Hi, I’m Dr Tim O’Riordan, a recent graduate of the Web Science doctoral programme at the University of Southampton. My primary activity is undertaking research into how data can be used to improve online teaching and learning.

I also provide media production and online learning consultancy services trading as Zemedia. Previously, I built a wealth of experience as a media producer at the University of Southampton and a freelance picture editor, working mainly for BBC South.

My TV credits include Film Editor on the Royal Television Society award-winning “The Guernica Children”. You can see my filmography at the Internet Movie Database and British Film Institute web sites and examples of my work on YouTube. Also find me on LinkedIn.

Please get in touch via info@zemedia.co.uk.


  • 2018 – PhD Web Science, University of Southampton
  • 2017 – Introduction to Learning and Teaching for Researchers (ILTeR) Certificate.
  • 2014 – MSc, University of Southampton.
  • 2010 – MA (Ed), University of Southampton.
  • 1985 – HND in Film and TV Production, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design.


March – October: Web site development and project support for They Buy For You.
February – July: Online learning media production and consultancy for the Association for Continence Advice.

November – March 2018: Online learning media production and consultancy for Coventry University Online.
January-November: Outreach project support for the European Data Science Academy.

March-November 2017: Project and web management with the Web Science Trust.

March-June: Outreach work for Hampshire Cultural Trust.
June-September: Web design for the South East Physics Network (SEPnet).
March-September: Media production and consultancy for Students as Creators and Change Agents project, University of Southampton.

Professional organisation membership

  • Higher Education Academy – Associate Fellow.
  • The British Computer Society (BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT)
  • Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
  • Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR)
  • BECTU – The broadcasting and entertainments union
  • Wikimedia UK

Conference presentations

Future Learn Academic Network (FLAN) Meeting at FutureLearn, London, 22nd June 2018: “New Research Directions”. Presented: Classifying critical thinking in MOOCs.

Future Learn Academic Network (FLAN) Meeting at the Open University, 16th June 2017 (associated with the CALRG17): “Analysing MOOCs” – Presented Automated Evaluation of Comments in a MOOC Discussion Forum (slides and streamed video).

Future Learn Academic Network (FLAN) Meeting at the Open University, 7th June 2016 (associated with the CALRG16): “Focus on MOOCs” – Presented Evaluating comments in MOOC discussion forums (slides and streamed video).

Attended: 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK’16), April 25-29, 2016, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Future Learn Academic Network (FLAN) Meeting at the University of Southampton, 2nd December 2015: “Smart approaches to MOOC research: what works and what goes wrong” – Presented Digital Tools for Research (slides) in the Petcha Kutcha session (streamed video from 26:00).

The 22nd annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALTC), 8–10 September 2015, University of Manchester, UK – Presented How should we measure and show online learning activity? (slides).

The 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT2015), Parkview Hotel, Hualien, Taiwan, July 6-9, 2015 – Presented Can you tell if they’re learning?

The 36th Computers and Learning Research Group Annual Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes, 17 June 2015 – Presented an early version of Can you tell if they’re learning? at the Future Learn Academic Network day.

Attended the 7th International Conference on Educational Data Mining, EDM 2014. Institute of Education, London, UK. July 4 – July 7, 2014.

DIVERSE2012 Conference, KU Leuven, Belgium. 3-6 July 2012 – Presented Sharing Online Video for Education.

Media and Learning 2011 Conference, Brussels, 24 November 2011 – Presented (with Theo Kuechel) Edmediashare – Finding Useful Video Online Made Easy.

DIVERSE2011 Conference, Dublin City University, 27 June 2011 – Presented Learner Experiences of Web-based Video in Film Studies.

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