Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

Professor Hugh C. Davis

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Professor Hugh C. Davis

ECS, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering
University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom. SO17 1BJ

Position: Academic staff in Web and Internet Science
Extension: 23669
Telephone: Work (Voice): +44 (0)23 8059 3669
Email: hcd@soton.ac.uk
Homepage: http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/hcd
URI: http://id.ecs.soton.ac.uk/person/46 [browse]

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My Calendar is publically available at http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/hcd/hcdcal.html

Interests: computer assisted assessment, e-learning, educational repositories, hypertext, institutional research, learning analytics, linked data, moocs, open data, open hypermedia, patterns in learning design, personal learning environments, personalistion, social hypertext, technology enhanced learning, virtual learning environments



Hugh Davis is Professor of Learning Technologies in the Web and Internet Science Research Group (WAIS) at the University of Southampton. He is also one of the University Directors of Education and he is the Director of the Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIaD) which is a cross university collaboration between faculties and professional services to research and transform education.  The team is responsible for supporting blended learning throughout the university, and the production of MOOCs in collaboration with FutureLearn, academic and staff development and accredited courses in academic practice.

Hugh has been involved in hypertext research since the late 1980’s starting with an interest in the applications of hypertext for learning, going through open hypertext systems and then to architectures for adaptation and personalisation. He has extensive publications in these fields, and experience of starting a spin-off company with a hypertext product. His current research interests are all concerned with how technologies can change our perception and experience of learning (which is a branch of Web Science), and include personal learning environments (PLEs), educational repositories (EdShare), educational analytics and semantic applications in education. He has considerable experience of applying the outputs of research to create real change in educational practice. He is a passionate believer in the importance of sharing and open data. He has led many projects focusing on both the technology and application of technology in education and educational innovation and change.

Hugh is currently interested in project collaboration and recruiting excellent PhD students from a range of backgrounds, in the areas of Learning Analytics, Patterns in Learning Design, and Institutional Benchmarking.


  • University Director of Education (TEL)
  • Director of Institute for Learning Innovation and Development (ILIaD)
  • Chair of Technology Enhanced Living and Learning (TELL) Board
  • Member of University Systems Strategy and Programme Board (USSPB)
  • Member of Educational Advisory Group (EAG)



Conferences Attended

  •   Invited Speaker, EDU Open Lecture, University of Greenwich, Oct 2014, "What Part will MOOCs Play in the Future Educational Landscape"
  •    Invited Panel Member. Symposium on "Designing for learning disruptive scenarios” July 2014, Open University of Catalonia, Spain   
  •   Invited Speaker, Inside Government Seminar on Higher Education Provision 2014: Advancing Choice, Enhancing Quality, London, May 2014, "The Role of New Technology in Higher Education Provision
  •     Invited Speaker, 6th International Conference on Computers in Education (CSEDU), Barcelona, August 2014, "How are MOOCs Disrupting the Educational Landscape?"
  •     Invited Speaker,  BIBSYS Conference 2014, Trondheim, Norway, March 2014, "Making MOOCs and the Role of the Librarian.”
  •     Keynote, BIBSYS Conference 2014, Trondheim, Norway, March 2014, “The place for MOOCs in the changing Educational Landscape”
  •     Invited Speaker, HEA Bring Your Own Device Workshop.  Southampton, March 2014. “Digital literacies and the University Strategy"
  •     Invited Speaker, 31st Meeting of Heads of eLearning Forum (HeLF) Feb 2014, “Why  Universities are investing in MOOCs?”
  •     Invited Speaker, Southampton Assessment and Feedback Conference, February 2014, “Students as partners in Assessment and Feedback"
  •     Keynote. Further and Higher Education Strategy Forum, Hertfordshire, Feb 2014 "MOOCs – Threat or Opportunity? Either Way, How Can We Be Better Prepared for Change it Will Bring About?”
  •     Invited Speaker . Higher Education Learn Live theatre at Bett, London, January 2014, “Why Universities are making MOOCs”
  •     Keynote, LLAS elearning symposium, Southampton, January 2014. "Why Make MOOCs?”
  •     Invited Panel Member, Technology in Higher Education Summit at Bett,  London,  January 2014, "Can MOOCs be monetised?”
  •     Invited Speaker, Online Information 2013, London Nov 2013  "The Changing Face of MOOCs: New Platforms, New Paradigms In Learning’
  •     Invited speaker, HE Expo 2013, Olympia, London, Oct 2013, "Flexible and Online Working at the University of Southampton: or: Why we Decided to MOOC"
  •     Keynote, 1st MOOC Libraries conference, London, July 2013, "The Changing Face of MOOCs"
  •     Keynote, M25 conference, London, April 2013, "The Open Educational Movement: MOOCs and OERs"
  •     General co-chair ACM Web Science (Paris) 2013
  •     Keynote speaker CSEDU (Oporto) 2012
  •     General Chair Personal Learning Environments Conference (PLE) (Southampton) 2011
  •     Keynote speaker Designs on E-Learning (DEL)(On-line) 2009
  •     Research Proceedings Chair, ALT-C 2009
  •     Keynote speaker Interdisciplinary approaches to technology-enhanced learning (IATEL) (Darmstadt) 2009
  •     Programme Chair of the ACM Hypertext Conference (Pittsburgh) 2008
  •     Chair HEA Information and Computer Science (Southampton) 2007
  •     Workshop Chair What Went Wrong? (at EC-TEL, Crete) 2007
  •     Chair 2nd European Conference on Learning Grid Infrastructure (Barcelona) 2006
  •     Workshop Chair Adaptive Hypertext (at WWW in Budapest) 2003
  •     Programme Chair of the ACM Hypertext (Aarhus) 2001
  •     General Co-Chair ACM Hypertext (Southampton) 1997

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