Academic Staff

Name of Staff: Prof. Dr. Balakrishnan Muniandy
Designation: Professor
Qualifications: PhD (Oregon, USA)), M.Ed (USM), B.A. (Hons) - Geography & Economics, (USM), Cert in Teaching (MTC Penang).


Dr. Balakrishnan Muniandy is a Professor at the School of Education, Languages and Communication, Wawasan Open University. He was previously a Professor at the Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. To date he has served for more than 40 years in various capacities in the field of Education as Secondary Schools Teacher in the states of Kelantan, Kedah and Pahang, Assistant Director (Media and Production) of Pahang State Education Technology Division, Lecturer at Teacher Education Institutes in Ipoh and Sungai Petani, Head of Department of Research and Development at Teacher Education Institute of Sungai Petani, Fascilitator and Research Evaluation Panel Member for Teacher Education Division, Ministry of Education, and Professor at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

He has also served as Deputy Director (Graduate Studies) at the Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He managed the Graduate Studies program, supervised and graduated Malaysian and International Masters and PhD students. As an External Examiner, he has examined Masters and PhD theses from Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and India. His research interests spans across a wide area that includes Instructional Technology, Instructional Design, Teacher Education, Project-Based Learning, Pedagogy, Andragogy, Life-Long Learning, Social Media, and Digital Wisdom. He has worked in more than 15 National and International Research Grants / Projects. 

Dr. Balakrishnan has produced and published more than 100 publications which included books, monographs, book chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings. In addition to publishing, he has served and currently continue to serve as Editorial Board Member and reviewer for Malaysian and International journals such as Malaysian Journal of Educational Technology (MyJET), Malaysian Online Journal of Instructional Technology (MOJIT), Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology (TOJET), British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET), Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education (TATE) – United States of America, Contemporary Educational Technology (CET) - Turkey, Computers in the Schools – United States of America, Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) - United States of America, Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning Journal (RPTEL) - Hong Kong, International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, and International Research in Education – United States. He is also the Malaysian Coordinator for The Love Foundation – USA.    

Dr. Balakrishnan has been a Visiting Lecturer, Trainer, Invited Speaker, Keynote Speaker and Paper Presenter in Malaysian and International Conferences in India, Indonesia, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America, Spain, China, Taiwan and Austria. He has also served as Organizing Committee Member of Malaysian and International Conferences held in many countries around the world.  

Dr. Balakrishnan has also served as the Member of South East Asian Association for Institutional Research (SEAAIR), EXCO and Life Member of Malaysian Educational Technology Association (META), Member of Malaysian Educational Research Association (MERA), and Member of International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT).

For his dedication, commitment and continuous contributions, Balakrishnan Muniandy has received several awards which included Best Student Award, Excellent Academic Performance  in his PhD program by the Malaysian Ambassador to the United States, Best Paper Awards, Excellence Service Awards by the Malaysian Ministry of Education, Best Conference Presentation Awards and the Best Area Toastmaster of the Year Award. He is also the recipient of the Gour Hari Manna Best Educational Thinker Award 2017 by Kakdwip Primary Teachers’ Training Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal, India and Best Researcher Award 2018 by Don Bosco College, Sultan Bathery, Wayanad, Kerala, India.

Official Correspondence Address:

School of Education, Languages and Communications
Wawasan Open University
54 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah,
10050 Penang

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