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Research interests

My main area of research interest is the way in which technology mediates continuing literacy development for young adults, particularly as reading rates of traditional long-form fiction novels generally wane after primary school, and the pedagogical implications of the shifting  literacy paradigm for older students.

Young adults are reading and writing in increasingly multimodal contexts and, as such, I use a practice-based research approach to push the boundaries between reading and gaming by playing with form to create new ways for teens to engage in the reading process. I use iterative design to challenge traditional understandings and definitions of 'the book-as-object' by writing and developing narrative-based gaming (or choice-based reading) experiences to enhance reading engagement in long-form narrative in both fiction and non-fiction genres.

I am trained K-12 teacher, am registered and have taught in primary, secondary, and tertiary contexts in both NSW and NT. 

Other areas of interest:

  • integrated technology pedagogy
  • narrative-based learning
  • gamification
  • transdisciplinary curriculum design
  • teacher professional development (technology, multimodal literacy, creativity)


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Macquarie University

13 Dec 201324 Mar 2017

Award Date: 17 Jul 2017

Master, University of Canberra

28 Jul 200810 Dec 2010

Award Date: 31 Mar 2011

Master, University of Sydney

Feb 1995Dec 1996

Award Date: 8 Jul 1997

Bachelor, Macquarie University

Feb 1989Dec 1993

Award Date: 22 Sep 1994

External positions

Lecturer - Language & Learning

20 Jan 2020 → …

Teacher, NT Department of Education

Sep 2019Dec 2019

Senior Teacher, MUIC, Macquarie University


Academic, Macquarie University


Consultant (Professional Development), NSW Department of Education


Teacher, NSW Department of Education



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