Imperial College London

Dr David Lefevre

Business School

Professor of Practice



+44 (0)20 7594 9172david.lefevre




184Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a Professor of Practice  in  the Management and Entrepreneurship  Group where I explore the applications of  AI to education.

I have a long standing interest in the use of technology in Education, I  formed the Imperial College Business School’s Edtech Lab in 2004 to explore the use of digital technology in Higher Education.  We launched Imperial College's first online courses in 2004 and Imperial’s first online degree programme, the Global Online MBA, in 2015.  The Edtech Lab now delivers more than 200 online modules each academic year and has been the recipient of a number of awards including a Gold award at the IMS Learning Impact awards in 2010 and a silver award for Business Education at the 2018 QS Reimagine Education conference. I stepped down from leading this team in 2022 and am now focused on  AI strategy, adoption and infrastructure development.

I am actively involved in tech-transfer and entrepreneurship. In 2005. I was co-founder  of the Imperial College spin-out Epigeum (now a successful part of the Oxford University Press) and in 2018 I co-founded Insendi (now part of Study Group), a leading educational technology firm which offers a pedagogy focused online learning platform.   I am an active investor in Edtech ventures and act as an ‘Expert in Residence’ at the Imperial Enterprise Lab.

I an an experienced board member. I am currently Special Advisor on Digital Innovation at Study Group and  a trustee of the British Council where I also  focus on digital innovation.

LinkedIn profile: here 

Recent articles I have written:

Covid-19 is no longer a short-term crisis for higher education, Times Higher Education, June 30 2020

How can we assure quality in online higher education? Higher Education Policy Institute Blog, June 3 2020

Strategise now to teach students online for the long term, Times Higher Education, March 25, 2020

In the move to online, education must come before technology. The Pie News, Apr 17, 2020

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Li N, Lefevre D, 2020, Holographic teaching presence: participant experiences of interactive synchronous seminars delivered via holographic videoconferencing, Research in Learning Technology, Vol:28, ISSN:2156-7069, Pages:1-13

Peach R, Yaliraki S, Lefevre D, et al., 2019, Data-driven unsupervised clustering of online learner behaviour , Npj Science of Learning, Vol:4, ISSN:2056-7936

Lefevre DJ, cox B, 2016, Delayed instructional feedback may be more effective, but is this contrary to learners' preferences?, British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol:48, ISSN:0007-1013, Pages:1357-1367

Lefevre D, Cox B, 2016, Feedback in technology-based instruction: Learner preferences, British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol:47, ISSN:0007-1013, Pages:248-256

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