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

Doctoral Supervisions in Progress

  • Danielle Dubien
  • Joseph Hall, Development of a working memory training framework and it's integration into contemporary methods of athlete development and sport coaching
  • Carolyn Obonyo
  • Todd Cochrane, How can Multi-User Virtual Environments be used effectively in Vocational Context? Case-Study Findings from Communities of Practice from Design-based Research
  • Leechin Heng, Constructing inclusion: Meaning-making and process in professional education

Completed Doctoral Students

  • Kofi Ayebi-Arthur (2015), E-learning and change in higher education: A case study of University of Canterbury
  • Susan Tull (2013), E-Learning Professional Development Within an Online Community of Practice For Adult Educators
  • Sorada Wattana (2013), An Investigation Into the Effects of Computer Games on L2 Communication in the Context of English as a Foreign Language in Thai Higher Education
  • Hasniza Nordin (2012), Pre-Service Teachers' Development and Experience of ICT Integration on Schools

Masters Supervisions in Progress

  • Linzi Douglas Enhancing the engagement and achievement of economics students at Te Kura through belnded learning
  • Aleta Chowfin  Provision of open and flexible virtual learning networks when schooling is disrupted through crisis and resettlement


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)