Arslan Azad

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2021-2025)

Topic: "Supporting Student Classroom Collaboration using Learning Analytics Dashboard"
Supervisors: Dr. Vitomir Kovanović, Dr. Srećko Joksimović, Prof. Shane Dawson and Dr. Malgorzata Korolkiewicz

With a background in Electrical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Data Science, Arslan comes with a diverse background and is a proponent of the diversity of knowledge. His focus area during PhD is monitoring of student learning progressions and learning gains, with an aim to leverage data science to enhance student learning. During his free time, Arslan likes to offer volunteer career coaching to students and graduates and is affiliated with the coaching initiative by NUSTIAN USA – a non-profit organisation in the United States that works on industry-academia linkage.

Abhinava Barthakur

PhD Student, UniSA STEM (2020-2024)

Topic: "Assessment of learning and development of 21st century skills within online educational settings: a data-driven psychometric model"
Supervisors: Prof. Abelardo Pardo, Dr. Srećko Joksimović, Dr. Michael Richey and Dr. Vitomir Kovanović

Abhinava Barthakur is a PhD student at the University of South Australia. With a background in data science, his research focuses on making data-driven decisions to enhance online learning. More specifically, his thesis will investigate the different types of learning approaches adopted within the MOOC domain and study how these learning behaviour change with intervention.

Kimberley Bennett

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2026)

Topic: "Qualitative assessment of learning analytics and learner profiles"
Supervisors: Dr. Vitomir Kovanović, Prof. Shane Dawson and Prof. George Siemens

Kimberley is a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia. Her background is in language and international education, in Australia and Germany - she has served as Head of Languages and Coordinator of European Languages in South Australian, Australian and International Baccalaureate Curricula and is co-coordinator of a long-standing annual exchange program to Germany for senior secondary students across all SA school sectors. Her research is in Capabilities development in secondary education (in particular Intercultural Understanding) and the use of Learning Analytics and Learner Profiles to inform adaptive teaching.

Tamishka Brass

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2026)

Topic: "Developing transformative competencies through middle school career awareness programs"
Supervisors: A/Prof. Simon Leonard, Dr. Florence Gabriel, Dr. John Kennedy and Dr. Bec Neill

Tamishka Brass bio

Jennifer Chalmers

EdD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2021-2028)

Topic: "STEM Education: Teachers' Attitudes Towards Online Resources in Australian Classrooms and the Impact on Adolescent Girls' Motivation for STEM Education"
Supervisors: Dr. Vitomir Kovanović, Prof. Shane Dawson and Dr. Lisa O Keeffe

Jennifer is an EdD student in Education Futures at the University of South Australia. Her research interest is in STEM education in middle-years within government schools. She aims to investigate effective real-world connections to the science curriculum and strategies that improve student uptake and engagement in STEM at this stage of schooling. Jennifer is also the Education Manager at The Royal Institution of Australia and has experience as a secondary school science teacher specialising in Physics in Scotland.

Alrike Claassen

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2026)

Topic: "Evaluation for improving course design and teaching practice in higher education"
Supervisors: Prof. Shane Dawson, A/Prof. Negin Mirriahi and Dr. Vitomir Kovanović

Alrike Claassen is a PhD student at UniSA Education Futures and a part-time Instructional Designer at the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L). Previously, Alrike worked as Instructional Designer in Higher Education in South Africa. Her research interest includes the intersection between learning analytics, educational design and teacher practice in the context of Higher Education.

Daniel Ebbert

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2026)

Topic: "Education Video Puzzle"
Supervisors: Prof. Shane Dawson, A/Prof. Negin Mirriahi, Dr. Srećko Joksimović and Dr. Natasha Wilson

Daniel is a PhD student at the University of South Australia. After having worked in the field of providing educational technology to lecturers at universities in Germany he joined UniSA to start his PhD. He aims to research how to improve educational videos provided to students at higher education institutions.

Samuel Fowler

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2019-2026)

Topic: "Improving geometry: The potential of digital technology in enhancing the enactment of the mathematics proficiencies"
Supervisors: A/Prof. Simon Leonard, Prof. Robert Fitzgerald and Dr. Florence Gabriel

Sam is a PhD candidate in the School of Education. His research relates to using professional development to shift in service teachers' epistemologies in order to promote innovative use of digital tools. In addition to this study, he also works with the Connect team (the universities STEM outreach group) to promote effective transdisciplinary thinking in primary school students.

Susan Gaardboe

PhD Student, UniSA STEM (2019-2024)

Topic: "STEM engagement in primary schools: the impact of problem context on critical and creative thinking"
Supervisors: Prof. David Cropley, A/Prof. Simon Leonard, Dr. Tim Patston and Prof. Martin Westwell

Sue is a PhD candidate with a background in Art Conservation and Education, and a focus on STEM teaching and leadership in Primary Schools in South Australia. Sue is a recipient of the SA Science Excellence Awards STEM Educator of the Year. Her research project is investigating STEM Engagement in Primary Schools, particularly the impact of problem context in Problem Based Learning on Critical and Creative Thinking.

Katie Gloede

EdD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2018-2027)

Topic: "Developing a cross curriculuar approach to engaging students in STEM education through the use of digital tecnologies and sport (physical education) as the learning mediums"
Supervisors: Prof. Shane Dawson, Dr. Srećko Joksimović and Dr. Bec Neill

Katie is a EdD candidate at the University of South Australia. Her background is in sport science and physical education, including 15 years of teaching nationally and internationally. Her research interest includes how sport can be used as a vehicle to engage underrepresented students in STEM education. Katie currently works for the Adelaide Crows Foundation where she has designed and delivered the ACARA-aligned STEMfooty program to over 3000 students regionally and remote every year.

Vanessa Gorman

EdD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2030)

Topic: "Understanding the impact of improved self-regulation on self-efficacy in mathematics and science"
Supervisors: A/Prof. Simon Leonard, Dr. John Kennedy, Dr. Florence Gabriel and Dr. Anthea Fudge

Vanessa is a EdD candidate at The University of South Australia. Her background is in mathematics and science education, including fifteen years as Head of Mathematics in two independent schools. Her research interests include how the explicit teaching of self-regulated learning can improve formative assessment for student learning in mathematics. By teachers providing motivational tasks and questioning to support productive challenge in the classroom to elicit student mathematical thinking can this be captured as defensible data for reporting purposes, reducing the current reliance on only summative tests.

Karl Grice

EdD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2030)

Topic: "Improving computational thinking through the development of a low Earth orbit satellite"
Supervisors: Prof. David Cropley, Dr. John Kennedy and Dr. Rebecca Marrone

Karl is an EdD candidate at The University of South Australia. Karl is currently running a small business focused on STEM outreach work, particularly in an outdoor education setting. Previously, Karl has worked as Assistant Head, Head of Faculty and teacher in 3 different countries, over 25 years. He is researching the use of computational thinking to solve complex problems as a method of engaging students in STEM, particularly in the field of Space.

Jessica Jarrett

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2029)

Topic: "Human-Al collaboration, learning analytics and real time feedback"
Supervisors: Prof. Maarten De Laat, Dr. Srećko Joksimović and Dr. Rebecca Marrone

Jessica has a background in Psychological Science, Social Sciences and Teaching so brings a diverse range of knowledge to the team. Her PhD looks at how we can bring Artificial Intelligence Technology into classrooms to assist teachers and students in their learning.

Lesley-Anne Johnson

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2020-2024)

Topic: "The Networks, Associated Practices, and Value Creation of Social Learning Amongst Teachers Engaged in Practitioner Research"
Supervisors: A/Prof. Simon Leonard, Prof. David Cropley, Dr. Jill Colton, Prof. Maarten De Laat and Dr. Nicole Archard

Lesley is a full-time teacher at Trinity College in Gawler. She has a special interest in teacher professional learning. Lesley’s PhD uses a practice architectures framework to understand how social learning supports teachers’ knowledge construction and practice development as practitioner researchers for a ‘research-rich’ and ‘research-engaged’ profession.

Alicia Lopez Floyd

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2030)

Topic: "Leadership competency in complex climates"
Supervisors: Prof. George Siemens, Prof. Shane Dawson, Prof. Abelardo Pardo, Dr. Michael Richey and Dr. Freddie Covington

Alicia Lopez Floyd is a PhD student at C3L exploring development of leadership competency in complex climates. She serves Boeing as a Learning & Development Leader in a HR Community of Excellence (CoE), responsible for senior manager and executive development. Alicia graduated with a Dual Bachelors of Arts and Science in Psychology and Business Management from Erskine College in 2006, and MBA and MSPM from The Citadel Graduate College. In 2019, she was selected as Women of Color in STEM-Technology Rising Star and Chamber of Commerce Leadership Charleston honoree. In 2020, she was honored with “Top 40 Under 40” through Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Sandy Maranna

PhD Student, UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance (2019-2028)

Topic: "Developing cross-disciplinary essential skills using learning analytic methods in students across health disciplines"
Supervisors: A/Prof. Maurizio Costabile, A/Prof. Nayana Parange, Dr. Srecko Joksimovic and Dr. John Wilson

Sandy is a PhD candidate at The University of South Australia. Her background is in medicine and she is a teaching academic in the Medical Sonography program. Her research interests are online learning, self-regulated learning and use of learning analytics to measure impact. Her proposed research project is ‘Developing cross-disciplinary essential skills using learning analytic methods in students across health disciplines’.

Kate Morgante

EdD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2030)

Topic: "Evaluating the impact of holistic learner profiles"
Supervisors: Prof. Shane Dawson, Dr. Vitomir Kovanović and Dr. Srećko Joksimović

Kate is a EdD candidate at The University of South Australia. Her background is in science education, and she is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning at an private Adelaide Girl's school. Her research interests are capabilities-based teaching and learning, learner profiles and change leadership. Her research looks to focus on cultivating transformation in secondary schools through the implementation of a competency-based learner profile.

Claire Murray

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2026)

Topic: "Student wellbeing through artificial intelligence"
Supervisors: Dr. John Kennedy, A/Prof. Simon Leonard, Prof. Maarten De Laat and Dr. Florence Gabriel

Claire Murray is a PhD candidate, tutor, and research assistant with the University of South Australia. She works predominately within the Education Futures team. She has a background in Education with a particular focus on Human Development. Claire has worked in a variety of educational institutions. Her expertise is working with students: from low SES backgrounds, students with complex health needs, and indigenous populations. The focus for her PhD is the design and implementation of a new tool to assess, measure and monitor individual students’ well-being.

Nicholas Pattison

EdD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2020-2028)

Topic: "How can virtual reality be used to visualise, experience and enhance different learning processes and concepts in education settings such as: design thinking, and Maths and indigenous knowledge systems"
Supervisors: A/Prof. Simon Leonard and Dr. Paul Unsworth

Nick is an EdD student in Education Futures at the University of South Australia. He hopes to investigate how immersive technologies, such as virtual reality, can promote and enhance both student cooperation and learning in primary classrooms. Nick was recently awarded honorary faculty status at The Celtic Research Centre of Glasgow University in order to explore how virtual reality can promote learning with Gaelic students. He completed his Master of Education at Waikato University, New Zealand. His research focused on how schools can partner with industry towards solving authentic problems. Nick is currently leading the primary school STEM team at Graded - The American School of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Phuong Pham

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2026)

Topic: "Career professional development in the workplace"
Supervisors: Prof. Maarten De Laat, Dr. Srećko Joksimović, Dr. Rebecca Marrone and A/Prof. Jimmy Jaldemark

Prior to joining the University of South Australia as a PhD student, Phuong had over ten years of professional working experience in educational sector in Vietnam. Her research interest focuses on professional learning and development and workplace learning. More specifically, her thesis investigates how the current and future use of on-site workplace and digital learning practices and look into the impact digital technology such as artificial intelligence and learning analytics has on supporting learning and professional development in public practice firms.

David Randall

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2026)

Topic: "ePortfolios and self-regulated learning in higher education"
Supervisors: A/Prof. Chris Deneen and Dr. Rebecca Marrone

David is a learning design consultant with experience working across industry, TAFE’s and universities. He has advised on learning design, governance and compliance in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia. David’s research interest is investigating how ePortfolios can be designed to improve self-regulated learning skills.

Nazanin Reza Zadeh Mottaghi

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2026)

Topic: "Examining self-regulated learning through regular reflective practice and feedback"
Supervisors: Prof. Shane Dawson, A/Prof. Negin Mirriahi, Dr Srećko Joksimovic, and Prof. Jelena Jovanović

Nazanin is a PhD student at university of South Australia with a different background in Speech Pathology and Cognitive Science. Her previous research has focused on improving executive function skills in children, and now, she started to investigate how to improve Self-regulated Learning through reflection in Higher Education in order to improve academic achievement.

Chanvi Singh

PhD Student, UniSA STEM (2018-2023)

Topic: "Social system factors affecting project success"
Supervisors: Prof. David Cropley, Prof. Maureen Dollard, Prof. Roni Reiter-Palmon and A/Prof. Adrian James

Chanvi Singh is a PhD candidate at University of South Australia. With a background in work and organisational psychology, her research focuses on looking at the future of work through a social systems lens. She is affiliated with the PSC Global Observatory, University of South Australia, the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning, and the Centre for Workplace Excellence, University of South Australia. Her research interests spans Industry 4.0, organisational innovation and creativity, organisational psychosocial safety and creating effective organisational change management practices.

Megan Taylor

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2021-2025)

Topic: "Developing computational thinking"
Supervisors: Prof. George Siemens, Dr. Srecko Joksimovic and Prof. Samuel Grieff

Megan Taylor is a PhD candidate and research assistant at UniSA Education Futures. She has diverse educational experience, which includes teaching English as an additional language, tutoring, and providing academic learning advice in university settings. The focus of her PhD is to understand the dynamics of complex problem solving to inform teaching and learning 21st Century skills, such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.

Lynnae Venaruzzo

EdD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2019-2027)

Topic: "Exploring motivation and learning strategies in flipped online classrooms"
Supervisors: Prof. Shane Dawson, A/Prof. Negin Mirriahi and Dr. Sasha Poquet

Lynnae is an EdD student in Education Futures at the University of South Australia. Her research interests are motivation, self-regulated learning and the learning experiences of second-year university students. Lynnae is a SFHEA and is Director Postgraduate Transformation / Head of Technology-Enabled-Learning at Western Sydney University.

Maria Vieira

PhD Student, UniSA STEM (2021-2029)

Topic: "Developing Creativity as a Key Industry 4 Competency"
Supervisors: Prof. David Cropley, A/Prof. Simon Leonard, Dr. Kristin Alford, Dr. John Kennedy and Dr. Lisa Bailey

Holding a Master's Degree in Psychology of Creativity, Maria Vieira is a Lecturer in Education Future and PhD Researcher in STEM at the University of South Australia. In her current position, she coordinates a gender equity program involving more than 500 schoolgirls in South Australia and Victoria. After working for more than five years for technology companies in Australia and overseas, she felt encouraged to make a meaningful contribution to increasing female participation in this field. More specifically, her research focuses on understanding the contribution of creative confidence to closing the gender gap in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Ultimately, she aims to raise awareness of non-cognitive aspects of education and the relevance of innovative methodologies to address a new learning approach to increase women's interest and retention in disciplines in which they are still under-represented.

Eric Zhengzheng Wang

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2022-2030)

Topic: "AI Learning Lab"
Supervisors: Prof. Maarten De Laat, Dr. Srecko Joksimovic and Dr. Rebecca Marrone

Eric Zhengzheng Wang is a PhD candidate in C3L, Education Futures, at the University of South Australia. His background is in data science and systems engineering. He is currently the Machine Learning Engineer at a FinTech company and has experience from consultancy in big data engineering domain, business system integration in healthcare domain, as well as data analysis in Telecommunications domain. His research focuses on networked collaborative learning, human-AI collaboration and complex problem-solving. His research will be carried out as a classroom project for students to solve a complex design task. Eric hopes to leverage computer vision and NLP technologies to capture and measure multimode data, to analyse how students interact with AI and how AI augments teacher’s teaching.

Mark Whitehorn

PhD Student, UniSA Education Futures (2021-2029)

Topic: "Exploring the role of science dispositions on creative thinking for adolescent female Learners"
Supervisors: Dr. Vitomir Kovanovic, Prof. Shane Dawson and Dr. Rebecca Marrone

Mark is a commencing PhD candidate at the University of South Australia. He is currently the Assistant Principal at Mitcham Girls High School and has wide-ranging teaching and leadership experience in Australia and in the UK, which has included leading mathematics and developing innovative teaching and learning models. Prior to teaching, he worked as a software engineer after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Computing. Mark is passionate about STEM learning and how creativity and agile problem solving is being taught in our schools. His research focus will be addressing the role of girls’ dispositions towards STEM subjects have on creativity in these subjects. With an interest in data science, Mark hopes to incorporate Structural Equation modelling in his analysis, which has the potential to help inform curriculum design.

Samantha Wyatt

PhD Student, UniSA STEM (2021-2030)

Topic: "Developing Creativity as a Key Industry 4 Competency"
Supervisors: David Cropley, A/Prof. Simon Leonard, Dr. Florence Gabriel, Dr. Rebecca Marrone and Mr. Wayne Jaeschke

Samantha Wyatt bio

Andrew Zamecnik

PhD Student, UniSA STEM (2019-2023)

Topic: "Technology-mediated learning and assessment of collaborative problem-solving processes through learning anayltic"
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Andrew Zamecnik is a PhD student with the UniSA STEM group. His research interest focuses on monitoring and improving the cohesion of teams in technology-mediated learning environments by developing novel data-driven analytical methods to measure their processes.is a PhD student in UniSA STEM at the University of South Australia. For his Honours topic, he applied a combination of innovative mathematical and programming expertise in order to connect and understand the different personas of Online UniSA students that will be state-of-the-art.