Associate Professor Kumar Laxman

PhD, MA, PGDipEd, BEng(Hons)


I graduated with a PhD in instructional design and technology from Macquarie University, Australia on the Australian government's International Postgraduate Research Funding scholarship. I have worked in various capacities such as a high school teacher, instructional designer, educational researcher, academic etc with different schools, educational organizations and tertiary institutions. In the last several years, I have been involved in actively promoting the use of technology to advance innovation in teaching and learning and have served as a catalytic leader/team member in e-learning and educational initiatives. I have been involved in many funded educational research projects and widely published my work in reputable journals and presented at international conferences. I have also provided consultancy to a number of international organizations in the domain of education, particularly enabling them to leverage upon technologies in enhancing teaching and learning. 

As an educator/teacher-trainer, my instructional practices have been constantly undergoing transformation as I accumulate more insightful experiences from interacting with students, peer educators and other stakeholders within the educational enterprise. These educative experiences have shaped my thinking and approaches towards understanding the complexities of the learning process while making learning more meaningful and relevant for students. At a fundamental level, my teaching philosophy is underpinned by a quote from John Cotton Dana - "Who dares to teach must never cease to learn!" I am convinced that teaching is a transactional endeavor involving the sharing of my ideas and experiences with my students and in turn, learning from them their views and perspectives on issues of concern. In my teaching, I constantly strive to focus on the practical application of sound theoretical principles in everyday working contexts - thus establishing a more meaningful theory-praxis nexus.

Research | Current

I am currently working on 2 funded research projects - one in the area of mobile learning enabled by iPads and the other in the field of organizational e-learning practices.

The first project investigates the mobile learning culture and pratices of a college in Orewa and hopes to develop a typology framework that will categorize a range of mobile learning approaches being adopted by teachers in the college.

The second project looks at the E-learning design and development practices of organizations, both in the corporate and governmental sectors in New Zealand.

Those who are interested in wanting to do their masters theses/dissertations by being involved in either of the above two projects are welcome to contact me. I would be happy to chat as well if you want me to supervise you in other areas of research interests in doctoral/masters levels of study.


Teaching | Current

The following are some of the courses I teach:


I am currently an associate professor in the School of Curriuclum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education. I also sit on School and University level committees and supervise postdoctoral research students. My main teaching responsibilities lie in delivering courses, both face-to-face and online in the areas of ICT in education and e-learning.

Areas of expertise

  • Instructional design and technology
  • ICT in education
  • Mobile learning
  • E-learning
  • Educational change
  • Alternative/holistic pedagogy.

Though I am trained in and have worked in different capacities in general pedagogy/educational development, in the last several years I have focused my efforts in the area of use of technology in education to bring about innovative and enhanced educational practices.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Laxman, K., & Holt, C. (2017). Do mobile devices increase learners’ access to learning opportunities and enhance learning motivation? A case study of two schools in New Zealand. International Journal on E-learning, 16 (3), 245-263.
  • Al Lily, A. E., Foland, J., Stoloff, D., Gogus, A., Erguvan, I. D., Awshar, M. T., ... Jerry, P. (2017). Academic domains as political battlegrounds. Information Development, 33 (3), 270-288. 10.1177/0266666916646415
  • McDonald-Brown, C., Laxman, K., & Hope, J. (2017). Sources of support and mediation online for 9–12-year-old children. E-Learning and Digital Media, 14 (1-2), 52-71. 10.1177/2042753017692430
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Hope
  • (2017). A study on the design/development time of e-learning projects in New Zealand null. null.10.20474/jahss-3.1.1
  • Allison, C., Laxman, K., & Lai, M. K. (2016). New setting, same skill: Teaching geography students to transfer information literacy skills From familiar to unfamiliar contexts. International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, 4 (2), 27-38. 10.7575/aiac.ijels.v.4n.2p.27
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mei Lai
  • AlZahrani, H., & Laxman, K. (2016). A critical review of meta-analysis studies on mobile learning. Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning, 10, 245-258.
  • Kumar, L. (2016). Bring Your Own Device or Bring Your Own Distraction. International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology, 03 (01).10.4172/2469-9837.1000170
  • Brown, C. M., Laxman, K., & Hope, J. (2016). An exploration of the contexts, challenges and competencies of pre-teenage children on the internet. International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 8 (1), 1-1. 10.1504/IJTEL.2016.075949
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Hope

Contact details

Primary office location

New Zealand

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