Prof. Judy Hardy

Chair in Technology Enhanced Physics Education
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School of Physics and Astronomy, James Clerk Maxwell Building, Peter Guthrie Tait Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD, United Kingdom

Research interests

I lead the Physics Education research group at the University of Edinburgh.  My research interests are in developing and evaluating evidence-based educational strategies that improve student learning in physics and related disciplines.  I am particularly interested in the student experience of learning, teaching, assessment and feedback and in the ways that this can inform educational development.


I teach across a range of courses at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate level. Currently this includes the courses Modern Physics and Scientific Programming. I am also Course Organiser for the Science Education Placement: Physics course and for the MSc in High Performance Computing dissertation.

I am the Senior Tutor for the School and Year Coordinator for the Senior Honours and Integrated Masters years.

Research outputs

  1. Learning from peer feedback on student-generated multiple choice questions: Views of introductory physics students DOI
    Alison E. Kay, Judy Hardy and Ross K. Galloway, Physical review physics education research, 14, 1 , p. 10119-10111 (2018)
  2. Teacher-student discourse in active learning lectures DOI
    Anna K. Wood, Ross K. Galloway, Christine Sinclair and Judy Hardy, Teaching in Higher Education, p. 1-17 (2018)
  3. Can dual processing theory explain physics students' performance on the Force Concept Inventory? DOI
    Anna K. Wood, Ross K. Galloway and Judy Hardy, Physical review physics education research, 12, 2 (2016)
  4. Characterizing interactive engagement activities in a flipped introductory physics class DOI
    Anna K. Wood, Ross K. Galloway, Robyn Donnelly and Judy Hardy, Physical review physics education research, 12, 1 (2016)
  5. Analyzing learning during Peer Instruction dialogues DOI
    Anna K. Wood, Ross K. Galloway, Judy Hardy and Christine M. Sinclair, Physical review special topics-Physics education research, 10, 2 (2014)
  6. Scaffolding student engagement via online peer learning DOI
    M. M. Casey, S. P. Bates, K. W. Galloway, R. K. Galloway, J. A. Hardy, A. E. Kay, P. Kirsop and H. A. McQueen, European Journal of Physics, 35, 4 (2014)
  7. Student-Generated Content DOI
    Judy Hardy, Simon P. Bates, Morag M. Casey, Kyle W. Galloway, Ross K. Galloway, Alison E. Kay, Peter Kirsop and Heather A. McQueen, International Journal of Science Education, 36, 13 , p. 2180-2194 (2014)
  8. How Learners Change: Critical Moments, Changing Minds
    Amanda Jefferies and Judy Hardy, p. 114-127 (2010)
  9. How Design of Online Learning Materials Can Accommodate the Heterogeneity in Student Abilities, Aptitudes and Aspirations
    Simon Bates, Judy Hardy, Jon Hill and David McKain, Learning and teaching in Higher Education, 2, p. 3-25 (2008)
  10. Ligand Discovery on Massively Parallel Systems DOI
    Steven Shave, Paul Taylor, Malcolm Walkingshaw, Lorna Smith, Judy Hardy and Arthur Trew, Ibm journal of research and development, 52, p. 57 (2008)
Last updated: 19 Feb 2018 at 21:11