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This page contains a list with all the authors that have published work related to the field of Learning Design. Please follow the alphabet links to find detailed information about the author of interest. The list is under construction. More authors and more information will be gradually added.


Dalziel, James – Convenor of the Learning Design Timeline

James Dalziel is Professor of Learning Technology and Director of the Macquarie E-Learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE) at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

James leads a number of projects including: LAMS (Learning Activity Management System), including roles as a Director of the LAMS Foundation and LAMS International Pty Ltd; MAMS (Meta Access Management System), a national identity and access infrastructure project for the Australian higher education sector; RAMP (Research Activityflow and Middleware Priorities), a project investigating open standards authorisation and e-Research workflows, and ASK-OSS (the Australian Service for Knowledge of Open Source Software), a national advisory service on open source issues for the Australia higher education and research sector.

Prior to his current roles, James helped lead the COLIS (Collaborative Online Learning and Information Services) project, was a Director of WebMCQ Pty Ltd, an e-learning and assessment company, and was a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sydney.


Badilescu-Buga, Emil

Emil is a PhD student at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia. His area of research is focused on knowledge distribution and social adoption of innovation in education and learning design. Emil has worked with Australian Universities and K-12 educational organisations on exploring collaboration opportunities for the establishment of national research programs.

Beetham, Helen

Helen is an independent consultant, researcher and author in the field of e-learning, with particular expertise in UK Higher Education where she has played a leading role in the JISC e-learning programme as an advisor on pedagogic issues. Helen’s areas of research and advisory expertise include: e-learning policy and practice, learners and learning in the digital age, pedagogy and educational theory, design for learning,  and e-portfolios for learning; academic writing and academic literacies

Bennett, Sue

Sue is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Education and lead of the Learning, Design and Technology theme in the Interdisciplinary Educational Research Institute. Sue has worked as a university teacher and designer of technology-supported learning since 1992. Her research explores how students, teachers and institutions engage with educational technologies.

Bower, Matt

Matt is Senior Lecturer in ICT for the School of Education at Macquarie  University. His Learning Design work focuses on how the affordances of contemporary technologies (such as Web 2.0 and web-conferencing tools) can be used to promote more interactive and collaborative learning. A particular area of his research interest relates to how the field can most effectively enhance the learning design capabilities of pre-service and in-service teachers. Matt is an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award winner and is currently leading a national Office of Learning and Teaching project entitled  “Blended synchronicity: Uniting on-campus and distributed learners  through media-rich real-time collaboration tools” (http://blendsync.org). For a more complete biography including publications can be found at http://www.educ.mq.edu.au/contact/our_staff/dr_matt_bower/.


Cameron, Leanne

Leanne is currently Lecturer in Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education at the Australian Catholic University. Prior to obtaining this position, she collaborated with lecturers from a variety of universities on projects that focussed on assisting university lecturers and teachers develop effective learning designs using technology. The focus of her current work is investigating how effective learning designs can be used to introduce different teaching and learning approaches to different disciplines/subjects. Leanne has also spent a number of years working as a teacher in both primary and secondary schools.

Conole, Gráinne

Grainne is Professor of Learning Innovation and Director of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance at University of Leicester, UK.

Gráinne joined Beyond Distance as Director on 1st September, 2011. Prior to this, she was Chair of E-Learning at the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, since April 2006. Previously, Grainne was Professor of Educational Innovation in Post-Compulsory Education at the  University of Southampton, and was Director of the Institute for Learning and Research Technology at the University of Bristol, a centre of excellence on the development and use of information and communication technology in education.

Gráinne has research interests in the use, integration and evaluation of Information and Communication Technologies and e-learning and impact on organisational change. Gráinne has research, development and project management experience across the educational and technical domains; funding sources have included HEFCE, ESRC, EU and commercial sponsors.

Very recent projects include the EU-funded projects OPAL, Deisgn-Practice, and X-Delia, the JISC-funded learner experience project, the ESRC TLRP Technology-Enhanced Learning project, PI led by Eileen Scanlon and Mike Sharples, as well as an OU Learning Design Project. Past projects include the JISC LXP Learner Experience Proect, the HEFCE-funded E-Learning Research Centre, the JISC/NSF funded DialogPlus digital libraries project and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods.  Also see Gráinne’s website: http://e4innovation.com/.


Dawson, Shane

Shane Dawson is an Associate Professor, the Deputy Director Academic Learning Services in the Learning and Teaching Unit at the University of South Australia and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong . Shane’s research focuses on the use of social network analysis and learner ICT interaction data to inform and benchmark teaching and learning quality. Shane is a founding executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and past conference chair of the International Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference. He is a co-developer of SNAPP an open source social network visualization tool designed for teaching staff to better understand, identify and evaluate student learning, engagement, academic performance and creative capacity.

Dobozy, Eva

Dr Eva Dobozy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Curtin University. She is a senior member of the teacher education team with a special interest in the intersection between learning theory, learning design, technology enhanced learning and teacher professional development. She is the recipient of the 2006 early career researcher award from the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research for her work on human rights in education. She has a substantial publishing record.


Goodyear, Peter

Peter Goodyear is a Professor of Education at the University of Sydney. Since 2004 has been co-director of the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo). He is an Australian Laureate Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the ALTC.

Before emigrating to Australia in 2003 Peter was Professor of Educational Research at Lancaster University in the UK. He was the founding director of Lancaster’s Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology. He has also held academic positions in Belfast, London and Birmingham.

His B.Sc. and D.Phil. degrees are from the University of Ulster. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK).


Heathcote, Elizabeth

Elizabeth is manager, online development at the University of Adelaide. She has a professional background in instructional design, project management, change management, and leadership in educational technologies. Her particular interests are learning activity design in online environments and change management in higher education.


Koper, Rob

Rob Koper is professor of Educational Technology at the Educational Technology Expertise Centre (OTEC) of the Open University of the Netherlands. He is director of learning technologies research & development. He was, among other things, responsible for the development of Educational Modelling Language (EML), currently known as the IMS Learning Design specification (http://www.imsglobal.org). His research focuses on self-organized distributed learning networks for lifelong learning, including the use of software agents, educational semantic web, interoperability specifications and standards.


Laurillard, Diana

Diana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab,
Institute of Education, and leading current research on developing a learning design support environment for teachers, and software for learners with low numeracy.

Diana was previously Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the Department for Education and Skills. She has also served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning technologies and teaching at The Open University, and on the Visiting Committee on IT at Harvard University.

Diana is currently on the Boards of the Observatory for Borderless HE, the UNESCO Institute for Information Technology in Education, the e-Learning Foundation, and the Council for Fern Universität in Hagen.

Lockyer, Lori

Lori Lockyer is the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Chair in Teacher Education and Head of the School of Education.

Lori’s research focuses on learning design, teacher design thinking and practices, and the use of information and communication technology to support learning in K-12 education, professional education, and health education.

Lori is a member of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts and an Associate Editor for the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. Lori referees for a number of journals including Computers & Education; Learning, Media and Technology; Teaching and Teacher Education. Lori was also recently a member of the NSW Department of Education and Communities Connected Classroom Project Program Evaluation Reference Group (2010-2012) and a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council’s expert working group on Transforming Learning and the Transmission of Knowledge (2009-2010).


Sharpe, Rhona

Rhona is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development and Deputy Director of the Directorate of Human Resources at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. Her interests are around developing online courses and uses of technology and encouraging pedagogic research. She runs workshops, online courses, and offers consultancy on e-learning topics for higher education staff across the UK. Rhona has project directed a number of JISC learner experience projects which have received great interest and national recognition across both the further and higher education sector, in pioneering innovative research methods and techniques for eliciting students’ expectations and experiences of using technology in their learning.

Rhona is one of the co-founders of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group), Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is Editor of the Brookes eJournal for Learning and Teaching and Co-editor of the journal Research in Learning Technology


Tattersall, Collin

Colin studied Computational Science before working on his PhD at the Computer Based Learning Unit at Leeds University. He subsequently moved to The Netherlands to work for the R&D arm of one of the major Dutch telecommunications operators. There, he investigated new technologies in the area of sales and marketing support systems, publishing several articles and participating in technology dissemination and consultancy exercises. In the mid-nineties, he moved into the software industry, working as Product Manager for a company specializing in (XML-based) support systems for knowledge-intensive processes. In mid 2002 he joined The Open University of The Netherlands as an educational technologist, where his responsibilities cover work related to innovation in e-learning and learning technology standardisation


Walker, Simon

Simon Walker is Head of the Educational Development Unit at the University of Greenwich, and responsible for a wide range of strategic university initiatives in learning, teaching and assessment. He has led a number of nationally funded technology–enhanced learning and change management projects and, in 2006, was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship.

Simon is Director of a new Digital Literacy in Higher Education project, part of a UK programme, focusing on undergraduate student transition. In 2011 he set up a new university research group, the e-Centre, to develop technology-enhanced learning research across the disciplines.

Wills, Sandra

Professor Sandra Wills is Executive Director, Learning & Teaching, Academic Services Division as well as Foundation Chair of Educational Development. She has been at the University of Wollongong for over 16 years as Director of the centres responsible for academic development and e-learning, variously called in the past, CEDIR and EMS.

Major recent projects include the University’s Strategic Plan for eLearning and Teaching; implementation of a new Learning Management System; Peer Review of Teaching in promotion procedures; review of student surveys; review of University Teaching & Learning Course Policy; framework for a new Graduate Certificate in Higher Education; guidelines for academic progression based on teaching; support of sessional teaching; the Learning-Teaching-Researching Nexus; The UOW Learning Experience; Learning Leaders leadership training for Heads; innovative learning spaces.

Sandra has over 30 years international experience in the field of education and technology from primary through to university education including teacher training, curriculum development, software development and senior management. She has authored over 150 publications, is active on the international lecture circuit, and recently achieved her 100th invited keynote address.


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