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Jonathan P. San Diego BSEd MSc PhD FHEA

Jonathan is a Lecturer in Educational Technology and Healthcare Informatics at the Dental Institute and Director of the iTEL Hub (Informatics and Technology Enhanced Learning Hub) for both the Dental Institute and the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College London. 

His main research interests are examining how computer-based representations influence cognition, reasoning and learning, which involves how new technologies affect students’ understanding and knowledge. In his research, Jonathan exploits digital data from computer interactions such as video capture; computer logs and web analytics; touch input and haptic interactions; eye-movements; biometric and physiological measures.

Jonathan has been involved with projects on 

  • Haptics, virtual reality and simulation – including the award-winning hapTEL project which focuses on enhancing learners’ 3D perceptions, manipulations and skills, and relating these to concepts needed in learning clinical skills; 
  • Blended and open learning – a user/learner-experience study on the OU OpenLearn and a development project with FutureLearn; 
  • Learning design and learning analytics – JISC and University of London funded projects, London Pedagogy Planner and User-oriented Learning Design project; and development of a Moodle learning analytics plugin; 
  • Robotics and sensors in educational context – a project on development of a posture tracker to help students sit at a desired position whilst performing clinical treatment. 

As the Director of iTEL Hub, Jonathan is leading the strategic development of digital education at King’s College London. He has more than 20 years teaching experience and has been at the cutting edge of the use of educational technologies throughout his career. He currently teaches digital professionalism and supervises education research projects at King's Dental Institute at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He holds Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Technology from The Open University.