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Academic Biography

Dr Elaine Pearson completed her PhD entitled “Computer Presentation of a Language and Reading Scheme for the Assessment and Remediation of Language in Children with Special Educational Needs” in 1997. In 2000 she was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship to work with University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and subsequently continued as a Visiting Research Fellow until 2008. As a member of staff in the School of Computing, Dr Pearson has a teaching and research specialism in accessibility and user experience, and, as head of the Accessibility Research Centre (ARC) she has published more than 40 journal and conference papers. She has extensive PhD supervision experience with 10 completions supported by a number of grants from bodies including ESF/EQUAL, HEFCE and JISC.

Other external activities include PhD examinations, membership of conference programme committees, and journal referee.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Web accessibility
  • Adaptable/ Personal learning environments
  • Accessible and adaptable apps and widgets
  • Learner centred design
  • User experience and accessible design

Current Supervision

Adel Sayed: “Designing and Developing Digital Learning Objects for Primary Stage Pupils with Learning Disabilities and their Effect on Usability and Enhancing Working Memory” (joint with Fayoum University, Egypt).

Enterprise Interest and Activities

  • Supporting business in the creation of accessible web services - accessibility audits, training and solutions.
  • UX evaluation and testing.
  • Educational technology, learner centred design.

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Research Output 2006 2019

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A Learning Design Framework to Support Children with Learning Disabilities Incorporating Gamification Techniques

Shaban, A. & Pearson, E., 9 May 2019, CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Weaving The Threads of CHI. 3312806. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearch

Open Access
learning disability

Evaluation of a Prototype Interactive Working Memory Application for Children with Learning Disabilities

Pearson, E. & Shaban, A., 12 May 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

learning disability
online survey
1 Citation (Scopus)

Measuring and comparing the reliability of the structured walkthrough evaluation method with novices and experts

Bailey, C., Pearson, E. & Gkatzidou, V., 1 Jan 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Knowledge management

Widget design authoring toolkit

Pearson, E. & Perrin, F. O., 1 Jan 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

An intelligent system to support accurate transcription of university lectures

Papadopoulos, M. & Pearson, E., 22 Jun 2012, Intelligent Tutoring Systems - 11th International Conference, ITS 2012, Proceedings. p. 718-719 2 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 7315 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearch

Intelligent systems
Speech recognition