Coker, Helen


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Helen teaches on a range of programmes in Education. She began her career as a primary school teacher, teaching in England, Australia and Scotland. Working in Higher Education Helen has worked on Masters, Postgraduate and Undergraduate programmes in Education at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Inverness. She has taken an active role in curricular design for online, blended and face-to-face programmes in Education and led programme teams on the PGDE at QMU and the Master of Education Critical Enquiry at UHI.  


Helen’s research interests focus on the potential of digital practice and pedagogy. Her research has examined the experiences of lecturers as they teach online and explored the potential of digital tools for professional learning in rural areas. She is interested in socio-cultural and critical pedagogies, and the impact of digital tools and spaces on the enactment of these pedagogic approaches, alongside rural education and the digital divides - geographic and socio-economic - which influence educational digital practices in relation to social justice and equity.    


Research interests

  • Collaborative practice in digital contexts
  • Professional learning
  • Rural schools 
  • Dialogic learning and digital dialogue   
  • Theory and practice of technology enhanced learning 
  • Digital portfolios


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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Understanding Pedagogic Collaboration in Online Settings’, University of Aberdeen


Master of Education, Open University Milton Keynes


Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Aberystwyth University



  • L Education (General)
  • LB1501 Primary Education
  • LB2300 Higher Education


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