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Dr Julia Sargent BA (hons), PhD, SFHEA



I am a Lecturer working in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET). I have worked at the Open University and IET since 2018, supporting teaching and research in Academic Professional Development. My role in the past had been mainly focused around the development of scholarship training and supporting pan university scholarship. I currently work within the Curriculum strand of IET where I support the development of curriculum and courses such as microcredentials.

I am currently chairing two microcredentials - HZFM883 'Teacher Development: Embedding mental health in the curriculum' and HZFM888 'Teacher Development: Using Scholarship to Improve Practice'. I am the acting Academic lead for the PGCAP (Posgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice) for the university.

My research interests include digital technology, teaching, learning, strengths-based approaches and practice-based research. I also explore the combination of digital technologies and pedagogy to investigate how digital technology can support teaching and learning in different contexts such as physical education.


Julia is a Lecturer who has been working in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University since 2018. She currently works in the curriculum part of IET working on the microcredentials courses. Her research involves exploring digital technology and it's relationship with teaching and learning in different contexts.

Previously, Julia has worked in the field of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and has explored the use of digital technology to support learning and teaching.



Rienties, Bart; Calò, Francesca; Corcoran, Suz; Chandler, Kathy; FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Haslam, Daniel; Harris, Claire A.; Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Sargent, Julia; Suttle, Martin and Wahga, Aqueel. (). How and with whom do educators learn in an online professional development microcredential. Social Sciences and Humanities Open.
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Bossu, Carina; Charitonos, Koula; Coughlan, Tim; Deacon, Andrew; Deane, Nawaal; Ferguson, Rebecca; Herodotou, Christothea; Huang, Cheng-Wen; Mayisela, Tabisa; Rets, Irina; Sargent, Julia; Scanlon, Eileen; Small, Janet; Walji, Sukaina; Weller, Martin and Whitelock, Denise (). Innovating Pedagogy 2023: Open University Innovation Report 11. The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Killian, Chad; Marttinen, Risto; Howley, Donal; Sargent, Julia and Jones, Emily. (). ‘Knock, knock… Who’s there?’ ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence-Powered Large Language Models: Reflections on Potential Impacts within Health and Physical Education Teacher Education. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 42 (3) pp. 385-389.
Østerlie, Ove; Sargent, Julia; Killian, Chad; García-Jaén, Miguel; García-Martínez, Salvador and Ferriz Valero, Alberto. (). Flipped learning in physical education: A scoping review. European Physical Education Review, 29 (1) pp. 125-144.
Killian, Chad; Osterlie, Ove; Ferriz-Valero, Alberto; Garcia-Jaen, Miguel and Sargent, Julia. (). A scoping review of flipped learning research conducted in K-12 and university physical education settings. In: SHAPE America National Convention, 28 Mar - 1 Apr 2023, Seattle, Washington.
Rienties, Bart; Ferguson, Rebecca; Gonda, Dalibor; Hajdin, Goran; Herodotou, Christothea; Iniesto, Francisco; Llorens Garcia, Ariadna; Muccini, Henry; Sargent, Julia; Virkus, Sirje and Isidori, Maria Vittoria. (). Education 4.0 in higher education and computer science: A systematic review. Computer Applications in Engineering Education (Early Access).


Østerlie, Ove; Sargent, Julia and Killian, Chad. (). Editorial: Digital technology in physical education – pedagogical approaches. Frontiers in Education.
Osterlie, Ove; Killian, Chad and Sargent, Julia. (). Flipped Learning in Physical Education - Opportunities and Applications [oral presentation]. In: New Media Pedagogy: Research trends, methodological challenges and successful implementations, 10-12 Oct 2022, Online.
Sargent, Julia and Rienties, Bart. (). Unpacking effective mentorship practices for early-career academics: a mixed methods study. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 11 (2) pp. 232-244.
Bossu, Carina; Sargent, Julia; Ismail, Nashwa and Wilson, Jane. (). Achieving professional learning and improving students experience at the OU through Applaud.. In: Computers and Learning Research Group (CALRG) conference 2022, 21-22 Jun 2022, Online.


Iniesto, Francisco; Sargent, Julia; Rienties, Bart; Llorens, Ariadna; Adam, Araceli; Herodotou, Christothea; Ferguson, Rebecca and Muccini, Henry. (). When industry meets Education 4.0: What do Computer Science companies need from Higher Education?. In: TEEM'21: Ninth International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, USA, 367-372.
Bossu, Carina; Sargent, Julia; Ismail, Nashwa and Wilson, Jane. (). Sharing experiences of an online HEA Fellowship scheme and its impact on learning and teaching. In: ALT Annual Conference: Shared Experience, Different Perspectives, 7-9 Sep 2021, UK/Online.
Adams, Anne; FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Sargent, Julia; Bektik, Duygu; Ismail, Nashwa; Bossu, Carina and Clough, Gill. (). The CPD2 Change Cycle: Enabling development for Online Higher Education. In: CALRG 2021 Book of Abstracts, The Open University, 24-24.
Hall, Johanna; Gaved, Mark and Sargent, Julia. (). Participatory Research Approaches in Times of Covid-19: A Narrative Literature Review. International Journal of Qualitative Methods.
Rienties, Bart; Balaban, Igor; Ferguson, Rebecca; Herodotou, Christothea; Iniesto, Francisco; Muccini, Henry; Sargent, Julia and Virkus, Sirje. (). Education 4.0 and Computer Science: A European perspective. In: Central European Conference on Information and Intelligent Systems (CECIIS), Oct 13-15, Varazdin, Croatia.
Sargent, Julia and Calderón, Antonio. (). Technology enhanced learning in physical education? A critical review of the literature. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 41 (4) pp. 689-709.
Adams, Anne; FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Sargent, Julia; Bektik, Duygu; Ismail, Nashwa; Bossu, Carina and Clough, Gill. (). The CPD2 Change Cycle: Enabling development for Online Higher Education. In: CALRG 2021 Online Conference, 15-16 Jun 2021, Online.


Sargent, Julia and Casey, Ashley (). Using digital technologies to enhance your teaching of physical education. In: Capel, Susan; Cliff, Joanne and Lawrence, Julia eds. A practical guide to teaching physical education in the secondary school London: Routledge.
Fullagar, Simone; Petris, Sandra; Sargent, Julia; Allen, Stephanie; Aktar, Muhsina and Ozakinci, Gozde. (). Action research with parkrun UK volunteer organisers to develop inclusive strategies. Health Promotion International, 35 (5) pp. 1199-1209.
Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Beirne, Elaine; Conole, Gráinne; Costello, Eamon; Coughlan, Tim; Ferguson, Rebecca; FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Gaved, Mark; Herodotou, Christothea; Holmes, Wayne; Mac Lochlainn, Conchur; Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Mairéad; Rienties, Bart; Sargent, Julia; Scanlon, Eileen; Sharples, Mike and Whitelock, Denise (). Innovating Pedagogy 2020: Open University Innovation Report 8. The Open University, Milton Keynes.
Sargent, Julia and Casey, Ashley. (). Flipped Learning, Pedagogy and Digital Technology: Establishing Consistent Practice to Optimise Lesson Time. European Physical Education Review, 26 (1) pp. 70-84.
Sargent, Julia. (). [Book Review] Debates in physical education. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 11 (3) pp. 282-284.


FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Adams, Anne; Bektik, Duygu; Bossu, Carina; Clough, Gill; Ismail, Nashwa and Sargent, Julia. (). Tools and Technologies for Advancing Professional Development. In: CALRG Annual Conference 2019, 17-18 Jun 2019, The Open University, Milton Keynes.


Sargent, Julia and Casey, Ashley (). Exploring pedagogies of digital technology in physical education through appreciative inquiry. In: Koekoek, Jeroen and van Hilvoorde, Ivo eds. Digital Technology in Physical Education: Global Perspectives Routledge, pp. 69-85.

Media appearances

Careers Clinic - Online Education

A series of careers clinics where questions posed from the public are answered by academics

Online forums | 30th December 2020

Esports model ‘could be future direction’ for student engagement

An article discussing the Innovating Pedagogy and the section on esports

The Times Higher Education (THE) | 9th January 2020

Hip-hop pedagogy promises to turn tables on traditional teaching

An Article from The Times Higher Education regarding the Innovating Pedagogy Report 2021

Online article | 6th January 2021

Research Podcast

A podcast interview with the 'PE Geek'

Podcast | 3rd February 2018

Research Podcast

This research podcast discussed by latest paper on flipped learning.

Playing with Research in Health & Physical Education Podcase | 2nd February 2019

Research Podcast

Julia Sargent from The Open University in the UK and Antonio Calderon from the University of Limerick discusses the article “Technology-Enhanced Learning Physical Education? A Critical Review of the Literature. In this critical literature review, we discuss the aspects of pedagogy that are claimed to be enhanced using digital technology in PE.

Playing with Research in Physical Education | 22nd February 2022

Video narratives and democratic assessment in higher education – lessons from physical education

Blog post

TPEA blog | 24th November 2021


BJET Fellowship

Highly Commended Award

Employability Scholarship Funding

Connecting Open Routes to Employability Skills (CORES): learner experiences and effects

Global Challenges Research Fund

IMPEC: Inclusive Migration Policy through Evidence Cafes

Teaching Innovation Award

Loughborough University Internal Bid



Research students

  • EM

    Efrat Marcu

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Association of Learning Technologists
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Educational Research Association
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy