Dr CHURCHILL, Daniel
Dr CHURCHILL, Daniel
Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership
BA(Macquarie), MSc (Curtin), M Law (Griffith), JD (A U) PhD (NTU)
(852) 2859 1141
Room 117, Runme Shaw Building
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Teacher Education and Development
- Technology-enhanced Learning
Prospective PhD/ EdD/ MPhil Applications
I am not taking on graduate supervision in 2022-2023.
Dr Daniel Churchill is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education. He is researching and teaching in the areas of educational technology, learning design, design of e-learning, learning objects, educational multimedia and STEM. His current research focuses on the design of earning objects, mobile learning, teacher change, social media in education and STEM education. Daniel’s multidisciplinary interest is a product of his versatile experience and educational background that include university qualifications in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Law, Modern Languages and Literature, Education, Instructional Design, and Interactive Multimedia Software Engineering.
- PhD in Education from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, currently ranked by QS as the 14th in the World for Education. Jurist Doctorate from ANU University (2020).
- High-level experience in higher education, inclusive of 15 years at the University ranked by QS as the 3th in the World for Education (The University of Hong Kong). Previous experience in teaching and leadership at secondary schools and technical education institutes.
- Internationally relevant research impact with multiple citations and ranking.
- An award-winning higher education teacher (Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Teaching Award by The University of Hong Kong).
- Extensive Leadership experience as the Head of an academic department (overseeing operations and leading activities related to teaching, research, knowledge exchange, administration, strategic planning and implementation, hr matters, cross-faculty and cross-institutional collaboration).
- Years of experience as a programme chair of several postgraduate programmes (Master of IT in Education, Master of STEM Education, and Master of Library and Information Science), inclusive of experience of managing alignments with the University’s strategic plan, accreditation, curriculum development, excellence in teaching and extensive programme review).
- More than ten years of experience as the Executive Chair of a service-based University’s department (overseeing all aspects of operations such budgeting, staff appraisal, vendor management, marketing and facilities development).
- Experience across several culturally diverse countries, including Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, and globally networked through several honorary professorships (KSTU Kazakhstan, Educons Serbia, and Udayana Indonesia).
- Expertise and experience as an outcome-based curriculum designer, instructional and learning designer, multimedia developer and pedagogical innovator for traditional classroom-based, flexible learning and e-learning based education.
- High level of expertise in digital education with explicit teaching and research agenda in that direction.
- Transdisciplinary education background (education, law, engineering and arts), theoretical and practical expert knowledge across digital technologies, and healthy vision for the advancement of society through STEAM transdisciplinary education and research.
- Outstanding Teaching Award 2012, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- The Distinguished Teacher Award 2008 (The University of Hong Kong)
- Honorary Professor, Educons University, Serbia
- Honorary Professor, Karaganda State Technical University, Kazakhstan
- Macromedia Award for the Best in Multimedia - awarded at AsiaPrint ’97, Hong Kong
- Best in Teaching Media - awarded for the Computer-Based Training package at the Teaching Excellence ‘97 Convention, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore
- Certificate of Merit - awarded by Education Media Institute of South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education (SAARDHE), 1998
- Best IT Project - awarded by the National Institute of Education at the NIE e-CARNIVAL: Enhancing Teaching, Embracing Technology 2004
- Design of Effective Interactive Learning Objects for Pocket PC delivery
This project explored design and application of learning objects for portable digital assistant (PDA) technology. The study involved iterative design-redesign process and testing with real users. User experiences were carefully documented through observations and interviews and a model for effective design was extracted.
- Explorative study of educational applications of blogs
This study explored applications of blogs in higher education. The study identified, examined and catalogued more than 200 applications of blogs in education around the world. Using tagging strategy as a means of analysis, the study identified common characteristics and strategies for educational uses of blogs.
- Pioneering Web 2.0 in Education
This study attempted to develop a general model of educational applications of Web 2.0 around the world. The study identified, examined and catalogued numerous applications. The researcher’s aim was to develop a list of possibilities for educational applications of Web 2.0, as well as to understand the blending of these applications in effective educational environments in higher education. The study also involved interviewing pioneering teachers who experimented with these technologies in order to understand the rationale, pedagogical benefits and challenges involved in integrating Web 2.0 in teaching practice.
- Using Learning Objects to Support Outdoor Education Activities
This study explored the design and application of learning objects in support of outdoor educational activities. The study involved collaboration with teachers in designing suitable learning objects, observations of classroom uses and subsequent observations of uses in the field, as well as interviews with students.
- Using Web 2.0 Social Space to Support Teaching and Learning in a University
This project investigates how a Web 2.0 social bookmarking system leads to more pedagogically productive content sharing, re-use and re-development in higher education. In addition, the project aim is to understand positive socio-cultural influences on uses of resources that occur in a social environment. The study will result in a set of recommendations for educationally effective use of social bookmarking in the context of university teaching and learning.
- Social Bookmarking at the Faculty of Education
This project involved the design and implementation of a social bookmarking system and subsequent study of how it supports higher education teacher lesson planning. Social bookmarking is an important Web 2.0 practice that promotes resource sharing and collaboration. The concept of “harvesting collective intelligence” was put into action in this project. The study produced social bookmarking software as well as a set of recommendations for its effective application in support of teacher lesson preparation in the context of higher education. The project is available at http://risal.cite.hku.hk/
- China Language Teaching Development with Learning Objects Compatible with PC and Mobile Phone
This project involved the design and application of a learning object in the teaching of Chinese to speakers of other languages in higher education. The learning object was carefully designed in collaboration with the PI, a Chinese language teacher. It contains around 200 key Chinese characters. The learning object was also developed for application via mobile phones. Further, the study explored learning effect, student experiences and appropriate pedagogical application of such resources in foreign language learning in higher education. The project is available at http://mobilese.cite.hku.hk/
- Educational Affordances of Touch Pad Mobile Technology: Case Study of Teachers’ Uses of iPads in Higher Education
This is a qualitative case study of university teachers and their uses of iPads in teaching and learning. The participating teachers are provided with iPads to use in their teaching over a period of one year. Emerging affordances of this technology are examined and correlated with the participating teachers’ private theories in order to explicate a set of recommendations for effective integration and further theoretical understanding of teacher changes through adoption of mobile technology.
- Delivering Chinese Character learning via iPodTouch Technology
This project involves a study of early primary school children and their uses of mobile technology in context of Chinese language learning. The project involves a design of Chinese character learning Apps for iPad and iPod touch technology. The design is informed with data emerging form an experience that involves study of the participants’ interaction with the devices and effective pedagogical practice for their integration. Repetitive re-design is conduced resulting in several versions of Apps that are tested for learning effects. Outcomes of the study will result in understanding of design features and recommendations for practice and theory in relation to Chinese language learning with mobile technology.
- Mobile Learning (The Faculty’s Strategic Research Theme)
Central objective of the theme is to synergise and extend existing effort at the Faculty in relation to research involving Mobile technologies in education. Final objective is to extend this theme to the University Strategic Research level.
- Digital Studio Lab for E-learning Projects
This project involved development of an innovative Digital Studio Lab based on Apple technology to support pedagogical innovation and e-learning at the Faculty of Education through students’ projects in technology related programmes and research on learning technologies. These projects are utilized to help the Faculty to develop e-learning resources, and lead teachers to embrace e-learning opportunities for distance education and blended learning. The project provides rich data regarding effective implementation of innovative technologies and pedagogical design possibilities.
Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Editorship and Special Issues of Journals
- Churchill, N., & Churchill, D. (In print). Special issues: Mobile Technologies and Teacher Readiness. Educational Media International.
- Churchill, D., & Pegrum, M. (2017). Special Issue: Mobile learning, emerging learning design, and learning 2.0. Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 14(2).
- Churchill, D., & Churchill, N (2017). Mobile and emerging learning resources, activities, support and evaluation. Proceedings of the International Mobile Learning Festival, June 8-10, 2017, Hong Kong SAR China, Hong Kong: CIHCD.
- Lim, C. P., & Churchill, D. (2016). Special issue: Mobile Learning. Interactive Learning Environments, 24(2),317-327.
- Churchill, D., & Notari, M. (2016). Mobile learning, emerging learning design and learning 2.0. Proceedings of the International Mobile Learning Festival, May 21-23, 2015, Bangkok, Thailand. Hong Kong: CIHCD.
- Jie, L., Churchill, D., Chiu, K. F. T., & Gua, N. (2015). Mobile learning, MOOCs and 21st-century learning. Proceedings of the International Mobile Learning Festival, May 21-23, 2015, Hong Kong, SAR China. Hong Kong: CIHCD.
- Churchill, D., Lu, J., & Chiu, T. (2014). Special issues: Integrating Mobile Technologies, Social Media and Learning Design. Educational Media International, 51(3), 214-225.
- Jie, L., Churchill, D., King, M. (2014). Mobile learning, social media and learning design. Proceedings of the International Mobile Learning Festival, June 2-4, 2014, Bali, Indonesia. Hong Kong: CIHCD.
- Lim, C. P., & Churchill, D. (2005). Special issue: Evolving Technologies in education: Special issue: Enhancing teaching and learning. Educational Media International, 42(4), 333–349.
Creative and literary works
- Churchill, D. (2015). The refugees. Bloomington, IN: Author House.
- Churchill, D. (2015). Tajna kosanickog hrasta. Novi Sad, Serbia: Prometej. [In Serbian].
- Churchill, D. (2014). Toplicki zbeg. Novi Sad, Serbia: Prometej. [In Serbian].
- Honorary Advisor to the Hong Kong Police College (formal appointment since January 2006
- Executive Chair of the Senior Common Room, HKU (Since 20010)
- Accredited Mediator