Dr Elaine Khoo

Elaine Khoo

Senior Research Fellow

PhD, University of Waikato, New Zealand
MA (Psychology), Vanderbilt University, USA
BEd (Hons) (Major: Guidance & Counselling, minor: TESL), Agricultural University of Malaysia, Malaysia (now known as Universiti Putra Malaysia)

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

I have supervised PhD and Masters students, summer research scholars students and research assistants on various funded research projects at the University of Waikato. Students I am currently supervising are:

  • Florence Lyons, EdD project title: Using digital feedback in support of middle school students’ persuasive writing skills: A Bernsteinian perspective

I have been invited to examine PhD and Masters level thesis within and outside of New Zealand.

Research Interests

Elaine's research interests include teaching and learning in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and online learning environments at the  classroom and tertiary levels with particular interests in online learning communities and communities of practice as effective approaches in online teaching and learning environments.


I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER) in the Faculty of Education at Waikato University. I have research interests in teaching and learning in information and communication technologies (ICTs) including online and Web 2.0 based environments. My PhD research, focused on effective online pedagogies with particular interests in online learning communities, provides the ground for my interests. I have worked as a researcher on a number of externally funded research projects associated with these interests across the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. I have led/ co-led two externally funded and innovative projects that have extended understandings in this field. My interests also include participatory learning cultures and collaborative research, including work with the national and international Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN). One of my key life aspirations is to encourage teachers and learners to see the potential of different ICTs for enhancing teaching and learning and how they can realistically adopt ICTs to transform their teaching and learning practices.

I previously worked as a lecturer in Malaysia at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) at the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development.  I had been Head of the Learning Technology Core research Group and Programme Coordinator for the undergraduate Teacher Education Programme as well as collaborated on a range of local and international research in effective ICT-based learning environments.


  • Executive member, Association of Video Pedagogies (present)
  • Executive member, Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand (FLANZ) (2014-2016, member since 2010)
  • Co-chair, inaugural Learning Environments Special interest group (SIG), New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) (present) (NZARE)
  • New Zealand Collaborative Action and Research Network (NZCA and RN)
  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
  • Australian and New Zealand mobile learning group (anzMLearn)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
  • Editorial board member for Video Journal of Education and Pedagogy
  • Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE)
  • Reviewer for British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET), E-Learning and Digital Media, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), Distance Education, Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (JOFDL), Waikato Journal of Education (WJE), International Journal of Inclusive Education, International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching(IJCALLT), Teachers and Curriculum, Early Childhood Folio, Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, GlobalLearn conferences (2010-2011).
  • Guest co-editor for Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance learning (special issue from the DEANZ2016 conference, 2016), Guest co-editor for Computers in New Zealand Schools(CINZS) (special issue on Assessment and ICTs: Innovative practices and future possibilities, 2012)
  • Invited reviewer: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology and Distance Education. Invited reviewer: Journal of Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (RPTEL) (Special Issue on Optimizing learning: Technology meets learning sciences), International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education (IJCEE) (Special issue on Social Justice in eLearning).

Current Research

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Previous Publications

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Computers and Education; Early Childhood/Early Years Education; Education Research; E-Learning; Learning Environment; Teacher Professional Learning/Development; Teaching and Learning; Tertiary Education

interdisciplinary research (engineering education, work-integrated learning),
evaluation research