Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning


Professor George Siemens


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Professor George Siemens researches networks, analytics, wellbeing, and openness in education. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. He has served as PI or Co-PI on grants totalling more than $15m, with funding from NSF, SSHRC (Canada), Intel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, and the Soros Foundation. He has served as a collaborator on international grants in European Union, Singapore, Australia, Senegal, Ghana, and UK. He has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. He holds an honorary professorship with University of Edinburgh. Professor Siemens is a founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research. He has advised government agencies in Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs).

He blogs at http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/ and on Twitter: gsiemens

Professor Shane Dawson


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Professor Shane Dawson’s research interests lie in the use of social network analysis and learner ICT interaction data to inform and benchmark teaching and learning quality. More recently he has been involved in research related to understanding academic leadership and analytics adoption processes. He is a co-developer of numerous open source software including the Online Video Annotations for Learning (OVAL); OnTask (personalised feedback tool); and SNAPP a social network visualization tool designed for teaching staff to better understand, identify and evaluate student learning, engagement, academic performance and creative capacity.

Professor Dawson is a founding executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and past program and conference chair of the International Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference.

Dr Vitomir Kovanovic

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Dr Vitomir Kovanovic is a Research Fellow at the School of Education, University of South Australia and a Data Scientist at the Teaching Innovation Unit, University of South Australia. Vitomir obtained his Ph.D. in Informatics, at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom in 2017, under the supervision of Prof. Dragan Gaševic. His research focuses on the development of novel learning analytics systems using learners' trace data records collected by learning management systems with the goal of understanding and improving student learning. Vitomir is particularly interested in students' self-regulation of learning and understanding how trace data can be used to gain a deeper understanding of learning processes. At the moment, he also serves as an executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) which is a leading research society focused on promotion and development of Learning Analytics field.

Dr Srecko Joksimovic

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Dr Srecko Joksimovic explores the symbiosis of human and artificial cognition to understand knowledge processes and their impact on society. More specifically, this entails an understanding of how contextual, social, cognitive, and affective factors influence the abilities of both groups and individuals to develop the necessary skills and competencies for solving complex real-world problems. In so doing, Srecko utilizes and adapts a wide range of methods from machine learning, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing, as well as data science and social computing. His research work has brought about new insights into factors that promote effective multiple disciplinary learning and work; and informed the design of tools and methods to promote sensemaking processes.

Srecko has a strong publication record in top journal and conference venues related to the fields of learning analytics, educational data mining, and learning technologies. His work has received considerable recognition in the international research community as evidenced through several best paper awards, scholarships, and stipends. Srecko has been actively involved in the development of the learning analytics research field. He had an opportunity to serve on the Executive Committee of the Society for Learning Analytics Research for four years, between 2015 and 2019. As an Executive Committee member and the Website Portfolio Chair, he had a chance to directly contribute to exploring the role and impact of analytics on teaching, learning, training and development.

Dr Oleksandra Poquet

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Dr Oleksandra Poquet is a Research Fellow at the C3L at the University of South Australia. Sasha researches how human, technological, and artificially intelligent agents can change peer learning and knowledge processes in digital settings. Her recent work focuses on how socio-technical networks form, what indicators capture social learning in networked environments, and what mechanisms drive peer effects through digitally mediated communication. Sasha received a MA from Aarhus University (Denmark), Deusto University (Spain), and Institute of Education, London (the UK), and a PhD in Learning Analytics from the University of South Australia. Sasha completed her postdoctoral training at the National University of Singapore. Sasha is active in the learning analytics community, currently serving as a Vice-President on the executive committee of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). More info can be found on her website.

Dr Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos

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Dr Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos is a Research Fellow in Human and Artificial Cognition at the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at the University of South Australia. Fernando has a Master of Applied Science in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Ballarat (2005-2007) and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Adelaide (2007-2011). From November 2014 to December 2016, Fernando was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University, Sweden. His research interests include embodied cognition (e.g. embodiment of language and emotions) and applied statistics/methodology. More recently, Fernando’s interests include experimental education, statistical cognition, and intersections between concepts in human cognition and artificial intelligence in learning scenarios and processes. Fernando can be reached via his personal website or Twitter account. His Google scholar citations lives here.

Dr Florence Gabriel

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Dr Florence Gabriel is Research Fellow at C3L and at the School of Education, University of South Australia. Florence completed her PhD in psychology and education in 2011, under the joint supervision of Professor Alain Content from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Dr Denes Szucs from the University of Cambridge. Following her PhD, Dr Gabriel worked as a research associate at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education at the University of Cambridge where she investigated the roots of developmental dyscalculia and mathematics anxiety. She then moved to the Science of Learning Research Centre at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. More recently Florence has been working on the OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 project. Her research interests include the science of learning, creativity and mathematics education.

Chen Zhan

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Chen Zhan is a research associate at the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at the University of South Australia. He obtained his master degree in software engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2016 and completed his PhD in computer and information science from the University of South Australia in 2020. Also, he had an internship in the Data Analytics Group (DAG) at the University of South Australia as a full stack developer and a research assistant from 2014 to 2015. His research interests focus on data mining and its application in various disciplines, including environmental science, economics, bioinformatics and pharmacoepidemiology. In particular, he had research experience in developing computational methods for detecting signals of adverse drug events from healthcare data. More recently, he joined the C3L to contribute to the research in the development of products and services of privacy-preserving analytics for the education technology industry.

Professor Abelardo Pardo

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Abelardo Pardo is Professor and Dean Academic at the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment at the University of South Australia. His research interests include the design and deployment of technology to increase the understanding and improve digital learning experiences. More specifically, his work examines the areas of learning analytics, personalized active learning, and technology for student support. He is the author of over 150 research papers in scholarly journals and international conferences in the area of educational technology and engineering education. He is currently member of the executive board and vice president of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).

Dr Negin Mirriahi

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Dr Negin Mirriahi is an academic developer (Senior Lecturer) at the University of South Australia’s Teaching Innovation Unit. She works closely with academics and leads the design and development of fully online courses for the university’s UniSA Online initiative and is involved in staff development activities. She has also taught in accredited learning and teaching programs at the university level and designed and co-taught the multi-award winning MOOC Learning to Teach Online. She is also involved in the design and implementation of video technologies, particularly a video annotation tool that has been piloted in various institutions and disciplines. Her research has largely focused on learning analytics to inform pedagogical change in higher education particularly in the areas of learning with video in flipped classroom and online learning environments.

Ms Barbara Chamberlain

Project and Administration Officer

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Ms Barbara Chamberlain is the acting Project and Administration Officer for the Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU) and the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L). Barbara comes to the centre with many years of professional experience across a number of units and roles within the University of South Australia (UniSA) and spent some time undertaking research administration with the University of Newcastle (UoN), New South Wales. In addition to administrative roles at UniSA and UoN, Barbara has had extensive experience in administration and finance roles in private industry and the public services sector. Barbara likes to relax by reading a good novel or listening to music and loves to walk around her home city of Adelaide and its surrounding hills and beaches. Her other interests lie in travel, humanitarian causes and politics.

Associate Professor Sheridan Gentili

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Associate Professor Sheridan Gentili is the Associate Director of the Teaching Innovation Unit at the University of South Australia. She has a background in developmental physiology and a Graduate Diploma in Biostatistics, and is an active biomedical researcher collaborating with colleagues at the University of Adelaide, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and St. Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. More recently Sheridan’s research interests have expanded to include effect that novel learning and teaching tools, and feedback, have on student engagement and academic performance.

Dr Jing Gao

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Dr Jing Gao is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies in the Teaching Innovation Unit at the University of South Australia and holds academic qualifications in Business Management, Computer Science and a PhD in Information Systems. He is an active researcher in the area of Information Management and an IT solution consultant for many large organisations in Australia. He has developed many commercial software solutions for both public and private organisations such as SA Water, Royal Australian Navy, AGL and Macquarie Generation. Some of his work has been implemented as policy directives in government organizations such as NSW Health. He has also led the development team in implementing many learning technologies such as TKiEE, Ontask, Oval systems.

Dr Ysabella Van Sebille

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Dr Ysabella Van Sebille is the Program Facilitator (Senior Lecturer) for the Division of Health Sciences courses at UniSA Online and is the theme leader for personalised learning research at UniSA Online. She has responsibility for leading the development and delivery of teaching for UniSA Online students. Her background is in oncology, which she remains an active researcher in. Dr Van Sebille is a member and ambassador for the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), and her work has been featured in the media multiple times. Dr Van Sebille’s research has been all published in Q1 journals and is widely cited, and her work has been acknowledged with over 20 awards, including The South Australian Young Achiever of the Year. More recently, Ysabella’s research interests have expanded to include online pedagogy, with specific interests in self-regulated learning, online teacher-presence, and engaging online videos.

Rebecca Marrone

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Rebecca Marrone is a graduating PhD student and researcher in the School of Engineering and the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at the University of South Australia. Her background is a combination of Psychology, Education and Engineering and she researches across the three fields. Her particular research interests include encouraging disadvantaged students to pursue Mathematics, creativity and STEM education. Rebecca has published in education, psychology and creativity journals and often travels to present her research at international conferences. Her talk “we can all be STEM superheroes’ was featured at TedX UniSA in 2019. Her twitter account is found at @becmarrone.

Dr Michael Richey

The Boeing Company, United States

Adjunct Senior Industry Fellow, School of Engineering, University of South Australia
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Dr Michael Richey is the Chief Learning Scientist and a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow currently assigned to support educational technology and innovation research at The Boeing Company. Michael is responsible for leading a team conducting engineering education research projects that focus on improving the learning experience for students, incumbent engineers and technicians. His research encompasses, Sociotechnical Systems, Learning Curves, and Engineering Education Research. Michael has served on various advisory groups including, the editorial board of the Journal of Engineering Education, Boeing Higher Education Integration Board, American Society for Engineering Education Project Board and the National Science Foundation I-UCRC Industry University Collaborative Research Center Advisory Board. Michael has authored or co-authored over 40 publications in leading journals including Science Magazine, The Journal of Engineering Education and INCOSE addressing topics in large scale system integration, learning sciences and systems engineering.

Dr Charles Camarda

NASA, United States

Adjunct Senior Industry Fellow, School of Engineering, University of South Australia
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Dr Charles Camarda was born in Queens, New York and received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1974. Upon graduation, he began work at NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC), received his M.S. from GW in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from VPI in 1990. He was Head of the Thermal Structures Branch at LaRC in 1996 when he was selected to be an Astronaut. He flew on the return-to-flight mission of Space Shuttle, STS-114, in 2005 following the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy. He was selected Director of Engineering at JSC in December 2005, was the Deputy Director for Advanced Projects for NASA’s Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), NASA’s Senior Advisor for Innovation, and was NASA’s Senior Advisor for Engineering Development at NASA’s Langley Research Center prior to his retirement in May of 2019. Dr. Camarda holds 9 patents, over 60 technical publications, and over 20 national and international awards including an IR-100 Award for one of the top 100 technical innovations, the NASA Spaceflight Medal, an Exceptional Service Medal, the American Astronautical Society 2006 Flight Achievement Award, and was recently inducted into the Air and Space Cradle of Aviation Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2017. .

Professor Jelena Jovanović

The University of Belgrade, Serbia

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Jelena Jovanovic is a Professor at the Department of Software Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in programming, applied artificial intelligence, and social network analysis. As a researcher, she used to be primarily focused on semantic technologies, particularly, semantic web / linked data technologies, and their application in the educational domain. In recent years her focus is on statistical and machine learning methods and techniques, social network analysis, text analytics, and other computational approaches that allow for data analysis and extraction of meaningful information from raw data (including both learning traces and textual data). She is particularly interested in combining human and machine intelligence for better understanding of the learning process and making thus obtained insights actionable through appropriate instructional interventions. Jelena has published over 120 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and several chapters in books on intelligent systems, educational technology, and learning analytics.

Professor Roger Azevedo

Visit as part of Fulbright Specialist Program, USA

University of Central Florida, USA

May 2019 — June 2019
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Dr. Azevedo is a Professor in the Department of Learning Sciences and Educational Research at the University of Central Florida. He is also an affiliated faculty in the Department of Computer Science and in the College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Central Florida and the lead scientist for the Learning Sciences Faculty Cluster Initiative. His main research area includes examining the role of cognitive, metacognitive, affective, and motivational self-regulatory processes during learning with advanced learning technologies (e.g., intelligent tutoring systems, hypermedia, multimedia, simulations, serious games, immersive virtual learning environments).

Sofia Shan

The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

May 2019 — July 2019
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Sofia is a student experience researcher at Biomedical Sciences Teaching Organisation, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her research focuses on the first-year academic transition experiences of home students studying in the two Biomedical Sciences programmes in the source and host country – UK and China, in order to identify the benefit and challenges of re-enacting a UK undergraduate degree model in a mainland Chinese context. In her PhD, she explored the learning experience of Chinese masters’ students and how they had made adaptation into the Western higher education, aiming to provide insights and explanations for the mismatching expectations between the Chinese students and their Western teachers. Sofia has currently brought her skills and experience in qualitative research to the C3L-team. She currently investigates the perception and challenges of using educational technologies and learning analytics in Australian schools.

Dr Claudia Mazziotti

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

January 2019 — March 2019
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Claudia is a postdoctoral educational research scientist at the Institute of Educational Research, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. Her research focuses on developing, evaluating and scaling-up adaptive educational technologies and on collaborative learning mainly in failure-based learning settings. In her PhD, she investigated whether the beneficial effect of Productive Failure also transfers to young students and what students’ small group collaboration plays for the effectiveness of this learning approach. Building upon on Claudia’s previous work at the Stanford Research Institute and in close collaboration with the C3L-team, she currently investigates how to implement educational technologies and learning analytics in Australian schools.

Giada Trisolini

The University of Bologna, Italy

July 2018 — October 2018
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Giada is a PhD student at the Department of Education Studies, The University of Bologna in didactic and new educational technologies. She has devoted part of her previous research to issues relating to the instructional design of digital environments with a particular interest in "learning objects" models in LMS and MOOCs applying constructivist approaches. Nowadays, her PhD research aims to analyse Italian MOOCs didactic models in order to identify weaknesses and strengths. Giada is studying the didactic approaches that are activated in the MOOC design processes and the aim of her research is to propose a MOOCs pedagogical model based on the use of constructive and collaborative strategies.

Lisa-Angelique Lim

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Lisa is a PhD student with the School of Education at The University of South Australia. Her research interest is in the impact of technological innovations on student learning. Currently, her dissertation aims to investigate how students make sense of feedback from student-facing learning analytics reporting systems, as well as the effect of such systems on academic emotions and self-regulated learning. Having had extensive experience as an academic developer, Lisa enjoys working closely with academic staff at the University to identify effective ways to implement learning analytics-based systems in their own teaching contexts.

Hamideh Iraj

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Hamideh Iraj is a PhD student at the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences at the University of South Australia. Her research area is learning analytics, and in her PhD, she applies data-driven approaches to improve feedback systems in education.

PhD topic: The Importance of Feedback Actionability in Learning Environments

Andrew Zamecnik

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Andrew Zamecnik is an Honours student at the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment at the University of South Australia, with prospects of undertaking a PhD of Computer Science in the Learning Analytics field. For his Honours topic, he is currently applying 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. Once through to his PhD, he aims to continue his research in order to deliver knowledge for teaching domain experts where wisdom can be drawn to support student groups that are battling through their study with an injection of systematic support actions.

Abhinava Barthakur

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Abhinava Barthakur is a PhD student at the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences 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.

Cynthia Jones

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Cynthia is a PhD student at the School of Education in the University of South Australia. She has backgrounds in Mental Health Nursing, School Counselling, and Teaching and Learning with primary, middle and senior school learners. She has wide-ranging experience as a school teacher and a school leader for over two decades in Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. Cynthia believes that being academically smart [hard/technical skills] is not sufficient for personal and organisational success in our automated and globalised world. Her research interests are on collective efficacy, school leadership, migrant workers and relationship skills. Cynthia’s current thesis purposes to figure out how school conversations can be shifted towards the development of human-connection skills [soft skills] in secondary school learners.

Sandy Maranna

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Sandy is a commencing PhD candidate with the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences 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’.