Ben K. Daniel

Ben K. Daniel
University of Otago · Higher Education Development Centre

PhD

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Introduction
Associate Professor Ben K. Daniel is the Head of Department of the Higher Education Development Centre, University of Otago. Ben's research interests are in Big Data, Learning Analytics, the pedagogical aspects of Research Methodology, and Educational Technology.

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Background In New Zealand, finding quality learning opportunities in the clinical setting is often challenging. In response, using simulation as an alternate learning environment has been proposed. Literature related to the substitution of clinical experience with simulation is relatively sparse and, in New Zealand, non-existent. Purpose This stud...
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Introduction: Dentists can prescribe medications for prophylactic and therapeutic purposes. In Australia, dental graduates can autonomously practice within the scope of their qualifications without needing to undertake an internship post-graduation. Although, previous research has identified knowledge gaps amongst dental students in Australia on p...
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Background There is a growing body of evidence emphasizing the importance of research into patient-centred experience in orthodontics. Benefits following orthodontic treatment are mainly related to improved aesthetics and psychosocial outcomes. However, treatment experience from the perspective of orthodontic patients is yet to be fully understood....
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Postgraduate student research experience is key to understanding the quality of postgraduate education. This article presents the critical factors that can enhance postgraduate students' research experience. The research explored postgraduate students' research experiences (n=116) at a research-intensive public university in New Zealand. The aim wa...
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The development of authorial voice of university students in their academic writing is critical. This paper presents a summary and critical highlights of the pedagogical research, tools and interventions that aim to inculcate awareness and development of authorial voice in the academic writing of university students. The aim of this review is to ma...
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Introduction COVID-19 is one of the most formidable challenges that influenced all domains of healthcare delivery. This research explored the experiences and challenges orthodontic patients faced in quarantine during the COVID-19 outbreak. The goal was to learn from patients about their oral health and general practices during this time to provide...
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Restrictions on physical gathering due to COVID-19 has compelled higher education institutions to rapidly embrace digital technologies to support teaching and learning. While logistically, the use of digital technologies offers an obvious solution, attention must be given to these methods' pedagogical appropriateness, mainly how students engage and...
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Background The utilisation of simulations in learning can prepare nursing students for real-world clinical practice. However, studies have also shown that students face difficulties relating simulations to reality and performing in front of others. Aim To explore nursing students' learning experiences in simulation and propose ways to optimise lea...
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Interest in the use of analytics to support evidence-based decision-making in higher education is relatively a new phenomenon. The available research suggests that analytics can enhance an institution’s ability to make evidence-based informed decisions that foster growth and increased productivity. The present study explored how institutions of hig...
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Lecture recordings are useful learning resources that can support flexible, remote and distance learning, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. This study explored students’ experiences of engaging with recorded lectures and the extent to which such engagement contributes to enhanced learning. The research involved the deployment of a questionna...
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This article presents the results of a study aimed at understanding the value of lecture recordings to student learning. We analysed transcripts of discussions on social media (Facebook) that students generated on the value of lecture recordings. Students discussed whether recording lectures and making them available should be compulsory. While the...
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Teaching Analytics (TA) is a new theoretical approach, which combines teaching expertise, visual analytics and design-based research to support teacher’s diagnostic pedagogical ability to use data and evidence to improve the quality of teaching. TA is now gaining prominence because it offers enormous opportunities to the teachers. It also identifie...
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Globalisation presents the opportunity for universities to have a world-wide presence but newer institutions in developing countries have difficulty in embarking on such a journey. This paper presents a case study of an emerging university in East Africa and explores the challenges of high ambition while responding to globalisation. Interviews with...
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Big Data refere-se a grandes e díspares volumes de dados gerados por pessoas, aplicativos e máquinas. Vem ganhando atenção crescente em vários domínios, incluindo a educação. Mas quais são os desafios de se empreender a pesquisa em Big Data na área da educação? Este artigo identifica uma ampla gama de questões críticas que os pesquisadores precisam...
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The integration of digital learning technologies into higher education enhances students’ learning by providing opportunities such as online examinations. However, many online examinations tend to have multiple-choice questions, as the marking of text-based questions can be a tedious task for academic staff, especially in large classes. In this stu...
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The perception of body-ownership creates a sense of embodiment, which can be a powerful learning tool. Embodied learning can occur by watching an individual's body movement and also via human-computer interactions such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). In this study, we designed and implemented a novel virtual body-ownership AR/VR...
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This article presents the results of a study that examined students’ ability to retain what they have learned in an anatomy course after thirty days via using various learning tools for twenty minutes. Fifty-two second-year medical students were randomly assigned to three learning tools: text-only, three-dimension visualisation in a two-dimensional...
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This chapter introduces the concept of learning space in the twenty-first century and considers the various contexts in which learning occurs. The increasing growth of digital educational networking technologies has contributed to the need to create and support various forms of learning spaces. These technologies have also transformed the way stude...
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The expectation for doctoral research to contribute to knowledge is closely related to examiners' attention to conceptual and theoretical components in the thesis. These components require abstract thinking and familiarity with a number of research ideas that are difficult to teach and learn. We argue that these can be made more accessible to stude...
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Assessing the quality of qualitative research to ensure rigour in the findings is critical, especially if findings are to contribute to theory and be utilised in practice. However, teaching students concepts of rigour and how to apply them to their research is challenging. This article presents a generic framework of rigour with four critical dimen...
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Augmented Reality (AR) sandtables facilitate the shaping of sand to form a surface that is transformed into a digital terrain map which is projected back onto the sand. Although a mature technology, there are still few instances of sandtables being used in surface analysis. Fundamentally there has not been any reported formal assessment of how well...
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The ability to provide students with timely and accurate feedback is critical to learning. However, grading written essays is demanding, and can be challenging to conduct in large classes. We explore an automated grading system involving the use of a Chatbot that asks students questions, requiring written responses. We implemented unsupervised mach...
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This paper introduces the concept of learning space in the digital age and considers the various contexts in which learning occurs. In addition, the paper discusses issues about the modelling of a context-aware learning space ontology. The paper is based on an ongoing collaborative research, which focuses on the interface of learning space and cont...
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Blended learning is used in this chapter to describe the convergence of informal (out-of-class) and formal language learning contexts. The research presented focuses on the informal language learning practices of university language students and explores their use of language apps to supplement and extend their formal language study. A survey desig...
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Research in Big Data and analytics offers tremendous opportunities to utilize evidence in making decisions in many application domains. To what extent can the paradigms of Big Data and analytics be used in the domain of transport? This article reports on an outcome of a systematic review of published articles in the last five years that discuss Big...
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Technology is being increasingly integrated into teaching environments in view of enhancing students’ engagement and motivation. In particular, game-based student response systems have been found to foster students’ engagement, enhance classroom dynamics and improve overall students’ learning experience. This article presents outcomes of research t...
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Expressing an authoritative voice is an essential part of academic writing at university. However, the performance of the authorial self in writing is complex yet fundamental to academic success as a large part of academic assessment involves writing to the academy. More specifically, the performance of the authorial self can be complex for English...
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Stacked bar charts are a visualization method for presenting multiple attributes of data, and many visualization tools support these charts. To assess the efficacy of stacked bar charts in supporting attribute-comparison tasks, we conducted a user study to compare three types of stacked bar charts: classical, inverting, and diverging. Each chart ty...
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The increasing availability of educational data provides the educational researcher with numerous opportunities to use analytics to extract useful knowledge to enhance teaching and learning. While learning analytics focuses on the collection and analysis of data about students and their learning contexts, teaching analytics focuses on the analysis...
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Students’ feedback on teaching activities significantly contributes to the enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning. Conventionally students evaluate teaching activities through paper based systems, where they fill out and return paper copies of teaching or course evaluation In the last decades, institutions are moving student evaluation...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a framework intended to guide students and novice researchers in learning about the necessary dimensions for assessing the rigour of qualitative research studies. The framework has four dimensions – (T)rustworthiness, (A)uditability, (C)redibility and (T)ransferability. The development of TACT is info...
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The growing volume of data generated by machines, humans, software applications, sensors and networks, together with the associated complexity of the research environment, requires immediate pedagogical innovations in academic programs on research methodology. This article draws insights from a large-scale research project examining current concept...
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Big Data refers to large and disparate volumes of data generated by people, applications and machines. It is gaining increasing attention from a variety of domains, including education. What are the challenges of engaging with Big Data research in education? This paper identifies a wide range of critical issues that researchers need to consider whe...
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Technology is being increasingly integrated as a part of teaching in view of enhancing students’ engagement and motivation. Game-based student response systems in particular can motivate engagement, and ultimately, improve students’ learning experience. In this paper we report on the outcomes of employing a game-based student response system, Kahoo...
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This article presents the current perceptions on the value of analytics and their possiblecontribution to the higher education sector in New Zealand. Seven out of eightresearch-intensive public universities in New Zealand took part in the study. Participantsincluded senior management and those who have some role associated with decision-making with...
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A professional academic identity is important because it supports a sense of belonging and contributes to the scholarly advancement of a discipline. However, a professional academic identity for those involved in teaching research methodology is particularly complex and diverse. This research surveyed 144 academics from 139 universities in 9 countr...
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This qualitative inquiry investigates postgraduate students’ conceptions of research methodology and how it contributes to their learning. It explores factors likely to motivate student choice of research methodology and challenges in understanding research methods. The research was carried out at research-intensive universities in New Zealand and...
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Aim: This article explores the development and user experiences of a supplementary e-learning resource (clinical anatomy e-cases) for medical students, across a five-year teaching period. Methods: A series of online supplementary e-learning resources (the clinical anatomy e-cases) were developed and introduced to the regional and clinical anatom...
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Enterprise Lecture Capture technologies have increasingly become pervasive in higher education. This article presents student views on the value of recorded lectures and their contribution to learning. The research examines how students engage with recorded lecture materials and the likely of this engaging impacting on lecture attendance. The resul...
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Our interactions with digital technologies in various spaces and time continue to generate a large amount of data. Big Data describes the significant growth in volume and variety of data that is no longer possible to manage using traditional databases. With the help of analytics, these seemingly disparate and heterogeneous quantities of data can be...
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Interactive online resources to support the learning of clinical anatomy are limited. While there is an assumption that such resources are useful, it is not known whether or not these resources support students learning. A new online problem-based supplementary learning resource named clinical anatomy e-cases was developed using Moodle and piloted...
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Globally, the landscape of higher education sector is under increasing pressure to transform its operational and governing structure; to accommodate new economic, social and cultural agendas; relevant to regional, national and international demands. As a result, universities are constantly searching for actionable insights from data, to generate st...
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Juba Arabic on Facebook (JAF) is a virtual community established primarily to bring together South Sudanese in Diaspora to cherish their collective cultural identity through learning of Juba Arabic language online. The research aimed at understanding the sense of community in JAF and its role in supporting learning of Juba Arabic as a form of cultu...
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Juba Arabic on Facebook (JAF) is a virtual community established primarily to bring together South Sudanese in Diaspora to cherish their collective cultural identity through learning of Juba Arabic language online. The research aimed at understanding the sense of community in JAF and its role in supporting learning of Juba Arabic as a form of cultu...
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In the 21st century, learning technologies have increasingly become pervasive within various forms of learning environments. Institutions of higher education are increasingly turning to these technologies to resource and support their teaching and learning environments under distributed circumstances, face-to-face or blended. Recently, the Fijian M...
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Introduction There is an increasing global tendency to use simulations in nursing education. This research examined the current status of simulation programs in undergraduate nursing schools in New Zealand. The goal was to gain a better understanding of how simulations are currently implemented in nursing schools and to identify the associated oppo...
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over the last decade, the higher education sector around the world has been undergoing rapid transformation. Subsequently , the sector has struggled to adapt and address potential sys-temic threats affecting learning and teaching. in recent years considerable body of research has focused on identifying and documenting those challenges and proposing...
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Institutions of higher education are currently investigating the role of social media technologies (SMTs) as a stronger educational tool in creating engaged learning environments for students. This research explored the faculty's awareness of the value of social media in teaching and identifies possible challenges of integrating these technologies...
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This chapter presents results of a study aimed at understanding student engagement with recorded lectures and their perceptions on the value of these materials to their learning. It also examined whether presenting students with recorded materials prior to scheduled lectures can influence class attendance. Results suggest students significantly val...
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This book focuses on the uses of big data in the context of higher education. The book describes a wide range of administrative and operational data gathering processes aimed at assessing institutional performance and progress in order to predict future performance, and identifies potential issues related to academic programming, research, teaching...
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Over the last decade, the higher education sector around the world has been undergoing rapid transformation. Subsequently, the sector has struggled to adapt and address potential systemic threats affecting learning and teaching. In recent years considerable body of research has focused on identifying and documenting those challenges and proposing w...
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Background/context Teaching in clinical simulations potentially supports students to develop varied skills sets including teamwork, therapeutic communication, critical thinking and clinical judgment.1 Research into understanding the effectiveness of clinical simulations to develop clinical judgment is growing.2,3 However, little is known about stud...
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Institutions of higher education are operating in an increasingly complex and competitive environment. This paper identifies contemporary challenges facing institutions of higher education worldwide and explores the potential of Big Data in addressing these challenges. The paper then outlines a number of opportunities and challenges associated with...
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This study aimed to investigate treatment protocols and opinions towards direct pulp capping (DPC) amongst New Zealand (NZ) general dental practitioners (GDP) through a Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) study. Mixed-methods approach using qualitative thematic and quantitative analysis. An on-line survey containing Likert scale items and open-e...
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Distributed community of practice (DCoP) is a type of a focused virtual (web) community which aims at fostering knowledge sharing and professional development. DCoP as a theoretical framework offers a way of describing and understanding how different sectors and groups can collaborate and work together under distributed circumstances on issues of s...
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This paper reports on a case study aimed at develop ing a better understanding of the different dimensions of blende d learning technology. Drawing upon learners' experiences, it examines the circumstances in which learners are more likely to choose among different learning preferences and explores learner s' preferences for human and online learni...
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With advances in communication technology and online pedagogy, virtual learning communities have become rich learning environments in which individuals construct knowledge and learn from others. Typically, individuals in virtual learning communities interact by exchanging information and sharing knowledge and experiences with others as communities....
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With advances in communication technology and online pedagogy, virtual learning communities have become rich learning environments in which individuals construct knowledge and learn from others. Typically, individuals in virtual learning communities interact by exchanging information and sharing knowledge and experiences with others as communities....
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Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs) are increasingly used for understanding and simulating computational models in many domains. Though BBN techniques are elegant ways of capturing uncertainties, knowledge engineering effort required to create and initialize the network has prevented many researchers from using them. Even though the structure of the ne...
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This chapter presents a Bayesian Belief computational model of social capital (SC) developed within the context of virtual communities. The development of the model was based on insights drawn from more than five years of research into social capital in virtual communities. The Chapter discusses the key variables constituting social capital in virt...
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Drawing from previous research, this chapter presents major challenges associated with the analysis of interaction patterns in informal virtual communities. Using social network as well as content analysis to understand the structure and nature of interaction in such virtual communities, the goal was understand the physical structure of the communi...
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The growth of virtual communities and their continuous impact on social, economic and technological structures of societies has attracted a great deal of interest among researchers, practitioners, system designers and policy makers. All interested in analysing and understanding how these communities form, develop, nurture social interaction, influe...
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Drawing from previous research, this chapter presents major challenges associated with the analysis of interaction patterns in informal virtual communities. Using social network as well as content analysis to understand the structure and nature of interaction in such virtual communities, the goal was understand the physical structure of the communi...
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This chapter presents a Bayesian Belief computational model of social capital (SC) developed within the context of virtual communities. The development of the model was based on insights drawn from more than five years of research into social capital in virtual communities. The Chapter discusses the key variables constituting social capital in virt...
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To understand the nature of formal virtual learningcommunities in higher education, we are employing a variety of user-centred evaluation approaches to examinemethods for determining whether a community exists, andif it does, to isolate and understand interactions among itsconstituent elements, and ultimately to build a model offormal virtual learn...
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To understand the nature of formal virtual learningcommunities in higher education, we are employing a variety of user-centred evaluation approaches to examinemethods for determining whether a community exists, andif it does, to isolate and understand interactions among itsconstituent elements, and ultimately to build a model offormal virtual learn...