Helen Boulton

Helen Boulton

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Undergraduate and Professional Education


Dr Helen Boulton is an Associate Professor in the Nottingham Institute of Education, a National Teaching Fellow, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Senior Teaching Fellow at Nottingham Trent University and Course Leader for the Doctorate in Education.  Dr Boulton is Chair of the National Executive Committee of Association of Information Technology in Teacher Education.  Dr Boulton’s research is focussed on emerging pedagogy for new technologies in learning and teaching and building communities of practice to support professional development. Dr Boulton is co-investigator for two Horizon 2020 research projects: No-one Left Behind, and Managing Affective-learning Through Intelligent Atoms and Smart Interactions.  Dr Boulton is also co-investigator for an Erasmus+ project: Mobile Pedagogical Assistant to develop meaningful pathways to personalised learning Dr Boulton’s work is published nationally and internationally.

  • Associate Professor
  • National Teaching Fellow
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education
  • Nottingham Trent University Senior Teaching Fellow
  • Doctorate of Education Course Leader
  • Research and Development Co-ordinator

Research areas

Dr Boulton's research interests include:

  • Blended and online learning and teaching
  • Digital inclusion and literacy
  • Application of new technologies to learning
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Learning and teaching 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 Doctoral School.

External activity

  • National Teaching Fellow
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • External Examiner De Montfort University (2013-present)
  • Chief External Examiner, Wolverhampton University (2010 - 2015)
  • Chair of Information Technology in Teacher Education Committee (2009 - present)
  • External Examiner, Warwick University (2007 - 2010)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Senior Teaching Fellow, Nottingham Trent University
  • Computing at School Regional Co-ordinator
  • Senior Fellow at Mirandanet.

Sponsors and collaborators

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

  • AdvanceHE
  • Hong Kong College of Technology
  • Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • University of Lesotho
  • Dr Lisa Waters, Hawaii University
  • 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
  • Computing at School
  • British Computing Society
  • ATOS, Spain
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
  • RIX Research and Media
  • University of Maastricht
  • University of Nottingham (UK)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Co-investigator for two Horizon 2020 European Projects:
'No-one Left Behind' - information available here.

'Managing Affective-learning Through Intelligent Atoms and Smart Interactions' - information available here.

Co-investigator for Erasmus+ Project:
Mobile Pedagogical Assistant to develop meaningful pathways to personalised learning - information available here.

Previous externally funded projects include:


Selected publications

  • BOULTON, H. 2019.  Crossing boundaries: the affordances of new technologies in supporting a collaborative learning environment for doctoral students learning transnationally.  Journal of Technology, Pedagogy and Education.
  • YUEN, S., BOULTON, H., and BYROM, T. 2018.School-based curriculum development as reflective practice: a case study in Hong Kong.  Journal of Curriculum Perspectives, 38(1), 15-25
  • BOULTON, H., BROWN, D., HUGHES-ROBERTS, T., and BELTRAN, X.  2018 Implementing Game-making across the School Curriculum: Innovative Practice from Europe.  InAdvances in Open and Innovative Education: Research and Practices.  Hong Kong: Springer (accepted for publication)
  • BOULTON, H. 2017. Exploring the effectiveness of new technologies: Improving literacy and engaging learners at risk of social exclusion in the UK. Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education 63, 73-81
  • BOULTON, H. 2014. ePortfolios beyond pre-service teacher education: A New Dawn? European Journal of Teacher Education 37(3) 374-389
  • 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

  • work-based learning
  • application of new technologies to learning
  • assessment and feedback
  • blended and online learning and teaching
  • Computing and ICT in primary and secondary schools