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People

The Adaptive eLearning Research Group is made up of a small group of people that do a lot of things:


 

 


Dror Ben-NaimDr. Dror Ben-Naim
Lead Researcher

Dror is a lead researcher in the field of Intelligent Tutoring Systems and the application of Artificial Intelligence in Education at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His work on Adaptive eLearning has been successfully expanded into a cross-university project involving many Schools and Faculties. He currently leads a research group that develops rich, simulation-based educational systems is used by tens of thousands of students in disciplines that range from Civil Engineering to Music and Economics to Pathology. He has eight years experience in researching, designing and developing educational software, and has published papers in highly ranked international conference on the use of advanced educational technologies.

 


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Shaowei HoMr. Shaowei Ho
Lead Platform Developer

Shao graduated from the University of New South Wales with his honours thesis focused on the "Development of Adaptive e-Learning tutorials for Solid Mechanics", which led to a successful ALTC grant which targetted the development of Adaptive Tutorials in Engineering Mechanics across 5 leading universities in Australia. With a strong aptitude for education, innovation and design, he currently leads the development of the Adaptive eLearning Platform and also develops rich simulations-based content for the Content Development team.

 

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Zack BelinsonMr. Zack Belinson
Lead Content Producer

Zack is an educational technology enthusiast who has more than 10 years experience as an educator / course coordinator, designing curriculums, conducting workshops and delivering lectures in the areas of Digital Media, Audio Technology, Production, Acoustics and more. Zack has a B.A. (Hons) obtained from Middlesex University London and a MComm (Information Technology) obtained from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Zack is a passionate educational producer, committed to bringing the adaptive eLearning experience to every teacher and learner in the world, and is involved with every stage of designing adaptive on-line educational solutions.

 

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Faculty

 

Dr. Nadine Marcus
School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW

Nadine is a Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction within the School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW. She has a cross-disciplinary background: BSc in Computer Science & Psychology (Wits), BSc Honours in Experimental Psychology (UCT), and PhD in Education (UNSW). Her research focuses on the design of multimedia educational technology that improves learning. The research involves both the collection of empirical data, so results can inform multimedia theories of instructional design; as well as being the academic leader of the Adaptive eLearning Platform (AeLP) project. She supervises the research component of the AeLP project, which includes PhD supervision. She has contributed to interface and instructional design, as well as evaluations of the platform and student learning outcomes. She also researches speech based, real-time measures of mental load that can be used to inform Interface Design.

 

 


A/Prof. Gary Velan
Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW

Gary is a committed teacher and believes in the value of the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as reflective practice. He has completed a diploma of teaching in Higher Education (UNSW) 1998, as well as an Innovative Teaching and Educational Technology (ITET3) Fellowship in 2002. In 2003, and was the recipient of a The Australian College of Educators and NSW Minister for Education's Quality Teaching Award, as well as the UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2006, he received a Faculty of Medicine Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and in 2007 was awarded a Carrick Citation for the development and implementation of online formative assessments in the biomedical sciences, which provide automated feedback and motivate independent learning. In 2009, he received the Faculty of Medicine Award for Teaching Excellence as well as the UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

Since 2007, Gary has been involved in introducing Adaptive Tutorials that use Virtual Slides in the Medicine program.

 

 


A/Prof Gangadhara Prusty
School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW

Ganga has a lengthy teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate level of engineering education. His main research interests include engineering mechanics, solid mechanics, finite element analysis, fracture mechanics and failure analysis of composite laminated structures. His research covers the use of composites in aerospace, marine and general applications. He is a member of Engineers Australia, Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) and Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AaeE).

 
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