Simon is a "flipped academic" (Bruton 2012). He has held a number of academic posts including a senior academic post as Head of Digital Pedagogy at Leeds Beckett University, in their Centre for Learning & Teaching. His work includes the development of a conversational framework for technology use, with a focus on it's ability to enable, enhance, enrich and empower learning & teaching and the integration of digital capabilities as a model for curriculum development.
He has led on a number of funded Learning & Teaching projects including a HEFCE funded project into next generation Digital Learning Environments, a JISC/HEA funded Open Education project and a Leadership Foundation supported 1to1 tablet device implementation project, examining the effects such deployment has on learning & teaching and learners and teachers. He has presented and published his work at a number of national and international conferences, predominantly in the areas of learning technology and open education.
Simon was awarded an HEA National Teaching Fellow (2014) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SEDA accredited in Embedding Learning Technologies and an Apple Distinguished Educator.
Simon is currently completing his PhD with Lancaster University which is a phenomenographic study of the lived experiences of academic staff using TPACK as a curriculum development framework.