I am Co-Director of the MSc Clinical Education at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Edinburgh Summer School in Clinical Education. I am also an occasional tutor on the MSc Digital Education and more recently a course on Postdigital Society for the Edinburgh Futures Institute.


My main areas of research are around technology, education and memory, although I am also interested in understanding how practitioners operate in and across complex settings and environments. See the publications page for more details. My PhD thesis was about technology, photography and memory (see more via my memory blog).

Latest things

Fawns, T. (2022) An Entangled Pedagogy: Looking Beyond the Pedagogy—Technology Dichotomy. Postdigital Science and Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-022-00302-7.

Fawns, T., Markauskaite, L., Carvalho, L., & Goodyear, P. (2022). H2m pedagogy: Designing for hybrid learning in medical education. In E. Gil, Y. Mor, Y. Dimitriadis, & C. Köppe (Eds.), Hybrid Learning Spaces. Berlin: Springer.

Fawns, T. (2022). Cued recall : Using photo-elicitation to examine the distributed processes of remembering with photographs. Memory Studies

Fawns, T., Aitken, G., Jones, D. (Eds.) (2021). Online Postgraduate Education in a Postdigital World.: Beyond Technology. Cham: Springer.

Fawns, T., Mulherin, T., Hounsell, D., & Aitken, G. (2021). Seamful learning and professional education. Studies in Continuing Education

Contact me

You can find my details on my University of Edinburgh page. Or you can get me at @timbocop on Twitter.

Selected tweets


Some reasons why saying “online learning isn’t as good” doesn’t make sense

Compiled from this Twitter thread (excuse the accidental triple negative in the first line!) 1. Online learning isn’t a method (e.g. recorded lectures or videoconferenced tutorials) and it isn’t a technology (e.g. discussion boards or Zoom). It’s a potentially infinite set of possibilities that *sometimes* involve online communication.  2. The thing that online learning is being compared …

Book launch event: Online Postgraduate Education in a Postdigital World: Beyond Technology

UPDATE: This event was postponed due to industrial action and is now rescheduled for June 2022 When Tuesday 7th June 2022, 9:30am—11:30am UTC Location Online: Register here Cost Free Social media Suggested hashtag: #PdseLaunch Online postgraduate education is growing rapidly, as professionals around the world look to build knowledge and skills that contribute to personal and collective …