Dr John Couperthwaite


Operations Manager (Educational Technology)

Medical and Dental Sciences


Contact details

Educational Technology Team
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


John is Operational Manager (Educational Technology) in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and manager of the Educational Technology Team. He provides a leading support role for the design and implementation of technology enhanced learning across the College, and the development of staff and student intraMED portal systems, and manages all other projects within the Team.


John is a Personal Mentor for Year 1 and 2 Medicine and Surgery MBChB students, and frequently helps with the facilitation of group work activities for Welcome Week and Student Selected Activity (SSA) Week.

Other activities

  • John has created a web portal, intraMED, to host over 30 applications for students and administrators; these include: absence recording, exam grade publishing, clinical skills passport, module evaluation, assignment submission, placement management and feedback;
  • John has successfully created over 100 online learning tutorials for undergraduate medical, nursing and physiotherapy students;
  • John has presented academic research into technology enhanced learning at University, National and International Conferences.
  • John was awarded a Universitas21 fellowship to investigate the use of lecture recording in Australian universities;
  • John has received over £200k in educational funding from the University Educational Enhancement and Circles of Influence schemes to create online learning resources and blended learning activities.
  • John has helped lead the introduction of various educational technologies into academic courses at the College. These include: SMS, lecture capture, ePortfolios, personal response systems, interactive whiteboards, video recording of clinical simulation


  • Couperthwaite, J. S., Hinrichsen J., Shields, C. Modelling institutional approaches to web-based lecture technologies, , ASCILITE Conference, Sydney, December 2010
  • Couperthwaite, J.S. 2010. Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change. Echo360 European Conference, Birmingham, February 2010.
  • Couperthwaite, J.S., Okonweze, A. and Akram, N. 2009. ePortfolios in Medicine: paddiling against the tide ? PebblePad Community Conference, Wolverhampton, April 2009.
  • Buckley, S.B., Couperthwaite, J.S. and Davison, I. 2009. Development of clinical simulations for undergraduate students from five different health professions. Inter-Professional Learning Conference, Birmingham City University, May 2009.
  • Couperthwaite, J.S. and Jones, R.V. 2009. Effective use of Echo360 and other capture techniques in large- and small-scale teaching settings: perceptions of students, academic staff and technologists. BBWorld European Conference, Barcelona, April 2009.
  • Davies, A and Ramsay, JRE and Lindfield, H and Couperthwaite, JS (2005) A blended approach to learning: added value and lessons learnt from students' use of computer-based materials for neurological analysis. British Journal of Educational Technology, 36 (5). pp. 839-849. ISSN 0007-1013
  • Davies, A and Ramsay, JRE and Lindfield, H and Couperthwaite, JS (2005) Building Learning communities: foundations for good practice. British Journal of Educational Technology, 36 (4). pp. 615-628. ISSN 0007-1013 and Shelf Science, 53 (2). pp. 237-247. ISSN 0272-7714

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