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Technology-enhanced learning and teaching

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HEDC’s Educational Technology team provides for all staff and students in the areas of technology-enhanced teaching, learning and research. For advice on how best to integrate technology in your academic practice, please contact Dr Ben Daniel (, Dr Russell Butson ( or Dr Joyce Koh ( to discuss your needs.

Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT): Academic Development Programme

Teaching and learning online presents university teachers and students with unique challenges that are rarely encountered in face-to-face settings. The TELT academic development programme at HEDC is a series of workshops aimed at helping teaching staff and students to be successful in online spaces as follows:

For teachers: Workshops on the instructional and technological strategies to be successful in engaging students online, for example, through self-directed game-based quizzes, interactive video-based learning, critical online discussion, interactive lectures, social media, flipped learning, and online instructional design.

For students: Workshops on planning and managing self-directed learning in online spaces.

Explore and register for TELT workshops on this page.

Educational Technology Research and Development

HEDC’s educational technology team also engages and partners with collaborators in research and development projects to innovate technology and student-centred approaches into university teaching and learning environments. Some of our signature research programmes are as follows:

Big Data and Analytics

More than ever, the increasingly complex challenges facing higher education are requiring institutions to develop a deeper understanding of the data at their disposal. Often, however, the available information is too vast and too variable to handle using traditional analytic methods.

Big Data provides a conceptual framework for managing and analysing large and disparate information stores, allowing institutions to identify and model patterns, and ultimately improve decision-making capabilities.

For more information, see the Big Data Otago website.

Selected funded projects

  • 2016 – 2017 - How to Improve Student Engagement with Online Evaluation System: Deployment of Otago Evaluation Systems on Mobile and Ubiquitous Devices, University of Otago—Improvement Grant (Ben Daniel, Principal Investigator)
  • 2017-2018 - Internationalisation of the Curriculum on Analytics and Research Methods (ARM) Programme for Academic Development, University of Otago (Ben Daniel, Principal Investigator)
  • 2019 - Developing and implementing four flipped models to develop professional thinking during early learning in Dietetics lectures, Otago University Teaching Development Grant (Joyce Koh, Principal Investigator)


Associate Professor Ben Daniel (Big Data analytics, research and technology, social media)
Tel 64 3 479 5362

Associate Professor Joyce Koh (Technology enhanced teaching and student-centred instructional design)
Tel 64 3 479 7232

Dr Russell Butson (Learning with technology and measuring learning behaviours)
Tel 64 3 479 5789