Dr Dianne Forbes

Dianne Forbes
Te Hononga School of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Senior Lecturer

Technology, Environmental, Mathematics, and Science Education Research Centre
Researcher (Digitally Mediated Education)

(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 7844
EdDUniversity of Waikato
Master of Educational ManagementUniversity of Auckland
Diploma of TeachingDunedin College of Education
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)University of Otago

My background is as a Primary School Teacher and Assistant Principal. I worked in schools in Auckland, and my interests as a classroom teacher revolved around special needs and gifted and talented education, and the integration of ICT with teaching and learning. At the turn of the century, I had the good fortune to teach in a Digital Class, where there was a ratio of one computer to every two children. It was here that my eyes were opened to the tremendous possibilities for rich, creative learning afforded by ICT, when integrated in a purposeful and reflective manner.
Teaching online is my passion and I work to combine my research interests with my teaching practice. My Masters study was in the area of educational leadership. I started my Doctoral work with a focus on formative interaction in online classes, examining the ways that feedback and interaction in online classes can be used to enhance learning. I combined my interests in educational leadership and online teaching and learning by considering leadership as capacity building in elearning. I have a longstanding interest in asynchronous online discussion and its potential for rich learning, and have explored this via experimentation with guests in online discussion, including children and experts in various fields, online debate and role play. More recent experiments have involved teaching and learning through social media.
Broadly speaking, my current research agenda is aligned with the scholarship of teaching and learning. My interests include innovative pedagogies, elearning, tertiary teaching, teacher education, leadership and lifelong learning. I am interested in the perspectives and experiences of tertiary students and teachers, particularly in relation to online and blended learning. I am interested in specific pedagogical tools like asynchronous online discussion, student-generated podcasting, and negotiating learning design and learning legacies (when students generate resources for use by subsequent cohorts). Current investigations relate to partnerships between teacher educators and schools. I am exploring learning through social media with an emphasis on professional online presence and learning networks. A further aspect of interest involves enhancing the quality of online pedagogies via peer review of online teaching.

In terms of methodology, I gravitate toward qualitative, interpretive modes, but am open to exploring mixed-methods. I enjoy working in a team of researchers and with researchers who have expertise with quantitative analysis, from diverse disciplines.

I have a professional social media presence and am supportive of open access publications, including electronic journals with creative commons licensing, and free ebook publications. I have gained significant experience as a reviewer and editor in recent times and am keen to build upon these experiences.


Current editorial affiliations:

Associate Editor, IJCEE, International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education

Editorial Board, ELEA, e-Learning and Digital Media
Editorial Board, WJE, Waikato Journal of Education
Reviewer for: IRRODL, Distance Education, ETHE, ELDM, IJCEE, TATE, SET, JOLT, WJE, CINZS, and Early Childhood Folio 
Social media presence:
Twitter: @difo38 Hashtag: #LifelongLearningAlumni
Blog: I co-author a blog with Dr Noeline Wright at: http://interrogatingeducationz.blogspot.co.nz/


Selected recent publications/presentations:

Forbes, D. (2016). Keynote: Going to university—Blended strategies for learning and teaching in a modern tertiary context. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 20(2), [21–23].


Forbes, D. L. (2016). Mixed Media Pathways: Bringing teacher education to your hometown. In DEANZ Conference. Conference held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Forbes, D. L. (2016). It’s in the blend: A mixed media approach to innovation and productivity in blended learning. In TEU Symposium. Conference held at Old Government Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.

Forbes, D., & Khoo, E. (2015). Voice over distance: A case of podcasting for learning in online teacher education. Distance Education, 36(2), DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2015.1084074

Earl, K., & Forbes, D. (2015). Connected learners: Transforming learning through ICT. In D. Fraser, & M. Hill (Eds.), The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand (pp.216-239). 5th edition. Melbourne, Aus: Cengage.

Wright, N. I., & Forbes, D. (2015). Introduction. In N. Wright, & D. Forbes (Eds.), Digital Smarts: Enhancing Learning & Teaching (pp. 1-7). Hamilton, New Zealand: Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research.

Forbes, D. L. (2015). Legacies of learning: Negotiating guidelines for online discussion. In N. Wright, & D. Forbes (Eds.), Digital Smarts: Enhancing Learning & Teaching (pp. 82-103). Hamilton, New Zealand: Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research.

Johnson, E., Khoo, E. G. L., Hight, C., Forbes, D., & Torrens, R. (2015). Exploring eLearning practices across the disciplines in a university. In Digital Learning Symposium.

Wright, N., & Forbes, D. (2015). Digital Smarts: Enhancing learning and teaching. Hamilton, New Zealand: Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research.

Forbes, D., & Edgington, U. (2015). Mentoring for tertiary teachers: Online and face-to-face. Presentation at Transforming Together Coaching and Mentoring Conference 8-10 April 2015.

Forbes D. [Review of Moral, ethical, and social dilemmas in the age of technology: Theories and practice by Rocci Luppicini]. International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education 3(2):51-53 2014 (Journal article) Open URL for this publication

Forbes D. Guest editorial preface: Social justice in elearning. International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education 3(2):iv-vii 2014 (Journal article) Open URL for this publication

Forbes, D., & Dunsmore, S. (2014). Inquiry and digital legacies: A case study of student-generated artefacts. Presentation at mlearning day, 14 November, University of Waikato.

Forbes, D. POPLN: Professional online presence and learning networks for teacher education. TEFANZ, Conference held at Wintec, Hamilton, New Zealand, 08 July 2014 – 10 July 2014 (Conference)

Forbes, D. (2014). Ideas for invigorating online discussion. Presentation at iMoot2014, Global Online Moodle Conference, 15 May 2014 – 19 May 2014. http://2014.imoot.org/local/schedule/schedulehtml.php (Conference)

Forbes D. Invigorating online discussion. WCELfest14, Conference held at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, 14 Feb 2014 - 14 Feb 2014. 14 Feb 2014 (Conference)

Forbes, D. (2013). Listening and learning through ICT with digital kids: Dynamics of interaction, power and mutual learning between student teachers and children in online discussion. In K. P.H. Sullivan, P. E. Czigler & J. M. S. Hellgren (eds) Cases on professional distance education degree programs and practices: Successes, challenges, and issues. Infomation Science Reference, Hershey, PA, 2013. p.148-175.

Khoo E, Forbes D, Johnson EM. "Hearing the thoughts of others": Student voices and affordances of podcasting for learning. Conference held at Macquerie University, Sydney, 01 Dec 2013 - 04 Dec 2013. Electric Dreams: 30th ascilite Conference 2013 Proceedings. Macquerie University, ascilite. 481-486. 01 Dec 2013 (Conference)

Forbes D. Communicating with peers online: What do students expect of each other?. Conference held at Macquerie University, Sydney, 01 Dec 2013 - 04 Dec 2013. Electric Dreams: 30th ascilite Conference 2013 Proceedings. Macquerie University, ascilite. 293-297. 01 Dec 2013 (Conference)

Forbes D. Metaphorically speaking: Asynchronous online discussion as a tutorial, journal and community. Conference held at Otago University, Dunedin, 26 Nov 2013 – 28 Nov 2013. NZARE 2013 (Conference)

Forbes DL. Leading issues in e-learning research for researchers, teachers and students. Waikato Journal of Education 18(2):171-172 2013 (Journal article)

Forbes DL. Participant perspectives informing pedagogy for asynchronous online discussion in initial teacher education. Waikato Journal of Education 18(2):173-173 2013 (Journal article)

Forbes, D. (2012). Footprints: Participant perspectives informing pedagogy for asynchronous online discussion in initial teacher education. EdD, Digital Thesis in Research Commons Supervisors: NoelineWright and Beverley Bell

Forbes, D., Khoo, E., Johnson M. "It gave me a much more personal connection": Student-generated podcasting and assessment in teacher education. ascilite 2012: Future Challenges, Sustainable Futures. Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand; 25-28 November 2012. p.326-330.

Earl, K., & Forbes, D. (2011). Transforming learning through ICT: Swimming with dolphins. In
C. McGee & D. Fraser (Eds). The professional practice of teaching. (pp.24-44). 4th edition. Melbourne:
Forbes, D. (2011). Beyond lecture capture: Student generated podcasts in teacher education. Waikato Journal of Education, 16(1), 51-63.

Forbes, D. (2011). Facilitating learning. TDU Talk, issue 5, November/December, pp. 14-16.

Forbes, D. (2009). Practical strategies for managing communication in Moodle. TDU Talk, issue 5, July, pp.12-15

Shibata, A., & Forbes, D. (2009). Teachers' and counsellors' perspectives on gifted children and gifted education: New Zealand and Japan. Gifted Education International, 25(2), 188-193.

Earl, K., & Forbes, D. (2008).  Information Communication Technology: Destinations, highways, signposts and  speedbumps. In C. McGee and D. Fraser. (eds). The professional practice of teaching, third edition. (pp, 189-203). Melbourne: Cengage.

Forbes, D. (2006). Listening online: Student teachers’ listening behaviours in online discussion. In E. Pearson and P. Bohman (eds). Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications. Orlando, Florida, USA, 26-30
June, pp.1091-1096.
Forbes, D. (2005). Formative interaction in online classes. International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology (Revue des Science et Techniques de la Conception), Special issue: eLearning Challenge, 12(2), 83-93.
Forbes, D. (2005). Nola Campbell’s leadership story: A tribute. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 20(2), 87-91.
Forbes, D., & Ipsen, S. (2004). “It’s like something in my pencilcase”: Student teachers learning through ICT with digital kids. Computers in New Zealand Schools, 16(3), 49-53.

Forbes, D. (2004). Leadership as capacity building in online teaching and learning: The obligation to collaborate. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 19(2), 57-70.

Forbes, D. (2004). Teacher education students listening to pupils online. INET (International Networking for Educational Transformation), v1, online publication.


2011 Inaugural recipient of the Nola Campbell Memorial eLearning Excellence Award

2011 Faculty of Education Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award


Professional Activities:

Elearning BBL, 2009 - ongoing - Convenor of 'elearning brown bag lunch' series - a series of monthly lunchtime meetings in the Faculty of Education, where staff and graduate students meet to discuss scholarship, teaching and learning through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Speakers are invited, research is presented, research collaboration is encouraged, and effective pedagogy is showcased.

TAN, 2014 - ongoing - Dean-appointed FEDU Teaching Advocate


I have a number of Masters and PhD supervisions currently in progress, and am available for further PhD supervision.