Dr Palitha Edirisingha

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Lecturer in E-learning

Palitha EdirisinghaContact details

Office: + 44 (0)116 252 3753

Mobile: + 44 (0)7525 246 592

Email: pe27:le.ac.uk

Skype: palitha.edirisingha

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Office location

106, New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA


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

Research and supervision interests

My research and supervision interests lie in the conceptualisation of digital technologies and their application to teaching and learning, within the UK and internationally. My research focuses on the potential of digital technologies to support formal and informal learning; digital literacy and digital divide from an international perspective; and technology-enhanced learning innovation in developing countries.

Research projects

EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator); SCENE (problem-based learning); IMPALA (podcasting), WoLF (m-learning), MOOSE (3D virtual worlds), GIRAFFE (wikis), and PELICANS (Web 2.0) (www.le.ac.uk/mediazoo).

Teaching and supervision of students

  • Programme leader of the Post Graduate Certificate in Learning Technology
  • Leader of Elective Pathway ‘Innovation and Reform’ within the MA International Education (MAIE) Programme.
  • Course team member of the MA International Education programme (School of Education). I teach on 3 modules: Contemporary Issues in Education, and Pedagogy and Innovation and Reform in Education.
  • PhD Supervisor
  • Personal and pastoral tutor and dissertation supervisor for MA International Education students (both campus-based and distance learning programmes).
  • Convenor of department’s bi-annual PhD research training workshops for face-to-face and online participants.

Professional activities

  • Member of the College of Social Science Enterprise Committee.
  • Programme development activities concerning PG Certificate in Learning Technologies and Elective Pathway 'Learning Technologies' within MA Education: Learning and Teaching Programmes.
  • Organising member of the University’s annual learning and technology conference ‘Learning Futures Festival’ since 2007.
  • 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 the Interactive Learning Environments
  • Reviewer for the Journals International Journal of Lifelong Learning, Learning, Media and Technology, EURODL, Enginnering Education, The Journal of Interactive Media in Education and Progressio (a Journal published by the University of South Africa).
  • Organising committee member of the Higher Education Academy-sponsored ELE SIG (Evaluation of the Learners’ Experience of e-leaning Special Interest Group).
  • Academic committee member of the Personal Learning Environments Conference July 2013 (Berlin), July 2011 (Southampton), July 2010 (Barcelona); Programme committee member of The 2nd International Workshop “Interactive Environments and Emergent Technologies for eLearning” (IEETeL 2011), Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, June, 2011.
  • Evaluator for National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa, and ESRC.
  • Convenor of the Department’s RiLI (Research in Learning Innovation) seminars for both physical and remote participants – formerly known as ELKS Seminars (E-Learning and Knowledge Sharing online community).
  • Examiner for PhD theses and MSc dissertations (University of Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Computer Science, University of Leicester; College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda)

Selected publications


  1. Salmon, G., and Edirisingha, P. (eds.). (2008). Podcasting for Learning in Universities, London: Open University Press and SRHE.
  2. Salmon, G., Edirisingha, P., Mobbs, M., Mobbs, R., and Denette, C. (2008). How to Create Podcasts for Education, London: Open University Press and SRHE.

Journal papers

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Chapters in books and proceedings

  1. 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. Routledge.
  2. Edirisingha, P. (2012) A podcasting framework for teaching and learning in higher education, In A.L. Etexeberria (ed.). Global e-learning, Madrid: Univesidad A Distancia De Madrid.
  3. Kompen, R, and Edirisingha, P. (2012). 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

Videos on YouTube

A five minute video as an introduction to the paper entitled ‘Balancing e-lectures with podcasts: A case study of an undergraduate engineering module’ published in Engineering Education: Journal of the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre. Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2_1WkXhbTk. Published in 2010.

Invited workshops and presentations

  • [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.
  • [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: how Kingston widens access and success on Blackboard - report on research, invited seminar, Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester. Organised by Professor Gilly Salmon (12.05.2005).
  • [1999] Reaching the un-reached through open and distance learning: costs, outcomes and sustainability, paper presented at the invited Seminar on the Use of simple and modern media for rural education, Beijing, 13-16 December 1999, UNESCO & the Chinese Ministry of Education.

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