UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Distinguished Professor Niki Davis

School of Educational Studies and Leadership

Fields of Research

  • e-Learning
  • Innovation and change
  • ICT Information & Communication Technologies

Researcher Summary

Niki Davis, University of Canterbury Professor of e-Learning, is recognized internationally as a leading expert in information and communication technologies in teacher education. Sought by UNESCO, European Commission, national agencies, companies, scholarly societies and institutions for her expertise; she has over 200 publications including books and scholarly papers. Leadership positions have included Director of Iowa State University Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching in the USA and University of Exeter Telematics Center in the UK; President of the Society of Information Technology in Teacher Education, the UK association for Information Technology in Teacher Education and DEANZ the New Zealand association for open flexible and distance learning; Chair of educational research for the International Federation of Information Processing; and Editor of academic refereed journals including Information Technology for Teacher Education, and the World Yearbook of Education for 2004. Since her arrival in New Zealand in 2008 Professor Davis has led research in e-learning, including e-learning for adults with needs in literacy and numeracy for the New Zealand Ministry of Education and virtual schooling. Ako Aotearoa funded projects include the first system-wide scenario set for education. Collaborative work includes culturally sensitive e-learning with success for indigenous peoples.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Virtual schooling and e-teaching
  • Future of education
  • Change with digital technologies
  • Culturally sensitive e-learning

Key Methodologies

  • Action Research
  • Design Based Research
  • Scenario Building
  • Emergent methodologies

Affiliations

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

(Displaying research/scholarly/creative work for last six years)
Chapters
  • Cochrane, T., Davis, NE. and Mackey, J. (2015) Design-based research with AGILE sprints to produce MUVES in vocational education. Utilizing Virtual and Personal Learning Environments for Optimal Learning: 291-313. http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-8847-6.ch013.
  • Davis, NE., Leahy, M., Lewin, C., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Mejia, A., Orlec, D., Butler, D., Chang, V., Motidyang, BD., Erstad, O. and Lopez-Fernandez, O. (2015) Thematic Working Group 1: Smart Partnerships. In Lai, KW (Ed.), EDUsummIT 2015 Summary Report: Technology Advanced Quality Learning for All: 8-13. Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
  • Nordin, H., Davis, NE. and Araffin, TFT. (2013) The development of pre-serviced teachers’ ICT integration A case study of a Malaysian school. In Rahman, WRA, Higgins, TR (Ed.), The changing values of Malays, Maori and Pacific Islanders: 174-186. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington.
  • Greenwood, J., Te Aika, L. and Davis, N. (2011) Creating Virtual Marae: An Examination of How Digital Technologies Have Been Adopted by Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Leigh, PR (Ed.), International Exploration of Technology Equity and the Digital Divide: Critical, Historical and Social Perspectives: 58-79. Charlotte: Information Age Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-61520-793-0.ch004.
Edited Volumes
  • Mackey, J., Dabner, N. and Davis, N. (Ed.) (2012) Proceedings of ULearn 12 - Research Stream. Christchurch: University of Canterbury.
  • Mackey, J., Dabner, N., Davis, N. and Johnson, J. (Ed.) (2011) Proceedings of ULearn 11 - Research Stream. Christchurch: University of Canterbury School of Literacies and Arts in Education.
Journal articles
  • Webb, M., Davis, N., Bell, T., Katz, YJ., Reynolds, N., Chambers, DP. and Sysło, MM. (2017) Computer science in K-12 school curricula of the 2lst century: Why, what and when? Education and Information Technologies 22(2): 445-468. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10639-016-9493-x.
  • Barbour, M., Davis, NE. and Wenmoth, D. (2016) Primary and Secondary Virtual Learning in New Zealand: Examining the Process of Achieving Maturity. International Journal on E-Learning 15(1): 27-45.
  • Charania, A. and Davis, N. (2016) A smart partnership: Integrating educational technology for underserved children in India. Educational Technology and Society 19(3): 99-109.
  • Davis, NE., Fields, A. and Hartnett, M. (2016) Promoting Open, Flexible and Distance Learning in Increasingly Challenging Times. Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning 20(1): 1-7.
  • Leahy, M., Davis, N., Lewin, C., Charania, A., Nordin, H., Orlič, D., Butler, D. and Lopez-Fernadez, O. (2016) Smart partnerships to increase equity in education. Educational Technology and Society 19(3): 84-98.
  • Davis, NE. and Higgins, A. (2015) Researching possible futures to guide leaders towards more effective tertiary education. Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning 19(2): 8-24.
  • Fields, A., Davis, NE. and Hartnett, M. (2015) Editorial: Open access - our golden route in academic publishing in an increasingly open world. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning 19(1): 1-11.
  • Hartnett, M., Davis, N. and Fields, A. (2015) Editorial: Back to the Future - Predicting Possibilities in Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning. Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning 19(2): 1-7.
  • Mackey, JK., Davis, NE., Stuart, CR., Henderson, B., Rickard, K., Lye, A., Jeffries, T. and Simpson, P. (2015) Leading change with digital technologies in education. SET Research Information for Teachers 2015(2): 17-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.18296/set.0014.
  • Stuart, C., Henderson, B., Lye, A., Jeffries, T., Rickard, K., Simpson, P., Mackey, J. and Davis, N. (2015) Extending Innovative Leadership to Enable E-learning for Better Student Outcomes in Primary Schools. New Zealand Principal 30(1): 10-12.
  • Davis, NE., Fields, A. and Hartnett, M. (2014) Editorial: Engaging in open, flexible, and distance learning with a new editorial team. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning 18(1): 1-10.
  • Davis, NE., Fields, A. and Hartnett, M. (2014) Editorial: Prizing Equity in Education and Research in the Field of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning 18(2): 1-10.
  • Cochrane, T., Davis, N. and Morrow, D. (2013) A proposed theory seeded methodology for design based research into effective use of MUVEs in vocational education contexts. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments 4(2): 50-64. http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/jvple.2013040103.
  • Davis, N., Eickelmann, B. and Zaka, P. (2013) Restructuring of educational systems in the digital age from a co-evolutionary perspective. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 29(5): 438-450. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12032.
  • Davis, NE. and Mackintosh, W. (2013) A mOOC prepared to make a difference. DEANZ Magazine Nov: 1-7.
  • Nicholas, K., Fletcher, J. and Davis, N. (2013) Using e-learning and digital technologies to overcome barriers for second-chance adult literacy learning. Journal of Teaching and Education 2(4): 313-321.
  • Dabner, N., Davis, N. and Zaka, P. (2012) Authentic project-based design of professional development for teachers studying online and blended teaching. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education 12(1): 71-114.
  • Davis, NE. (2012) 21st century learning environments in the limelight, including virtual schooling. Computers in New Zealand Schools 24(1): 70-76.
  • Davis, NE. (2012) While waiting for the Network for Learning we are building it! Computers in New Zealand Schools 24(3): 308-327.
  • Fletcher, JF., Greenwood, J., Grimley, M., Parkhill, F. and Davis, N. (2012) What is happening when teachers of 11-13-year-old students take guided reading: A New Zealand snapshot. Educational Review 64(4): 425-449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2011.625112.
  • Davis, N. (2011) Online and blended learning rolling into New Zealand schools. Computers in New Zealand Schools 23(1)
  • Davis, N. and Loveless, A. (2011) Reviewing the landscape of ICT and teacher education over 20 years and looking forward to the future. Technology, Pedagogy and Education 20(3): 247-261. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1475939X.2011.610928.
  • Fletcher, J. (2011) Supporting adult English language learners using a web based programme. Journal of Adult Learning Aotearoa New Zealand 39(1): 14-25.
  • Fletcher, J., Nicholas, K. and Davis, N. (2011) Supporting adults to address their literacy needs using e-learning. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning 15(1): 17-29.
  • Mackey, J. and Davis, N. (2011) Increasing the flow of research through CINZS with the ULearn Research Stream (Editorial). Computers in New Zealand Schools 23(3): 182-185.
  • Parkes, S., Zaka, P. and Davis, NE. (2011) The first blended or hybrid online course in a New Zealand Secondary School: A case study. Computers in New Zealand Schools 23(1)
  • Wise, S., Greenwood, J. and Davis, N. (2011) Teachers' use of digital technology in secondary music education: Illustrations of changing classrooms. British Journal of Music Education 28(2): 117-134. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0265051711000039.
Conference - Published
  • Astall, C., Abbiss, J., Cunningham, U., Clarke, TH., Davis, NE., Fickel, LH., Dunn, K. and Brown, E. (2016) Shifting practice in teacher preparation with a poutama and an ePortfolio: Charting our journey. University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand: There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education. DEANZ 2016 Conference Proceedings, 17 Apr 2016 - 20 Apr 2016. In N. Wright (Ed.) DEANZ 2016 Conference Proceedings: 15-20.
  • Ayebi-Arthur, K., Davis, N. and Cunningham, U. (2015) E learning, resilience and change in higher education: a case study of a College of Business. Perth, Australia: ascilite2015, 30 Nov 2015 - 3 Dec 2015.
  • Webb, M., Davis, NE., Bell, T., Katz, Y., Reynolds, N. and Syslo, MM. (2015) Towards deeper understanding of the roles of CS/Informatics in the curriculum. Vilnius, Lithuania: IFIP TC3 Working Conference, 1 Jul 2015 - 3 Jul 2015. In Proceedings: 374-381.
  • Ayebi-Arthur, K. and Davis, N. (2014) Evolving Resilience Through e-Learning: An Emerging Case Study of Change in Initial Teacher Education Programmes as a Result of Seismic Events. Christchurch, New Zealand: Society of Information Technology in Teacher Education International Symposium 2014 (SITE), 28 Apr 2014 - 29 Apr 2014. In Proceedings: 24-32.
  • Davis, N. (2014) Future Focussed Teacher Education: Why We Need to Inspire with Digital Technologies. Christchurch, New Zealand: Society of Information Technology in Teacher Education International Symposium 2014 (SITE), 28 Apr 2014 - 29 Apr 2014. In Proceedings: 46-50.
  • Davis, N. and Eickelmann, B. (2014) The restructuring of schooling with digital technologies and implications for policy makers and practitioners. Philadelphia, PA, USA: American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting (AERA), 3 Apr 2014 - 8 Apr 2014. In Proceedings.
  • Davis, NE. and Fickel, LH. (2014) Equitable Evaluation of Teacher Preparation to Develop Culturally Sensitive Adaptive Expertise in Collaboration with 21st Century Networked Schools in New Zealand. Jacksonville, FL, USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014, 17 Mar 2014 - 21 Mar 2014. : 1394-1397.
  • Mackey, J. and Davis, N. (2014) Preparing new teachers for digitally-enabled future focused learning environments. Christchurch, New Zealand: Society of Information Technology in Teacher Education International Symposium 2014 (SITE), 28 Apr 2014 - 29 Apr 2014. In Proceedings: 60-61.
  • Cochrane, T., Davis, N. and Mackey, J. (2013) Reflecting on using a theory seeded methodology for designing and building effective 3d multi-user virtual environments for vocational education. In 30th Annual conference on Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2013: 162-166.
  • Barbour, M., Wenmoth, D. and Davis, NE. (2012) Virtual learning in New Zealand: Achieving maturity. Austin, TX, USA: 23rd International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE), 5 Mar 2012 - 9 Mar 2012. In Proceedings 2012(1): 3824-3832.
  • Davis, NE., Zaka, P., Higgins, A., Anderson, B. and Suddaby, G. (2012) Validating a collective scenario of tertiary education in 2016 with SITE. Austin, Texas: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012, 5 Mar 2012 - 5 Mar 2012. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 P. Resta et al (Ed.): 3170-3176.
  • Leigh, PR., Davis, NE. and McShay, J. (2012) International exploration of technology equity and the digital divide. Austin, TX, USA: 23rd International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE), 5 Mar 2012 - 9 Mar 2012. In Proceedings 2012(1): 1556-1558.
  • López-Fernández, O., Davis, N., Hunt, AM., Morrow, D., Nordin, H. and Mackey, J. (2012) Walking to the future stages of the Higher Education: Blended learning strategies empirically proved. Austin, TX, USA: 23rd International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE), 5 Mar 2012 - 9 Mar 2012. In Proceedings 2012(1): 591-594.
  • Mackey, J., Davis, N. and Dabner, N. (2012) Relevant, current and sustainable digital strategies to prepare future teachers to lead e-learning. In ASCILITE 2012 - Annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education
  • Mackey, J., Davis, N., Morrow, D., Gikandi, J. and Dabner, N. (2012) Enhancing digital capability through self-directed learning for initial teacher education and beyond. Austin,TX, USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE), 5 Mar 2012 - 9 Mar 2012. In Proceedings 2012(1): 4745-4750.
  • Nordin, H., Morrow, D. and Davis, NE. (2012) A case study of ICT integration during field experience in Malaysian secondary school. Austin, TX, USA: 23rd International Conference of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE), 5 Mar 2012 - 9 Mar 2012. In Proceedings 2012(1): 4275-4280.
  • Almutairi, A., Everatt, J., Davis, N. and Snape, P. (2011) Technology Education in primary schools of New Zealand and Saudi Arabia: A comparative study. Dunedin, New Zealand: Biennial Conference of Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ 2011), 26 Jul 2011 - 28 Jul 2011. In Proceedings of Technology Education Eighth Biennial Conference
  • Davis, N., Dabner, N., Mackey, J., Walker, L., Hunt, AM., Breeze, D., Morrow, D., Astall, C. and Cowan, J. (2011) Converging Offerings of Teacher Education in Times of Austerity: Transforming Spaces, Places and Roles. Nashville, TN, USA: 22nd Annual Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference, 7 Mar 2011 - 11 Mar 2011. In SITE 2011(1): 224-229.
  • Davis, NE. and Sudlow, D. (2011) Achievements of the Southern Central Divide schools in implementing personalized blended learning. Rotorua, New Zealand: Ulearn 11, 6 Oct 2011 - 8 Oct 2011. In Proceedings of Ulearn 11 - Research Stream: 34-39.
  • Hearns, M., Cockeram, J., Schott, G., Bell, T., Cochrane, T., Corder, D., Philpott, A., Atkins, C., Diener, S., Parsons, D., Falloon, G., Grimley, M., Davis, N., U-Mackey, A., Davies, R., Gregory, S., Honey, M., Champion, E., Thompson, D., Green, R., Morrow, D., Clear, T. and Loke, SK. (2011) He ara hou ka tū mai: NZ institutions of higher learning unpacking demands and facilitating change. In ASCILITE 2011 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: 571-579.
Conference - Other
  • Davis, NE. and Mackey, J. (2015) Co-evolutionary perspectives on innovation with digital technologies in education. Vilnius, Lithuania: IFIP TC3 Working Conference, 1 Jul 2015 - 3 Jul 2015. 369-373.
  • Schrum, L., Davis, NE., Jacobsen, M., Lund, A., Ferhan Odabasi, H., Voogt, J. and Way, J. (2015) A Global Perspective: Current Trends and Issues in ICT for 21st Century Education. Chicago, IL USA: 2015 American Education Research Association Conference (AERA), 14 Apr 2015 - 20 Apr 2015.
  • Ayebi-Arthur, K. and Davis, N. (2014) Evolving Resilience Through e-Learning: An Emerging Case Study of Change in Initial Teacher Education Programmes as a Result of Seismic Events. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: SITE International Symposium: Future Focussed Teacher Education, 28 Apr 2014 - 29 Apr 2014.
  • Davis, N. and Fickel, LH. (2014) Equitable Evaluation of Teacher Preparation to Develop Culturally Sensitive Adaptive Expertise in Collaboration with 21st Century Networked Schools in New Zealand. Christchurch, New Zealand: Society of Information Technology in Teacher Education International Symposium 2014 (SITE), 28 Apr 2014 - 29 Apr 2014.
  • Davis, NE. and Fickel, L. (2014) Equitable Evaluation of Teacher Preparation to Develop Culturally Sensitive Adaptive Expertise in Collaboration with 21st Century Networked Schools in New Zealand. Jacksonville, FL, USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014, 17 Mar 2014 - 21 Mar 2014. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014 1394-1397.
  • Fletcher, J., Nicholas, K. and Davis, N. (2014) Case studies of the wider influences on the engagement of young adolescent students in reading: Post-earthquakes experiences. Brighton, UK: 50th International Conference of United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA), 4 Jul 2014 - 6 Jul 2014.
  • Nicholas, K., Fletcher, J. and Davis, N. (2013) Using e-learning and digital technologies to overcome barriers to second-chance adult literacy learners. Aix-en-Provence, France: The International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference (IJAS), 14 May 2013 - 17 May 2013.
Reports
  • Mackey, J., Davis, NE. and Stuart, C. (2015) Extending innovative e-learning leadership.
  • Twining, P., Davis, NE. and Charania, A. (2015) Developing New Indicators to Describe Digital Technology Infrastructure in Primary and Secondary Education.
  • Davis, NE. (2012) VISCED: Final report on teacher training.
Discussion/Working Papers
  • Davis, NE. (2012) The network for learning and initial teacher education in New Zealand. University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab.
  • Davis, NE. (2012) The Network for Learning and Initial Teacher Education. Paper presented to TEFANZ SIG in November 2012 and the Tertiary e-Learning Reference Group, Ako Aotearoa/Ministry of Education, Wellington, December 2012. WikiEducator.
  • Davis, NE., Eickelmann, B. and Schulz-Zander, R. (2011) TWG1: Restructuring educational systems to move into the digital age. Edusummit.
Oral Presentations
  • Davis, NE. (2014) Prizing Open Education, Rhetoric and Reality. St. David Lecture Complex, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Other
  • Davis, NE., Fields, A. and Hartnett, M. (2014) Engaging in open, flexible, and distance learning with a new editorial team. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning 18(1): 1-10. Editorial.
  • Davis, NE. (2013) Canterbury Fellowship Report by Niki Davis.(2013) Christchurch: University of Canterbury.
  • Davis, NE., Zaka, P., Higgins, A., Anderson, W. and Suddaby, G. (2012) DEANZ Research into the Future of Tertiary Education in 2016. DEANZ Magazine 2012(August): 22-24. DEANZ. PDF online.
  • Hunt, AM., Mackey, J., Dabner, N., Morrow, D., Breeze, D., Walker, L. and Davis, N. (2011) Culturally sensitive blended learning for future teachers in challenging times. Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Magazine(May 2011): 1-4. Magazine article.
Oral Presentations
  • Stevens, K. and Davis, NE. (2011) Leadership of online distance learning in schools in New Zealand - a DEANZ Webinar in association with the University of Canterbury e-Learning Lab. DEANZ Online Webinar.