Dr Palitha Edirisingha

Lecturer in E-Learning

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3753
Email: pe27@le.ac.uk

Personal details

  • PhD in Educational Technology (The Open University)
  • MEd in Education and the Mass Media (Manchester)
  • BSc in Agriculture (The University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)

I joined the School of Education in September 2014. Previously, I was a lecturer in E-Learning at the Institute of Learning Innovation at Leicester. I have a long-standing interest in research on learning technologies and distance education, from developed and developing country perspectives.

  • Steering Group member of the University of Leicester MyLeicestershire Digital Archive Project, a historical digital archive funded by the JISC (2009 – 2011).
  • Academic contributor to the JISC-funded OER project TIGER (a collaboration between Northampton, Leicester and De Montfort Universities) (2011 – 2012).
  • Editorial board member of  Journal Interactive Learning Environments and Review Panel Member of the British Journal of Educational Technology Journal.
  • Organising committee member of the Higher Education Academy-sponsored ELE SIG (Evaluation of the Learners’ Experience of e-leaning Special Interest Group).

Teaching

  • Programme Leader: MA International Education and PG Certificate in Learning Technologies (distance learning programmes)
  • Module Convener of Technology-Enhanced Learning, Learning Design for the 21st Century, and Innovation and Reform modules.
  • PhD and EdD research project supervision
  • Course leader: Kazakhstan Higher Education Internship Programme (a non-credit bearing, 6 – 12 month course)

Publications

Edirisingha, P. (2014). ICT and eLearning in Higher Education: Policy Perspectives, in S. Mishra (ed) ICT Leadership in Higher Education: Selected Readings, New Delhi: Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia.

Nie, M., Bird, T., & Edirisingha, P. (2013). E-book readers and PDAs for work-based learners. In Z. L. Berge & L. Y. Muilenburg (eds). Handbook of Mobile Learning. London: Routledge.

Kompen, R, and Edirisingha, P. (2011). Personal Learning Environments in Distance Education, In R. Amirault et al., (eds.). Trends and Issues in Distance Education (2nd edn.). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Edirisingha, P., and Nikoi, S (2010). Mobile learning in the workplace: Teaching Assistants’ experience with PDAs in classrooms, in R. Güttler and O. Peters (eds.). Grundlagen der Weiterbildung - Praxishilfen (GdW Ph), Köln: Luchterhand (Wolterskluwer Deutschland GmbH).

Edirisingha, P., and Popova, A. (2010). Podcasting: a learning technology, In S. Mishra (ed.). E-Learning: STRIDE Handbook 08, New Delhi: Indira Gandhi National Open University. Chapter 9 (pp. 66-69).

Edirisingha, P., Hawkridge, D., and Fothergill, J. (2010). A Renaissance of Audio: Podcasting approaches for learning on campus and beyond, European Journal of Open Distance and E-Learning. (URL http://www.eurodl.org/?article=393)

Cigognini, M., E., Pettenati, M. C., and Edirisingha, P. (2010). Personal Knowledge Management Skills in Web 2.0-based learning. In Lee, M., and C. Mcloughlin (eds.). Web 2.0-Based E-Learning: Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching, Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Salmon, G,. Nie, M., and Edirisingha, P. (2010). Developing a five-stage model of learning in Second Life, Educational Research (Special Issue on Virtual Worlds). Vol. 52, Issue 2, pp. 169 – 182.

Edirisingha, P. (2009). Swimming in the deep-end: an e-mentoring approach to help mature students’ transition to higher education, European Journal of Open Distance and E-Learning, Issue I.

Edirisingha, P., & Fothergill, J. (2009). Balancing e-lectures with podcasts: A case study of an undergraduate engineering module. Engineering Education: Journal of the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 14-24.

Edirisingha, P., Nie, M., Pluciennik, M., and Young, R. (2009). Socialisation for learning at a distance in a 3-D multi-user virtual environment, British Journal of Educational Technology, 40(3). pp. 458-479.

Edirisingha, P., & Salmon, G. (2009). iPodology: The new kid on the block. Journal of Lifelong Learning in Europe, Vol. XIV, Issue 3, pp. 153 – 160.

Heaton Shrestha, C., May, S., Edirisingha, P., Linsey, Tim., and Burke, L. (2009). From face to face to e-Mentoring: Does the ‘e’ Add Any Value for Mentors? International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education., Volume 20, Number 2, 116-124.

Edirisingha, P. (2009). Podcasting as a Listening Culture: Implications for Learning, in S. Wheeler (ed.). Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures:  Cybercultures in Online Learning, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Edirisingha, P., Hill, M., and Heaton Shrestha, C. (2009). E-mentoring to help mature students’ transition to university, in U. Bernath et al., (eds.). Distance and E-learning in Transition: Learning innovation, technology and social challenges, London: ISTE and Wiley. Pp. 553-565.

Torres Kompen, R., Edirisingha, P., and Mobbs, R. (2009). Putting the pieces together: conceptual frameworks for building PLEs with Web 2.0 tools, in U. Bernath et al., (eds.). Distance and E-learning in Transition: Learning innovation, technology and social challenges, London: ISTE and Wiley. Pp. 783-808.

Edirisingha, P. (2008). Open Basic Education – Organisational structures, costs, and benefits, In W. Bramble & S. Panda (eds.). Economics of Distance and Online Learning: Theory, practice and research, London: Routledge.

Edirisingha, P., Salmon, G., and Nie, M. (2008). Developing pedagogical podcasts, in G. Salmon and P. Edirisingha (eds.). Podcasting for Learning in Universities, London: Open University Press and SRHE.

Salmon, G., and Edirisingha, P. (eds.). (2008). Podcasting for Learning in Universities, London: Open University Press and SRHE.

Salmon, G., Edirisingha, P., Mobbs, M., Mobbs, R., and Denette, C. (2008). How to Create Podcasts for Education, London: Open University Press and SRHE.

Salmon, G., Mobbs, R., Edirisingha, P., and Denette, C. (2008). Podcasting technology, in G. Salmon and P. Edirisingha (eds.). Podcasting for Learning in Universities, London: Open University Press and SRHE.

Edirisingha, P., Salmon, G. and Fothergill, J. (2007). Profcasting – a Pilot Study and Guidelines for Integrating Podcasts in a Blended Learning Environment, In U. Bernath and A. Sangrà (eds.). Research on competence development in online distance education and e-learning, Oldenburg: BIS-Verlag. pp. 127 – 137.

Edirisingha, P., Salmon, G. and Fothergill, J. (2007). Integrating emerging learning technologies into online learning – the case of podcasts, A. Sangrà and U. Bernath (eds.). Exemplary research in distance education, e-learning, and on related competence issues, EDEN.

Edirisingha, P., Rizzi, C., Nie, M., and Rothwell, L. (2007). Podcasting to provide teaching and learning support for an undergraduate module on English Language and Communication, Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 8(3), pp. 87 – 107.

Heaton-Shrestha,C., Gipps,C., Edirisingha,P., and Linsey,T. (2007). Learning and e-learning in HE: the relationship between student learning style and VLE use, Research Papers in Education, 22(4), pp. 443-464.

Heaton-Shrestha, C., Edirisingha, P., Burke, L., and Linsey, T. (2006). Introducing VLE into campus-based undergraduate teaching: Staff perspectives on its impact on teaching, International Journal of Educational Research, 43(6), pp.370-386.

Conference presentations and proceedings

Edirisingha, P. and Simmons, S. (2015). International Students’ Use of Informal Web Resources and Tools for Formal Studies at an English University, D4Learning 2015, International Conference on Innovations with Digital Learning for Inclusion (D4L), University of Aalborg, Denmark, 17 – 20 Nov 2015.

Edirisingha, P., and Daniels, T. (2015). Professional Development of Academics from Kazakhstan Higher Education Institutions: Experiences of offering an internship programme at the University of Leicester, 2nd Educational Forum for Central Asia 2015, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. 25 March 2015.

Fothergill, J., and Edirisingha, P. (2011). Online Teaching and Learning – 21st Century Professional Competencies for both Academics and Students? Proceedings of the IETEC’ 11 Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2011.

Edirisingha, P., Pluciennik, M., and Young, R. (2010). Using a three dimensional multi-user virtual environment to teach spatial theory in archaeology, in A.T. Wilson (ed.). UK Chapter in Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology: Proceedings of the CAA UK Chapter Meeting, University of Liverpool, 6-7 February, 2009, Oxford: Archaeopress.

Edirisingha, P., Hawkridge, D., & Fothergill, J. (2009). A renaissance of audio: Podcasting approaches for learning on campus and beyond. Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network Annual Conference, Gdansk, Poland.

Edirisingha, P., Nikoi, S., & Cane, C. (2009). Podcasting students’ voices to support transition from school to university. ALT-C 2009, Manchester, UK. p. 146.

Cigognini, M., E., Pettenati, M. C., Paoletti, G., and Edirisingha, P., (2008). Guiding learners to become knowledgeable Web 2.0 learners, proceedings of the EDEN annual conference, 11-14 June  2008, Lisbon, Portugal.

Edirisingha, P. and Salmon, G. (2008). 3-D Multi-User Virtual Environment for socialisation for learning at a distance, Proceedings of the ALT Conference 2008, The University of Leeds.

Nikoi, S. and Edirisingha, P. (2008). Accounted Learning: A WoLF oriented approach to mobile learning. Proceedings of the MLearn 2008 Conference, 8 – 10 Oct 2008, Ironbridge, UK.

Torres Kompen, R., Edirisingha, P., and Mobbs, R. (2008). Building Web 2.0-based Personal Learning Environments – a conceptual framework.  Proceedings of the Fifth EDEN Research Workshop, 20 – 22 Oct 2008, Paris, France.

Torres Kompen, R., Edirisingha, P., and Mobbs, R. (2008). Web 2.0-based PLEs: building order into the chaos of the wilderness. Presentation at the Shock of the Old 2009 – digital literacy: the role of new media in the HE curriculum Conference, Said Business School, Oxford University, 2 April 2009.

Edirisingha, P. (2007). ‘The ‘Double Life’ of an i-Pod – a case study of the educational potential of new technologies’, proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Teaching (Online Educa), November 28 - 30, 2007, Berlin.

Edirisingha, P. (2006). The ‘Double Life’ of an i-Pod – a case study of the educational potential of new technologies, Proceedings of the 12th International conference on technology Supported Learning and Training (Online Educa Berlin), Nov 29th – Dec 1st, Berlin.

Edirisingha, P., Salmon, G. and Fothergill, J. (2006). Profcasting: a pilot study and a model for integrating podcasts into online learning, Proceedings of the Fourth EDEN Research Workshop, Castelldefels, Spain, 25-28 OCTOBER, 2006.

Edirisingha, P., Traxler, J., Salmon, G., and Fothergill, J. (2006). IMPALA: Informal Mobile Podcasting And Learning Adaptation (a 90-minute workshop), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT-C 2005), 4 - 6 Sept 200, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edirisingha, P., Hill, M., and Heaton-Shrestha, C. (2005). eLearning for mature students – outcomes, barriers and success factors, In A. Szücs and I. Bø (eds.). Lifelong E-Learning: Bringing E-Learning Close to Lifelong Learning and Working Life – A New Period of Uptake, Proceedings of the EDEN 2005 Annual Conference. Held 20 – 23 June 2005, Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland, pp. 302 – 305.

Edirisingha, P. (2004). Discussing to learn – how undergraduates integrate online-discussion forums in their learning activities, In J. Cook (ed.). Blue skies and pragmatism: learning technologies for the next decade, Research Proceedings of the 11th Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2004). Held 14 – 16 September 2004, The University of Exeter, Devon, England, pp.111 – 123.

Edirisingha, P., Heaton-Shrestha, C., and Kelly, P. (2004). Widening access and increasing success in higher education: potentials of Virtual Learning Environments, In L. McKechnie (ed.). e-Learning: A Virtual Promise? Paris: Europia Productions, pp.35 – 48.

Edirisingha, P., Hill, M., Chandler, E., and Heaton-Shrestha, C. (2004). Developing an effective and efficient e-learning environment: an FE-HE partnership, paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training (Online Educa conference), Dec 1 – 3, Berlin.

Edirisingha, P., Hill, M., Heaton-Shrestha, C. (2004). ‘Mature students, elearning and e-mentoring: outcomes from an FE-HE partnership’, a paper presented at the 12th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT-C 2005), 6 – 8 Sept 2005, The University of Manchester, England.

Heaton-Shrestha, C., Chandler, E., and Edirisingha, P. (2004). Blending for taste or for digestibility? Staff perspectives on introducing a VLE, paper presented at the 3rd European Conference on e-Learning, 25 - 26 Nov, Paris.

Heaton-Shrestha, C., Chandler, E., and Edirisingha, P. (2004). Learning styles and new technologies in higher education, paper presented at the Association for Learning Technologies conference, Sept 14 – 16, University of Exeter.

Heaton-Shrestha, C., Kelly, P., and Edirisingha, P. (2004). Widening Access and Success: Learning and New Technologies in Higher Education, In D. Saunders et al (eds.). Learning Transformations: Changing Learners, Organisations and Communities, London: Forum for the Advancement of Continuing Education (University of East London), pp.132 – 138.

Heaton-Shrestha, C., Kelly, P., and Edirisingha, P. (2003). Widening Access and Success through e-mentoring – initial findings from a research project, a workshop conducted at the Association for Learning Technology Conference 2003, 8 – 10 September, University of Sheffield.

Research

My research interests lie in learning technologies and their application in teaching, learning and student support. My research has focused on

  • the potential of digital technologies to support formal and informal learning
  • digital literacy from an international perspective
  • the digital divide
  • technology-based learning innovation in developing countries

Since joining Leicester University in 2006, I've worked either as a principal investigator or a co-investigator on a number of research and development projects on podcasting, mobile learning, Second Life and Open Educational Resources.

I was a Workpackage leader of a European Commission-funded research project entitled SCENE (problem-based learning) that investigated the use of technologies to develop and evaluate Problem-Based Learning in secondary schools and in vocational education and training institutes in six European countries (2012-2014).

From 2013-2014, I was a co-investigator of a European Commission-funded FP7 project called EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) that aimed to develop and pilot a technology-based solution to develop and provide access to MOOCs from diverse universities in Europe.

Media

Invited workshops, speeches and other events

  • 2014. ‘Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education’. A 4-day workshop conducted for University Academics in Sri Lanka, sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education and University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. 24 – 28 Nov. 2014.
  • 2014.ICT in Higher Education: Policy Perspectives’ at the Regional Workshop on ICT Leadership in Higher Education organized by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) and The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL), 6 - 7 June 2014, Hotel Tourmaline, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
  • 2014 and 2013. Two-day research methods workshops for academic staff and research students at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2012. A number of sessions on research methods (Internet-mediated research methods, Research ethics in Internet-based research, post-graduate supervision at a distance,) as part of a 3-day workshop series. University of South Africa, Pretoria.
  • 2011. A number of sessions on and effective use of technologies for learning (Podcasting, Mobile learning, Institutional research), University of South Africa, Pretoria.
  • 2009. ‘Learning beyond the campus: stories from the Zoo’, a keynote presentation at The Connected Learner: Distance learning for the 21st Century, institutional conference at the University of Bradford, 23rd April 2009.
  • 2009. ‘A podcasting framework for teaching and learning in Higher Education’, paper presented at the Encontro sobre podcasts conference, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal, 8 – 9 July 2009.
  • 2005.  Widening Access and Success using VLE. invited seminar, Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester. Organised by Professor Gilly Salmon (12.05.2005).

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