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Educational change: a designer's journey

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In this thesis I argue that there is inertia in the higher education system in Australia that works against change and then identify through literature the pressures that arguably contribute to, or are responsible for, this inertia. I make the case for employing visual design and design thinking to promote improvement and change in the system. This approach is documented through a relevant section of my educational innovations and interventions implemented over a ten-year period. The examples focus on criteria-based assessment and the development of graduate attributes and include the design, development and commercialisation of an award-winning online assessment system.


Table of Contents

Chapetr 1. Introduction & methodology -- Chapter 2. The literature : an overview of the Australian higher education context -- Chapter 3. Rationales & focus decisions -- Chapter 4. Learning designs : case studies -- Chapter 5. Education projects : government funded -- Chapter 6. Review software : development & published journal article -- Chapter 7. Review software : development & published journal article -- Chapter 8. Reflections and contributions.


Bibliography: leaves 197-212 Theoretical thesis. "Macquarie University, Australian Centre for Educational Study" -- title page.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, School of Education

Department, Centre or School

School of Education

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Ian Solomonides

Additional Supervisor 1

Peter Petocz


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