Dr Brett Bligh


Research Overview

Brett Bligh is a Lecturer in the Department for Educational Research. He conducts research into the connections between our material surroundings, the technologies that permeate them, and the ways we act, think and learn.

Much of his research concerns adult learners, and particularly the Higher Education sector. Recurring interests include how educational institutions design and evaluate their built environment estate to support opportunities for learning, how Universities attempt to expand and replicate their institutional forms in other countries (for example, by establishing international branch campuses), how Universities might change as a result of initiative 'from below' generating expansive learning, and how technological tools can support learners’ collaboration. More general interests include Activity Theory, the Change Laboratory methodology, and collaborative learning.

He is currently

In 2012 he co-authored Nesta's Decoding Learning report, and was previously a member of the EU's "STELLAR" Network of Excellence for Technology Enhanced Learning. In 2010, as part of the Visual Learning Lab, he was awarded a Lord Dearing Award for innovation in teaching and learning.

Learning spaces
Bligh, B., Crook, C. 14/05/2017 In: Technology enhanced learning. Springer p. 69-87. 19 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Activity Theory in empirical higher education research: choices, uses, and values
Bligh, B., Flood, M. 04/2017 In: Tertiary Education and Management. 23, 2, p. 125-152. 28 p.
Journal article

Technology and the dis-placing of learning in educational futures
Crook, C., Bligh, B. 12/2016 In: Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. 11, p. 162-175. 14 p.
Journal article

The Change Laboratory in Higher Education: research-intervention using activity theory
Bligh, B., Flood, M. 10/2015 In: Theory and Method in Higher Education Research. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing Ltd p. 141-168. 28 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Examining new processes for learning space design
Bligh, B. 18/03/2014 In: The physical university. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Re-mediating classroom activity with a non-linear, multi-display presentation tool
Bligh, B., Coyle, D. 04/2013 In: Computers and Education. 63, p. 337-357. 21 p.
Journal article

Decoding learning: the proof, promise and potential of digital education
Luckin, R., Bligh, B., Manches, A., Ainsworth, S., Crook, C., Noss, R. 11/2012 NESTA. 89 p.
Commissioned report

Doing learning space evaluations
Bligh, B., Pearshouse, I. 2011 In: Re-shaping learning? . Rotterdam : Sense Publishers p. 3-18. 16 p. Electronic ISBN: 978-94-6091-609-0.

Affordances of presentations in multi-display learning spaces for supporting small group discussion
Bligh, B., Sharples, M. 09/2010 In: Sustaining TEL : from innovation to learning and practice. Berlin : Springer Verlag p. 464-469. 6 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Introduction to the special issue on visual learning in higher education
Bligh, B., Wiesemes, R., Murphy, R. 2010 In: Seminar.net. 6, 1, 6 p.

The rhetoric of multi-display learning spaces: exploratory experiences in visual art disciplines
Bligh, B., Lorenz, K. 2010 In: Seminar.net. 6, 1, p. 7-27. 21 p.
Journal article

Vorsprung durch Technik: multi-display learning spaces and art-historical method
Bligh, B., Lorenz, K. 2010 In: Technology and 'the Death of Art History'. London : CHArt
Conference contribution

A study of effective evaluation models and practices for technology supported physical learning spaces (JELS): final report
Pearshouse, I., Bligh, B., Brown, E., Lewthwaite, S., Graber, R., Hartnell-Young, E., Sharples, M. 06/2009 JISC. 59 p.
Commissioned report

Authoring diagram-based CBA with CourseMarker
Higgins, C.A., Bligh, B., Symeonidis, P., Tsintsifas, A. 05/2009 In: Computers and Education. 52, 4, p. 749-761. 13 p.
Journal article

Drawing strands together: cross-disciplinary dialogue around computer-based assessment
Bligh, B. 2009 In: Exploring avenues to interdisciplinary research. Nottingham : Nottingham University Press p. 57-71. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Formative computer based assessment in diagram based domains
Higgins, C.A., Bligh, B. 06/2006 In: ITICSE '06 Proceedings of the 11th annual SIGCSE conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education. New York : ACM Press p. 98-102. 5 p.