Distinguished Professor Niki Davis - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Distinguished Professor Niki Davis

Professor Niki DavisPosition

Distinguished Professor of E-Learning


Ph.D. (QUB)
B.Sc. (Hons, Edin.)
RSA Cert


Wheki 216

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 345 8246
Internal Phone: 44246


Niki Davis is the University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor of e-Learning and Director of the College of Education, Health and Human Development e-Learning Lab. She is recognised internationally as a leading expert in information and communication technologies in teacher education. Sought by UNESCO, national agencies, companies, scholarly societies and institutions for her expertise; she has over 200 publications including books and scholarly papers. Niki is a past President of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand and founding coordinator of New Zealand Collaborative Action & Research Network (NZCA&RN). In 2010 she was recognised as the first Outstanding Global Educator by the International Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of JOFDA, the Journal of Flexible and Distance Learning.


EDEM630 Change with Digital Technologies in Education

Supervision of Postgraduate Students

In Progress

  • Kofi Ayebi-Arthur
    Resilience, e-Learning and change in tertiary education
  • Todd Cochrane
    Second life in vocational education
  • Leechin Heng
    Constructing inclusion in professional education

Supervision of MEd Thesis Students

  • Linzi Douglas
    Blended distance learning in secondary education


Please see UC Research Profile for full list of publications.

Fields of Research

  • e-Learning
  • ICT Information & Communication Technologies
  • Innovation and change with digital technologies
  • Virtual Schooling
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Open, flexible and distance learning

Current Projects

  • Initial Teacher Education Research and Development
  • Future scenarios for education (Ako Aotearoa)
  • Modern learning environments, networked schooling and leadership (TLRI, U.S.DOE)
  • Network for Learning and Leadership (Ministry of Education)
  • Schools ICT infrastructure (UNESCO)