Shironica Priyanthi Karunanayaka is a Senior Professor in Educational Technology in the Department of Secondary & Tertiary Education, Faculty of Education at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL). She has been the Dean of the Faculty of Education at OUSL from 2018 to 2021 and from 2012 to 2015. She was also the Head of the Department of Secondary and Tertiary Education from 2006 to 2012. She has been an academic at OUSL since 1993. Prior to that, she has gained experience as a trained teacher of Science in the secondary school system in Sri Lanka, over a decade. She served as a Honorary Adviser to Commonwealth of Learning (COL) during 2019-2021.. Her key research focus areas are Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education, Learning experience design, Open Educational Resources (OER), and Open Educational Practices (OEP).
Areas of Specialization:
ICT in Education and Training
e-learning; Instructional Design; Open Educational Resources; Open Educational Practices
External member of the Academic Council, University of Vocational Technology (UNIVOTEC)
External Member of the Advisory Board for the School of Education under the Faculty of Humanities & Sciences at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)
A life member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Education (SLAAED)
A life member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
Member of the Organizing Committee and Chair of the Scientific Committee in the 34th AAOU Annual Conference (AAOU 2021) held 1-3 June 2021, The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL), Colombo. http://aaou2020.ou.ac.lk/
Contribution in the National Forum on Reforms in General Education in Sri Lanka organized by the National Institute of Education and the Ministry of Education (2020)
Contributed as a researcher in Developing a National Policy on General Education– Research Team Member in the study, Transforming Teacher Education: A Study on the Professional Development of Teachers and Teacher Educators in Sri Lanka, conducted for National Education Commission (NEC) (2013-2014) < http://nec.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2-Final-.pdf
Contributed as a reviewer in Institutional Review of Advanced Technological Institutes (ATIs) in Sri Lanka, for Quality Assurance and Strengthening Alternate Higher Education Sector under the Higher Education for Twenty First Century (HETC) Project of the Ministry of Higher Education – March-April 2015
Contributed as a resource person in the Workshop on Quality Assurance in External Degree Programmes in Higher Educational Institutes, organized by UGC, under the HETC Project, 14 March 2014.
Contributed as a reviewer in Desk Evaluation of Undergraduate Study Programs (Window 1 & 2) for Quality and Innovation Grant (QIG) under the Higher Education for Twenty First Century (HETC) Project of the Ministry of Higher Education – October/November 2011
Provided expertise in contextualization and facilitation in the MOOC – Digital Literacy Lab for Educators in Global Perspective – (March-May 2021)<https://youtu.be/lzYM8obUvII>
Member of the International Advisory Group in Curriculum Development for Digital Education Leadership by Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CILT), University of Cape Town, South Africa, under the Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) project, April-July, 2016 Concept Paper Available at http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/2442
Contributed in the development of the Quality Assurance Toolkit: Distance Higher Education Institutions and Programmes by The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in partnership with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Higher Education and UNESCO. 2009. Available at http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/105
The Annual Research Award-2020 – OUSL, awarded at the Open University Research Sessions, 16-17 September 2021.
Long Service Award for the Continuous Meritorious Service for Twenty-Five Years – awarded at the Open University of Sri Lanka, 1st January 2019
The Annual Research Award-2018 – OUSL, awarded at the Open University Research Sessions, 30-31 October 2019.
The Annual Research Award-2016 – OUSL, awarded at the Open University Research Sessions, 16-17 November 2017.
Gold Medal for AAOU Best Practice Award – 2016 for the research paper titled, “A Design-based Approach to Support and Nurture Open Educational Practices” (Karunanayaka, S.P. & Naidu, S.), presented at the 30thAnnual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU), 26-29 October 2016, Manila.
ICDE Prize for Innovation and Best Practice in Open, Distance, Flexible, Online Education and E-learning – 2015 for the paper: “From OER to OEP: Shifting Practitioner Perspectives and Practices with Innovative Learning Experience Design” (Karunanayaka, S.P., Naidu, Rajendra, J.C.N., & Ratnayake, H.U.W.), presented at the 26th ICDE World Conference, 14-16 October 2015, Sun City, South Africa. https://www.icde.org/icde-news/icde-prizes-for-innovation-and-best-practice-2015?rq=karunanayaka
Annual Award for the Best Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Courseware – 2011 – OUSL, for the IMM package developed for “Multi-grade Teaching”, awarded at the Annual Academic Sessions of OUSL, 27-28 November 2013 – Team Leader.
The Annual Research Award 2009/10 – OUSL, in the discipline of Open and Distance Learning, awarded at the Annual Academic Sessions of OUSL, 27-28 February 2013.
The Annual Research Award 2007/08 – OUSL in the discipline of Open and Distance Learning, awarded at the Annual Academic Sessions of OUSL, 18 December 2008.
The Annual Research Award 2005/06 – OUSL in the discipline of Education awarded at the Annual Academic Sessions of OUSL held 28 June 2007.
Scholarship awarded to pursue Doctoral Studies in the University of Wollongong Australia, under the Teacher Education and Teacher Deployment Project of the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka
D.B. Ellepola Gold Medal for the Best Performance in the B.Sc. Degree Programme -1990, The Open University of Sri Lanka, awarded at the OUSL Convocation, 1991
Adoption of the Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) Programme in Sri Lanka Implementation of C-DELTA in Sri Lankan Secondary Schools (Phase 2) – Research project supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada (2020-2021) – <https://cdeltaousl.wordpress.com/>
Adoption of the Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) Programme in Sri Lanka – Implementation of C-DELTA as a non-credit course at OUSL – project supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada <https://www.ou.ac.lk/c-delta-programme/> (2020-2021)
Adoption of the Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) Programme by Teachers and Students of Secondary School Level in Sri Lanka (Phase 1) – Research project supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada (2018-2019) <https://cdeltaousl.wordpress.com/>
Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Massive Open Online Course for Continuing Professional Development (CPDMOOCs) on the Adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) – Phase II, Research project supported by the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), India (2018-2019).
Impacts of Integrating OER in Teacher Education at the Open University of Sri Lanka – through a sub-grant received by OUSL from the Wawasan Open University, Malaysia under Research on Open Educational Resources for Development [ROER4D] Impact Studies [IS] supported by the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC), Canada (2015-2017); Dreamweaving OEP <https://oertlousl.wordpress.com>
Integration of ICT and OER into Teacher Education Programmes and Capacity Building of Teacher Educators at OUSL– Phase I & Phase II – Research Project supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada (2013-2014)
C-DELTA (Phase III) Project – “Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C–DELTA) implementation for Teachers and Students at the Secondary School Level in Sri Lanka” – supported by Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
Previous Research Projects:
PhD Supervision (OUSL)-
T. C. Sandanayaka – Innovative Design of Open Educational Resources-Integrated Online Courses to Support Undergraduate Learning – Degree Awarded (2018)
K.G.S.K. Perera – Development of a Framework to Design Professional Development Programs for School Teachers to Support Integration of ICT in Their Instructional Practices – Completed (2019)
MPhil Supervision (OUSL)
A. Peramunugamage – Development of a Framework to foster collaborative learning among engineering students using Moodle mobile app – Ongoing
Karunanayaka, S. P. (2020). Becoming Digital Education Leaders: Teacher Stories from Sri Lanka. In S. Mishra & S. Panda (eds.) Technology-Enabled Learning: Policies, Pedagogies, and Practices. (pp. 165-180). Commonwealth of Learning. http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/3655
Naidu, S., & Karunanayaka, S.P. (2020). Orchestrating Shifts in Perspectives and Practices about MOOC Design. In Ke Zhang, Curtis J. Bonk, Thomas C. Reeves, and Thomas H. Reynolds (Eds.) MOOCs and Open Education across Emerging Economies: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities. (pp. 72-80). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429398919
Karunanayaka, S. P., & Naidu, S. (2020). Capacity Building Around Open Educational Practices. In S.P. Karunanayaka, & S. Naidu, (Eds.) Pathways to Open Educational Practices. The Open University of Sri Lanka.
Peramunugamage A., Ratnayake H.U.W., Karunanayaka S.P., Halwatura R.U. (2020). Designing Online Learning Activities for Collaborative Learning Among Engineering Students. In: Auer M., Hortsch H., Sethakul P. (eds) The Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Engineering Education. ICL 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1134. (pp. 101-110). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40274-7_10
Karunanayaka, S. P. & Naidu, S. (2019). Teachers as Designers: At the Confluence of Technology, Pedagogy and OER. In Divya Singh & Mandala Makhanya (Eds.) Essays in Online Education: AGlobal Perspective. (pp. 33-46) Pretoria: Unisa Press.
Karunanayaka, S. P. & Naidu, S. (2019). Designing capacity building of educators in open educational resources integration leads to transformational change. In Jennifer Roberts, Mutuota Kigotho, Adrian Stagg (Eds.) Expanding Horizons in Open and Distance Learning. (pp. 87-109). Routledge.
Peramunugamage, A., Ratnayake, H. U. W., & Karunanayaka, S. P. (2018). Work-in-Progress: Development of a Framework to Foster Collaborative Learning Among Engineering Students Using Moodle Mobile App. in M. E. Auer and T. Tsiatsos (Eds.): The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education. ICL 2018, AISC 916. (pp. 3–13). Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11932-4_1
Karunanayaka, S. & Naidu, S. (2017). Impact of integrating OER in teacher education at the Open University of Sri Lanka. In C. Hodgkinson-Williams & P. B. Arinto (Eds.), Adoption and impact of OER in the Global South. (pp. 459–498). African Minds, IDRC & ROER4D. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.600398
Naidu, S. & Karunanayaka, S. (2014). Engines of Education: Integrating OER in Learning and Teaching. In S. Karunanayaka & S. Naidu (Eds). Integrating OER in Educational Practice:Practitioner (pp. 3-22). The Open University of Sri Lanka. http://bit.ly/2jzeDu1
Karunanayaka, S., Fernando, C., Jayasinghe, S., De Silva, V., & Hewapathirana, C. (2014). Change through Technology: A Journey. In S. Karunanayaka & S. Naidu (Eds). Integrating OER in Educational Practice: Practitioner Stories. (pp. 93-122). The Open University of Sri Lanka. http://bit.ly/2jzeDu1
Karunanayaka, S. & Naidu, S. (2009). Developing Professional Competencies of Teacher Educators in the use of Educational Technology, with Scenario-based Learning In Kinuthia & S. Marshall (Eds.) Cases ‘n’ Places: Global Cases in Educational Technology. (pp. 123-132). Information Age Publishing. http://bit.ly/2AiQcuZ
Naidu, S., Menon, M., Gunawardena, C., Lekamge, D., & Karunanayaka, S. (2007). How can scenario-based learning engender and promote reflective practice in online and distance education. In M. Spector (Eds.), Finding Your Online Voice: Stories Told by Experienced Online Educators (pp. 53-72). Lawrence Erlbaum. http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0668/2006027752-t.html
Karunanayaka, S. & Wijeratne, R. (2005). Educational media in Sri Lanka. In U.V. Reddi and S. Mishra (eds.) Perspectives on distance education: Educational media in Asia. (pp 55-67). Commonwealth of Learning.
Refereed Journal Articles
Karunanayaka, S. P., & Naidu, S. (2021). Impacts of Authentic Assessment on the Development of Graduate Attributes. Distance Education, 42(2), 231-252. https://doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2021.1920206
Sandanayake, T.C., Karunanayaka, S.P. & Madurapperuma, A.P.(2021). A framework to design open educational resources-integrated online courses for undergraduate learning: A design-based research approach. Education and Information Technologies (2021), 1-20, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10393-z
Abeywardena, I.S., Karunanayaka, S. P., Nkwenti, M.N., Tlad, L. (2018). A Collaborative Approach to OER Policy and Guidelines Development in the Commonwealth: The Case of Botswana, Cameroon and Sri Lanka. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), 19(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v19i2.3415
Karunanayaka, S. P., Naidu, S., Rajendra, J.C.N., & Ariadurai, S.A. (2018). Designing Continuing Professional Development MOOCs to promote the adoption of OER and OEP. Open Praxis10(2), 179-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/openpraxis.10.2.826
Karunanayaka, S. P., & Naidu, S. (2018). Designing Capacity Building of Educators in Open Educational Resources Integration Leads to Transformational Change. Distance Education. 39(1), 87-109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2017.1413933
Karunanayaka, S.P. (2019). Adoption of the Commonwealth Digital Education Leadership Training in Action (C-DELTA) Programme by Teachers and Students of Higher Secondary School Level in Sri Lanka – Research project supported by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada (2018-2019 – Completed)
Karunanayaka, S. P. (2019). Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Massive Open Online Courses for Continuous Professional Development (CPD MOOCs) on Adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) – A Design-based Capacity Development Initiative – Phase 2 – 2018-2019. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/OUSLCPDMOOCsReport2
Karunanayaka, S. P. (2018). Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of Massive Open Online Courses for Continuous Professional Development (CPD MOOCs) on Adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) – A Design-based Capacity Development Initiative – Phase 1 – 2017-2018. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/OUSLCPDMOOCsReport1
Study on the Professional Development of Teachers and Teacher Educators in Sri Lanka (2016). National Education Commission. Research Series (2014)-No. 2. Research Commissioned by NEC under the “Transforming School Education Project” (TSEP) World Bank. (Research Team Member)
An action research on the quality improvement of teaching practice component of the PGDE Programme (2014) Faculty of Education Research Series 1 (Research Team member)
A National Study on student achievement in English Language in Grade 10 – (2010) (Research Team member)
Research Study to examine the horizontal and vertical integration of the modernized curriculum introduced at Secondary Level (Grades 6-11) since 2007 (2010) (Research Team member)
Karunanayaka, S. (2009). A reflective study on the design, development and delivery of the first online course delivered in Moodle at OUSL (CRADE research) (Research Team Leader)
Karunanayaka, S. (2009). An in-depth study on the design features adopted in the online courses developed in Moodle at Faculty of Education, OUSL (CRADE research) (Research Team Leader)
Lekamge, D., Gunawardena, C, Karunanayaka, S. and De Zoysa, S (2008). A study on instructional strategies used by teachers for development of higher order cognitive skills in students (Research Team Member)
Gunawardena, G.I.C., Lekamge, G.D., Karunanayaka, S. & Dhanapala, T.D.T.L. (2005). Development of teacher competencies through the Post Graduate Diploma in Education Programme (Research Team Member)
Karunanayaka, S. Kularatne, N.G. & Udugama, L.S.K. (2003), A Process Evaluation of the ICT centres established under the GEP II – A study commissioned by the Ministry of Education (Research Team Leader)
Karunanayaka, S. P. (2016) Provincial OER Policy Development, Sri Lanka – Consultant Report – Commissioned by Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Retrieved from http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/2386