‘Keeping in Touch: The ABTAPL Mailing List’, Bulletin of the Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries, 5 (1), pp.5-8