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Dr Keryn Pratt

Dr Keryn PrattSenior Lecturer, Postgraduate and Distance Coordinator (Education Studies)
BA PhD(Otago) PGDipArts(Otago)

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 5974
Email keryn.pratt@otago.ac.nz

Biography

I was born and bred in the Otago/Southland region, and attended the University of Otago, where I gained my PhD in Psychology. I have been working for the College of Education since then. I teach mainly in the distance programme, working with postgraduate students. My papers usually focus on an aspect of the use of information and communication technology in education, although I also teach quantitative research methods, and in a range of other areas. My recent research projects have focused on the experience of distance students: both our own College of Education distance postgraduate students and also secondary school students who are involved in distance learning using videoconferencing and other technologies.

Teaching Area

  • ICT in education
  • Distance learning
  • Quantitative research methods

Research Interests

  • ICT in education
  • Distance learning/virtual schools

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Publications

Archambault, L., Pratt, K., & Barbour, M. (2014). Preparing for and thriving in K-12 online/blended teaching contexts. In M. Searson & M. N. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 25th International Conference. (pp. 1512-1514). Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Pratt, K., & Pullar, K. (2013). OtagoNet: One region's model for virtual schooling. Journal of Open, Flexible & Distance Learning, 17(1), 1-11.

Pratt, K., & Trewern, A. (2011). Students' experiences of flexible learning options: What can they tell us about what they need for success? Computers in New Zealand Schools, 23(2), 1-16. Retrieved from http://education2x.otago.ac.nz/cinzs/mod/resource/view.php?id=219

Pratt, K. (2009). Children's internet searching: Where do they go wrong? Computers in New Zealand Schools, 21(1). Retrieved from http://education2x.otago.ac.nz/cinzs/course/view.php?id=2

Lai, K.-W., & Pratt, K. (2009). Technological constraints and implementation barriers of using videoconferencing for virtual teaching in New Zealand secondary schools. Journal of Technology & Teacher Education, 17(4), 505-522.

Authored Book - Research

Lai, K. W., & Pratt, K. (2003). Learning with technology II: Evaluation of the Otago Primary Schools Technology Project. Dunedin: The Community Trust of Otago, 141p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Pratt, K. (2005). Searching for information from the web. In K.-W. Lai (Ed.), e-learning communities: Teaching and learning with the web. (pp. 157-178). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Pratt, K., & Pullar, K. (2013). OtagoNet: One region's model for virtual schooling. Journal of Open, Flexible & Distance Learning, 17(1), 1-11.

Pratt, K., & Trewern, A. (2011). Students' experiences of flexible learning options: What can they tell us about what they need for success? Computers in New Zealand Schools, 23(2), 1-16. Retrieved from http://education2x.otago.ac.nz/cinzs/mod/resource/view.php?id=219

Pratt, K. (2009). Children's internet searching: Where do they go wrong? Computers in New Zealand Schools, 21(1). Retrieved from http://education2x.otago.ac.nz/cinzs/course/view.php?id=2

Lai, K.-W., & Pratt, K. (2009). Technological constraints and implementation barriers of using videoconferencing for virtual teaching in New Zealand secondary schools. Journal of Technology & Teacher Education, 17(4), 505-522.

Lai, K.-W., & Pratt, K. (2007). Positive to a degree: The effects of ICT use in New Zealand secondary schools. Computers in the Schools, 24(3/4), 95-109.

Lai, K.-W., & Pratt, K. (2004). Information and communication technology (ICT) in secondary schools: The role of the computer coordinator. British Journal of Educational Technology, 35(4), 461-475.

Lai, K. W., Trewern, A., & Pratt, K. (2002). Computer coordinators as change agents: Some New Zealand observations. Journal of Technology & Teacher Education, 10(4), 539-551.

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Journal - Research Other

Barbour, M. K., & Pratt, K. (2013). Primary and secondary distance education: Expanding the knowledge base in the schools sector [Editorial]. Journal of Open, Flexible & Distance Learning, 17(1), i-ii.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Pratt, K. (2014). Supporting virtual schooling: A framework for reflection. In M. Searson & M. N. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 25th International Conference. (pp. 1547-1549). Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Archambault, L., Pratt, K., & Barbour, M. (2014). Preparing for and thriving in K-12 online/blended teaching contexts. In M. Searson & M. N. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 25th International Conference. (pp. 1512-1514). Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Pratt, K. (2013). Exploring the usefulness of frameworks for virtual schooling: A New Zealand example. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 24th International Conference. (pp. 4150-4152). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Pratt, K. (2013). An exploration of learner and support characteristics of students involved in virtual schooling. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 24th International Conference. (pp. 4147-4149). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Pratt, K., & Trewern, A. (2011). New Zealand students' perceptions of blended learning. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 22nd International Conference. (pp. 663-668). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Pratt, K. (2009). Tertiary students' changing access to technology: Some New Zealand observations. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Media, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA). [CD-ROM], (pp. 435-440). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/31536

Pratt, K., & Lai, K.-W. (2007). ″It's not right for me to see horrible stuff″: New Zealand children's internet experiences. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications. (pp. 4126-4133). Chesapeake, Virginia, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Lai, K.-W., & Pratt, K. (2005). OtagoNet: A videoconferencing network for New Zealand secondary students. Proceedings of the 8th IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education. [CD-ROM] Cape Town, South Africa: University of Stellenbosch & Document Transformation Technologies. Retrieved from www.sbs.co.za/wcce2005

Lai, K., & Pratt, K. (2004). Online learners: Who are they? Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA). (1), (pp. 5142-5147). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Retrieved from http://dl.aace.org/16221

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Pratt, K. (2010). Who takes online classes and why? A New Zealand perspective. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. Retrieved from http://sloanconsortium.org/2010_post_sloanc_conf

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Pratt, K., Pullar, K., & Trewern, A. (2011). School is out: Students' experiences of non-traditional learning. Wellington, New Zealand: Teaching & Learning Research Initiative. 6p.

Pratt, K., Lai, K.-W., Trewern, A., Concannon, F., & Sutton, H. (2010). Laptops for teachers: An evaluation of the TELA scheme in Otago schools. Commissioned by Ministry of Education. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Education. 88p.

Lai, K. W., Pratt, K., Anderson, M., & Stigter, J. (2006). Literature review and synthesis: Online communities of practice. Commissioned by Ministry of Education. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. 120p.

Lai, K. W., & Pratt, K. (2004). e-Learning initiative: Evaluation of the OtagoNet project. Commissioned by Community Trust of Otago. University of Otago, Dunedin: Faculty of Education. 84p.

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Lai, K. W., Pratt, K., & Grant, A. (2003). State of the art and trends in distance, flexible, and open learning: A review of the literature. 44p.

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Other - Edited Journal

Barbour, M. K., & Pratt, K. (Eds.). (2013). Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning, 17(1) [Special issue: Primary and Secondary Distance Education: Expanding the Knowledge Base in the Schools Sector]. [Journal Editor].

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