Louise Drumm

louise drumm

Dr Louise Drumm

Associate Professor


I am a Lecturer in the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at Edinburgh Napier University, where I lead the MSc in Blended and Online Education, and lecture on the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Teaching and Academic Practice in Higher Education programme. I lead the Digital Support Partnership project, a cross-university strategic project to support all staff in student engagement in online learning and teaching during the academic year 2020-21.

I have worked in a number of universities in the UK as a learning technologist, academic developer, lecturer and software developer. I am also an experienced theatre director and practitioner, and I like to explore creative approaches to academic development.

My PhD, from Glasgow Caledonian University, was on the role of theory in lecturers' experiences of teaching with technology in higher education.

Research Areas



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Working group member for defining terms of new Learning Technologist of the Year for Research Award, Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
  • Judge for Learning Technologist of the Year Research Award with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT)


Conference Activity

  • Conference paper 'Digital Pedagogy & Learning Design' at EdTech and Digital Learning Conference
  • Conference Presentation: 'Centring active learning online' U!REKA - Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance, 2020 conference with Ingeborg van Knippenberg (DLTE)and Claire Garden (SaS)
  • Conference Workshop “Forum theatre: creative solutions and critical debate in higher education” SRHE Annual Research Conference 2019, Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales, 13th December 2019
  • Conference workshop: “Forum theatre and digital education dilemmas: let's improvise!” ALT Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 3rd Sept 2019,
  • Conference presentation: “I had to put down my cup of tea and sit up”: Private online spaces for active learning” ALT Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 5th Sept 2019, with Martin Compton University of Greenwich,
  • Conference presentation: “Building Learning Communities Through Building in a Virtual World (Minecraft)…and then breaking them” DLTE Learning and Teaching Conference, 20th June 2019, Edinburgh
  • Conference presentation: “But what exactly is @FemEdTech?” Defining an open distributed network, OER19, 10th April 2019, Galway, with Frances Bell and Lou Mycroft,
  • Conference session: “Virtually Connecting fishbowl: a conference hallway conversation for everyone” , Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference, Edinburgh, 18-19th July 2019,
  • Conference workshop: 'Exploring assessment feedback through forum theatre' SHIFT 2019: Annual Conference of Learning, Teaching & Assessment, The University of Greenwich, 4th January 2019
  • Conference presentation: 'Current critical debates in open education – where are we at?' OER18, Bristol, 18th-19th April 2018
  • Symposium presentation: 'Theories and practices of teaching with digital technologies at university, so what?' Glasgow Caledonian University, Postgraduate Research Symposium, 5th May 2017
  • Programme Committee member: The Next Generation: Digital Learning Research Symposium 2016, Dublin City University, November 2016
  • Conference presentation: 'Freeing or controlling pedagogies? A rhizomatic view of theory and teaching practices with technology' SRHE Annual Research Conference 2016, Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales, 7 December 2016,
  • Conference presentation: 'Connections between theory and practice: rhizomatic teaching with digital technologies' ALT Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 7th September 2016
  • Symposium presentation: 'The role of theory in digital teaching in universities' The Next Generation: Digital Learning Research Symposium 2016, Dublin City University, November 2016
  • Conference presentation: 'Mapping Digital Technology Teaching Practices: Are we being scholarly?' The Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA) EdTech2016 conference, 26th May 2016, Dublin
  • Seminar organiser: Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) at Glasgow Caledonian University ‘Where does theory come from in the doctoral project?’ 8th June 2015
  • Seminar series co-ordinator: Glasgow Caledonian University's Research in Lifelong Learning Education Research, open seminars, 2015-16
  • Seminar Presentation 'What role does theory play in teaching with digital technology in universities?' Glasgow Caledonian University Centre for Lifelong Learning and Research, Tue, 31 March 2015
  • Seminar presentation 'The role of theory in teaching with digital technologies' GCU PhD Community Group Seminar, GCU, 6 Wed, 18 March 2015
  • Conference poster: '“Nomads, Barbarians or Roman Soldiers? Lecturers use of digital technologies for teaching' GCU ‘Celebrating Our Research’ - GSBS Research Day, GCU, Mon, 11 May 2015, poster
  • Seminar presentation: 'Navigating Theory: a PhD student’s ongoing journey' SRHE seminar ‘Where does theory come from in the doctoral project?’ GCU, Mon, 8 June
  • Conference paper: '“Is there theory behind practice? Theorising university teaching with digital technologies” '14th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL-2015, 29-30 October 2015, Hatfield
  • Conference presentation: What role does theory play in university teaching with digital technologies?' SRHE Annual Research Conference - Newer Researchers conference Tues, 8th December 2015, Celtic Manor, Newport, South Wales
  • Conference presentation: 'Theorising lecturer practices with digital technologies: Rhizomatic teaching in a dynamic environment' EdTech2015 Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Irish Learning Technology Association, ‘Beyond the Horizon: Policy, Practice and Possibilities’, University of Limerick, Ireland, Thu, 28 May 2015 – Fri, 29 May 2015
  • Conference presentation: 'A little knowledge is a dangerous thing: Supporting staff through the transition to Moodle when they’ve already been teaching online for years' MoodleMoot Dublin, April 2013
  • Conference presentation: 'Internationalisation and Experiencing the Digital City' Department of Computing and Engineering Research Day, April 2010, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Conference poster: 'Experiencing the Digital City: A co-curricular module to facilitate the enculturation of first year students' 7th Enhancement Themes Annual conference, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. March 2010


Editorial Activity

  • Editor of 'Research in Learning Technology' published by the Association for Learning Technology


Fellowships and Awards

  • Awarded Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Learning Teaching and Assessing Award, 2009
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Invited Speaker

  • Seminar Speaker: University of Manchester, students on PgCert 'Open Knowledge in Higher Education' Panel member contributing my expertise as an open education practitioner and researcher
  • Seminar speaker: Open University, Institute of Education Technology research group seminar ' Building your own map: academic careers in digital education' 25th March 2021
  • Invited lecture: National University of Ireland Galway PgDip Teaching Online, 'Theories and approaches to online learning: ENU's experience during Covid-19' 26th February 2021
  • Invited Speaker: Edinburgh College, presentation entitled 'Digital Pedagogy'
  • Invited lecture: Mary Immaculate College University of Limerick PgCert 'Building Communities of Enquiry online' 11th Nov 2020
  • Keynote speaker: Durham University Learning & Teaching Conference ‘Re-imagining the curriculum through digital practices’ September 2019
  • Invited lecture: Technological University (TU) Dublin PgCert 'learning technologies to theory' 16th October 2019
  • Invited Speaker, University of the Highlands and Islands Digital Education Week Women's Network seminar, 'Personal stories and womens' academic careers' 22nd January 2021
  • Pedagogy before technology? Connections between theory and practice when teaching with digital technologies


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member U!REKA (European university network) Digital Transformation Working Group
  • Member of AdvanceHE Transnational Education Development Group
  • Member of the Association of Learning Technology


Public/Community Engagement

  • Invited speaker for RSE Curious - Education in the post covid era



  • Reviewer for 'All Ireland Journal of Higher Education'
  • Reviewer for 'Higher Education Pedagogies' journal
  • Reviewer for 'Research in Learning Technology' journal
  • Reviewer for Association for Learning Technology's Annual Conference, September 2019
  • Reviewer for Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) Newer Researcher conference, December 2015



6 results

Curation and collaboration as activism: emerging critical practices of #FemEdTech

Journal Article
Drumm, L., Beetham, H., Bell, F., Mycroft, L., & Forsythe, G. (in press)
Curation and collaboration as activism: emerging critical practices of #FemEdTech. Learning, Media and Technology,
The inequities rooted in our education systems and wider societies have been thrown into relief by responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper presents four situational stu...

Teaching Across Time and Space: How University Educators Relate With, and Through, Technology

Book Chapter
Drumm, L. (2020)
Teaching Across Time and Space: How University Educators Relate With, and Through, Technology. In F. Soares, K. Brown, A. Uukkivi, & A. P. Lopes (Eds.), Developing Technology Mediation in Learning Environments, (23-42). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-1591-4.ch002
Technology can be used to bring people closer together yet can also come between them and push them apart. In an age where discourse around our relationship with technology is...

Forum Theatre Scripts 'Digital Education Dilemmas'

Digital Artefact
Drumm, L. (2019)
Forum Theatre Scripts 'Digital Education Dilemmas'. [https://louisedrumm.com/2019/09/]
Scripts for an interactive workshop where participants are invited to join in with discussion, games and short improvisations. Originally used at Association for Learning Tech...

Folk pedagogies and pseudo-theories: how lecturers rationalise their digital teaching

Journal Article
Drumm, L. (2019)
Folk pedagogies and pseudo-theories: how lecturers rationalise their digital teaching. Research in Learning Technology, 27, https://doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v27.2094
The gap in knowledge about how learning theories relate to everyday digital teaching practices in universities inhibits scholarly and practical developments in this area. This...

Exploring feedback through forum theatre

Presentation / Conference
Drumm, L. (2019, January)
Exploring feedback through forum theatre. Presented at SHIFT 2019: Annual Conference of Learning, Teaching & Assessment, University of Greenwich, London
Forum theatre was established by Boal (1985) as way to draw an audience into debates by using short plays as provocations. As this conference recognises, feedback should be a ...

Is There Theory Behind Practice? Theorising University Teaching With Digital Technologies

Conference Proceeding
Drumm, L. (2015)
Is There Theory Behind Practice? Theorising University Teaching With Digital Technologies
This ongoing doctoral research project is concerned with theoretical understandings of university teaching using digital technologies. Lecturers are adopting a range of tools,...

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