PhD Thesis

Influences on the adoption of mobile technology by students and teachers : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems at Massey University, Albany, New Zealand – See more at:


Global Seamless Learning Research Project (2019 – onwards) – Lead researcher NZ

  • A collaborative research group from around the world (USA, Canada, Netherlands, Hong Kong, South Africa, UK, and NZ)

Ako Aotearoa National Research Fund (2014-current) – Lead researcher at EIT

  • Funding amount $300,000
  • Learners and mobile devices (#NPF14LMD): A framework for enhanced learning and institutional change.
  • This project is a collaborative network of practice across six tertiary institutions where some 37 practitioners develop case studies of local practice to engage staff using innovative pedagogy and mobile technology
  • The project included setting up communities of practice with members from around the institution, mentoring research and effective learning and teaching pedagogy.

Learning Communities Project (2007-2009) – Researcher

  • A multi-million dollar project examining the use of mobile technology to better support rural and remote communities in Alberta, Canada.
  • My work included travel to Canada for three months to develop the research framework and travel to some of the remote communities within Alberta.

EQuake (2006) – Researcher Support

  • Project was funded by the NZ Ministry of Education, which aimed at building learning communities and help support students interactions.


  • 2017 IGI Global’s Tenth Annual Excellence in Research Journal Awards
  • 2016 Nominated for best paper – MLearn Conference
  • 2016 Second place for best research project (Learners and mobile devices: A framework for enhanced learning and institutional change project) – ANZMlearn
  • 2016 Best Poster – DEANZ Conference
  • 2016,EIT PBRF research scholarship, Semester 1
  • 2015 Best Presentation – MLearn Conference
  • 2015 Highly Commended Research Paper Award (Educational Innovation) – CITRENZ Conference
  • 2015,EIT PBRF research scholarship, Semester 1 & 2
  • 2014,EIT PBRF research scholarship, Semester 2
  • 2013,EIT PBRF research scholarship, Semester 1
  • 2013 EIT CEOs Research Excellence Award
  • 2008 GeoNet Best Research Paper Award


Masters in IT Thesis – Kim Hagen Hall (unfinished)


Invited Speaker (2019, March). Integrating innovative technologies for cross-curricular learning opportunities within the schooling curriculum. 2nd New Zealand Digital Campus And Learning Transformation From K-6 To Higher Education:  Immersive AR/VR, Blended Learning Innovations, and Next Generation Learning Spaces Conference in Auckland, this 25th – 27th March 2019.

Keynote Speaker (October, 2015) – 21st Century Learners: Unleash the superhero in our children. Ministry of Education on leadership and expertise within technology and learning. Keynote Presentation for Hawke’s Bay/Tairawhiti Regional Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.

Invited Speaker (July, 2016) – MacCallum, K., Frielick, S., & Sciascia, A. D. (2016, July). Learners and mobile devices: A framework for enhanced learning and institutional change. Paper presented at the TEU (Tertiary Education Union) Voices from Tertiary Education Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.




  • Executive Committee Member, Flexible Learning Association of NZ (FLANZ) (2006- ongoing)
  • Executive Committee Member, NZ Association of Cooperative Education (NZACE) (2016- ongoing)
  • Co-President (NZ Representative), ANZMlearn (2016- ongoing)
  • Member, International Association for Mobile Learning (IAMLearn)


  • Associate Editor in Chief, Journal of Information Technology Education: Research (2013 – Ongoing)
  • Associate Editor in Chief, Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice (2013 – Ongoing)
  • Editor in Chief, International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL (2016 – Ongoing)

Conference Committee

  • Program Committee and Reviewer, Australasian Conference on Information Systems
  • Conference Committee DEANZ 2016 (website)




  • NZ Vocational Education and Training Research Forum (2015)
  • Informing Science and Information Technology Education (2013 – ongoing)
  • CITRENZ (2014 – ongoing)
  • ICALT IEEE International conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (2006-2014)
  • ASCILITE, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference
  • IADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning  (2007-2014)
  • DEANZ Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) (2006, 2008,2006, 2008, 2012, 20016)
  • ICCE Computers in Education (2006)
  • ACEC2006, The Australian Computers in Education Conference (2006)
  • VIRT2006 Education and Virtuality International Conference (2006)

Book Chapter

  • In D. Parsons (Ed.), Mobile and Blended Learning innovations for improved Learning Outcomes. IGI (2016)
  • In G. Retta (Ed.), Mobile Learning: Pilot Projects and Initiatives. California: Informing Science Press. (2010)
  • In Heimo H. Adelsberger, Kinshuk, Jan Martin Pawlowski (Eds.), Handbook on Information Technologies for Education and Training. Springer Press (2008)