The University of Southampton

Steve White

Postgraduate research student


I am currently a PhD candidate in Web Science at the Web Science Institute and part of the Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Southampton. I'm researching e-learning, with particular reference to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and am part of the MOOC Observatory research group at the university. I also work as an online tutor/mentor and materials developer on the Southampton/British Council Understanding Language and Web Science MOOCs. I have previously worked as a teacher and lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and continue to work on the University of Southampton online pre-sessional course for international students. I also helped plan, research and develop the Southampton/British Council online MA in ELT

My PhD supervisors are Dr Su White (Electronics and Computer Science) and Julie Watson (Principle Teaching Fellow in eLearning, Humanities). 


Research interests

Learning design and materials development, Technology Enhanced Learning, MOOCs, online mentoring and facilitation, learning theory and pedagogy. 



PhD candidate, University of Southampton

MSc Web Science, University of Southampton

MA Education, University of Bath

BA Hons, University of Kent


Watson, Julie and White, Steven (2012) Designing and delivering an e-presessional course in EAP for the 21st first century international student. Bradley, Linda and Thouësny, Sylvie (eds.) At 2012 EUROCALL Proceedings 2012 EUROCALL Proceedings, Sweden. 22 - 25 Aug 2012. 330 pp, pp. 314-319.

White, Steven, Leon Urrutia, Manuel and White, Su (2015) MOOCs inside universities: an analysis of MOOC discourse as represented in HE magazines. At CSEDU 2015 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education CSEDU 2015 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Portugal. 23 - 25 May 2015. 8 pp. (In Press)

Leon Urrutia, Manuel, White, Stephen, Dickens, Kate and White, Susan (2015) Mentoring at scale: MOOC mentor interventions towards a connected learning community. At EMOOCs 2015 European MOOC Stakeholders Summit EMOOCs 2015 European MOOC Stakeholders Summit, Belgium. 18 - 20 May 2015. 4 pp.

White, Steven (2014) Exploring stakeholder perspectives on the development of MOOCs in higher education – a case study of the University of Southampton. University of Southampton, Electronics and Computer Science, Masters Thesis.

White, Steven, Leon Urrutia, Manuel, Borthwick, Kate and White, Su (2015) Massive Open Online Course mentoring for a connected community of practice of Language teachers. eLearning Papers, 45, 43-48.

Urrutia, M. and White, Steven (2015) Emergent roles of online mentors in MOOCs. At Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning, Italy.

White, Steven and White, Susan (2016) A research agenda for exploring MOOCs and change in higher education using Socio-Technical Interaction Networks. At eMOOCs European MOOCs Stakeholder Summit 2016 eMOOCs European MOOCs Stakeholder Summit 2016, Austria. 22 - 24 Feb 2016. pp. 123-134. (In Press)

Leon, Manuel, White, Steve and White, Su (2016) MOOCs in Higher Education magazines: a content analysis of internal stakeholder perspectives. In, Zvacek, Susan, Restivo, Maria Teresa, Uhomoibhi, James and Helfert, Markus (eds.) Computer Supported Education. Cham, CH. Springer, pp. 395-405. , (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-29585-5_23).

White, Steven and White, Su (2016) MOOCs, Educators and Learning Designers in UK HE. At FutureLearn Academic Network FutureLearn Academic Network, United Kingdom.

White, Steven and White, Su (2016) Learning designers in the ‘Third Space’: the socio-technical construction of MOOCs and their relationship to educator and learning designer roles in HE. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, (1). (doi:10.5334/jime.429).


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