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Dr Julia Sargent BA (hons), PhD, FHEA



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 (APD). I am the academic lead for Scholarship Career Development. My role is mainly focused around the development of pan-university scholarship and the use of technology to enhance professional learning and staff development. I also explore the combination of digital technologies and pedagogy to investigate how digital technology can support teaching and learning

I am the shadow module chair of H819 and I am working on co-authoring some of the microcredential 'Evaluating Online Teaching' and supporting learners on the Online Educator courses on FutureLearn. In addition to these roles I also support the development of the Applaud programme.

My research interests include digital technology, teaching, learning, strengths-based approaches and practice-based research. I am a Fellow of the HEA (FHEA).


Julia is a Lecturer who has been working in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University since 2018. She works in Academic Professional Development (APD) and is the academic lead for Scholarship Career Development. Her role is mainly focused on the use of technology to enhance learning and digital pedagogies to support staff development, scholarship and distance education.

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. Examples of research projects that Julia has worked on include IMPEC (Inclusive Migration Policies through Evidence Cafes), Teach4Edu4 Erasmus+ project (combining a partnership of HEI's to support teachers and students in acquiring new skills and teaching methods) and Academic Mentoring.



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, (In Press).
Hall, Johanna; Gaved, Mark and Sargent, Julia. (). Participatory Research Approaches in Times of Covid-19: A Narrative Literature Review. International Journal of Qualitative Methods (Early Access).
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 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 | 24th October 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



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