Internal or External

Study As
Full Time or Part Time

Principal Supervisor
Professor George Siemens

Main Campus
City West

Applications Close
29 Jan 2023

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate or International Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:

About This Project 

Map Australia’s educational technology ecosystem

If you’re keen to pursue a career in education and interested in developing understanding about the state of educational technology, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a contemporary project-based PhD with strong societal impact within the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning.

The Australian education sector has made significant investments in educational technology (edtech) over the last 20 years, greatly accelerated during COVID. Unfortunately, we know little about the structure of this investment. There is a lack of clarity around procurement, decision-making processes, which tools are used, who the prominent players are, students’ experiences, and ultimately, how learning is impacted. 

In Australia, edtech companies range from small startups serving a specific local school need to big tech firms offering advanced cloud computing and AI technologies. The sector, according to Edu-Growth, represents a multi-billion-dollar annual economy. Greater insights into edtech adoption and use in Australia will provide value for all stakeholders.

This project will produce a map of the edtech ecosystem in Australia, providing a detailed overview for teachers, researchers, and government agencies. 

You will join the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) and benefit from being in the top edtech research lab in Australia. C3L will provide you with access to world-class facilities and important networks, giving you a wealth of support and scope for research excellence.

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will investigate and map the edtech ecosystem in Australia, providing a detailed overview for teachers, researchers, and government agencies. You will evaluate the technologies in use in classrooms across Australia, how those technologies were evaluated and procured, and their impact on teaching and learning. 

The resulting output will be a detailed analysis of the prominent tools that are being used in educational settings, providing important insights for school leaders, parents, policymakers, and the edtech ecosystem.

Upon completion, you will possess critical thinking skills, technology and analytics skills, as well as a developed network of the Australian edtech ecosystem.

The project affords excellent opportunities to develop a global network of edtech researchers and collaborators. We will provide support for conference travel to present your work and start establishing your researcher profile.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based in the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning, which focuses on the complex relationship between human and artificial cognition, how it changes society, knowledge processes, and teaching and learning. 

The C3L uses complexity science methodologies, promotes the uptake of applied research and engages with the community, government agencies (healthcare, education, defence, cultural) and industry to research the lifespan of learning and the role of UniSA in serving all stages of knowledge and learning processes.

We focus on four key research streams: change in complex systems, infrastructures for AI, human and artificial cognition, and learning analytics.

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses. A fee offset for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Additionally, any Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant who holds an offer of admission without a living allowance will be eligible for the Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship. This scholarship is to the value of $46,653 per annum (2023 rates). Any Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship recipient will also receive a fee waiver. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately $34,300 per annum (2023 rates).

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to application from both domestic and international applicants.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD.

All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time or part-time and to be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide. Additionally, applications from students studying externally will also be considered. Note that international students on a student visa will need to study full-time.

Essential Dates 

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer.  Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Sunday, 29 January, 2023.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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