Carl Simmons

Name: Carl Simmons
Department: Secondary and Further Education
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education
Location: Ormskirk Main Campus, Faculty of Education


Since 2005 I have worked with Edge Hill students to construct learning experiences that build academic and personal skills and extend their aspirations. My approach to teaching and learning has been largely pragmatic – taking a mixture of research evidence about what’s likely to “work”, observing and talking with colleagues, taking risks to try to new approaches and reflecting on student feedback and outcomes. In particular I have been successful in trialling many forms of e-learning informed by my background in computer science, my former role leading E-learning in an FE college and my MSc in E-Learning and subsequent research.

My main curriculum areas are Education and Computing.


My current research and pedagogy interests include the impact of technology enhanced formative assessment, particularly the development and use of screencast feedback rather than traditional written feedback comments. This appears to have a substantial impact on the quality of tutor feedback, an improvement in trainees use of tutor comments and their perception of the course overall.

I have also recently embarked on a project to examine the role of maker education in schools and the impact that partnerships between maker-entrepreneurs and teachers might have.

Published Works:


Simmons.C, Hawkins,C, (2014) Teaching Computing (Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher (Sage)

Beer.P, Simmons.C, (2014) Hello App Inventor!: Android programming for kids and the rest of us (Manning)

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