Helen Boulton

Helen Boulton

Research & Professional Development Coordinator

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Undergraduate and Professional Education


  • Reader: Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching
  • National Teaching Fellow
  • Nottingham Trent University Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Professional Doctorate Course Leader
  • Research and Development Co-ordinator
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education

Research areas

Dr Boulton's research interests include:

  • Blended and online learning and teaching
  • Digital inclusion and literacy
  • Application of new technologies to learning
  • Work-based learning
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Learning and teaching in Higher Education
  • Mentoring in Higher Education
  • Education theory and philosophy

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an EdD / MPhil / PhD in the School of Education may exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

  • National Teaching Fellow (2013-present)
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2012 - present)
  • External Examiner De Montfort University (2013-present)
  • Chief External Examiner, Wolverhampton University (2010 - present)
  • Vice-Chair of Information Technology in Teacher Education Committee (2009 - present)
  • External Examiner, Warwick University (2007 - 2010)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007 - 2012)
  • National Teaching Awards Judge (2001 - present)

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent work is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and or/support of:

  • Higher Education Academy
  • Hong Kong College of Technology
  • Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • HH Education Services Consultation
  • Open University
  • ESCalate
  • Dr A Hramiak, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr B Irwin, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr S Younie, De Montfort University
  • Professor Morwenna Griffiths, Edinburgh University
  • University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Fujairah Private Academy in Fujairah UAE
  • Dr Lisa Waters, Hawaii University
  • Paulo Karat, online mentor
  • INMARK Estdios y Estrategias
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • GameCity
  • Graz University of Technology
  • Austria and Hochschule der Medien in Germany
  • YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
  • United Christian College, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

Dr Boulton is currently leading a HEA funded project:

Cross cultural comparison: the introduction of new technology with post-graduate students in Hong Kong and in the United Kingdom.  This project is due to complete in March 2015.

Dr Boulton is co-investigator for a Horizon 2020 cross-European Project 'No-one Left Behind' which will start January 2015.

Previous externally funded projects include:

  • Training Development Agency funded research: Literacy and Technology Project: Towards Best Practice. This project involved research in five secondary schools: Djanogly City Academy, English Martyrs School, National Academy, and Nottingham Academy. An output of this research project is a resource pack, aimed at the professional development of teachers in using Web 2.0 technologies which is free to use and can be downloaded from the Association of Information Technology in Education web site:
  • Training Development Agency funded research: ePortfolios into Employment. This project involved research into the use of ePortfolios in the transition from University to employment.


Selected publications

  • Using virtual learning environments to personalize learning in England's primary and secondary schools: A continuum of progress.  Boulton H and Waters L, Online, Blended and Distance Education in Schools, New York: Stylus Publishing, 2014
  • Cascading the use of web 2.0 technology in secondary schools in the United Kingdom: identifying the barriers beyond pre-service training. Boulton H and Hramiak A, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 2014, 23 (2), 151-166
  • Affordances and challenges: the professional doctorate in Hong Kong. Boulton H, International Conference of Professional Doctrates, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 10-11 April 2014
  • Cross- cultural comparison: the introduction of new technology with postgraduate students in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.  Boulton H, Proceedings of International Conference on Open and Flexible Education, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, 16-17 January 2014
  • ePortfolios beyond pre-service teacher education: a new dawn? Boulton H, European Journal of Teaching Education, 2013, 37 (3), 374-389
  • E-Flection: The development of reflective communities of learning for trainee teachers through the use of shared online web logs. Boulton H, Hramiak A et al, Reflective Practice, 2012, 13 (4), 503-515
  • Writing in the virtual environment. Boulton H and Hramiak A, in Hardy C and Clugen L (eds) Writing In The Disciplines: Building Supportive Cultures For Student Writing In UK Higher Education, 2012, Emerald, Bingley UK
  • Trainee teachers' use of blogs as private reflections for professional development. Boulton H, Hramiak A and Irwin B, Learning, Media and Technology, 2009, 34 (3), 259-269
  • Managing E-Learning: what are the real implications for schools. Boulton H, Electronic Journal E-Learning, 2008, 6 (1), 11-18

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Press expertise

Dr Boulton can offer comment on work-based learning; application of new technologies to learning; assessment and feedback; blended and online learning and teaching; ICT and computing in primary and secondary schools.

She has recently written articles for the education press regarding her role as leader of a TDA-funded project to bring web technologies into the classroom.