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 3 369 3650 ext: 93650


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 Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) and currently edits the flagship journal, JOFDL, the Journal of Flexible and Distance Learning. Awards for teaching and service include recognition as an Outstanding Global Educator by the International Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education and for outstanding service by the International Federation of Information Processing. Past experience includes teaching of science and Computer Science in secondary schools and tertiary education.


EDEM626 Curriculum Implementation in Computer Science
EDEM630 Change with Digital Technologies in Education
EDEM665 Teaching Computer Programming

Supervision of Postgraduate Students

Doctoral Supervisions in Progress

  • Saili Aukuso, A better start for bilinguals in a digital world
  • Todd Cochrane, Multi-User Virtual Environments in Vocational Contexts
  • Nicki Dabner, Digital Citizenship
  • Danielle Dubien, Open Education Practices
  • Sara Farshad Nia, Mobile learning
  • Joe Hall, Working memory training in athlete development and sport coaching
  • Leechin Heng, Constructing inclusion in initial teacher education
  • Carolyn Obonyo, Mobile learning in initial teacher 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
  • Joyce Gikandi (2012), Online formative assessment in higher education

Masters Supervisions in Progress

  • 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
  • Innovation and change with digital technologies
  • Virtual Schooling, COOLS
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Open, flexible and distance learning
  • Computer Science Education

Current Projects

  • Emergent bilinguals in a digital world (E Tip e Rea – A better start – National Science Challenge research)
  • Initial Teacher Education Research and Development
  • Modern learning environments, networked schooling and leadership (TLRI, US DOE, GCSN)
  • Network for Learning and Leadership (Ministry of Education)
  • Schools ICT infrastructure & Smart Partnerships (UNESCO, International Federation of Information Processing)