Pamela Cowan


  • Room 01.004 - 69 University Street

    United Kingdom


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I was the PGCE Course Director across all PGCE programmes from 2013 - 2017 and have been the Programme Co-ordinator for ICT/Computing since 2000.  I contribute to the Education and Professional Studies module through workshops in ICT/e-learning tools used in schools, inviting external organisations such as iTeach (for iPad training), PSNI (for digital safeguarding) and NI Screen/INTO Film (for Digital Safeguarding).  I also hold twilight courses in MinecraftEdu and short training sessions on course creation in Fronter, Google Classrooms and OneNote Class. 



Research Interests

In general my research interests encompass all aspects of using modern information technologies in educational contexts, assessment in education, structural equations modelling and issues in mathematics and computing education. I am particularly interested in the use of computer adaptive testing in schools and in the assessment of higher order thinking skills, such as writing code and mathematical problem-solving using computer-based techniques. I am also interested in assessment issues in higher education and have been involved in evaluation projects as an external consultant.  More recent work has involved handheld devices for mobile learning, multimodal literacies, pedagogically effective games and simulations, computational thinking, MinecraftEdu and CoderDojos. 


I have presented my work at numerous international conferences in Europe and the USA.  I am currently encouraging my doctoral students to disseminate their work more widely too! 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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