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Dr Dilani Gedera

Dilani Gedera

E-learning Designer

Qualifications: PhD in E-learning

About Dilani

Dilani provides eLearning support and training on all aspects of teaching and learning for staff. Also, she is involved in the institution-wide Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) project as the Teaching and Learning Lead.  Dilani has a PhD in eLearning from the University of Waikato, and have worked as a lecturer in New Zealand, Sri-Lanka and Malaysia for 16 years. In her research projects she has explored how educational technologies can enhance learner experience and engagement.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

PhD supervision:

Using digital technologies to teach languages in Vietnamese primary
schools

An ethnographic study of the use of ICT in ESL pedagogical practices of primary teachers in the Maldives

Research Interests

eLearning Design,  Curriculum Design, Learner Engagement, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK), Technology Enhanced Learning, Video Pedagogy, ePortfolios, ICT, Flipped Teaching, Learning Management Systems, Instructional Design, Activity Theory.


Publications

Books

Gedera, D. S. P. & Williams, P. J. (Eds). (2016). Activity Theory in Education: Research and practice, Sense, Rotterdam, The Netherlands [Edited book]

Book chapters

Gedera, D. S. P. (2016). The application of Activity Theory in understanding contradictions in a university blended learning course. In D. S. P. Gedera & P. J. Williams (Eds). Activity Theory in Education, Sense, pp 53-70 [Refereed book chapter]

Gedera, D. S. P., Williams, P. J. & Wright, N. (2015) Identifying Factors Influencing Students’ Motivation and Engagement in Online Courses. In C. Koh (Ed). Motivation, Leadership and Curriculum design, Springer, pp 13-23 [Refereed book chapter]

PhD thesis

Gedera, D. S. P. (2014). Mediational engagement in e-learning activities: An Activity Theory analysis. University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Journal articles

Forbes, D. & Gedera, D. S. P. (2018). From Confounded to Common Ground: Misunderstandings between tertiary teachers and students in online classes. Australasian Journal of Education Technology 35(4): 1-13. [Refereed Journal].

Fester A., & Gedera D. S. P. (2018). Facilitating reflective and collaborative learning. EAP Modern English Teacher 27(3):27-29 [Refereed Journal]

Gedera, D. S. P. (2016). Designing for Learner Success (D4LS) at Otago Polytechnic: From an e-learning designer’s perspective. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 20(2): 55–65 [Refereed Journal]

Gedera, D. S. P. (2014).  Students’ experiences of learning in a virtual classroom. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), 10(4): 93-101 [Refereed Journal]

Gedera, D. S. P & Williams, P. J. (2013). The use of learning technologies to facilitate engagement in an online course. International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science (IJITCS), 10(1), 23-31[Refereed journal]

Gedera, D. S. P., Williams, P. J. & Wright, N. (2013). An analysis of Moodle in facilitating asynchronous activities in a fully online university course. International Journal of Science and Applied Information Technology (IJSAIT), 2(2), 06-10 [Refereed journal]

Gedera, D. S. P & Williams, P. J. (2013). Using Activity Theory to understand contradictions in an online university course facilitated by Moodle.  International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science (IJITCS), 10(1), 32-40 [Refereed journal]

Gedera, D. S. P. (2012). The dynamics of blog peer feedback in ESL classroom. Teaching English with Technology, 12(4), 16-30 [Refereed journal]

Gedera, D. S. P. (2011). Integration of weblogs in developing language skills of ESL learners. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 7(2), 124-135 [Refereed journal]

Gedera, D. S. P. & Zalipour, A. (2010). Effective teaching strategies for learners of business communication: A case study from INTI university college, Malaysia. Journal of Intercultural Communication Studies (ICS), xix (3). 256-266 [Refereed journal].

Others

Quality standard framework for blended and fully online papers (2018). University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Proceedings

Gedera, D. S. P. & Zalipour, A. (2018). Use of interactive video for teaching and learning. Paper published in the proceedings of Ascilite 2018 conference, Deakin University, Melbourne.

Gedera, D. S. P. (2014).  Tool mediation and learner engagement: An Activity Theory perspective. Paper published in the proceedings of Ascilite 2015 conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gedera, D. S. P. (2010). A new identity after colonialism. Paper published in the Proceedings of the Malaysia International Conference on Foreign Languages (MICFL2010): Languages and Construction of the Identities, Serdang, Malaysia.

Gedera, D. S. P. & Zalipour, A. (2010). The pedagogical potentials of weblog in developing students’ writing skills. Paper published in the proceedings of The International Conference: ICT for Language Learning, 3rd edition, Florence, Italy.

Gedera, D. S. P. & Zalipour, A. (2009). Practical approaches in the teaching of business English.  Paper published in the proceedings of The International Conference of Teaching and Learning (ICTL 2009), Kuching, Malaysia.

Conference and Seminar presentations

Gedera, D. S. P. (November, 2018). Creating videos for teaching and learning using mobile devices. Keynote workshop conducted at LearnFest 2018. University of Waikato, New Zealand

Fester, A.M. and Gedera, D.S.P. (2018, October). Facilitating reflective learning through eportfolios: Students, teacher & eLearning designer reflections. Paper presented at 16th National CLESOL Conference for Community Languages (CL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Christ’s college, Christchurch, New Zealand

Khoo, E., Yeo. A., Zalipour, A., Gedera, D. S. P. (April, 2018). Designing and developing a WIL paper to prepare ICT students for their internships: A research-informed approach. Presentation at New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education 2018 (NZACE) conference. Waiheke Island. New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P., and Zalipour, A. (November, 2017). Creating Interactive Video Content for your Teaching. Learnfest 2017. University of Waikato. New Zealand

Smith, K. and Gedera, D. S. P. (November, 2017). Ethical and cultural considerations in action research: Assessing the use of ePortfolios in work integrated learning. Paper presented at LearnFest 2017. University of Waikato, New Zealand

Khoo, E., Yeo, A., Zalipour, A. and Gedera, D. S. P. (November, 2017). Preparing students for their internships as part of work integrated learning. Paper presented at LearnFest 2017. University of Waikato, New Zealand

Fester, A.M. and Gedera, D.S.P. (2017, November). ePortfolios and integrated learning:The EAP scenario. Paper presented at the Applied Linguistics Conference 2017. AUT city campus, Auckland, New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P., and Fester, A. (2017, September). ePortfolios for integrated learning, collaboration and reflection: EAP case study. Paper presented at ePortfolio forum 2017. Monash College & University, Melbourne

Gedera, D. S. P., and Smith, K. (2017, September). The use of ePortfolios for assessment in clinical practicum: Opportunities and challenges. Paper presented at ePortfolio forum 2017. Monash College & University, Melbourne

Zalipour, A. and Gedera, D. S. P. (2017, June). The use of interactive video discourse in making digital teaching development toolkit. Presentation at Association for Visual Pedagogies conference 2017. Aalborg University, Denmark

Gedera, D. S. P., Bright, S. and Fester, A. (2017, April). ePortfolios for integrated learning. Paper presented at Mahara Hui 2017. Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P. (2016, April). Designing for Learner Success: Through an E-learning Designer’s eyes. Paper presented at DEANZ 2016. University of Waikato, New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P. (2016, April). Educational Technologies and mediational engagement. Poster presented at DEANZ 2016. University of Waikato, New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P. (2016, Feb). Pedagogically sound design for blended learning: A case from Otago Polytechnic. Paper presented at WCELfest2015. University of Waikato, New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P. (2015, Feb). Learner engagement in e-learning activities. Paper presented at WCELfest2015. University of Waikato, New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P. (2014, November).  Tool mediation and learner engagement: An Activity Theory perspective. Ascilite conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gedera, D. S. P. (2014, October). Mediational engagement in e-learning: An Activity Theory analysis. TEMS Graduate Symposium 2014. University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Gedera, D. S. P. (2014, June). Mediational engagement in e-learning activities. Paper presented at E-learning brown bag seminar series. University of Waikato, New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P. (2014, June). Learner engagement with e-learning activities: A case study. Paper presented at CfL Academic hour. Wintec, New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P. (2014, Feb). Engaging learners with e-learning activities. Paper presented at WCELfest2014. University of Waikato, New Zealand

Gedera, D. S. P. (2013, Oct). Learner engagement in e-learning activities: Data analysis with NVivo. Paper presented at TEMS Graduate Symposium 2013. University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Gedera, D. S. P & Williams, P. J. (2013, May). The use of learning technologies to facilitate engagement in an online course. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on E-Education & Learning Technologies (ICEELT 13). Institute of Information System & Research Centre, Singapore.

Gedera, D. S. P & Williams, P. J. (2013, May). Using Activity Theory to understand contradictions in an online university course facilitated by Moodle. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on E-Education & Learning Technologies (ICEELT 13).  Institute of Information System & Research Centre, Singapore.

Gedera, D. S. P., Williams, P. J. & Wright, N. (2013, April). An analysis of Moodle in facilitating asynchronous activities in a fully online university course.  Paper presented at the International Conference on Advances in e-Education, e-Government, e-Technology and e-Learning (ICA4E 2013), World Academy of Research in Science and Engineering, Singapore.

Gedera, D. S. P., Williams, P. J. (2012, November). Building e-learning communities and learning in collaboration: an Activity Theory perspective. Paper presented at NZARE conference 2012. Association for Research in Education, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Gedera, D. S. P., Williams, P. J. (2012, November). Students’ experiences of learning with online learning technologies: An Activity Theory perspective. Paper presented at the Divergence: 24th annual NZCA conference, New Zealand Communication Association Hamilton, New Zealand.

Gedera, D. S. P. (2012, October). An Activity Theory analysis of mediational engagement with e-learning activities in tertiary level education in New Zealand. Paper presented at TEMS Graduate symposium, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Gedera, D. S. P., Zalipour, A. & Gera, C. (2012, August). Student learning via online technologies. Paper presented at Inspire 2012. Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), New Zealand.

Gedera, D. S. P. (2011). An Activity Theory analysis of mediational engagement with e-learning activities in tertiary level education in New Zealand. Paper presented at CSTER Graduate Symposium. Centre for Science and Technology Education Research, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Gedera, D. S. P. (2010, December). A new Identity after colonialism: Sri-Lankan English. Paper presented at the Malaysia International Conference on Foreign Languages (MICFL2010): Languages and Construction of the Identities. Serdang, Malaysia.

Gedera, D. S. P. & Zalipour, A. (2010, November). The pedagogical potentials of weblog in developing students’ writing skills. Paper presented at The International Conference: ICT for Language Learning, 3rd edition. Florence, Italy.

Gedera, D. S. P. & Zalipour, A. (2009, June). The use of technology in teaching English. Paper presented at Faculty of Liberal Arts Seminar. INTI University College, Malaysia.

Gedera, D. S. P. & Zalipour, A. (2009, November). Practical approaches in the teaching of business English. Paper presented at The International Conference of Teaching and Learning (ICTL 2009), Kuching, Malaysia.

Gedera, D. S. P. & Zalipour, A. (2009, September). Effective teaching strategies for learners of business communication: A case study from INTI university college, Malaysia. Paper presented at The International Association for Inter-Cultural Communication Studies Conference (IAICS 2009), Kumamoto Gakuen University, Japan.

Editor and Reviewer

Reviewer for Japan Association of Language Teachers, Computer-Assisted Language Learning Journal (JALT CALL)

Reviewer for Waikato Journal of Education (WJE)

Reviewer Flexible Learning Association New Zealand (FLANZ) 2016 conference papers, New Zealand

Editor of (pupil's attitudes toward technology) PATT 2013 conference proceedings, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Editor of Technology, Environment, Mathematics and Science (TEMS) 2013 symposium proceedings, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Keywords

Curriculum; Education; Education Research; E-Education; E-Learning; Learning and Education; Pedagogy; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching; Teaching and Learning; Teaching Online; Tertiary Education

Assessment, Video Pedagogy


Contact Details

Email: dgedera@waikato.ac.nz
Room: W.G.28
Phone: 078384942