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Russell Butson

Russell Butson PhotoMA, BA, PGDipArts, DipTchg

Email: russell.butson@otago.ac.nz
Phone: +64 3 479 5789

http:edtech.otago.ac.nz/

About Russell

Russell is a senior lecturer in higher education/educational technology. His research is focused on the learning that takes place within the university setting. He is currently leading a research program that incorporates innovative topics and methods to explore, understand and change our conceptions and approaches to academic learning. He is a pioneer in the use of digital devices and sensors to capture naturally occurring behavioural data (Reality Mining). His current research is focused on the role of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in the academic development of faculty and students.

Teaching

Courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education
Master of Higher Education (MHEd)

Research Interests

  • Behaviour of Learning in Higher Education
  • Reality Mining - New Methods in Higher Education
  • Educational Technology

Supervision

Russell is available to supervise postgraduates in higher education who wish to undertake research into any aspect of academic life/learning within professional and university settings, particularly where there is a focus on the use of digital technologies.

Please feel free to contact Russell directly to discuss your ideas.
russell.butson@otago.ac.nz

Current students

Senorita John (PhD) Mining Reality: Detecting behavioural patterns in student spatiotemporal data
Miriam Gibson (MA) The role of activity in learning
Belinda Lawrence (PhD) Aligning teaching goals with learning outcomes in an Online and Distance Learning system
Farah Shawkat  (PhD) Teacherpreneurship and the digital learning landscape in higher education

Past students

Hamid Mahroeian (PhD 2018) Big Data and Analytics in Higher Education
Senorita John (MHEd) An investigation into the study practices of health science students
Kwong Nui Sim (PhD) Postgraduate Use of Computer Technology
Suzie Bartlett (MHEd) Use of Actor-based Simulations in Heath Education
Dallas Knight (PhD) Digital Channels in healthcare service delivery
Kwong Nui Sim (MA) The importance of personal computers in Higher Education
Belinda Lawrence (PGDipHighE) Web Based Technology Use in Online and Distance Learning
Khalaf Alsalm (MSc) Factors and Characteristics of Successful Research Collaboration and E-collaboration Tools

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Publications

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

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.

John, S., Butson, R., & Spronken-Smith, R. (2017). I am what I do: Using digital devices to detect behavioural patterns in student spatiotemporal data. In L. G. Chova, A. L. Martínez & I. C. Torres (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN). IATED Academy. doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2017.1443

Sim, K. N., & Butson, R. (2017). Visualising the doctoral research process: An exploration into empirical research processes of emerging researchers. International Journal of Learning, Teaching & Educational Research, 16(9), 42-59. doi: 10.26803/ijlter.16.9.4

Butson, R. (2016, November). Measuring stress in doctoral research: A case for reality mining across psychological, physiological and environmental dimensions. Verbal presentation at the aWEAR: Wearable Technologies, Knowledge Development, and Learning Conference, Stanford, USA.

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.

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

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Journal - Research Article

Sim, K. N., & Butson, R. (2017). Visualising the doctoral research process: An exploration into empirical research processes of emerging researchers. International Journal of Learning, Teaching & Educational Research, 16(9), 42-59. doi: 10.26803/ijlter.16.9.4

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

John, S., Butson, R., & Spronken-Smith, R. (2017). I am what I do: Using digital devices to detect behavioural patterns in student spatiotemporal data. In L. G. Chova, A. L. Martínez & I. C. Torres (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN). IATED Academy. doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2017.1443

John, S., Butson, R., & Spronken-Smith, R. (2016). Mining reality: Detecting behavioural patterns in student spatiotemporal data. Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from http://herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2016

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Butson, R. (2016, November). Measuring stress in doctoral research: A case for reality mining across psychological, physiological and environmental dimensions. Verbal presentation at the aWEAR: Wearable Technologies, Knowledge Development, and Learning Conference, Stanford, USA.

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