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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
http://edtech.otago.ac.nz/

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 suporting 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
  • Finn Gilroy (DClinDent Endodontics) - Health status of patients receiving root canal treatment in New Zealand general dental practice – A practice-based research study
  • Payman Hamadani (DClinDent  Endodontics) - Managing elderly patients requiring endodontic treatment – A New Zealand practice-based research study
  • 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
  • Ifeanyi Glory Ndukwe (PhD) - Technology Enhanced Education
  • Matthew Strother (PhD) - Critical Appraisal of Statistical Models Within Healthcare
  • Toni-Ann Alsop (MHEd)

Past students

  • 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