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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

  • Hurst Charlotte (DClinDent) - Hypomineralised teeth: Perspectives of those with severely affected teeth and New Zealand Orthodontists
  • Aiswarya Kovanur Kesava (DClintDent) - Dental avulsion injuries in New Zealand – The experiences of affected children and their families
  • Hisham Mohammed (PhD) - What’s in a smile? Impact of malocclusion and personality traits on smiling features
  • Kalika Kastein (PhD) - The Role of silence in Peace and Conflict Studies
  • 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
  • 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
  • Matthew Strother (PhD) - Critical Appraisal of Statistical Models Within Healthcare
  • Toni-Ann Alsop (MHEd)

Past students

  • Joon Soo Park (PDipHE) - Dental students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward medication prescribing in Australia - A Western Australian qualitative study, 2022
  • Larian Nkomo (PhD) - Students' engagement patterns with digital learning technologies: An empirical case of lecture recordings, 2022
  • Gabrielle Hunt (DClinDent) - Students’ Perceptions of Undergraduate Endodontic Education and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New Zealand, (Endodontics), 2021
  • 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

Lesā, R. P., Daniel, B. K., & Harland, T. (2022). Student nurse experiences of learning from clinical practice and simulations in New Zealand: A descriptive qualitative study. Journal of Professional Nursing, 41, 58-64. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2022.04.009

Park, J. S., Daniel, B. K., Wong, P. Y., Abbott, P. V., & Ngo, H. C. (2022). Dental students' knowledge of and attitudes towards prescribing medication in Western Australia. European Journal of Dental Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/eje.12802

Daniel, B. (2022). The role of research methodology in enhancing postgraduate students research experience. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 20(1), 34-48. doi: 10.34190/ejbrm.20.1.2253

Mohammed, H., Daniel, B. K., Skilbeck, M., Kumar, Jr, R., Halberstadt, J. B., & Farella, M. (2022). A qualitative meta-synthesis of research into patients' past experiences and perceptions of orthodontic treatment outcomes. European Journal of Orthodontics, 44, 369-376. doi: 10.1093/ejo/cjac008

Wafaie, K., Mohammed, H., Mohamed, A. M., Zhou, J., Daniel, B., & Yiqiang, Q. (2022). A qualitative study of orthodontic patients' experiences in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, 161(5), e498-e506. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2021.11.010

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

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

Edited Book - Research

Psyché, V., Daniel, B. K., & Bourdeau, J. (2020). Learning spaces in context-aware educational networking technologies in the digital age. In A. Peña-Ayala (Ed.), Educational networking: A novel discipline for improved learning based on social networks. (pp. 299-323). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-29973-6_9

Chapter in Book - Research

Alm, A., & Daniel, B. (2019). Student engagement with mobile language apps in blended learning environments: Perspectives from university language students. In A. Palalas (Ed.), Blended language learning: International perspectives on innovative practice. (pp. 182-220). China Central Radio & TV University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Daniel, B. K. (2019). Artificial reality: The practice of analytics and big data in educational research. In J. S. Pedersen & A. Wilkinson (Eds.), Big data: Promise, application and pitfalls. (pp. 287-300). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781788112352.00018

Chapter in Book - Research

Psyché, V., Daniel, B., & Bourdeau, J. (2019). Adaptive learning spaces with context-awareness. In A. Coy, Y. Hayashi & M. Chang (Eds.), Intelligent tutoring systems: Proceedings of the 15th International ITS Conference: 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. (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. 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. 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

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. (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

Daniel, B. K. (2018). Foreword. In B. H. Kahn, J. R. Corbeil & M. E. Corbeil (Eds.), Responsible analytics and data mining in education: Global perspectives on quality, support, and decision making. Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Other

Daniel, B. (2022). The role of research methodology in enhancing postgraduate students research experience. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 20(1), 34-48. doi: 10.34190/ejbrm.20.1.2253

Journal - Research Article

Lesā, R. P., Daniel, B. K., & Harland, T. (2022). Student nurse experiences of learning from clinical practice and simulations in New Zealand: A descriptive qualitative study. Journal of Professional Nursing, 41, 58-64. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2022.04.009

Journal - Research Article

Park, J. S., Daniel, B. K., Wong, P. Y., Abbott, P. V., & Ngo, H. C. (2022). Dental students' knowledge of and attitudes towards prescribing medication in Western Australia. European Journal of Dental Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/eje.12802

Journal - Research Article

Wafaie, K., Mohammed, H., Mohamed, A. M., Zhou, J., Daniel, B., & Yiqiang, Q. (2022). A qualitative study of orthodontic patients' experiences in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, 161(5), e498-e506. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2021.11.010

Journal - Research Article

Lesā, R., Daniel, B., & Harland, T. (2021). Learning with simulation: The experience of nursing students. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 56, 57-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2021.02.009

Journal - Research Article

Mahroeian, H., & Daniel, B. (2021). Is New Zealand's higher education sector ready to employ analytics initiatives to enhance its decision-making process? International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 31, 940-979. doi: 10.1007/s40593-020-00234-y

Journal - Research Article

Nkomo, L. M., & Daniel, B. K. (2021). Sentiment analysis of student engagement with lecture recording. TechTrends, 65, 213-224. doi: 10.1007/s11528-020-00563-8

Journal - Research Article

Nkomo, L. M., Daniel, B. K., & Butson, R. J. (2021). Synthesis of student engagement with digital technologies: A systematic review of the literature. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 18, 34. doi: 10.1186/s41239-021-00270-1

Journal - Research Article

Tan, R. S.-E., Harland, T., & Daniel, B. (2021). The benefits and challenges of globalisation for the development of higher education teaching and research: A case study of an emerging University in East Africa. Journal of Asian & African Studies, 56(4), 905-918. doi: 10.1177/0021909620950359

Journal - Research Article

Cakmak, Y. O., Daniel, B. K., Hammer, N., Yilmaz, O., Irmak, E. C., & Khwaounjoo, P. (2020). The human muscular arm avatar as an interactive visualisation tool in learning anatomy: Medical students perspectives. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 13(3), 593-603. doi: 10.1109/TLT.2020.2995163

Journal - Research Article

Moore, A., Daniel, B., Leonard, G., Regenbrecht, H., Rodda, J., Baker, L., Ryan, R., & Mills, S. (2020). Comparative usability of an augmented reality sandtable and 3D GIS for education. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 34(2), 229-250. doi: 10.1080/13658816.2019.1656810

Journal - Research Article

Ndukwe, I. G., & Daniel, B. K. (2020). Teaching analytics, value and tools for teacher data literacy: A systematic and tripartite approach. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 17(1), 1-31. doi: 10.1186/s41239-020-00201-6

Journal - Research Article

Nkomo, L. M., Ndukwe, I. G., & Daniel, B. K. (2020). Social network and sentiment analysis: Investigation of students' perspectives on lecture recording. IEEE Access, 8, 228693-228701. doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3044064

Journal - Research Article

Tan, R. S., Harland, T., & Daniel, B. K. (2020). The influence of digital globalisation on an East African university. International Journal of Education & Development using Information & Communication Technology, 16(2), 176-187.

Journal - Research Article

Wald, N., & Daniel, B. K. (2020). Enhancing students’ engagement with abstract ideas through conceptual and theoretical frameworks. Innovations in Education & Teaching International, 57(4), 496-505. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2019.1692055

Journal - Research Article

Wang, C., Daniel, B. K., Asil, M., Khwaounjoo, P., & Cakmak, Y. O. (2020). A randomised control trial and comparative analysis of multi-dimensional learning tools in anatomy. Scientific Reports, 10, 6120. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-62855-6

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K. (2019). Using the TACT Framework to learn the principles of rigour in qualitative research. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, 17(3), 118-129. doi: 10.34190/JBRM.17.3.002

Journal - Research Article

Daniel, B. K., & Bird, R. (2019). Attention! Student voice: Providing students with digital learning materials before scheduled lectures improves learning experience. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 18(3), 1-9.

Journal - Research Article

Neilson, A., Indratmo, Daniel, B., & Tjandra, S. (2019). Systematic review of the literature on big data in the transportation domain: Concepts and applications. Big Data Research, 17, 35-44. doi: 10.1016/j.bdr.2019.03.001

Journal - Research Article

Asare, S., & Daniel, B. K. (2018). Factors influencing response rates in online student evaluation systems: A systematic review approach. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 29(2), 133-144. Retrieved from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/181335

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

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., 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

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., Owen, H. E., Daniel, B., & George, J. L. (2018). Students’ perception of Kahoot!’s influence on teaching and learning. Research & Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 13, 9. doi: 10.1186/s41039-018-0078-8

Journal - Research Article

Ndukwe, I. G., Daniel, B. K., & Butson, R. J. (2018). Data science approach for simulating educational data: Towards the development of teaching outcome model (TOM). Big Data & Cognitive Computing, 2(3), 24. doi: 10.3390/bdcc2030024

Journal - Research Article

Singh, J. K., & Daniel, B. K. (2018). The prevalence and frequency of authorial identity among undergraduate students in Fiji. International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature, 7(6), 136-152. doi: 10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.7n.6p.136

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. (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

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