Registered to supervise postgraduate research

PhD projects

E-learning and the quest for lifelong learning; Innovation and change in higher education; AI in teaching and learning in higher education; Learning spaces in education


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Personal profile

Research interests

Dr Stefan Popenici is a scholar with over 20 years of experience in teaching, research and leadership in higher education with universities in Europe, North America, South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia, currently working at Charles Darwin University. He was a Senior Advisor of the Minister of Education in Romania on educational reform and research, senior consultant of the President of De La Salle University Philippines on research and internationalisation, and consultant for various international institutions on innovation in education. For his work and strategic leadership in education the President of Romania knighted him with the Order ‘Merit of Education’.

His research is focused on the impact of new technologies in teaching and learning, learning spaces, and innovation, imagination and creativity in teaching and learning in higher education.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Bucharest

2 Mar 199818 May 2001

Award Date: 28 Dec 2001

Master, University of Bucharest

15 Sep 199715 Jun 1998

Award Date: 18 Aug 1998

Bachelor, University of Bucharest

15 Sep 19938 Sep 1997

Award Date: 26 Dec 1997

External positions

Honorary Felllow, The University of Melbourne

30 Sep 201631 Dec 2017

Associate Director IERG, Simon Fraser University

12 Sep 2006 → …

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Research Output

The New Smarts in Teaching and Learning

Mason, J., Popenici, S., Blackall, L. & Shaw, P., 25 Apr 2019, Emerging Trends in Learning Analytics: Leveraging the Power of Education Data. Khine, M. S. (ed.). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, p. 85-99 15 p. (Contemporary Approaches to Research in Learning Innovations; vol. 012).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Transparency is the lynchpin for higher education success

    Popenici, S., Coates, H., Jerez, E., Weerakkody, U. & Wells, M., 2018, Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education. Cantwell, B., Coates, H. & King, R. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 392-409 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Exploring the impact of artificial intelligence on teaching and learning in higher education

    Popenici, S. & Kerr, S., 23 Nov 2017, In : Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning. 12, p. 1-13 13 p., 22.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    New Challenges for University Governance and Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

    Popenici, S., 2017, Alternative educational methodologies. Catalano, H. & Albulescu, I. (eds.). UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 1-7 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Deceptive promises: The meaning of MOOCs-Hype for higher education

    Popenici, S., 18 Aug 2016, Blended Learning: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. IGI Global, Vol. 4. p. 691-701 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter