Exploring eLearning practices across the disciplines in a university environment

Funding year: 
2 years
University of Waikato
Post school sector
Project start date: 
January 2009
Project end date: 
January 2011
Principal investigator(s): 
Dr. E. Marcia Johnson
Research team members: 
Bronwen Cowie, Nicola Westberry, Elaine Khoo, Lucy Campbell, Cathy Coleborne, Willem De Lange, Garry Falloon, Dianne Forbes, Craig Hight, Patricia Strang, Rob Torrens, Anne Zahra, Stephen Harlow, Nigel Robertson, Oriana Brine, Jim Fulton
Research partners: 
University of Waikato with a multidisciplinary team from across the University of Waikato, including educational researchers, lecturers, and the team leader for eEducation university staff development

Project Description

this two-year project used case studies to explore information and Communications technology (iCt) and eLearning practices across different tertiary disciplines and with students from diverse backgrounds, instructional levels, and learning experiences. ongoing, team-based critical discussion and sharing of ideas about the role that iCt and eLearning plays within tertiary teaching enhanced professional knowledge building for lecturers. Creative use of iCt also led to increased opportunities for students to bridge from the conceptual world of the tertiary classroom to real-life experiences in their particular subject areas.

Project Contact

Dr Marcia Johnson
General and Applied Linguistics
University of Waikato





Project Outputs


Presentations, conferences and workshops

Johnson, E. M. (2010). Cross-Discipline Collaborative Partnerships for Pedagogical Change in a Technology-Supported University Environment. Presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference, Toronto, Canada, 25 June 2010

Johnson, E. M., Hight, C., Falloon, G., Strang, P. (2010). Cross-Discipline Approaches to Pedagogical Change in Technology-Supported Tertiary Teaching. Presentation at the Distance Education Aotearoa New Zealand (DEANZ) Conference, Wellington, 25-28 April 2010


Presentations, conferences and workshops

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B., Lange, W., Hight, C. (2009). Leveling the playing field: Exploiting technology to enhance tertiary learning. Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (Ascilite), Auckland, 6-9 December 2009.

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B. (2009). Dream-Catcher in ICT: Creating a Web of Collaboration. Presentation at the Department of Applied Language Studies, Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, 18 September 2009.  

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B. (2009). Dream-Catcher in ICT: Creating a Web of Collaboration. Presentation at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 16 September 2009.  

Johnson, E. M., Cowie, B. (2009). Dream-Catcher in ICT: Creating a Web of Collaboration. Presentation at the Association for Learning Technology (ALT-C) conference, Manchester, UK, 9 September 2009.  

Innovations Online: Cross-discipline Studies of New Approaches to eLearning. Presentation at the Waikato Centre for eLearning conference (WCeLFest), Waikato University, 4 February 2009.