SETI Team Members

Professor Jo Coldwell-Neilson | Lab leader

  Jo has been an academic for 30 years. She has built a strong research and teaching profile engaging students in and with technology. She has been active in a variety of projects including implementing educational technologies in her teaching and in the teaching and learning activities at Faculty and University levels. Jo’s research includes investigations into gender issues in IT, digital technology uptake in schools and higher education, and preparing students for careers in a digital environment. In 2016 Jo was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellowship to explore digital literacy in the context of higher education. Jo is currently Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment.


Associate Professor Andrew Cain

  Andrew Cain is an Associate Professor in Software Engineering, and Associated Head of School (Learning), in the School of Information Technology at Deakin University. Andrew’s research focuses on using system dynamics to encourage and reward students for engaging in deep approaches to learning, and the development of supporting software tools to help track and monitor progress of learning. In this work he has lead the development of a Task-Oriented approach to assessment that is supported by the Doubtfire software. Andrew has taught and researched software development at a number of levels, and leads the development of the SplashKit toolset that aims to enhance the capabilities of introductory programming students.


Dr Elicia Lanham

  Elicia is an experienced Senior Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is skilled in E-Learning, Lecturing, Adobe Creative Suite, and Multimedia. Dr Lanham is a strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Information Technology from Deakin University. From Dr Lanham’s work in her PhD studies, she has always been intrigued by educational technology. As an Academic, Dr Lanham is always looking for new ways to incorporate digital technology into the classroom as a means of improving student engagement. Current Research Areas include:  Blended Learning, Mobile Teaching and Education, Educational Technologies, Student Retention and Engagement.


Mrs. Sophie McKenzie

  Sophie is a Lecturer within the School of Information Technology. She has been teaching in areas related to game design, augmented and virtual reality, user centered design and IT professionalism with a strong focus on improving students’ career development and employability to enable them to tackle the challenges of working in a global workforce.


Dr Nick Patterson

  Nick is a Senior IT Lecturer at Deakin University with publications in Cyber Security, Blockchain and EdTech. He also runs his own consulting company, that brings advanced research into industry to increase capability and outcomes. His expertise is underpinned by a PhD which earned him the Alfred Deakin medal and a range of advanced micro-credentials in Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Communication, Teamwork, Data Analytics, Innovation, Digital Literacy and Digital Learning.


Dr Greg Bowtell

  Greg is a Lecturer in Games and Virtual Reality working in the School of IT at Deakin University.  Greg’s research focus includes game design, immersive learning experience design and evaluation, co-design methods, accessibility and affordance of XR-based applications and experimental systems for education and performance.  Greg has a strong industry focus, having worked with a diverse range of industry partners in health, education and creative domains including the ABC, City of Melbourne, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music.


Mr Jason Wells

  Jason joined Deakin in 1993 as a Research Assistant working with Prof Geoff Webb developing novel Machine Learning applications, progressing to teaching and took a position as a Lecturer in 1995. Jason has spent many years teaching and researching new and progressive teaching methodologies, especially in the area of assessment and the use of video tutorials.


Dr Guy Wood-Bradley

  Guy is a Lecturer in Information Technology in the School of IT at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, with teaching and research interests in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), interactive and virtual technologies, robotics and professional skills. With a PhD in HCI that focused on the engagement, enrichment and entertainment value of interactive technologies and additional experience in education technologies, he is enthusiastic about the learning opportunities technology is providing students. These products and services, however, should meet specific and identified needs and these new solutions should be enjoyable and easy-to-use. His research expertise focuses on user-centred design, user profiling, interface and interaction design, and user testing with an interest in learner analytics. In teaching and supervision, insistence on considering user needs and the overall user experience is reinforced in areas such as virtual reality and robotics with recognised excellence in assisting students develop their professionalism and employability capabilities.


Dr Robert Dew

  Robert Dew received a B.Sc (Hons). degree from Deakin University in 1987. He received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Deakin University in 1994 and 2003. He has held numerous academic positions at Deakin University from 1986 to 2020. His research interests include distributed applications, cloud computing, and assessment in education. He has published 17 papers within these areas.


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