Associate Professor Kumar Laxman
PhD, MA, PGDipEd, BEng(Hons)
I graduated with a PhD in instructional design and technology from Macquarie University, Australia on the Australian government's International Postgraduate Research Funding scholarship. I have worked in various capacities such as a high school teacher, instructional designer, educational researcher, academic etc with different schools, educational organizations and tertiary institutions. In the last several years, I have been involved in actively promoting the use of technology to advance innovation in teaching and learning and have served as a catalytic leader/team member in e-learning and educational initiatives. I have been involved in many funded educational research projects and widely published my work in reputable journals and presented at international conferences. I have also provided consultancy to a number of international organizations in the domain of education, particularly enabling them to leverage upon technologies in enhancing teaching and learning.
As an educator/teacher-trainer, my instructional practices have been constantly undergoing transformation as I accumulate more insightful experiences from interacting with students, peer educators and other stakeholders within the educational enterprise. These educative experiences have shaped my thinking and approaches towards understanding the complexities of the learning process while making learning more meaningful and relevant for students. At a fundamental level, my teaching philosophy is underpinned by a quote from John Cotton Dana - "Who dares to teach must never cease to learn!" I am convinced that teaching is a transactional endeavor involving the sharing of my ideas and experiences with my students and in turn, learning from them their views and perspectives on issues of concern. In my teaching, I constantly strive to focus on the practical application of sound theoretical principles in everyday working contexts - thus establishing a more meaningful theory-praxis nexus.
In recent times, I have also been interested in holistic education i.e looking at the wholesome development of the child including emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of his/her personality. As an avid yoga practioner and teacher, I am also exploring the benefits of yoga, meditation and mindfulness to the holistic development of all aspects of health of an individual, both in child and adult populations.
Research | Current
My current resaerch interests revolve around the use of mobile devices to innovate and enhance educational delivery and E-learning instructional design, development and evaluation of online courseware practices in schools,
I am also working on projects investigating the health effects of yoga and meditation on youth and adult populations as well as examining how yoga can be integrated within school curriculum to construct curriculums that are more holistic in nature and catering to the wholesome development of the self.
Those who are interested in wanting to do their masters and doctoral theses/dissertations in any of the above mentioned areas are welcome to contact me.
Teaching | Current
The following are some of the courses I teach:
- EDFOUND 12F Introduction to Computing
- EDUC 384 Information Technology in Education
- EDPROFST 714 e-Learning in practice
I am currently an associate professor in the School of Curriuclum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education. I also sit on School and University level committees and supervise postdoctoral research students. My main teaching responsibilities lie in delivering courses, both face-to-face and online in the areas of ICT in education and e-learning.
Areas of expertise
- Instructional design and technology
- ICT in education
- Mobile learning
- Instructional design
- Alternative/holistic pedagogy
- Health benefits of yoga and meditation
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Laxman, K., & Holt, C. (2017). Do mobile devices increase learners’ access to learning opportunities and enhance learning motivation? A case study of two schools in New Zealand. International Journal on E-learning, 16 (3), 245-263.
- Al Lily, A. E., Foland, J., Stoloff, D., Gogus, A., Erguvan, I. D., Awshar, M. T., ... Jerry, P. (2017). Academic domains as political battlegrounds. Information Development, 33 (3), 270-288. 10.1177/0266666916646415
- McDonald-Brown, C., Laxman, K., & Hope, J. (2017). Sources of support and mediation online for 9–12-year-old children. E-Learning and Digital Media, 14 (1-2), 52-71. 10.1177/2042753017692430
Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Hope
- Allison, C., Laxman, K., & Lai, M. K. (2016). New setting, same skill: Teaching geography students to transfer information literacy skills From familiar to unfamiliar contexts. International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, 4 (2), 27-38. 10.7575/aiac.ijels.v.4n.2p.27
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mei Kuin Lai
- AlZahrani, H., & Laxman, K. (2016). A critical review of meta-analysis studies on mobile learning. Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning, 10, 245-258.
- Kumar, L. (2016). Bring Your Own Device or Bring Your Own Distraction. International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology, 03 (01).10.4172/2469-9837.1000170
- Naik, S. V. (2016). A study on the design/development time of e-learning projects in New Zealand. The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- McDonald-Brown, C., Laxman, K., & Hope, J. (2016). An exploration of the contexts, challenges and competencies of pre-teenage children on the internet. International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 8 (1), 1-25. 10.1504/IJTEL.2016.075949
Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Hope