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

Dunedin Campus


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.


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

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].

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