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Michael Johnson

Dr Michael Johnson

Lecturer: Information Management and Teaching

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 29206 87940
Ty Dewi Sant, Room 2.11, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision




  • Healey-Benson, F., Johnson, M., Adams, C. and Turville, J. 2022. What is it like for a learner to participate in a Zoom breakout room session?. Presented at: 13th International Conference on Networked Learning (NLC 2022), Sundsvall, Sweden, 16-18 May 2022 Presented at Jaldemark, J. et al. eds.Proceedings for the Thirteenth International Conference on Networked Learning. Mid-Sweden University: Networked Learning Conference Consortium








  • Johnson, M. 2012. Promoting connections through Community Equity. Presented at: 8th International Conference on Networked Learning 2012, Maastricht School of Management, 2-4 April 2012 Presented at Hodgson, V. et al. eds.Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Networked Learning 2012. Maastricht: Lancaster University pp. 153-159.


  • Johnson, M. 2010. Anonymity in online discussion forums - does it promote connections?. Presented at: 7th International Conference on Networked Learning 2010, Aalborg, Denmark, 3-4 May 2010 Presented at Dirckinck-Holmfeld, L. et al. eds.Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Networked Learning 2010. Aalborg: Aalborg University pp. 198-206.


  • Johnson, M. 2008. Investigating & encouraging student nurses’ ICT engagement. In: Kidd, T. T. and Chen, I. eds. Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, pp. 313-335.
  • Johnson, M. 2008. Expanding the concept of networked learning. Presented at: 6th International Conference on Networked Learning, Halkidiki, Greece, 5-6 May 2008 Presented at Hodgson, V., McConnell, D. and Retalis, S. eds.Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Networked Learning 2008. Lancaster: Lancaster University pp. 154-161.



Book sections



  • Johnson, M. 2014. UniversIT. Cardiff University. - teaching_resource


My primary field is educational research, and, within that, networked learning. During doctoral studies with Lancaster University (2014-2019 link to thesis), I began to explore phenomenology within networked learning and continue this through reading Gadamer's Truth and Method and Heidegger's Being and Time. In 2020 I began a Wikiversity framework of open notes on Truth and Method and hanfod.NL with Felicity Healey-Benson


My teaching responsibilities include staff and students and primarily lie along the interface between knowledge work and information technology. This can surface in design and delivery of sessions to support learning particular applications (e.g. MS PowerPoint) or it could be subsumed within 'study skills' or 'evidence based practice'. I seek to promote meaningful and critically reflective adoption of information technologies where appropriate, recognising that an authentic context is vital for learning. This may not entail (much) explicit 'IT Teaching' per se although there is a place for that. To some extent, individuals must find their own path through to adopting the knowledge work practices which are effective and sustainable. Technological determinism may draw us into abandoning tried and tested technologies and practices, wasting time and effort better spend on the pursuit of deeper scholarship. I am as happy inducting freshers into University knowledge work as I am supervising systematic review dissertations (I undertook the JBI Comprehensive Training Course in Nottingham in 2015). 

Having studied leadership and management topics in Aberdeen University as an undergraduate, in 2012 I helped develop and still continue to teach and assess a Masters module on leadership in healthcare which has run along networked learning priciples from the start.

In 2021 I took on the role of Student Representative Co-Ordinator for the School. Students are full members of the University and it is my privilege to encourage their vital input to our work.


My current role began in 2001, combining proficiency in information technology and teaching (PGCE with Bath Spa in 1998) to support the school, its staff and students develop enhanced use of IT. From 2002 I studied part time with Lancaster University for an MSc in Advanced Learning Technology and became affiliated with the networked learning conference. After a year seconded as a Lecturer in Medical Education, in 2014 I again joined Lancaster for a part-time doctorate in e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning, graduating in December 2019, just before the pandemic. 

I maintain an interest in eAssessment and a recent major strand of work has been to digitise clinical placement assessment documentation and processes, in partnership with colleagues and the developers of MyProgressTM, MyKnowledgeMaps Ltd. In 2019, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) awarded us ~£100k to develop a bilingual interface with automatic translation between English and Welsh for free text input. 

Memberships and responsibilities:

In 'my own time' I love to help asylum seekers and refugees adjust to life in Wales. I enjoy classical music and curating my photos, for example, of Pembrokeshire skies on flickr


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Networked Learning
  • Phenomenology of Practice (in relation to networked learning)
  • Technology Enhanced Learning

Please review the School's research programme Web page. If you wish to discuss undertaking a programme of postgraduate research within the School of Healthcare Sciences please first contact the School's Research Office by email to