Dr Helen Coker is a Lecturer in the Psychology, Sociology and Education division. 
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  • Research Publications
  • Teaching and Learning

Helen is a member of the Education team. Working on a range of programmes, her expertise and interests focus on the potential of technology to enable collaborative learning. She has a wide range of experience in educational contexts, having taught at all levels from early years to Masters level programmes, in online, blended and face-to-face settings.

She started her career as a primary teacher; teaching in England, Australia and Scotland, before settling in Scotland to raise a family. Before joining Queen Margaret University Helen was programme leader of the Master of Education Critical Enquiry, at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Affiliations/ Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Fully registered with the GTCS

Helen’s doctoral research explored pedagogic collaboration in online undergraduate programmes. She has subsequently designed and developed a range of technology enhanced learning which enables dialogue and collaboration, providing equitable and engaging modules for students. Her recent research has explored the potential of technology to provide professional learning opportunities in rural and remote areas, the development of digital portfolios and technology as a mediating artefact. Helen is interested in the potential of technology as a tool for students to co-construct understanding, to authentically collaborate and to engage in critical dialogues. Her research is informed by socio-cultural and dialogic theoretical frameworks.

Active Research Interests:

  • Dialogic and collaborative learning
  • Technology and the co-construction of understanding
  • Distributed learning networks
  • Education, professional learning
  • Digital portfolios
  • Rural professional learning 

Research Methods: 

  • Ethnographic
  • Digital focus groups
  • Interviews
  • Thematic analysis
  • Practitioner enquiry
Please see my research publications in eResearch - Queen Margaret University's repository

Helen teaches on the Education Studies (Primary), the Education Studies and the PGDE Secondary Home Economics programmes.