Professor Maggi Savin-Baden


Professor of Education


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Maggi is a Professor of Education at the University of Worcester and has worked there since 2014. She has researched staff and student experience of learning for over 20 years and gained funding in this area (Leverhulme Trust, JISC, MoD). To date Maggi has published widely and this includes over 50 research publications and 17 books which reflect her research interests on the impact of innovative learning, digital fluency, cyber-influence on student learning. 

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  • MSc E-Learning, University of Edinburgh
  • 2005 - Certificate in Educational Leadership, (Distinction), University of Leicester
  • 1996 - PhD, University of London
  • 1989 - MA in Further and Higher Education, University of London
  • 1987 - Diploma in Teaching and Curriculum Development in Higher Education (Distinction), University of London
  • 1981 - Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digital immortality
  • Qualitative research and qualitative research methodologies
  • Digital spaces
  • Problem based learning
  • Teaching in Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Problem-based Learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digital immortality
  • Digital Tethering
  • Research methodologies
  • Qualitative Research Synthesis
  • Learning Spaces
  • Liquid Learning
  • Second Life Learning
  • Academic Writing and Publication

PhD students

  • Completions: 7
  • Currently supervising 5
  • PhDs examined: 11

Professional Bodies

On editorial board of

  • Journal of Postdigital Science and Education 
  • International Journal of Medical Education
  • Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning

Reviewer for

  • Journal of Postdigital Science and Education
  • Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning
  • International Journal of Medical Education
  • Journal of Excellence in College Teaching
  • Teachers College Record
  • Qualitative Research
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • Instructional Science
  • Studies in Higher Education
  • Higher Education
  • Innovations in Education and Teaching International
  • Research in Learning Technology
  • Networked Learning Conference 2016/2018

Conference committees

  • Program Committee of the 1st International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (2019 )
  • Digital 2011 
  • International PBL Symposium 2013 
  • Program Committee of the 1st International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (CISPEE13 & 2016)

Advisory boards

  • Gamification of physical education (GoPE) Horizon 2020 bid 2016 
  • International Advisory board for International Research Symposium on PBL 2017


  • Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University RSA (2014)
  • Routledge author of the month May 2011
  • National Teaching Fellowship 2008-2012 (£10,000)
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2013)



Butler-Kisber, L, Keefe, K.C. & Savin-Baden, M (2020)  Stories of Displacement. (in preparation). London: Routledge

Wisker, G. & Savin-Baden, M. (2020) Writing  journeys. Rotterdam: Sense. (in preparation)

Savin-Baden, M.  (Ed). (2020) Digital immortality. Florida: Taylor and Francis. (in preparation)

Burden, D. and Savin-Baden, M (2019) Virtual Humans. Florida: Taylor and Francis

Savin-Baden, M. and Tombs. G. (2018) (eds) Threshold Concepts in Problem-based Learning.  Rotterdam: Sense

Savin-Baden, M. and Tombs. G. (2017) Research Methods for Education in the Digital Age London: Bloomsbury  

Musgrave, J., Savin-Baden, M. and Stobbs, N. (eds) (2017) Studying for your Early Years Degree  Hertfordshire:  Critical Publishing

Savin-Baden, M. (2015) Rethinking Learning in an Age of Digital Fluency Is being Digitally Tethered a New Learning Nexus? London: Routledge

Savin-Baden, M., and Wimpenny K. (2014) A Practical Guide to Arts-related research. Rotterdam: Sense

Savin-Baden, M., and Major, C. (2013) Qualitative Research: The Essential Guide to Theory and Practice. London: Routledge

Savin-Baden, M. (2010) A Practical Guide to using Second Life in Higher Education. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill

Savin-Baden, M. and Major, C. (2011) (eds) New approaches to qualitative research: wisdom and uncertainty. London: Routledge

Major, C. and Savin-Baden, M. (2010) An Introduction to Qualitative Research Synthesis Managing the information explosion in social science research. London: Routledge

Savin-Baden, M. Learning Spaces. (2008) Creating Opportunities for Knowledge Creation in Academic Life (2007). Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.

Savin-Baden, M (2007) A Practical Guide to Problem-based Learning Online. London: Routledge

Savin-Baden, M. and Wilkie, K. (2006) (eds) Problem-based Learning Online. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.

Savin-Baden, M. and Major, C. (2004) Foundations of Problem-based Learning. Maidenhead: Open University Press/SRHE.

Savin-Baden, M. and Wilkie, K. (2004) (eds) Challenging Research in Problem-based Learning. Maidenhead: Open University Press/SRHE.

Savin-Baden, M. (2003) Facilitating Problem-based Learning: Illuminating Perspectives. Buckingham: Open University Press/SRHE.

Savin-Baden, M. (2000) Problem-based Learning in Higher Education: Untold Stories. Buckingham: Open University Press/SRHE.

 Selected book chapters

Savin-Baden, M. (2019) (forthcoming). Liminal Ecologies of Learning. In R. Barnett & N. Jackson (Eds.), Learning Ecologies. London: Routledge.

Savin-Baden, M., Burden, D. Bhakta, R.  & Mason-Robbie, V. (2019). An evaluation of the effectiveness of using pedagogical agents for teaching in inclusive ways. In

Wang, Gallagher, Knox (Eds). (2019) Speculative Futures for Artificial Intelligence and Educational Inclusion. London Springer

Savin-Baden, M. & Bhakta, R. (2018). Problem-based Learning in Digital Spaces. In M. Moallem., W. Hung & N. Dabbagh (Eds.), Wiley Handbook of Problem-based learning. NY: Wiley.

Savin-Baden, M. & Tombs. G. Threshold Concepts in Problem-based Learning. (2018). In M. Savin-Baden & G. Tombs. G. (Eds.), Threshold Concepts in Problem-based Learning. Rotterdam: Sense.

Freeth, D., Savin-Baden, M. & Thistlethwaite, J. (2018). Interprofessional education. In K. Forrest., B. O’Brien & T. Swanwick. (Eds.), Understanding Medical Education (3rd Edition) Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Savin-Baden, M., Burden, D. & Bhakta, R. (2018). Virtual Humans in Virtual Worlds? In L. Falconer & M. Gil (Eds.), Virtual Worlds: Concepts, applications and future directions. New York: Nova. 279-298

Savin-Baden, M. (2018). Always Connected’: Transforming teaching and learning in higher education. In K. Sheehy & A. Holliman, (Eds.), Education and New Technologies: Perils and Promises for Learners. London: Routledge. 143-161

Savin-Baden, M. (2017). Doing your Research Project. In J. Musgrave., M. Savin-Baden, & N. Stobbs. (Eds.), Studying for your Early Years Degree. Hertfordshire: Critical Publishing.  183-196

Savin-Baden, M., Falconer, L., Wimpenny, K. & Callaghan, M. (2017). Virtual Worlds for Learning. In: E. Duval., M. Sharples & R. Sutherland (Eds.), Technology Enhanced Learning: Research Themes. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. 97-107

Savin-Baden, M. & Tombs, G. (2016). Pedagogies in Virtual Worlds. In C. Haythornthwaite, R. Andrews, J. Fransman & E. Meyers. (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of E-Learning Research (2nd edition). SAGE Publications, London. 397-420.

Savin-Baden, M. (2016). Implementing PBL in Brazil. In R. Prates (Ed.), Problem-based learning Handbook (published in Portuguese).

Savin-Baden, M. (2015). Education and Big Data. In M. A. Peters & P. Jandric (Eds.), Critical Theory of Educational Technology Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. 1-8

Savin-Baden, M., Poulton, T., Beaumont, C. & Conradi, E. (2015). What Is Real? Using Problem-Based Learning in Virtual Worlds. In S. Bridges., L.P Chan., C. E. Hmelo-Silver, (Eds.), Educational Technologies Medical and Health Sciences Education. NY: Springer. 79-97

Selected Peer reviewed journal articles

Savin-Baden, M. (2019). What are Problem-based pedagogies? Interdisciplinary  Journal of Problem-based Learning (submitted)

Mostafa,  M. A., Plastow, N. & Savin-Baden, M. (2019). The Effectiveness of spinal cord injury ADL inpatient education on rehabilitation outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (accepted)

Savin-Baden, M. and Burden, D. (2018) Digital immortality and Virtual Humans Paper Journal of Post digital Science and Education (Published online July 2018)

Khanna, R. & Savin-Baden, M. (2018)  Academic roles in validation events. Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning  (Online December)

Callaghan, M.J., McShane, N., Gómez Eguíluz, A. & Savin-Baden, M.  (2018) Extending the Activity Theory Based Model for Serious Games Design in Engineering to Integrate Analytics. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), 8 (1), 109-126

Fredholm, A., Henningsohn, L, Savin-Baden, M., & Silén, C. The Practice of Thresholds: Autonomy in Clinical Education explored through Variation theory and the Threshold Concepts Framework. Teaching in Higher Education (accepted October 2017)

Savin-Baden, M. Burden, D & Taylor, H. (2017). The ethics and impact of digital immortality. Special Issue of Knowledge Cultures - Technologies and time in the age of global neoliberal capitalism, 5 (2), 11-29.

Savin-Baden, M. & Callaghan, M. J. (2016). Designing circuit warz: enhancing teachers' and students' creativity through problem-based games-based learning in the computer engineering classroom. International Journal of Problem-solving and Creativity, 26 (2).

Savin-Baden, M & Falconer, L. (2016). Learning at the interstices; locating practical philosophies for understanding physical/virtual inter-spaces Interactive Learning Environments, 24 (5) 991-1003.

Savin-Baden, M., Bhakta, R. & Burden, D. (2016). Cyber Enigmas? Passive Detection and Pedagogical Agents: Can Students Spot the fake? Cranmer, S. J., Bonderup-Dohn, N., De Laat, M., Ryberg, T., & Sime, J-A. (Eds.), (2016). Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Networked Learning 2016: Looking back – moving forward. Lancaster: Lancaster University. 456-463.

Savin-Baden, M. & Tombs, G. (2016). The Glow of Unwork? Issues of Portrayal in Networked Learning Research. Cranmer, S. J., Bonderup-Dohn, N., De Laat, M., Ryberg, T., & Sime, J-A. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Networked Learning 2016: Looking back – moving forward. Lancaster: Lancaster University. 456-463.

Burden, D., Savin-Baden, M. & Bhakta, R. (2016). Covert Implementations of the Turing Test: A More Level Playing Field? Research and Development in Intelligent Systems XXXIII Proceedings of SGAI: International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence. 195-207.

Savin-Baden, M. (2016). The impact of transdisciplinary threshold concepts on student engagement in problem-based learning: a conceptual synthesis. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 10 (2).

Fredholm, A., Savin-Baden, M., Henningsohn, L & Silén, C. (2015). Autonomy as both Challenge and Development in Clinical Education Learning. Culture and Social Interaction, 5 20-27. 

Leddington Wright, S., Duncan, M. & Savin-Baden, M. (2015). Student Perceptions and Experiences of Problem-Based Learning in First Year Undergraduate Sports Therapy. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 17 39–49.

Savin-Baden, M., Tombs, G. & Bhakta, R. (2015). Beyond robotic wastelands of time: Abandoned pedagogical agents and new pedalled pedagogies. E-Learning and Digital Media, 0 (0), 1–20.

Steils, N., Tombs, G., Mawer, M., Savin-Baden, M., & Wimpenny, K. (2015). Implementing the Liquid Curriculum: the impact of virtual world learning on higher education. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 24 (2), 155-170.

De Jong, N., Savin-Baden, M., Cunningham, A. M. & Verstegen, D.M.L. (2014). Blended Learning in Health Education: Three Case Studies, Perspectives in Medical Education, 3 (4), 278-88.

Wimpenny, K., Cook, C., & Savin-Baden, M. (2014). A qualitative research synthesis examining the effectiveness of Interventions used by occupational therapists in mental health. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77 (6), 276-288.

Wimpenny, K. & Savin-Baden, M. (2014). Using Theatre and Performance for Promoting Health and Well Being amongst the 50+ Community: An Arts-Informed Evaluation. The International Journal of Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts, 8 (1), 47-64.

Savin-Baden, M., (2014). Problem-based learning: New constellations for the 21st Century. Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, 25 (3/4), 197-219. 

Savin-Baden, M. (2013). Spaces in-between us: understanding spatial practice in Second Life. London Review of Education, 11 (1), 59-75.

Savin-Baden, M., Tombs, G., Burden, D & Wood, C. (2013) ‘It’s almost like talking to a person: student disclosure to pedagogical agents in sensitive settings’. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 5 (2), 78-93.

Hanney, R. & Savin-Baden, M. (2013). The problem of projects: understanding the theoretical underpinnings of project-led PBL. London Review of Education, 11 (1), 7-19.

Wimpenny, K. & Savin-Baden, M. (2013). Alienation, agency and authenticity: a synthesis of practice and effects in student engagement. Teaching in Higher Education, 18 (3), 311-326.

Wimpenny, K., & Savin-Baden, M. (2012). Exploring and Implementing Participatory Action Synthesis. Qualitative Inquiry, 18 (8), 680 – 689.

Wimpenny, K., Savin-Baden, M., Mawer, M., Steils, N., & Tombs, G. (2012). Unpacking Frames of Reference to Inform the Design of Virtual World Learning in Higher Education. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. Special Issue on Virtual Worlds in Tertiary Education: An Australasian Perspective, 28 (3), 522-545.

External Roles

  • Digital and Ethical futures group (based at Trinity College Oxford) funded by William Temple Foundation
  • Steering group of AHRC funded study entitled  'A creative partnership to develop immersive simulations of ancient heritage sites'. £15856, (Lead by Bournemouth University) 2017- 2020
  • Blended Learning Advisory Group, Church of England Theology Programmes 2016 ongoing