David Barr


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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A native of Ballymena, Professor David Barr studied at Ulster for his undergraduate and postgraduate studies.He wrote his PhD on the role of computer technology in language learning and teaching, which has since been published as a research monograph. As part of this project, he carried out work at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto. David is a member of the Confucius Institute at Ulster and prior to his appointment to the Headship of the School of Education was Head of the School of Modern Languages.  He has significant experience of working with a range of employers, public and government bodies to promote awareness the importance of subject development for the local economy and has led significant developments in the modern languages as well as presently leading a review of provision in education. He is also a leading expert in computer-assisted language learning, serving as associate editor for two leading international journals in the area, and is a member of the WorldCALL steering committee: a seven- person advisory group with representatives from all over the world to support the development and direction of computer-assisted language learning internationally and is chair of the programming committee of the WorldCALL 2018 conference that is due to take place in Chile.Education 2004: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching,  Ulster University2003: Ph.D. ('Computer Based Language Learning Environments for Foreign Languages'), Ulster University1999: B.A. (First Class Honours) in Applied Languages (French and Spanish),  Ulster UniversityResearch FieldsComputer-assisted language learning, Language Teaching methodologies, Digital pedagogies and Technology-Enhahnced Learning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

External Examiner (BA), University of Limerick

1 Dec 2022 → …

Honorary Treasurer, Eurocall

1 Oct 2021 → …

External Examiner (BA), Dublin City University

1 Sept 2020 → …

External Examiner (MA), Coventry University

1 Sept 2019 → …


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