Photo of Dr Sagun Shrestha


Dr Sagun Shrestha

Research Associate


My name is Sagun Shrestha and I did my PhD on affordances of ICT in education in secondary school settings during the crisis contexts from Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland and I earned Masters in ELT (Specialism in ICT) from the University of Warwick, UK and Masters in English Education from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. My research focuses on issues of educational technology, such as affordances of ICT, retention in online courses, machinima as a teaching learning material, and inter alia. I have published several articles in the area of ICT in education in top-quartile journals and edited a few books related to teacher education.


Dr. Sagun Shrestha is a research associate at the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. In 2016 and 2017, he served as a founding editorial member of The Warwick ELT ezine, which promotes informed discussion of developments in ELT and draws attention to research and innovative practices related to English language learning and teaching and teacher education. He also served as an editor-in-chief of NELTA ELT Forum the official ezine of Nepal English Language Teachers' Association (NELTA) between 2017 and 2020. In 2021, He served as a reviewer of International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (IJDET), a peer-reviewed journal published by IJI Global and the Journal of NELTA, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association. He also contributed as an expert evaluator of the abstracts of the dissertations (2020) in British Council’s Master’s Dissertation Award Scheme in which I ranked the abstracts and gave feedback.

He has also served as a reviewer of Journal of NELTA Gandaki, a peer-reviewed Journal (JoNG), published by the Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association Gandaki Province, Pokhara, Nepal in 2019 and of Nepalese Translation Volume 3, published by Society of Translators, Nepal in 2018. I also contributed as a co-editor of Saishik Smarika, the magazine published by the Government of Nepal, Center for Educational and Human Resource Development, Sanothimi, Bhaktapur in 2018. When he was working in GEMS, one of the A-graded schools in Nepal, he served as an Editor-in-chief of The GEM, the annual magazine (souvenir) published by Graded Medium English School (GEMS), Lalitpur, Nepal.



Herodotou, Christothea; Shrestha, Sagun; Comfort, Catherine; Fernandez, Miriam; Andrews, Heshan; Mulholland, Paul; Bayer, Vaclav; Maguire, Claire and Lee, John (). PVC-Challenges Response: A student facing dashboard for online undergraduate students. Quality Enhancement and Innovation, The Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK..
Milrad, Marcelo; Herodotou, Christothea; Grizioti, Marianthi; Lincke, Alisa; Girvan, Carina; Papavlasopoulou, Sofia; Shrestha, Sagun and Zhang, Feiran. (). Combining Design Thinking with Emerging Technologies in K-12 Education. In: Methodologies and Intelligent Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning, Workshops - 13th International Conference., Springer, Cham, 15-27.


Shrestha, Sagun; Laudari, Suman and Gnawali, Laxman. (). Exploratory action research: experiences of Nepalese EFL teachers. ELT Journal.
Giri, Ram Ashish; Dawadi, Saraswati; Shrestha, Sagun and Haque, Saifa (). Enhancement Approach: Success Stories of EFL Teachers from Bangladesh and Nepal. Online: BELTA and NELTA.
Shrestha, Sagun; Gnawali, Laxman and Laudari, Suman. (). Issues of Participant Retention in an Online Course for English as a Foreign Language Teachers. International Journal of Research in English Education, 7 (1) pp. 86-98.
Shrestha, Sagun; Haque, Saifa; Dawadi, Saraswati and Giri, Ram Ashish. (). Preparations for and practices of online education during the Covid-19 pandemic: A study of Bangladesh and Nepal. Education and Information Technologies pp. 243-265.


Dawadi, Saraswati; Shrestha, Sagun and Giri, Ram A.. (). Mixed-Methods Research: A Discussion on its Types, Challenges, and Criticisms. Journal of Practical Studies in Education, 2 (2) pp. 25-36.
Adhikari, Bal Ram and Shrestha, Sagun. (). Translation during the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal: Performance without recognition. Bridge: Trends and traditions in translation and interpreting studies, 2 (2) pp. 4-28.
Shrestha, Sagun and Gnawali, Laxman. (). Emergency Response in Educational Policies during COVID-19 in Nepal: A Critical Review. IAFOR Journal of Education, 9 (2) pp. 163-181.
Laxman, Gnawali; Laudari, Suman and Shrestha, Sagun (). Exploratory Action Research: Stories of Nepalese EFL Teachers. Kathmandu: Nepal English Language Teachers' Association.


Shrestha, Sagun and Harrison, Tilly. (). Using Machinima as Teaching and Learning Materials: A Nepalese Case Study. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 9 (2) pp. 37-52.
Shrestha, Sagun. (). A SUCCESS STORY CONFERENCE: WHAT, WHY AND HOW?. ELTED, 22 pp. 60-65.


Shrestha, Sagun. (). Role and Status of English and Other Languages in Nepal. Journal of NELTA, 21 (1-2) pp. 105-112.

Media appearances

How coronavirus has changed third-level education

RTE Brainstorm | 24th March 2020

Minimising Covid-19 impact on Nepal education: What can be done next?

Online Khabar | 19th June 2001

More homework needed

The Kathmandu Post | 7th December 2018

Nepal needs an ICT census

The Kathmandu Post | 11th April 2021

Quality education in Nepal: Public and private schools and mutual benefit

Online Khabar | 27th September 2001

Technology on wheels

The Kathmandu Post | 22nd January 2019

The lessons developing countries can take from Ireland's language and digital policies

RTE Brainstorm | 17th June 2019


E-Moderation Course Scholarship, 2017

to complete E-moderation Course from The Counstants-E, UK

Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship (GOI IES) 2018

a prestigious award offered from Higher Education Authority Ireland

Hornby Alumni Projects Award 2018

to mentor teachers to conduct Exploratory Action Research

Hornby Alumni Projects Award 2020

to mentor Exploratory Action Research mentors

Hornby Alumni Projects Award 2020

to conduct success story forum (

Hornby Scholarship 2016

to study Master's in ELT (Specialism in ICT) in the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

IRRAL Postgraduate Award 2021

by Irish Association for Applied Linguistics

Professional Development Scholarship, 2015

49th International TESOL Conference and English Language Expo, Toronto Canada

The Regent Scholarship, 2015

at the 49th IATEFL international conference, Manchester, UK