Educational technology

HEDC building front door

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

Signature projects

Educational Technology also operates a research & development programme in three primary areas:

Big Data & 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.

Academic Life

The Academic Life project is an attempt to take our gaze away from the recognised measures of academic action that are focused on outputs and to look instead at the very building blocks that underpin these outputs.

On the surface, it is about the routine and mundane, but within this is a rich view of the very elements of academic practice.

New methods show that it is possible to exploit emerging technologies to enable academics to gain a better understanding of how they perform their daily functions and empower them to be more focused and strategic in their academic development.

For more information, see the Academic Life website.

Web application development/infrastructure

Educational Technology also develops a range of web applications to support staff with teaching with technology. Share your videos on UniTube, annotate images on Pictation, or deliver entire online courses with xOtago.

For more information on the Educational Technology applications available for your use, see our web app gallery.

Project funding

Some of our projects have been funded by the Committee for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) which invites applications for grants each year. Visit the CALT website for more information.

Workshops and seminars

We offer a range of workshops and seminars on technology-enhanced teaching and learning. You can register for scheduled upcoming events on the teaching workshops page.

Our areas of specialisation

  • Dr Ben Daniel (team coordinator)– virtual communities, learning analytics
  • Russell Butson – student use of technology, eResearch, student journals
  • Gala Hesson – graphic design, data visualisation, design for social change, audio/visual production
  • Swee Kin Loke – instructional design, computer simulation, game-based learning, in-class use of digital technologies
  • Adon Moskal – web application development, student evaluation, user interaction design, social media analysis, technology adoption, programmed instruction/learning
  • Richard Zeng – web programming, relational databases, dynamic web technologies
  • Minjie Hu