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Patrick Dillon


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Personal Statement

I have worked in higher education for twenty years and information and communication technologies since the mid-1980s. I am involved in research and development projects concerned with new technologies, the processes of teaching and learning and the provision of public information. I have degrees in biological science and environmental history and have a parallel interest in environmental education, the study of landscape and cultural education. 

ICT Interests

My major interest is in developing an integrating theory of learning that accommodates developments in ICT. There are two major concerns. First, the ways in which demographic, economic and technological changes are eroding the distinctions between, and locations of, education, training and leisure activity. Second, the nature of new learning environments mediated by ICT. Although there is considerable overlap between these questions, the first is largely policy related and the second practice related. Both demand flexible, integrating frameworks based on new organisational and relational principles. 

Recent Projects

I am Director of The Telematics Centre at the University of Exeter. Through national and international projects, the Centre plays a leading role in researching and developing the potential of ICT in education and training. Staff in the Centre have researched the deployment of ICT in education and training, multimedia learning environments, the management of change, and applications of ICT in a wide range of contexts and settings. The Centre also runs an on-line distance education Master’s degree in Educational ICT that recruits from the UK, Europe and beyond.

The Centre has an extensive portfolio of research projects, some of which are referenced below. The strength of this portfolio lies in the range of research across the education and employment sectors. This includes ICT in teaching and learning in both formal and informal situations across public and private sectors. The Telematics Centre has a good record in developing collaborative partnerships and has worked with policy makers, companies, educationalists, trainers, academics and personnel in libraries, museums and galleries.

It has a strong network of national and international contacts with academic and practitioner communities.


Dillon, P. 2000. Innovation, renovation and terminological precision, Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education, 9 (1), 3-8.

Russel, K. and Dillon, P. 2000. The Climatic Challenge for the South West. Impacts and Opportunities for Economic Development. Technical Report, 24 pp. and Summary Report 8pp. Redruth, In Pursuit of Excellence, Cornwall.

Dillon, P., Hudson, A. and Tearle, P. 1999. The Images for Teaching Education Project: developing multimedia resources within an integrative educational framework, British Journal of Educational Technology, 30 (4), 359-368.

Howe, T., Dillon, P. and Smith, F. 1999. A critique of the design model and its representation in educational systems, Proceedings of the European Academy of Design, 1, 393-401.

Tearle, P., Dillon, P. and Davis, N. 1999. Use of Information Technology by English University Teachers. Developments and trends at the time of the National Inquiry into Higher Education, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 23 (1), 5-15.

Weller, M. and Dillon, P. 1999. Education and business partnerships in the UK: Initiatives in search of a rationale, Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 19 (1), 60-67.

Dillon, P.J. 1998. Information technology for higher education: issues and perspectives. Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education, 7 (1), 3-9.

Dillon, P.J. 1998. Teaching and learning with telematics: an overview of the literature, Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education, 7 (1), 33-50.

Dillon, P., Coupland, J., Edwards, T., Hudson, A. and Tearle, P. 1998. Multidisciplinary collaboration and the development of multimedia resources: The Images for Teaching Education Project, Innovations in Education and Training International, 35 (4), 347-355.

Boucher, A., Davis, N., Dillon, P., Hobbs, P. and Tearle, P. 1997. Information Technology Assisted Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. A HEFCE Research Series Report. Bristol, Higher Education Funding Council of England. pp. 147.

Dillon, P.J. and Gayford, C.G. 1997. A psychometric approach to investigating the environmental beliefs, intentions and behaviours of pre-service teachers, Environmental Education Research, 3 (3), 283-298.

Dillon, P.J. and Jones E.L. 1996. Environmental consumerism in the United Kingdom: Some reflections on managerial responses and educational needs, European Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 3 (2), 107-118.

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