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Professor Kwok-Wing Lai

Prof Wing LaiProfessor
Director, Centre for Distance Education and Learning Technologies
BSocSc MA CertEd(HK) MEd(Qu) EdD(Tor) (Professor since 2007)

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 8806
Email wing.lai@otago.ac.nz

Biography

Wing was a high school economics and political science teacher in Hong Kong before pursuing his postgraduate training in educational technology in Canada. He then came to Dunedin as a lecturer in computers in education in 1986, and was appointed Professor of Education in 2007. He has designed several distance learning programmes for the Faculty of Education as well as the UOCE, including the Master of Teaching and Doctor of Education programmes. He has published widely in ICT in education and distance teaching and learning and his current research focuses on knowledge building communities. Currently he is the principal investigator of three research grants, including a 2-year TLRI grant on knowledge building in senior secondary classes.

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Publications

Lai, K.-W., & Hong, K.-S. (2015). Technology use and learning characteristics of students in higher education: Do generational differences exist? British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(4), 725-738. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12161

Lai, K.-W., Khaddage, F., & Knezek, G. (2013). Blending student technology experiences in formal and informal learning. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 29(5), 414-425. doi: 10.1111/jcal.12030

Lai, K.-W. (2015). Knowledge construction in online learning communities: A case study of a doctoral course. Studies in Higher Education, 40(4), 561-579. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2013.831402

Lai, K.-W. (2014). Online teaching and learning: A shift of cultural practices. In A. Maj (Ed.), Post-privacy culture: Gaining social power in cyber-democracy. (pp. 223-239). Freeland, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Lai, K.-W. (2011). Developing learning communities in distance online courses: Pedagogical and community building strategies. In P. Jerry & L. Lindsey (Eds.), Experiential learning in virtual worlds: Opening an undiscovered country. (pp. 1-10). Freeland, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lai, K.-W. (2014). Online teaching and learning: A shift of cultural practices. In A. Maj (Ed.), Post-privacy culture: Gaining social power in cyber-democracy. (pp. 223-239). Freeland, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Lai, K.-W. (2011). Developing learning communities in distance online courses: Pedagogical and community building strategies. In P. Jerry & L. Lindsey (Eds.), Experiential learning in virtual worlds: Opening an undiscovered country. (pp. 1-10). Freeland, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Lai, K.-W. (2010). The impact of the New Zealand ICT strategies on learning and teaching: What the research says. In V. Ham & D. Wenmoth (Eds.), eLearnings: Implementing a national strategy for ICT in education, 1998-2010. (pp. 155-169). Christchurch, New Zealand: CORE Education.

Lai, K.-W. (2008). ICT supporting the learning process: The premise, reality, and promise. In J. Voogt & G. Knezek (Eds.), International handbook of information technology in primary and secondary education. (pp. 215-230). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-73315-9

Lai, K.-W. (2007). Teachers using ICT: Myths and realities. In K.-S. Hong, M. T.-L. Liau, L. Law & A. E. A. Othman (Eds.), Rethinking teacher education: A compilation of papers. (pp. 96-113). Kuching, Malaysia: PROFES, Sarawak Professional Education Development Association.

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Journal - Research Article

Lai, K.-W., & Hong, K.-S. (2015). Technology use and learning characteristics of students in higher education: Do generational differences exist? British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(4), 725-738. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12161

Lai, K.-W. (2015). Knowledge construction in online learning communities: A case study of a doctoral course. Studies in Higher Education, 40(4), 561-579. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2013.831402

Lai, K.-W. (2014). Transforming New Zealand schools as knowledge-building communities: From theory to practice. Set: Research Information for Teachers, 1, 33-41.

Lai, K.-W., Khaddage, F., & Knezek, G. (2013). Blending student technology experiences in formal and informal learning. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 29(5), 414-425. doi: 10.1111/jcal.12030

Lai, K.-W. (2011). Digital technology and the culture of teaching and learning in higher education. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(Spec. Issue 8), 1263-1275.

Lai, K.-W., & Weeks, J. J. (2009). High school students’ understanding of e-plagiarism: Some New Zealand observations. 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.

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Journal - Research Other

Hong, K.-S., Lai, K.-W., & Sawyer, K. (2014). Guest editors' introduction: Special issue Optimizing learning: Technology meets learning sciences. Research & Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 9(2), 211-213. [Editorial].

Hong, K.-S., & Lai, K.-W. (2011). Preface to the special issue [Editorial]. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(8), iii-ix.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Voogt, J., Knezek, G., Searson, M., Lai, K.-W., Gibson, D., & Khaddage, F. (2014). Research-informed strategies to address educational challenges in a digitally networked world: The EDUsummIT 2013 action agenda. In M. Searson & M. N. Ochoa (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 25th International Conference. (pp. 1022-1023). Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. [Full Paper]

Lai, K.-W., Khaddage, F., & Knezek, G. A. (2014). Blending student technology experiences in formal and informal learning: Implications for innovation in policy and practice. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.aera.net

Lai, K.-W., Khaddage, F., & Knezek, G. (2013). Advancing mobile learning in formal and informal settings. Proceedings of the International Summit on ICT in Education. Retrieved from http://www.curtin.edu.au/edusummit/edusummit-archive/results-edusummit-2013.cfm

Lai, K.-W., Khaddage, F., & Knezek, G. (2013). Knowledge building with senior secondary students: A New Zealand study. In N. Reynolds & M. Webb (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th World Conference on Computers in Education. (pp. 1-10). Toruń, Poland: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press. [Full Paper]

Knezek, G., Lai, K.-W., Khaddage, F., & Baker, R. (2011). Student technology experiences in formal and informal learning. Proceedings of the International Summit on ICT in Education. Retrieved from http://edusummit.nl/res2011/calltoaction2011/briefpapers2011

Lai, K.-W. (2011). Using collaborative peer feedback and supervision to support doctoral research at a distance. In G. Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown & B. Cleland (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) Conference: Changing Demands, Changing Directions. (pp. 747-757). Hobart, Australia: University of Tasmania. Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/hobart11/downloads/ProceedingsV3.pdf

Lai, K.-W. (2010). Lifelong learning in New Zealand schools. In D. Benzie, K. W. Lai & C. Reffay (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Conference: New Developments in ICT and Education: Abstracts & Papers. [CD-ROM] Paris, France: UMR STEF - ENS de Cachan. [Full Paper]

Lai, K.-W. (2010). School readiness for using ICT adapted to student needs. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. (pp. 1487-1490). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/33569

Pratt, K., & Lai, K.-W. (2008). The effect of principals' leadership and school culture on teachers' use of laptop computers in primary schools: Some New Zealand observations. In A. Szücs & A. W. Tait (Eds.), Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network Annual Conference. [CD-ROM] Budapest, Hungary: European Distance and E-Learning Network. [Full Paper]

Lai, K.-W., Berg, D., & McDonald, F. M. (2008). Establishing an online peer-support and mentoring community for international students: Some cultural and design considerations. Proceedings of the Joint Open and Working International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Conference: ICT and Learning for the Net Generation. Retrieved from http://cs.anu.edu.au/iojs/index.php/ifip/issue/view/417

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Other Research Output

Wing-Lai, K. (2014). Supporting collaborative knowledge building in a distance doctoral programme. AKO Aotearoa: National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Retrieved from https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/collaborative-knowledge-building-distance-doctoral-programme. [Web Based Education Resource].

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