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Ms Fiona Henry

Fiona Henry

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer, Primary
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • fiona.henry

Professional biography

Fiona Henry is a Lecturer in Education at The Open University in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. Her work focuses on enhancing educational outcomes through the effective use of appropriate technologies; the role of mobile technology in blurring, bridging  and dissolving the home-school gap; the use of MOOCs to support CPD and forward-facing mobile initiatives including Bring Your Own Device/Technology (BYOD/T). Fiona’s work spans the UK, India and Sub-Saharan Africa, with a range of projects examining the role of mobile computing to support pedagogical change in both teacher education and teaching practice.

Fiona currently chairs the production of module E209 Core subject knowledge in the primary years, part of a new BA (Hons) Education Studies (primary) qualification. Between 2010 and 2013 she worked on Vital, a highly-successful £9.4million DCSF/DfE-funded programme to support teachers in England in enhancing their teaching of ICT and Computing, and their use of digital technology cross the curriculum. Prior to joining The Open University, she was a practicing teacher in and around Edinburgh, specialising in maths and ICT. She also spent over 10 years developing a variety of educational software and tools to support the teaching and learning of STEM subjects across the 5-19 age range.


Current Projects

New Practices - New Parameters - New Pedagogy (NP3) (

NP3, funded by The Society for Educational Studies (SES), focuses on the use and impact of mobile devices on innovative pedagogic practices, social justice, and pupils’ development of digital literacy within UK primary school communities.

TESS-India (

Working to build and improve upon classroom practices of teachers across India, focusing on the use of student-centred and active participatory pedagogical approaches. Includes the development of 125 OER for existing and new pre- and in-service teacher professional development programs at elementary and secondary school levels. Supported by our MOOC, Enhancing teacher education through OER.

Researching OER development in teacher education in Ghana

  • What are the processes and enabling conditions which support teacher educators and their students in actively engaging with creation and adaptation of OER at a local level to meet immediate needs?
  • How do institutional and wider systemic factors influence engagement in these activities? 
  • How does mobile technology mediate engagement with OER including adaptation and creation of new OER?  

TESSA (Teacher education in Sub-Saharan Africa) (

Continuing research on sustainable pedagogic change in teacher education; the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and mobile technologies to support teacher educators and teachers in developing new pedagogic practices in countries in Sub Saharan Africa.​

YOTS (Your Own Technology Survey) (

YOTS is an online tool designed to help schools better understand the technology available to students, and make informed decisions about the model of technology provision followed in school.

Edfutures (

EdFutures is dedicated to helping change our current education system to make it fit for the 21st century. Our initial focus is on the role(s) that technology might play as a lever for change.

Research interests

  • The role of mobile devices in blurring, bridging and dissolving the home-school gap
  • The use and impact of mobile devices on innovative pedagogic practices, learner agency and pupils’ development of digital literacy
  •  Forward-facing mobile initiatives including Bring Your Own Device/Technology (BYOD/T)
  • The use of MOOCs to support CPD in underserved contexts
  • The role of mobile computing to support pedagogical change in both teacher education and teaching practices in developing contexts

Teaching interests

Fiona works as part of the Primary Education team, having previously chaired the presentation of the Level 2 module, Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools. She is now leading the production of a new module (E209 Developing subject knowledge in the primary years) as part of the BA Education Studies (Primary) qualification. She authors materials on the role of technology across the curriculum.

She is part of  the TESS-India MOOC team, contributing to and teaching on the Enhancing teacher education through OER course.


MOOC adaptation and translation to improve equity in participation (2017-07-31)
Wolfenden, Freda; Cross, Simon and Henry, Fiona
Journal of Learning for Development - JL4D, 4(2)
Enhancing ‘ICT teaching’ in English schools: Vital lessons (2014)
Twining, Peter and Henry, Fiona
World Journal of Education, 4(2) (pp. 12-36)
加强英国学校的“信息通信技术教学”:Vital项目启示 [Enhancing ‘ICT teaching’ in English schools: Vital lessons] (2013-12)
Twining, Peter and Henry, Fiona
Distance Education in China, 12(23) (pp. 20-33)
Extending the MOOC footprint: supporting capacity building in India (2017)
Wolfenden, Freda; Henry, Fiona and Cross, Simon
In : 8th Pan Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF8) (27-30 Nov 2016, Kuala Lumpur,)
Access for all: Using mobile and open education to secure success in underserved settings (2016-04-01)
Henry, Fiona and Seal, Tim
In : UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2016 (7-11 Mar 2016, UNESCO HQ, Paris, France)
Developing New Indicators To Describe Digital Technology Infrastructure In Primary And Secondary Education (2015-02-28)
Twining, Peter; Davis, Niki; Charania, Amina; Chowfin, Aleta; Henry, Fiona; Nordin, Hasniza and Woodward, Clare
UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Montreal.