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Dr Keryn PrattSenior Lecturer
BA PhD(Otago) PGDipArts(Otago)

Dunedin Campus
Tel +64 3 479 5974


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


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. [Full Paper]

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

Pratt, K. (2009). Children's internet searching: Where do they go wrong? Computers in New Zealand Schools, 21(1). Retrieved from

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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