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Academic Biography

Ryan Williams is studying a PhD in Education, investigating how social media platforms can be used as a classroom resource. He was awarded a First Class Honours in Applied Sports Science from Teesside University in 2014. 

Ryan has worked on numerous digital marketing campaigns for companies in the FMCG sector.

As part of the PhD journey, Ryan gained a Teaching & Learning in Higher Education certificate from the University of Hong Kong, and became an Apple TeacherMicrosoft Innovative Educator (MIE) and Google Certified Educator.

Research interests

  • Social Media and Student Engagement
  • 21st Century Learning
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Education
  • School Policy

Research Projects & External Funding

Ryan is investigating whether Twitter can be used as an educational resource in secondary classrooms. The PhD research will aim to develop a framework for educators when social media platforms are used in learning contexts. Ryan’s wider goal and project is to create paperless classrooms in mainstream education.

Some of Ryan’s previous research projects include: 

  • An exploration into group feedback
  • Mix-pair-share: how effective is Kagan’s approach with KS3 pupils?
  • Collaborative learning
  • The effectiveness of positive self-talk, imagery and confidence profiling as confidence interventions on amateur athletes perceptions of self-confidence

Enterprise Interest and Activities

As part of Ryan's PhD journey, he will discuss education technology (EdTech) and the move towards a paperless classroom on https://iiteducation.co.uk.

Ryan is an active member of Twitter and will be microblogging any relevant research.



Education/Academic qualification

The University of Hong Kong

Award Date: 24 Apr 2020

Bachelor, Teesside University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

External positions

Head of Projects, Abyasa Limited

1 Jan 2020 → …

Project Manager , Sheffield Hallam University

15 Feb 201831 Dec 2019

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Research Output

  • 3 Other contribution

An International Context of Education Technology

Williams, R., 4 Jul 2020, 2 p. The Ritz Herald.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)

    Technophobes versus technophiles: understanding the enemy’s position through reflection

    Williams, R., 3 Jan 2020, International Professional Development Association.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • 12 Downloads (Pure)

    Fake News: the failures of big tech and education

    Williams, R., 30 Jul 2019, International Professional Development Association.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • 26 Downloads (Pure)