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Associate Professor Ben Daniel

Ben DanielB.Sc (Juba); DiplComp. (Khartoum); M.Sc (Twente); M.Phil.ED (Oslo); PhD (Sask.)

Associate Professor

Email: ben.daniel@otago.ac.nz
Phone: +64 3 479 5362

About Ben

I teach Research Methodology (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods), and Educational Technology. 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.

Teaching

Postgraduate and Staff Workshops and Consultations
Educational Technology
Statistics
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research
Mixed Methods Research

Research Interests

  • 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

Supervision

Currently, I am only interested in taking new PhD students who share my research interests. New Masters students interested in any aspect of Educational Technology in Higher Education are welcome to contact me at: ben.daniel@otago.ac.nz

Current students

  • Anushika Kariyawasam (PhD) - Application of Content and Language Integrated Learning in Teaching English as a Second language in the Context of Tertiary Education
  • Soovendran Varadarajan (PhD) - An exploration of E-Portfolio implementation in the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institute in Malaysia to improve students’ motivation
  • Jasbir Singh (PhD) - Visualizing the development of authorial voice and identity in undergraduate students
  • Gabrielle Hunt (DClinDent Endodontics)- Endodontic teaching in New Zealand and Australia
  • Sherry Lee (DClinDent Orthodontics) - Patients’ experiences with orthodontic treatment through traditional fixed appliances, clear aligners and direct-to-consumer clear aligners
  • Maree Steele (PhD) - The teaching experiences of medical interns in a period of transition
  • Farah Shawkat (PhD) - Teacherpreneurship and the digital learning landscape in higher education
  • Larian Nkomo (PhD) - Discovering students engagement patterns with different learning  activities and the effect on achievement using educational data mining
  • Matthew Strother (PhD) - Critical Appraisal of Statistical Models Within Healthcare
  • Toni-Ann Alsop (MHEd)

Past students

  • Ifeanyi Glory Ndukwe (PhD) - Teaching analytics and teacher dashboards to visualise SET data: Implication to theory and practice, 2021
  • Joon Soo Park (PGCertHighE) - Can social media and a dose of aesthetics be the driver to optimal dental health?, 2020
  • Daryl Tong (PGCertHighE) - A "Combined ARMS" Approach to Flipped Classroom in Postgraduate Surgical Education for Dentists, 2020
  • Finn Gilroy (DClinDent) - Health status of patients receiving root canal treatment in New Zealand general dental practice – A practice-based research study, (Endodontics), 2020
  • Payman Hamadani (DClinDent) - Managing elderly patients requiring endodontic treatment – A New Zealand practice-based research study, (Endodontics), 2020
  • Rachel Tan (PhD) - The impact of globalisation on an emerging university in Tanzania, East Africa, 2019
  • Lucy A Sullivan (DClinDent) - The influence of educational information on understanding and perceptions of root canal treatment, (Endodontics), 2019
  • Raewyn Lesa (PhD) - Stimulated learning environments and the development of clinical judgement in undergraduate nursing students, 2019
  • Naoko Inoue (PhD) - The experiences of native English speaking teachers who work and live in Japan, 2019
  • Russell Butson (PhD) - Changing digital technologies and the impact on everyday experiences of academics: a case study at a research-intensive university, 2019
  • Chris Wang (BSc Hons) - RCT study comparing the effectiveness of mixed reality, three-dimensional monoscopy, moreover, textbook style learning tools for anatomical education in pre-clinical medicine, 2018
  • Hamidreza Mahroeian (PhD) - Big Data and Analytics in Higher Education, 2018
  • Nadine Hoskins (MHEd) - Addressing Space Optimisation in Higher Education, 2018
  • Jasbir Singh (MHEd) - Self-expression and self-perception: Fiji ESL tertiary students’ performance and perception of authorial identity in academic English writing
  • Verena Tilson-Scoble (MA)--Learning Experiences of Fashion Design Graduates in the Workplace, 2018
  • Rebecca Bird (MHEd)--Sense of Community and Learning Pathways in Undergraduate Health Science, 2018
  • Frank Cook (PGDipHighE)--WelTec Engineering Student's Perceptions of Laboratory Classes, 2016
  • Shalendra Kumar (MHEd)--Adoption of Learning Technologies in Teaching in Fiji’s Technical Colleges, 2016
  • Hien Vu (MHEd)--The value of exchange programmes at the University of Otago: Implications to Internationalisation, 2015
  • Verena Tilson-Scoble (PGDipHighE), 2014
  • Toni-Ann Alsop (PGCertHighE), 2014

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Publications

Daniel, B. K. (2019). Big Data and data science: A critical review of issues for educational research. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(1), 101-113. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12595

Daniel, B. K. (2018). Contestable professional academic identity of those who teach research methodology. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 41(5), 548-561. doi: 10.1080/1743727X.2017.1369510

Daniel, B. K. (2018). Empirical verification of the “TACT” framework for teaching rigour in qualitative research methodology. Qualitative Research, 18(3), 262-275. doi: 10.1108/QRJ-D-17-00012

Tang, T. Y., Daniel, B. K., & Romero, C. (2015). Recommender systems in social and online learning environments. Expert Systems, 32(2), 261-263. doi: 10.1111/exsy.12058

Daniel, B. K. (2014). A research methodology for studying distributed communities of practice. International Journal of Web Based Communities, 10(4), 506-516. doi: 10.1504/IJWBC.2014.065397

Daniel, B. K. (2019). Big Data and data science: A critical review of issues for educational research. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(1), 101-113. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12595

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K. (2018). Contestable professional academic identity of those who teach research methodology. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 41(5), 548-561. doi: 10.1080/1743727X.2017.1369510

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K. (2018). Empirical verification of the “TACT” framework for teaching rigour in qualitative research methodology. Qualitative Research, 18(3), 262-275. doi: 10.1108/QRJ-D-17-00012

Journal - Research Article

Tang, T. Y., Daniel, B. K., & Romero, C. (2015). Recommender systems in social and online learning environments. Expert Systems, 32(2), 261-263. doi: 10.1111/exsy.12058

Journal - Research Other

Daniel, B. K. (2014). A research methodology for studying distributed communities of practice. International Journal of Web Based Communities, 10(4), 506-516. doi: 10.1504/IJWBC.2014.065397

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K. (2018). Reimaging research methodology as data science. Big Data & Cognitive Computing, 2(1), 4. doi: 10.3390/bdcc2010004

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K. (2017). A descriptive model of sense of community on Juba Arabic Facebook. International Journal of Web Based Communities, 13(1), 36-53. doi: 10.1504/ijwbc.2017.082727

Journal - Research Article

Friedlander, L. T., Chandler, N. P., & Daniel, B. (2016). Five year analysis of undergraduate education using tapered hand and rotary endodontic instrumentation techniques. International Endodontic Journal, 49(1), (pp. 85). doi: 10.1111/iej.12496

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Daniel, B. K. (Ed.). (2017). Big data and learning analytics in higher education: Current theory and practice. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 272p.

Edited Book - Research

Daniel, B. K., & Bird, R. (2016). Access to digital learning materials and student lecture attendance patterns. Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. 2016(1), (pp. 605-611). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/173007

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Lesa, R., & Daniel, B. (2016). Simulations in undergraduate nursing programmes in New Zealand: Current status and next steps. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 2(4), 118. doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2016-000108

Journal - Research Article

Mahroeian, H., & Daniel, B. K. (2016). The dynamic landscape of higher education: The role of big data and analytics. Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. 2016(1), (pp. 1314-1319). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/173125

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Daniel, B. K., Ismail, M., El-Nabahany, U., Yunus, S., Mwinyi, M., & Mohammed, A. (2016). The role of social media technologies in teaching at the State University of Zanzibar. International Journal of Social Media & Interactive Learning Environments, 4(2), 187-209. doi: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2016.077597

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K. (2017). Big data in higher education: The big picture. In B. K. Daniel (Ed.), Big data and learning analytics in higher education: Current theory and practice. (pp. 19-28). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Chapter in Book - Research

Daniel, B. (2015). Big Data and analytics in higher education: Opportunities and challenges. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(5), 904-920. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12230

Journal - Research Article

Perumal, V., Butson, R., Blyth, P., & Daniel, B. (2017). Clinical anatomy e-cases: A five-year follow-up of learning analytics. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1449), 22-29. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Friedlander, L., McElroy, K., Daniel, B., Cullinan, M., & Hanlin, S. (2015). Direct pulp capping of permanent teeth in New Zealand general dental practice: A practice based research study. New Zealand Dental Journal, 111(2), 58-64.

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K. (2017). Enterprise lecture capture technologies and value to student learning. International Journal of Information & Communication Technologies in Education, 6(2), 23-36. doi: 10.1515/ijicte-2017-0009

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K. (2019). Improving the pedagogy of research methodology through learning analytics. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 17(1), 43-53.

Journal - Research Article

Asare, S., & Daniel, B. K. (2017). Factors influencing response rates in online student evaluation systems: A systematic review approach. In J. Dron & S. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of eLoearn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. (pp. 537-541). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/181306/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Daniel, B. K., & Harland, T. (2018). Higher education research methodology: A step-by-step guide to the research process. London, UK: Routledge, 154p.

Authored Book - Research

Young, J., Williamson, M., Daniel Motidyang, B., Ross, J., & Egan, T. (2017). Identifying fundamental elements of learning in a simulated clinical setting using a Delphi technique. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. (pp. 220-221). Retrieved from http://www.anzahpe.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Daniel, B. K. (2017). iMethod and learning analytics research design for pedagogical enhancement of research methods courses. In J. Dron & S. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of eLoearn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. (pp. 769-777). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/181310/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Perumal, V., Daniel, B., & Butson, R. (2017). Learning analytics of clinical anatomy e-cases. In B. K. Daniel (Ed.), Big data and learning analytics in higher education: Current theory and practice. (pp. 253-263). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Chapter in Book - Research

Daniel, B. K. (2017). Overview of big data and analytics in higher education. In B. K. Daniel (Ed.), Big data and learning analytics in higher education: Current theory and practice. (pp. 1-4). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Chapter in Book - Research

Daniel, B., Kumar, V., & Omar, N. (2018). Postgraduate conception of research methodology: Implications for learning and teaching. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 41(2), 220-236. doi: 10.1080/1743727X.2017.1283397

Journal - Research Article

Lesa, R., & Daniel, B. (2017). Simulations and clinical: 'Like chalk and cheese'. Proceedings of the University of Otago Student Research Symposium: Te Wānaka Rakahau: Ākoka. (pp. 50-51). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/graduate-research/scholarships/otago643219.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Young, J., Williamson, M., Daniel Motidyang, B., Ross, J., & Egan, T. (2017). Students' learning experiences in the Safe and Effective Clinical Outcomes clinic and its role in the transition to clinical practice. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. (pp. 47-48). Retrieved from http://www.anzahpe.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Shawkat, F., Daniel, B., & Butson, R. (2017). Teacherpreneurship: A paradigm shift within the digital landscape of higher education. Proceedings of the University of Otago Student Research Symposium: Te Wānaka Rakahau: Ākoka. (pp. 84). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/graduate-research/scholarships/otago643219.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mahroeian, H., Daniel, B., Butson, R., & Kumar, V. (2017). The impact of analytics within the institutions of higher education in New Zealand. Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE). (pp. 17-19). Retrieved from http://icce2017.canterbury.ac.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Mahroeian, H., Daniel, B., & Butson, R. (2017). The perceptions of the meaning and value of analytics in New Zealand higher education institutions. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 14(35). doi: 10.1186/s41239-017-0073-y

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K., & Butson, R. J. (2017). The rise of big data and analytics in higher education. In E. Rodriguez (Ed.), The analytics process: Strategic and tactical steps. (pp. 113-126). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781315161501-6

Chapter in Book - Research

Indratmo, Howorko, L., Boedianto, J. M., & Daniel, B. (2018). The efficacy of stacked bar charts in supporting single-attribute and overall-attribute comparisons. Visual Informatics, 2, 155-165. doi: 10.1016/j.visinf.2018.09.002

Journal - Research Article

Licorish, S. A., George, J. L., Owen, H. E., & Daniel, B. (2017). “Go Kahoot!” enriching classroom engagement, motivation and learning experience with games. Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE). (pp. 755-764). Retrieved from http://icce2017.canterbury.ac.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Psyché, V., Daniel, B., & Bourdeau, J. (2019). Adaptive learning spaces with context-awareness. In A. Coy, Y. Hayashi & M. Chang (Eds.), Intelligent tutoring systems: Lecture notes in computer science (Vol. 11528). (pp. 68-79). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-22244-4_2

Chapter in Book - Research

Daniel, B. K. (2016). iMethod: A web-based environment for harvesting and visualisation of learning analytics on research methodology. Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. (pp. 618-621). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/173008/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Kumar, S., & Daniel, B. K. (2016). Integration of learning technologies into teaching within Fijian Polytechnic Institutions. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 13, 36. doi: 10.1186/s41239-016-0036-8

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K. (2018, July). Maximum Variation (MV): A framework for determining adequate sample sizes in qualitative research [Invited]. Poster session presented at the 17th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM), Rome, Italy.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Daniel Motidyang, B. (2018). Learning analytics for pedagogical improvement of research methodology. Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM). (pp. 66-67). Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Daniel, B. (2018, July). Analytics and research methods (ARM). Verbal presentation at the 17th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM), Rome, Italy.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Moore, A., Daniel, B., Leonard, G., Regenbrecht, H., Rodda, J., Baker, L., Ryan, R., & Mills, S. (2016). Preliminary usability study of an augmented reality sand-based 3D terrain interface [Extended abstract]. Proceedings of the 8th National Cartographic Conference (GeoCart). Retrieved from http://geocart.cartography.org.nz/2016/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Shawkat, F., Daniel, B., & Butson, R. (2016). Teacherpreneurship: Transforming teaching within higher education. Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from http://herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2016

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mahroeian, H., & Daniel, B. (2016). The dynamic landscape of higher education: The role of big data and analytics. Journal of Educational Multimedia & Hypermedia, 25(3), 287-297.

Journal - Research Article

Tan, R. S.-E., Harland, T., & Daniel, B. (2016). The impact of globalisation on a new university in a developing country. Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from http://herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2016

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Daniel, B. K. (2016). The semantic web, open educational resources, and flipped classroom. In C. Wankel & A. Stachowicz-Stanusch (Eds.), Emerging web 3.0/Semantic web applications in higher education: Growing personalization and wider interconnections in learning. (pp. 39-53). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Chapter in Book - Research

Stein, S., Daniel, B., Fisher, J., Hart, S., & Pratt, E. (2016). Using the ACODE Benchmarks for Technology Enhanced Learning to support and enhance service provision. Proceedings of the Distance Education Association New Zealand (DEANZ) Conference: There and Back: Charting Flexible Pathways in Open, Mobile and Distance Education. Retrieved from http://conference.deanz.org.nz/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Lesa, R., Daniel, B., & Harland, T. (2015, November). Clinical simulations in New Zealand undergraduate nursing programmes: Opportunities and challenges. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference (ANEC): Co-creating the Future, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Lesa, R., Daniel, B., & Harland, T. (2015). Clinical simulations: Students experiences of developing clinical judgment skills. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 1(Suppl. 2), (pp. A22-A23). doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2015-000075.55

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Shephard, K., Daniel, B., Brown, K., Guiney, T., Moskal, A., Warren, D., Hesson, G., & Deaker, L. (2015). Researching the professional development needs of university teachers interested in community-engaged learning, teaching and research. Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2015/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Friedlander, L. T., Ong, J., Hanlin, S. M., & Daniel, B. (2015). Vital Pulp Therapy: When, how, why? A NZ PBRN study. Journal of Dental Research, 94(Spec Iss B), 2334433. Retrieved from http://www.iadr.org/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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