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Dr Nashwa Ismail

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Professional biography

Dr. Ismail has MSc and PhD in Education from Southampton Education School- UK and she is Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Dr. Ismail has 2-year teaching experience in Higher Education and 10 years in Further Education. In teaching, she teaches qualitative research methods and its application on Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS) using NVivo and ATLAS.ti. In research, she has 4-year postdoc experience as a qualitative researcher in different research projects in the UK and overseas. In these projects, she took the lead in writing bids, project management, data collection and analysis, research dissemination and reporting research results. Her current role is a Research Associate in LEARN Cit Sci project - Institute for Educational Technology in the Open University. Dr. Ismail's role is to effectively engage with youth online and evaluate online citizen science learning activities using mainly qualitative approaches (e.g., interviews). Countries that Dr. Ismail took part in research objects are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Middle East (Egypt, Saudi Arabia), Myanmar and Thailand. Her research interest is in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), with a special focus on Academic Professional Development (APD) and Games-Based Learning (GBL). Her recent projects are; (a) Child Witness Interview Simulation (CWIS) for Police Forces Training in the UK (b) Games-Based Sex Education in Secondary Schools in Thailand. Besides, she has parallel technical career since 2005 as Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) and qualified Training assessor Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA). She has delivered a wide range of programs to technical audiences. This technical background encourages Dr. Ismail to research in-depth about TEL in sense of how tutors can help their students' motivation, engagement and satisfaction; and to produce enterprising graduates with the skills required to compete in the job market.

Research interests

  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Games-Based Learning
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Continuing Professional Development 

Teaching interests

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Technology Enhanced Learning


Middle leaders and middle leadership in schools: exploring the knowledge base (2003–2017) (2019)
Harris, Alma; Jones, Michelle; Ismail, Nashwa and Nguyen, Dong
School Leadership & Management, 39(3-4) (pp. 255-277)

Can Online Collaborative Works Offer a Solution to the Over Crowded Classes in Egyptian Universities? (2019)
Ismail, Nashwa and Kinchin, Gary
International Journal of Management and Applied Research, 6(2) (pp. 48-67)

Pilot Study, Does It Really Matter? Learning Lessons from Conducting a Pilot Study for a Qualitative PhD Thesis (2018)
Ismail, Nashwa; Kinchin, Gary and Edwards, Julie-Ann
International Journal of Social Science Research, 6(1) (pp. 1-17)

Analysing Qualitative Data Using Facial Expressions in an Educational Scenario (2017-07)
Ismail, Nashwa
International Journal of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, 5(3) (pp. 37-50)

Democratic Education In The Egyptian Higher Education: Investigation Of Tutors’ Perception Of Democratic Education In The Egyptian Higher Education (2017-07)
Ismail, Nashwa; Kinchin, Gary and Edwards, Julie-Ann
Researchjournali’s Journal of Education, 5(7)

Investigating Continuing Professional Development Provided for Egyptian Higher Education Online Tutors (2016-04)
Ismail, Nashwa; Kinchin, Gary and Edwards, Julie-Ann
International Journal of Enhanced Research in Educational Development (IJERED), 4(2) (pp. 7-14)

Leading Turnaround and Improvement in Low-Performing Schools in Malaysia and Indonesia (2018-10-17)
Harris, Alma; Jones, Michelle; Ismail, Nashwa; Adams, Donnie and Sumintono, Bambang
In: Coby, Meyers and Marlene, Darwin eds. International Perspectives on Leading Low-Performing Schools. Contemporary Perspectives on School Turnaround and Reform (267 -287)
ISBN : 978-1-64113-344-9 | Publisher : Information Age Publishing

Experiences of teachers who have engaged their classrooms in citizen science activities (2021-05-25)
Aristeidou, Maria and Ismail, Nashwa
In : Citizen Science Association Conference (May 2021, Virtual)

Making citizen science accessible and productive for young volunteers: Lessons learnt from a 3-year study of Zooniverse. (2021-05)
Herodotou, Christothea; Ismail, Nashwa; Aristeidou, Maria; Miller, Grant; Robinson, Lucy and Ballard, Heidi
In : Citizen Science Association Conference (May 2021, Virtual)

An International Review of Incentives into Teacher Education: Implications for Policy and Practice (2020)
Ismail, Nashwa; Harris, Alma; Jones, Michelle; Evans, Ceryn and Knight, Cathryn
In : 33rd International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (6-10 Jan 2020, Marrakesh, Morocco)

Tools and Technologies for Advancing Professional Development (2019-06-18)
FitzGerald, Elizabeth; Adams, Anne; Bektik, Duygu; Bossu, Carina; Clough, Gill; Ismail, Nashwa and Sargent, Julia
In : CALRG Annual Conference 2019 (17-18 Jun 2019, The Open University, Milton Keynes)

Identifying Game Variables from Students' Surveys for Prototyping Game for Learning (2019-05-07)
Ismail, Nashwa; Thammajinda, On-Anong and Thongpanya, Ubon
In : ICGGBL 2019 : International Conference on Gamification and Game-Based Learning (23-24 May 2019, London)

Games-Based Online Course Design: Prototype of Gamification for Online Tutors (2018-10-05)
Ismail, Nashwa and Mathew, Tyler-Jones
In : 12th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL18) (4-5 Oct 2018, Sophia Antipolis, France)

Promoting agritourism through connecting young farmers using mobile technology in Thailand (2018-09-18)
Ismail, Nashwa and Chansawang, Rochaporn
In : 2018 Newton Inclusive Innovation for Enhanced Local Experience in Tourism (28-31 Aug 2018, Phukt, Thailand)

Leading Turnaround and Improvement in Low Performing Schools in Malaysia and Indonesia (2017-12-04)
Harris, Alma; Jones, Michelle; Adams, Donnie; Sumintono, Bambang and Ismail, Nashwa
THF Working paper, Working Papers Series No.2/2017, The Head Foundation