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DipTchg, BA, PGDipArts, MA, PhD

Phone: +64 3 479 5789

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.



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


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.

Current students

Senorita John (PhD) Mining Reality: Detecting behavioural patterns in student spatio-temporal data
Miriam Gibson (PhD) Making Meaning - The role of activity in learning
Farah Shawkat  (PhD) Teacherpreneurship and the digital learning landscape in higher education
Larian Nkomo (PhD) Data mining students' engagement patterns in technology enhanced learning environments
Glory Ndukwe (PhD) Technology-enhanced education
Lev Lafayette (MHEd)
Kait O'Callahan (MHEd)
Taylor Wilson (MHEd)

Past students

Belinda Lawrence (PhD) Aligning teaching goals with learning outcomes in an Online and Distance Learning system
Hamid Mahroeian (PhD) 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