Team Members

Dr. Sophie McKenzie – Lab Leader

  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


Professor Jo Coldwell-Neilson

  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.


Dr. Shaun Bangay

  Shaun is a Senior Lecturer In Information Technology (Games Design And Development) in the School of Information Technology in Deakin University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. Shaun’s research interests include computer graphics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, procedural generation, computer game design and development, computer science, and mobile application development.

External and Secondary Members:

Dr Guy Wood-Bradley

Dr Greg Bowtell (External)

Dr Frank Jiang

Prof Jean-Guy Schneider

Dr Jianxin Li

Dr Shiva Pokrel

Dr Tiffany Gunning


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