Academic work

Current research grants

Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund Grant NPF15-008 Building an evidence-base for teaching and learning design, using learning analytics data. (Co-PI with A/Prof Cathy Gunn, University of Auckland)

SSHRC (Canada) Insight Grant (2016) Disciplinary Discourse Analytics for Deep Learning. (PI Dr Amal Zouaq, University of Ottawa)

Selected publications

McDonald, J., Bird, R.J., Zouaq, A. & Moskal, A.C.M. (2017) Short answers to deep questions: supporting teachers in large-class settings. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12178

McDonald, J & Loke, S.K. (2016) Discursive constructions of teacher in an educational technology journal. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), 28(7), (pp 1176-1189). http://dx.doi.org/10.14742/ajet.2787

McDonald, J., Liu, D., Moskal, A., Zeng, R., Blumenstein, M., Gunn, C., Leichtweis, S & Pardo, A. (2016) Cross-institutional collaboration to support student engagement: SRES version 2. In S. Barker, S. Dawson, A. Pardo, & C. Colvin (Eds.), Show Me The Learning. Proceedings Ascilite, 2016 Adelaide (pp. 397-405). http://2016conference.ascilite.org/wp-content/uploads/ascilite2016_mcdonald_full.pdf

Gunn, C., Donald, C. Blumenstein, M., McDonald, J. Milne, J and Nichols, M. (2016) The missing link for learning from analytics. In S. Barker, S. Dawson, A. Pardo, & C. Colvin (Eds.), Show Me The Learning. Proceedings Ascilite, 2016 Adelaide (pp. 255-260).  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/311295180_The_missing_link_for_learning_from_analytics

McDonald, J., Knott, A., Stein, S. & Zeng, R. (2013). An empirically-based, tutorial dialogue system: design, implementation and evaluation in a first year health sciences course. In M. Gosper, J. Hedberg, H. Carter (Eds.) Electric Dreams. Proceedings Ascilite Sydney 2013. (pp 562-572). http://ascilite.org/conferences/sydney13/program/papers/McDonald.pdf

McDonald, J., Knott, A. & Zeng, R. (2012). Free-text input vs menu selection: exploring the difference with a tutorial dialogue system. In Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Association (ALTA) Workshop 2012, Dunedin, NZ, 2012. (pp 97-105). http://www.alta.asn.au/events/alta2012/proceedings/pdf/U12-1013.pdf

Loke, S.K., Al-Sallami, H. S., Wright, D. F. B., McDonald, J., Jadhav, S., & Duffull, S. B. (2012). Challenges in integrating a complex systems computer simulation in class: An educational design research. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(4), pp671-683. http://ascilite.org.au/ajet/submission/index.php/AJET/article/download/834/131

McDonald, J. , Knott, A., Zeng, R. & Cohen, A. (2011). Learning from Student Responses: A domain independent natural-language tutor. In D. Molla & D. Martinez. In Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Association (ALTA) Workshop, 2011, Canberra. (pp 148-156). https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/U/U11/U11-1019.pdf

Loke, S. K., Tordoff, J., Winikoff, M., McDonald, J., Vlugter, P., & Duffull, S. (2011). SimPharm: how pharmacy students made meaning of a clinical case differently in paper- and simulation-based workshops. British Journal of Educational Technology. 42(5), (pp 865-874). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01113.x/abstract

Jeffrey, L., Hegarty, B., Kelly, O., Penman, M., Coburn, D., & McDonald J. (2011) Developing Digital Information Literacy in Higher Education: Obstacles and Supports. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, Volume 10, (pp 383 – 413). http://www.jite.org/documents/Vol10/JITEv10p383-413Jeffrey1019.pdf

Hegarty B., Penman M., Kelly O., Jeffrey L., Coburn D., and McDonald J. (2010) Digital Information Literacy: Supported Development of Capability in Tertiary Environments Final report to NZ Ministry of Education. 302p. ISBN 978-0-478-34213-0 (print) https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/e-Learning/80624

Vlugter, P., Knott, A., McDonald, J. Hall, C. (2009) Dialogue-based CALL: A case study on teaching pronouns. CALL Journal. Vol 22. No. 2 (pp 115-131). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09588220902778260

Ka’ai, Tania M., McDonald, J., & Moorfield, J. (2006) Te Whanake Online: An Interactive Resource for Maori Language Learning. He Puna Korero: Journal of Māori and Pacific Development, Vol. 7, No. 2, Sept 2006: 62-67

McDonald, J. (2006). Learning Object: A new definition, a case study and an argument for change. In L. Markauskaite, P. Goodyear, & P. Reimann (Eds.) Who’s Learning? Whose Technology?Proceedings Ascilite. Sydney 2006 (pp. 535–544). http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/sydney06/proceeding/pdf_papers/p99.pdf

Published commentary

McDonald, J (2016) Blindly Counting Academics’ Publications is the Road to Hell. Blog post republished by Times Higher Education Blog. January 5th 2016