Sue Bennett

Sue Bennett

Professor - ICT in Education
Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Learning Design and Cognition theme - ESRI
Director of Flexible and Technology-Enabled Learning
Phone: (02) 4221 5738


Sue's area of expertise is in information and communication technologies in education. Her research investigates how people engage with technology in their everyday lives and in educational settings. Her aim is to develop a more holistic understanding of people's technology practices to inform research, practice and policy.

She has extensive experience in the design, development and evaluation of multimedia and on-line instructional materials developed for both university and commercial clients. Prior to joining the Wollongong University team, she managed the Interactive Multimedia Unit at Central Queensland University. She previously held positions at Griffith University, the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.


  • 1991 BSc in Physics and Chemical Physics from Griffith University, Queensland
  • 1993 BSc (Hons) in Physics from the Australian National University, Class 1
  • 1995 MSc (Scientific Communication) with majors in journalism, ethics, sociology and electronic media from the Australian National University
  • 1999 Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of NSW
  • 2002 PhD in Education from the University of Wollongong

Research Interests

Current research projects include:

  • Learning design as supports for supporting teachers' educational design practices
  • Sociological perspectives on educational technology investigating young people's creative practices with technology
  • Functional brain imaging and multimedia-based problem solving

In addition to the above, she is interested in supervising Higher Degree Research students investigating the following areas:

  • Young people's experiences with technology inside and outside formal education settings
  • Implementations of ICT in the classroom
  • Design thinking and practices, including educational design, instructional design and in design education programs
  • Technology integration in school music education

Professional Activities

Joint Lead Editor, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

Research Students

  • Pranit Anand: Location - aware mobile learning to promote collaboration and reflection
  • Charles Carceller: The role of social capital in facilitating student academic achievement in higher education
  • Nicole Carrigan: Subjective cognitive competence in everyday life
  • Carol Brandman: Is the future 'Musical Futures'? An analysis of Musical Futures and its potential to integrate with the Board of Studies NSW Music Syllabus Years 7 to 10 Stage 4 and contribute to students development of Musicianship
  • Karley Beckman: An investigation of student practices and value of technologies at school and in everyday life
  • Fernando Mondaca Fernandez: To be advised.
  • Lisa Thomas: Investigating Learning Designs to Support Self-Regulated Learning in a Problem-B Learning Curriculum in Medical Education
  • Grant Ellmers: Graphic Design Education: Fostering the conditions for transfer in a project‐based and studio‐based learning environment, through a structured and critical approach to reflective practice
  • Jennifer Jones: Learning Designs as Supports for University Teachers' Design of e-Learning Experiences
  • Debra Bourne: An Investigation of Government Policy and ICT in NSW Stage 6 Schooling
  • Linda Corrin: Examining Digital Natives: An investigation of university students' engagement with technology.
  • Tiffani Apps: ICT literacy and the second digital divide: Understanding students' experiences with technology.
  • Amanda Rita Gigliotti: Exploring the influences on university teachers' decisions to integrate technology in their teaching
  • Michelle Gregory: Is 'techno-phobia' real? Investigating the self-efficacy of early years educators towards ICT integration.
Last reviewed: 28 July, 2015