After completing my French major at the University of Adelaide, I undertook a PhD in French literature at the University of Provence, France. My thesis was concerned with phenomenological theories of reading and their narratological extensions. On returning to Australia, I did a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Sydney, which led to the publication of my monograph "Ethique et littérature". I have been lecturer in French Studies at the University of Adelaide since 1995.
My current primary research interest is in Computer Science Education particularly in the impact of cognitive load on the learning of programming and structuring blended learning tasks to adapt to variations in student cognitive load.
I also have a long term, ongoing interest in networks particularly around adaptive protocols in the Internet.
Melissa Raven is a psychiatric epidemiologist and policy analyst. She is qualified as a clinical psychologist, but has worked primarily as a lecturer and researcher in public health and primary health care. She has extensive experience teaching research methods and critical analysis, primarily at a postgraduate level.