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Academic Experience

Research Funding, Leadership, Supervision

▸ External Research Funding (Obtained)
Title Funding Organization & Funding Program Period Amount (in CAD) Position
IoT in Learning Analytics: a literature review NSERC USRA, Canada 2017-2018 $10,175 Principal Investigator
Competence- based immersive training for EOP and SOP procedures with augmented and virtual reality environments CNRL 2017-2018 $75,000 Principal Investigator
Junior Hockey Competence Analytics Mitacs Elevate, Canada 2017-2019 $110,000 Principal Investigator
Smart Learning Environment Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada 2017-2018 $13,200 Principal Investigator
The construction of a saltation model of learning within online learning environments NSERC USRA, Canada 2016 $10,175 Principal Investigator
Self-Regulated learning in gaming analytics NSERC USRA, Canada 2016 $10,175 Principal Investigator
Analytics framework for competence, confidence and regulation NSERC USRA, Canada 2016 $10,175 Principal Investigator
Competence analytics in gaming Mitacs Accelerate, Canada 2015-2016 $45,000 Principal Investigator
A Pedagogical Software Agent to Scaffold Self-Regulated Learning Initiatives NSERC USRA, Canada 2015 $10,175 Principal Investigator
Ubiquitous learning analytics NSERC Industrial Research Chair, Canada 2015-2020 $2,015,800 Co-Principal Investigator,
PI: Dr Kinshuk
Demography modelling and analytics Troglo Inc. & Athabasca University, IRAP, Canada 2014–2015 $45,000 Principal Investigator
Pedagogical software agent for coding NSERC USRA, Canada 2014 $9,000 Supervisor
Self- and Co-Regulating Anthropomorphic Pedagogical Agents NSERC Discovery Grant, Canada 2013–2018 $75,000 Principal Investigator
Multimedia Object Research Platform Host (MORPH) for Adaptive and Mobile Learning CFI infrastructure funds, Canada 2013–2015 $934,000 Co-Principal Investigator,
PI: Dr Sabine Graf
Tracing the Evolution of Learner Competency through Blended Online Courses Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute – PDIG Grant, Canada 2012–2013 $7,000 Principal Investigator
Open Social Mobile Systems (OSMoSYS) Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) 2010–2016 $875,000 Research team member, PI: Dr Jon Dron
Adaptivity and Personalization in Informatics NSERC Industrial Research Chair Program, Canada 2010–2015 $2,280,000 Co-Principal Investigator,
PI: Dr Kinshuk
Sentiment Analysis NSERC IRAP, Canada 2013 $10,000 Principal Investigator
Web annotation in Discussion Forums BC Campus funding, Canada 2009–2010 $20,000 Co-Principal Investigator,
PI: Dr Cindy Xin
Mixed-Initiative Interfaces in LearningKit Massey University (from SFU), New Zealand 2007–2008 $60,000 Principal Investigator
Secure random number generation NSERC USRA, Canada 2004–2005 $13,000 Supervisor
Interoperability in Sustainable Learning Object Ecosystem NSERC – Learning Object Repository Networks (LORNET), Canada 2003–2008 $7,500,000 (SFU portion = 1,042,866) Co-Principal Investigator,
PI: Dr Gilbert Paquette
Theory and Cognitive Tools to Enhance Learning Skills and Support Life-Long Learning SSHRC – Self-Regulated Learning (Learning Kit), Canada 2003–2007 $2,998,983 Co-Principal Investigator,
PI: Dr Philip Winne
Technologies, Human and Social Factors, and Simulations and Games characteristics that are Engaging, Motivating, and Effective for Learning SSHRC – Simulations and Advanced Gaming Environments (SAGE), Canada 2003–2007 $2,983,495 Researcher,
PI: Dr David Kaufmann
Personalized Distributed Computing NSERC Discovery Research Grant, Canada 2002–2006 $64,000 Principal Investigator
A technology for packaging legacy eLearning material Advanced Systems Institute (ASI), Canada 2003 $20,000 Principal Investigator
Infrastructure for Information Technology, Networks, and Media Research CFI/BCKDF InfoNet Media Centre, Canada 2002–2003 $1,000,000 Co-principal Investigator,
Dr Tom Calvert
▸ Internal Research Funding (Obtained)
Title Funding Organization & Funding Program Period Amount (in CAD) Position
Real-time visual feedback: a study in coding analytics (ICALT 2017) Athabasca University, Canada, Academic and Professional Development Fund (APDF) 2017 $1,400 Principal Investigator
Open Research Athabasca University, Canada, Academic and Professional Development Fund (APDF) 2016 $1,000 Principal Investigator
Big data learning analytics Athabasca University, Canada, Mission Critical Research 2014 $6,000 Principal Investigator
Research Publications Analytics Athabasca University, Canada, Research Centre 2014–2015 $35,000 Principal Investigator
Cree Immersion and Moodle Learning Analytics Athabasca University, Canada, Mission Critical Research 2010–2011 $6,000 Principal Investigator
Semantic Technologies for Integrating Environments used in Learning of Programming Languages Athabasca University, Canada, Mission Critical Research 2009–2010 $6,000 Principal Investigator
Causal modelling of online learning activities Athabasca University, Canada, Athabasca Research Incentive Grants – Individual 2008–2011 $45,000 Principal Investigator
Large-scale modelling Graduate scholarships in support of two graduate students at Massey University, New Zealand 2006–2008 $35,000 Principal Investigator
Scientific Conference of the LORNET Research Network Simon Fraser University, Canada, Vice-President Academic’s Conference Fund 2005 $5,000 Principal Investigator
Cost Analysis and Modelling in eLearning workflow Simon Fraser University, Canada, PDF (UILO) Grant 2004–2005 $13,000 Principal Investigator
Academic Workflow Simon Fraser University, Canada, UILO Grant 2003 $12,000 Principal Investigator
Mixed-Initiative Interactions Simon Fraser University, Canada, Research Grant 2002–2004 $25,000 Principal Investigator
Mixed-Initiative Interfaces Technical University of British Columbia, Canada, Research Grant 2001 $20,000 Principal Investigator
Peer Help Networks Research Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan and NSERC, Canada 1996–1999 $36,000 Principal Investigator
Peer Help Networks Research/Teaching Assistantship, University of Saskatchewan and TeleLearn NCE, Canada 1995–1997 $15,000 Principal Investigator
▸ Supervisor, Co-Supervisor, and Research Assistant Supervisor
While at Institution Category Supervision Co-Supervision Research Assistant Only Total
Athabasca University Post-Doctoral Fellows 2 5 7
PhD (3 thesis supervision & 3 project supervision) 6 6
Masters 19 2 2 23
Undergraduates (includes USRA) 14 14
Others (MITACS, Exchange students) 5 2 7
Massey University Post-Doctoral Fellows
PhD 1 1
Masters 2 2
Simon Fraser University Post-Doctoral Fellows
PhD 2 2
Masters 8 8 16
Undergraduates (includes USRA) 54 54
Others (Exchange students) 1 1
Total 36 24 73 133


Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence

▸ Pedagogical Innovations
  • Learning Analytics – a suite of domain-specific instructional techniques to help students reach their full potential through evidence-based, machine-learned, anthropomorphic, immersive, competence measured and data-rich environments
  • Open Research/Science – a socially networked open research environment that virtualises interactions, blends reality, leverages affordances of a global community of researchers/scientists
  • ICT4D policy choices to improve educational diversity – computational mechanisms that empower common public to validate research outcomes and conduct own research, guided by anthropomorphic pedagogical agents. Outcome: A mixed initiative interface for the consumption of research publications by the Public
  • Immutable student interactions repository – hosts interaction patterns of students, open exploratory models, and reusable content, shared by inter- and intra-disciplinary faculty members, using blockchain technology. Outcome: a distributed data repository system
  • Lean and Agile way of teaching Research Methods – measures and improves researching skills of student researchers, effectiveness of research supervisors and research capacity of institutions by modularising learning activities. Outcome: a Research Methods MOOC
  • Self- and Co-regulation (SRL/CRL) – engages learners in study-oriented self- and co-regulatory processes, to create, monitor, and adapt regulation-oriented initiatives and measure their impact. Outcome: a pluggable SRL/CRL component for Moodle, Eclipse and Word
  • Learning outcomes mapping – meaningfully connect learning outcomes, study activities, course content, students’ study episodes, assessment rubrics, competences and meta-competences. Outcome: a pluggable mapper for Moodle
  • Learner-initiated Instructional design – engages graduate students in the instructional design process of a course, empowering students to scope topics, choose assessment types, change submission deadlines, and commit to regulation initiatives. Outcome: a pluggable ID shareable blackboard in Moodle
  • Engaged lectures – measures and publishes information on student-engagement, at real-time, as and when students are engaged in study activities in lecture halls and in virtual reality worlds. Outcome: a video analyzer of body language, a video analyzer of facial expressions and a sentiment analyzer of textual interactions
  • Peer help – examines incentive-based peer-help model to measure preparedness of students for a targeted learning activity. Outcome: a repository and causal model of study activities of students
▸ Courses Taught, Designed and Developed
  • I have instructed 5 graduate online courses and 10 undergraduate online courses at Athabasca University in Edmonton, Canada, since 2008. I have also designed and developed 9 new courses that incorporate transformative pedagogical innovations.
  • I have instructed 7 undergraduate courses at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand, from 2006 to 2008.
  • I have designed, developed and instructed 12 graduate courses and 9 undergraduate courses at Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada, from 2001 to 2006
  • In 2006, I was deputed to the Open University of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka, to develop a curriculum on Distance and Online Learning. As part of this effort, I designed and developed 7 blended online courses in collaboration with local instructors.
  • During my doctoral studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, I taught the introductory course on Computer Science that registered over 350 students per offering.
  • As a Scientist at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Mumbai, India, I taught a number of non-credit courses on topics including Artificial Intelligence and Instructional Design.
▸ Thesis Examiner
  • Since 2005, I have examined 6 PhD candidates and 49 MSc candidates.