The EdTech group work specifically in the field of educational technologies as part of the larger vision of the Higher Education Development Centre.
Though our team shares an interest in the growing field of educational technology, each member has their own area of expertise and their own unique research interests within the larger sector.
Click below to learn more about our individual team members.
Head of Department HEDC
Senior Lecturer HEDC
Ben Daniel is a Professor in Higher Education and Head of the Department of the Higher Education Development Centre at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He obtained his PhD in 2007, jointly in Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) and Educational Technology from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Before joining HEDC, Ben spent over a decade in the Canadian Prairies, working in the health care sector, in what was then Saskatoon Health Region (SHR)—now Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). While with SHA, he worked as a Research Methodologist and Innovation Analyst in the Office of the Vice-President Health Research and Innovation. Before this role, Ben worked in the software industry as a Knowledge Management Software Architect and Learning Specialist.
In HEDC, Ben leads academic development programmes in Research Methodology (Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods), Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), and general issues in Educational Technology. He supervises postgraduate students in these areas. His current primary research examines the value of Big Data and learning analytics in influencing the quality of learning and teaching. In addition, he is investigating what constitutes "best practice teaching" in research methods.
Ben has Professional memberships with the International Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education (IAIED); he is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
As the head of HEDC, Ben is responsible for overseeing the operational and strategic directions of HEDC, including Student Learning Development (SLD), and works with colleagues to provide strategic advice to the University in the areas of teaching and learning.
For over a decade, my research focused on studying the development of advanced learning technologies for supporting learning and teaching. Currently, I am exploring the role of emergent technologies (Big Data and Learning Analytics, and Social Media) in enhancing learning, teaching and research. I am also researching into the praxis and theories of teaching Research Methodology, and its development as a distinct discipline. Previously, I worked in the health care sector as a Research Methodologist and Innovation Analyst. I also worked in the software industry as a Knowledge Management Software Architect and Learning Specialist.
My main research interest areas are:
Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED)
Big Data and Learning Analytics
Data Science in Education
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Learning Environments
The Pedagogy and Digital Tools for Teaching Research Methodology
Social Media Technologies/Semantic Web in learning and teaching
See Ben's latest publications
I teach Research Methodology (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods), and Educational Technology as follows:
Postgraduate and Staff Workshops and Consultations
Mixed Methods Research
Currently, I am only interested in taking on new PhD students who share my research interests above. New Masters students interested in any aspect of educational technology in Higher Education are welcome to contact me.
My path to teaching instructional design began in creating training packages and developing e-learning for both corporate and public sectors. When I was working in a corporate environment, I did not have much time to reflect about my practice as I was more consumed with meeting targets so as to ensure product quality, customer satisfaction, and good project cashflow. There was no time to theorise, I was busy solving problems. In academia, however, when you are in teaching, you still must put your problem-solving hat on while the research part of your role pushes you to theorise and reflect on your practice.
I am an Associate Professor in higher education, focusing on educational technology. Facilitating educators to translate educational technology theories into usable and effective pedagogical practices drives my research. I am interested in developing understanding about educational technology, teacher learning, and design thinking in higher education and adult learning contexts.
I have a particular interest in:
Teacher pedagogical change for student-centred learning
Educational technology pedagogies and TPACK
Instructional design and e-learning
See Joyce's latest publications
HEDU501 – Critical Reflection on Higher Education (Ed Tech Endorsement sessions)
HEDU502 - Learning Theory and Practice in Higher Education
HEDU590 – Research Project
HEDC Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching Programme:
Designing game-based quizzes for self-directed learning
Enhancing lectures with game-based quizzes
Designing interactive video-based online learning
Critical online discussions with Padlet
Planning and designing Flipped learning
Instruction design series I – Designing online activities with student-centred instructional strategies
Instructional design series II– Designing interactive self-paced learning materials
Instructional design series III – Planning formative and summative evaluation of online learning
I am available to supervise postgraduates in higher education focusing on educational technology, student-centred learning and teaching, design thinking in education, e-learning, and instructional design. You are welcome to contact me for a chat about your ideas.
I am a senior lecturer in higher education and educational technology. My research is focused on the evolving ‘wicked’ problems associated with the changing nature of 21st century education. I deploy methods that are applied in nature and draw heavily on the use of digital devices and sensors to capture naturally occurring data. In line with my research, my teaching and supervision work is focused on liberating and empowering students to become authentic, critical, innovative thinkers who can recognise and address these problems.
My research is primarily applied and focused on addressing ‘wicked’ problems that are associated with the 21st century educational landscape and include…
The Science of Learning
Digital learning environments
Authentic, situated learning
New educational research methods/methodologies
Consultations – one-to-one and departmental support
Whether you are a staff member, postgraduate or undergraduate, please feel free to contact me to arrange for an informal chat about any aspect of your teaching or learning.
Online Teaching & Learning Environments
I work with staff interested in exploring the use of online environments to support their teaching.
Teams for Teaching
I am available to supervise postgraduates in higher education who wish to undertake research into any aspect of academic life/teaching/learning within professional and university settings, particularly where there is a focus on my research interests.
Please feel free to contact me directly to discuss your ideas.
I provide academic development support to staff and students, teach within the programmes offered by HEDC, and research in the field of higher education. Prior to this role, I was a professional practice fellow (eLearning) in a medical school, postdoc research fellow in a business school, assistant researcher in a policy research institute, and training specialist in an oil and gas company. I completed my doctoral research within three years at the University of Auckland and the thesis received Dean’s List award. I gained a Master of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor of Management degree from a Chinese university.
My research revolves around learning and teaching in higher education. My doctoral study investigated the adoption of learning technologies by academics. Since then, I have conducted research into approaches to academic development, employability development pedagogies, vicarious learning via videoed tutorials, student video production, and more recently non-institutional technologies and learning analytics. However, I don’t think previous research experience should define my future research interests: I try to keep an open mind and learn a bit of everything when I can.
Methodologically I am a mixed-methods researcher by training. I use the most appropriate method(s) to answer the research question, be they qualitative, quantitative, or a combination of several. Epistemologically, I find a constructivist stance best explains the reality I perceive.
See Qian's latest publications
I teach into the Centre’s credit-bearing programmes, and academic development programmes (e.g., Introduction to university teaching, Technology-enhanced Learning, Theories of Teaching and Learning, Assessment in Higher Education, and Research Development programmes). I collaborate with staff in the space of educational technology and provide one-to-one academic skills consultations to students.
I am available for postgraduate supervision. I have benefited greatly, both personally and professionally, from my doctoral supervision experience. It’s only fair that I provide the same experience, if not better, to my students. I view research a journey that extends our capabilities, reshapes how we think, and possibly allows us to create new knowledge. As a supervisor, I cannot control the journey, but I will be an honest and trustworthy travel companion. Please get in touch if you would like to have a chat about your research ideas.
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