please wait

Page loading - please wait...

Elaine Pearson

01642 342656
Job title:
Principal Lecturer (Programmes)
School of Computing, Media & the Arts
Computing, Media & the Arts research

About Elaine Pearson

Elaine Pearson

Elaine Pearson
Principal Lecturer (Programmes), School of Computing, Media & the Arts
T: 01642 342656
Research: Computing, Media & the Arts research

Dr Elaine Pearson completed her PhD entitled “Computer Presentation of a Language and Reading Scheme for the Assessment and Remediation of Language in Children with Special Educational Needs” in 1997. In 2000 she was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship to work with University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and subsequently continued as a Visiting Research Fellow until 2008. As a member of staff in the School of Computing, Dr Pearson has a teaching and research specialism in accessibility and user experience, and, as head of the Accessibility Research Centre (ARC) she has published more than 40 journal and conference papers. She has extensive PhD supervision experience with 10 completions supported by a number of grants from bodies including ESF/EQUAL, HEFCE and JISC.  

Other external activities include PhD examinations, membership of conference programme committees, and journal referee.

Research interests

  • Web accessibility  
  • Adaptable/ Personal learning environments
  • Accessible and adaptable apps and widgets 
  • Learner centred design
  • User experience and accessible design

Current Supervision
Adel Sayed: “Designing and Developing Digital Learning Objects for Primary Stage Pupils with Learning Disabilities and their Effect on Usability and Enhancing Working Memory” (joint with Fayoum University, Egypt).

Enterprise interests

Supporting business in the creation of accessible web services - accessibility audits, training and solutions.
UX evaluation and testing.
Educational technology, learner centred design.


Recent Publications
A full list can be found on TeesRep

Pearson, E., Green, S. & Perrin, F, (2015), Evaluating the user experience (UX) of a W3C widget authoring toolkit (WIDGaT) for adaptable personalised learning. Proceedings of Emerging Technologies and Authentic Learning in Higher Vocational Education Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.

Bailey, C., Pearson, E. & Gkatzidou; (2014), Measuring and Comparing the Reliability of the Structured Walkthrough Evaluation Method with Novices and Experts, Proceedings of W4A, 11th Web For All Conference, Seoul, Korea.

Papadopolous,G., Pearson, E., & Green, S. (2012). A Provisional Framework for Supporting Academics in Accessible and Inclusive E-Materials Development, Proceedings of the 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Papadopolous,M., & Pearson, E., (2012). Improving the Accessibility of the Traditional Lecture: An Automated Tool for Supporting Transcription, Proceedings of HCI 2012,The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Birmingham, UK.

Green, S., Pearson, E.,Gkatzidou, S., & Perrin, F., (2012), A Community-Centred Design Proceedings of HCI 2012,The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Birmingham, UK Approach for Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA). 

View Elaine Pearson's Publications on TeesRep