Ms Ashwini Datt
BSc (S.Pac.), MEdTech (S.Qld.), PGCert Ed (S.Pac.), PGCertAcadPrac
I am a diverse academic who trained as a Scientist (Bio/Chem), taught Science for a couple of years and then moved into educational design, technology and curriculum development. Now, I focus more on leading and facilitating change in higher education through effective, research-informed practice. I enjoy working with fellow educators to build capacity for teaching with technologies and inclusive design, often drawing on my own experiences as a student and creator/facilitator of postgraduate courses. While I am a pragmatic innovator, I do have a penchant for experiential learning with contemporary teaching and technologies. I have led and/or managed a wide range of projects: experimenting with new tools and techniques and actively evaluating, researching, contemporary issues in higher education. My doctoral study investigates the role of networks on developing capacity for teaching with technologies.
Research | Current
- 2020-2023: University students' experiences of online learning as a result of a pandemic (with University of Waikato, Cantebury University, Auckland University of Technology, and Massey University)
- 2015-2022: Capacity development for teaching with technologies: the role of networks (PhD)
- 2019-2020: Technology for equitable learning opportunities and design (Learning Enhancement Grant)
- 2017-2019: Teacher professional development with MOOCs (VC Strategic Development Fund, EDSW Summer Scholar)
Teaching | Current
I teach regularly on topics such as Course/Assessment Design, Online Teaching Presence, eLearning & the Curriculum, Teaching with Technologies including Blended/Hybrid Learning, Social Media/Web 2.0 use in Education and Digital Citizenship.
Recent Courses and Programmes include:
Teaching Catalyst (Coordinator: 2018-2020)
Course Design Catalyst (Coordinator: 2019)
Masters in Higher Education (HIGHED 702: Course Design; HIGHED 703: Topics in Higher Education)
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (ACADPRAC 701: Teaching, Learning & Assessment; ACADPRAC 702: Academic Citizenship & Professionalism; ACADPRAC 703: Digital Learning and Teaching in University Education Coordinator: 2012-2016)
mini.mooc703: Rethinking the Classroom in the Digital Age
- EDUCAUSE ID2ID Peer Mentoring Programme 2019
- Best paper award at Elearn 2015
- Ascilite Community Mentoring Award 2011
- Dean's award for outstanding academic achievement: Master of Educational Technology (University of Southern Queensland)
Areas of expertise
- Curriculum design and development - multimodal (e.g. face to face, online, hybrid, blended), at scale (Massive, open, online courses, Micro credentials) or specialist offers
- Technology enhanced learning - course design, assessment & engagement strategies
- Academic development - higher education pedagogy and scholarship of technology enhanced learning
- Digital citizenship - literacies, educational social media, knowledge management and skills acquisition
- Higher education teaching and research in aforementioned areas of expertise
ALT-ELESIG - Community of researchers and practitioners investigating learner experiences and uses of technology enhanced learning
Ascilite Digital Equity - Special interest group on empowering inclusion in education using technology
Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning - Research cluster on networked professional development
ITFF - Past chair and current member of the Information Technology Faculties Forum (UoA)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Datt, A. K., Frost, J., Light, R., & Zizek, J. (2019). Designing engaging assessments for teaching the digital humanities. In E. Alqurashi (Ed.) Handbook of research on fostering student engagement with instructional technology in higher education (pp. 139-153). Hershey, PA, USA: Information Science Reference. 10.4018/978-1-7998-0119-1.ch008
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Frost, Joseph Zizek, Rowan Light
- Datt, A., & Wheeler, P. (2019). ITEL: Inclusiveness in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). Paper presented at SoTEL: Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning 2019, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland City, New Zealand. 14 February - 15 February 2019. Related URL.
- Willems, J., Farley, H., Freund, K., Britten, D., Tickner, S., Tucker, S., ... Hinze, M. (2018). Digital Equity: Not just an ‘add on’ but business as usual. In M. Campbell, J. Willem, C. Adachi, D. Blake, I. Doherty, S. Krisnan, Macfarlane, S, L. Ngo, O'Donnell M, S. Palmer (Eds.) Open Oceans: Learning without borders, 565-567. Geelong, Australia. Related URL.
- Datt, A. K. (2018). What's your constellation? Networks for capacity to teach with technologies. Paper presented at Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning (SoTEL), Auckland, New Zealand. 15 February - 16 February 2018. Related URL.
- Datt, A. K. (2018). Teaching with technologies: The metamorphosing educator. Paper presented at Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning (SoTEL), Auckland, New Zealand. 15 February - 16 February 2018. Related URL.
- Datt, A. K. (2017). Learning to teach online through massive open online course (MOOC) design and facilitation. INTED2017 Proceedings, 3519-3525. Valencia, Spain: IATED. 10.21125/inted.2017.0875
- Datt, A. K. (2017). Networking Learners Using Online Asynchronous Discussions. In M. Northcote (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience (pp. 49-77). IGI Global. 10.4018/978-1-5225-0968-4.ch003
- Martini, N., Datt, A., Bhargava, A., & Webster, C. (2015). Ready to Practice? Learning skills using digital simulated patients. Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2015, 1527-1532. Kona, Haiwaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anuj Bhargava, Nataly Martini, Craig Webster