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Vickel Narayan is an Academic Advisor (Learning Technologies) at the Centre for Teaching and Learning Innovation: Te Puna Ako, Unitec, New Zealand. He has a keen interest in Web 2.0 technologies and its potential to engage students and teachers in the teaching and learning process. Vickel is particularly interested in exploring mobile Web 2.0 devices and tools for creating, nurturing and maintaining virtual communities, social connectedness, fostering social constructivism, student generated context and context. He is also interested in Virtual Worlds particularly pedagogical implications of their use in education.

Social eLearning

The way eLearning should be!

The mobilised learner

PhD research

Mobile learning (mlearning) over the last five years has gained substantial traction in education. The rapid advancements in mobile technologies are continually pushing the boundary of what is perceived possible and how it could be effectively used in education. From the leading researchers in mlearning around the world and from my own work, one major disruption that is caused by mlearning is its ability to blur the boundary between formal and informal learning or the bridging of different learning contexts. The ubiquitous nature of mobile device enables a learner the affordance to interact with multiple contexts to support his/her learning. These contexts are determined and defined by the learner (as an individual or as a group) and are predicated on their learning needs. As such, mlearning has the ability to allow learners to create and negotiate the perimeters for the context they choose to work/learn in – Learner-generated context (Heutagogy). This aspect of mLearning and learner-generated context forms the base for my research.

Aim: The aim of this research is to critique the application of learner-generated context (LGC) as a framework for learning and teaching with Mobile Web 2.0 tools (MW2.0). Research questions:

  1. How does learner-generated context impact on learning?
  2. What learner-generated context factors are conducive to enhanced learning?
  3. To identify and critique the characteristics and constituents of learner-generated context.

Research Projects

Flipping the classroom - Enhancing learning through embedded use of learning technologies in an automotive course
Student-directed learning (Heutagogy) - Learner-generated content and context
Context is the King - Exploring context as a factor in language learning
Authentic Learning and Web 2.0 - Completing the equation
Social Learning Technologies - Lessons learnt from four technology enabled courses
Exploring the affordance of the iPad in a Civil Engineering course
Marine Engineering project - Transforming teacher pedagogy through Web 2.0 tools
Transforming pedagogy for enhanced learning

Current Projects

  • Pacifica return to nursing
  • Medical Imaging
  • Osteopathy
  • Digital Natives

Currently Teaching

Social Learning Technologies course (Part of GDHE)

Learning and Teaching resources

L&T with Blogs

Literature and Masters Work

Virtual World Pedagogies
TPACK 2.0 - A framework for learning and teaching with Mobile Web 2.0
Game-based Learning - A research proposal

Workshops, Conferences and Publications


Narayan, V.
(2011, 4-7 December). Learner-generated content as a pedagogical change agent. Paper presented at the ASCILITE, Hobart Tasmania, Australia.
Cochrane, T., & Narayan, V.
(2011, 6-8 September). DeFrosting professional development: Reconceptualising teaching using social learning technologies. Paper presented at the ALT-C, University of Leeds, UK.
Cochrane, T., Narayan, V., & Oldfield, J.
(2011, 18-21 October). iPadagogy: Appropriating the iPad within pedagogical contexts. Paper presented at the mLearning, Beijing, China.
Narayan, V., & Baglow, L.
(2010). New beginnings: Facilitating effective learning through the use of Web 2.0 tools. Paper presented at the ASCILITE, Sydney.
Owen, H., & Narayan, V.
(2009, 29 Sept - 1 Oct, 2009). Pedagogy, policing or preventing plagiarism? Experiences with facilitating professional development and turnitin. Paper presented at The teaching excellence - excellence in teaching: Teaching and Learning Conference, Universal College of Learning (UCOL), Palmerston North.

Accepted/ Awaiting Publication/presentation:
Cochrane, T., Narayan, V., Lee, M., & Verswijvelen, M.
(forthcoming). Rethinking elearning support strategies. International Journal for Academic Development.
Narayan, V.(In review). Augmented learning: Spreading your wings beyond the classroom. Paper to be presented at the ALT-C 2012 conference.
In Review:Narayan, V.(In review). Authentic learning and Web 2: Completing the equation. Paper to be presented at the ASCILITE 2012, Wellington, New Zealand.
Workshops:Effective Pedagogy (eLearning)Kick Start Conference (Faculty of Social and Health Science, Unitec) 2012
New Staff Induction Course

Narayan, V.(2012). Time to move on: Why technology in learning and teaching is no longer a choice. Unpublished Workshop. Kickstart Conference, Unitec.Cochrane, T., & Narayan, V.(2011). Exploring Mobile Augmented Reality. Unpublished Workshop. Sharefest, Wintec.Cochrane, T., & Narayan, V.(2011). iPadagogy. Unpublished Workshop. Waikato University.Cochrane, T., & Narayan, V.(2011). Mobile Moodle. Unpublished Workshop. Moodle Moot.Narayan, V., Marsden, N., Clarke, D.(2011). Reconceptualising teaching and learning for the 21st century learner. Unpublished Workshop. UCOL.Narayan, V.(2010). Creating a shift in pedagogy through community of practice. Unpublished Workshop. Sharefest, Wintec.

Some concept maps and frameworks underpinning my work