Edward Palmer

Associate Professor Edward Palmer

Associate Professor

School of Education

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.

A/Prof Edward Palmer is the Director of the Unit of Digital Education and Training in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide, where he is Acting Deputy Head of School.

Edward's research is concerned with technology in education, training and the assessment of learning. His work traverses a range of themes, currently focusing on the use of virtual and extended realities for situational awareness and training and the impact of Artificial Intelligence on assessment. he is particularly interested in story driven, personalised approaches to learning.

Edward engages in research with colleagues in industry, and has been funded over three million dollars from partners including the federal government, training organisations and defence. His work has been used in commercial ventures for pharmaceutical companies and online assessment businesses. He has been successfully involved in tenders, competitive research and innovation grants and internal funding.

Edward's research interests and current projects address the role technology and curriculum design plays in learning and the digital and online approaches to learning, training, communication and interaction. He is the Director of the Unit for Digital Learning and Society and with hjis postdoc Daniel Lee is working on the following projects: 

  • The use of artificial intelligence in education and the workplace
    • The role of AI in personalised learning. How to assess with AI?
    • Perceptions and attitudes of staff and students towards the use of AI
    • The impact of AI on creatives
    • The impact of AI on assessment design
  • Virtual reality in the workplace and education
    • Situational awareness in a lunar rover simulation
    • Assessing situational awareness using VR
    • Training and evaluating medical procedures in VR
    • Cognitive load in VR
    • Using VR to measure visual perception and gait characteristics
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
    • Evaluating MOOC designs
  • Game based learning
    • Game based mechanics in education scenarios
  • Modern assessment practices:
    • Personalised and Flexible assessment. How do modes of assessment support learning*
  • Professional development through mentoring
    • Characteristics of good communities of practice in knowledge sharing*


Edward is currently looking for HDR students and postdocs in the following areas.

  • The role of AI in the development and evaluation of assets for effective training scenarios in virtual reality


Recent Papers

  1. McCarthy S., Palmer E. (2023). Defining an effective approach to blended learning in higher education: A systematic review. Australian Journal of Education Technology. Q1, H-index 61
  2. Feakes, A., Lindsay, N., Palmer, E., & Petrovski, K. (2023). Business Intentions of Australian Veterinary Students—My Business or Yours? A Cluster Analysis. Animals, 13(7), 1225. Q1, H-index 60
  3. Kemp, A., Palmer, E., Strelan, P., & Thompson, H. (2022). Exploring the specification of educational compatibility of virtual reality within a technology acceptance model. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 38(2), 15-34. Q1, H-index 61
  4. Kaliisa, R., Palmer, E., & Miller, J. (2022). Lecturers’ perspectives on mobile learning in higher education: Experiences and implementation barriers. Information Technology, Education and Society, 18(1), 5-23.
  5. Wanner, T., Palmer, E., & Palmer, D. (2021). Flexible assessment and student empowerment: advantages and disadvantages–research from an Australian university. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-17. Q1, H-index 69
  6. Chehade, M. J., Yadav, L., Jayatilaka, A., Gillc, T. K., & Palmer (2020), Personal digital health hubs for multiple conditions. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 98(8), 569. Q1, H-index 184
  7. Strelan P, Osborn A, Palmer E. (2020). The Flipped Classroom: A Meta-Analysis of Effects on Student Performance across Disciplines and Education Levels, 30, 10031. Educational Research Review. Q1, H-index 88
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - 2016 Stephen Cole the Elder Fellow University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2014 Head: Discipline of Higher Education University of Adelaide
    2005 - 2011 Manager: Assessment and Evaluation University of Adelaide
    2000 - 2004 Curriculum Manager (IT) University of Adelaide
    1996 - 1999 IT Developer, Educational Innovations University of Adelaide
    1990 - 1995 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    1989 - 1990 Technical Specialist University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2009 Teaching Award Dean's prize (Faculty of Health Sciences) for Excellence in Teaching - - -
    2008 Teaching Award ALTC Citation for Excellence in Teaching - - -
    2007 Teaching Award Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching - - -
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    German -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Media, Creative Writing)
    2016 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)
    2014 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia Grad Cert (Online Education)
    2008 - 2011 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2004 - 2005 University of Adelaide Australia Grad Cert (Higher Education)
    1987 - 1988 University of Adelaide Australia BSc
    1983 - 1987 University of Adelaide Australia BE (Hons) Electrical and Electronic
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2015 Variety of MOOC certifications MOOC Based Education Borderless
    2014 Professional Management Program (PMP) University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 Senior First Aid St. John Australia
    2007 Professional Development Courses Professional Development -
  • Research Interests

  • Palmer E., Culton J., Searston R., Bennett T., Cook S., Davies M., Ding B., Robertson W., Turnbull D. (2022). Developing situational awareness in lunar exploration activities. [Digi+ FAME Accelerate Grant]. University of Adelaide $100,000
  • Bowd K., Falkner N., Palmer E. (2022). Providing a critical evaluation of media news through innovative approaches. [Digi+ FAME Initiate Grant]. University of Adelaide. $20,000
  • Wanner T., Palmer E. (2021). Personalising student experience and learning through personal learning plans: Understanding student approaches to learning. HERDSA Grant. $3600
  • Palmer E. (2021). Innovation Connection Grant ICG001482- Comparing the way different industries and demographics respond to VR based training. Real Response. $25,000
  • Ma-Wyatt, Dummin, Cook, Thewlis and Palmer. Investigation of the Impact of placement of visual information in the visual field on a user’s ability to navigate in the environment and deploy attention/ Impact of latency on human perception and physical movement. Australian Government. (2020-2023), $1,150,777.00
  • Education technology resources. Resources. K. Falkner, R. Vivian, T. Atapattu and E. Palmer, Department of Education and Training ($585,000) (2019-2022)
  • Palmer E, Cook S. Situational Awareness in virtual reality. Australian Government 2019, $13,000
  • Palmer E, Cook S. Design of VR experiences in medicine. AGD. 2018-2019, $14,000
  • Palmer E, Cook S. Design of VR experiences in medicine. ASE. 2018, $20,000
  • Palmer E, Cook S. Situational Awareness in virtual reality. Australian Government 2018, $60,000
  • Foley, Senadj, Palmer, Martinez-Marroquin, England. Transforming engineering students into student engineers: improving learning outcomes and employability. 2016, Office of Learning and Teaching. $225,000
  • Feakes A, Lindsay N, Palmer E, Thomsen D. 2013-2014. Re-shaping veterinary business curricula to improve the non-technical skills of the veterinary graduate. Office of Learning and Teaching. $50,000 
  • Team Member on OLT Extension Grant. Student Expectations and Experiences $30,0002013-2014
  • Brinkworth R, McCann B, Burke Da Silva K, Scutter S, Turton K, palmer E, Rice J, Luzeckyj A. A collaborative multi-faceted approach to address the gaps between student expectation and experience at university 2009-2012. Australian Learning & Teaching Council. $225,000
  • Palmer E, Picard M, Green I, Guerin C, Miller J, Velliaris D and Smith S. HERDSA Review of Australian Learning and Teaching Scholarship and Research. Higher Education Research and Development Association. $50 000. 2012
  • Team member on Willison J; Bandaranaike S; Pesata T; Mayson S; Harper R; Al-Sarawi S; Bottema C; Croy G; Habel C; Hazel S. Outcomes and uptake of explicit research skill development across degree programs: 'It's got a practical application in my world' 2011-2013. Australian Learning & Teaching Council. $225,000
  • Palmer E, Devitt P, Chur-Hansen A, Crabb S. The Medici Project: Developing a multi-disciplinary, sustainable resource for blended learning initiatives in tertiary medical education. ALTC Competitive Grant. $219,000. 2009.
  • Devitt P, Palmer E. Developing online medical education for students. Chinese University of Hong Kong. $125,000 2006.
  • Baron J, Palmer E. Play by The Rules. Australian Government: Australian Sports Committee. $4000 2006.
  • Palmer E, Guy S, Pawlak B. Survey design and implementation. ARC Project into social inclusion. Survey support. $6000. 2006.
  • Botten J, Palmer E, Devitt P. Adaptation of a successful, medically oriented, on-line formative learning tool for use in Science based practical courses. University of Adelaide. 2008. $32,000
  • Palmer E, Coulson M, Falkner K, Alexander B, Al-Sarawi S, McEntee J, Rogers L, Botten J, Walker D, Devitt P. (ERGA application). Funding for ERGA Conference 2008. University of Adelaide. $6,300
  • Palmer E, McEntee J, Falkner K, Alexander B, Al-Sarawi S, Coulson M, Botten J, Rogers L (ERGA application) Evaluating effectiveness, defining standards and sharing effective methods of assessment across disciplines University of Adelaide. 2007: $32,07
  • Palmer E, Coulson M, Falkner K, Alexander B, Al-Sarawi S, McEntee J, Rogers L, Botten J, Walker D, Devitt P. (ERGA application). Funding for ERGA Conference 2007. University of Adelaide. $16,300
  • Turnbull D, Nettelbeck T, Crisp G, Ward L, LeCouteur A, Sarris A, Strelan P, Palmer E. What are student expectations of the University at entry? (2006) University of Adelaide Learning and Teaching Fund 2006: $18 518.
  • Palmer E, Coulson M, Falkner K, Coulson M. (ERGA application). Funding for ERGA Conference 2006. University of Adelaide. $7,500 2006

Edward's recent teaching has included

  • Research Design 2017-2023
  • Major Research Project 2023
  • Teaching and Research Dissertations 2023
  • Online Learning 2011-2023
  • Online Educational Media 2020-2023
  • Assessment and Evaluation 2014-2017
  • I am currently supervising 12 PhD students 3 in Masters in a variety of projects


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Co-Supervisor Factors influencing memory for forensic information Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Daniella Catelidia Chiarolli
    2023 Principal Supervisor Chinese University Students' Motivations on MOOCs Engagement: A Self-determination Perspective Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Yali Chen
    2023 Co-Supervisor The effectiveness of virtual reality on cognitive load and schema acquisition of STEM students Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jaclyn Crystal Steffan
    2023 Co-Supervisor Extended Reality in Human-Robot interactions for Lunar Habitat Design and Construction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Albert Rajkumar
    2022 Principal Supervisor Preparing for Tomorrow's Remote Learning: Voices of Students, Parents, and Teachers on Their COVID-19 Experiences in Central China Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mengyuan He
    2022 Principal Supervisor Supporting Personalisation through Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chatbots in Flipped German Classrooms: A Cross-National Study in China and Australia. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yuran Wang
    2022 Principal Supervisor Precision Education: Using Artificial Intelligence to Enhance Real World Learning Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Shaun Mc Carthy
    2022 Principal Supervisor Enabling Pedagogy: Analyzing New Student Perspective At A South Australian University College in Order to Inform Enabling Program Curricula and Teaching Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Jennifer Jane Stokes
    2021 Principal Supervisor Perspectives on innovative teaching and learning: A qualitative study modeling innovation within contemporary learning environments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Kristy Rose Davis
    2021 Co-Supervisor Effects of timely intervention to secondary students’ off-task behaviour in online mathematic lecture on their academic performance and cognitive load. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yang Li
    2020 Principal Supervisor Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) Communities of Practice (CoP) for supporting undergraduate student paramedics during Work Integrated Learning (WIL). Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Sam Richard Willis
    2018 Principal Supervisor Exploring the general causality orientation of tertiary students across disciplines and its interaction with low-level daily-commitment interventions on mental health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Stella Panozzo
    2016 Principal Supervisor Biometrics and Virtual Reality (VR) for Situation Awareness (SA) Assessment and Training Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Steven Alan Cook
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 - 2024 Co-Supervisor A CORPUS-BASED SEMANTIC ANALYSIS OF SEMITECHNICAL VOCABULARY IN THE FIELD OF MEDICINE Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Chinh Ngan Nguyen Le
    2019 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Design of an Extended Educational Technology Acceptance Model (EETAM) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Andrew Charles Kemp
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor The Influence of Textbooks on Mathematical Readiness for University Calculus - A Material Requirements Planning (MRP) Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Richard Kenneth Burton
    2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Smartphone Assisted Language Learning (SALL) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Shila Panadgoo
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor The Adolescent Distress-Eustress Scale: Designing, Evaluating, and Utilising a Holistic Measure of Adolescent Stress Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Dr Victoria Mary Branson
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor English Language Learner Autonomy in the Vietnamese Higher Education Context: Enabling Factors and Barriers Arising from Assessment Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ha Thi Ngoc Tran
    2013 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Evidence-based eLearning Design: Develop and Trial a Prototype Software Instrument for Evaluating the Quality of eLearning Design Within a Framework of Cognitive Load Theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr David Jack Isaacson
    2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor A computational model for task-adapted knowledge organisation: improving learning through concept maps extracted from lecture slides Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Thushari Atapattu
    2013 - 2023 Co-Supervisor Altruism, Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy and Outcome Expectations: Learnings from a Veterinary Context about Entrepreneurial Intentions for Socially Purposed Business Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Adele Mander Feakes
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The importance of non-technical skills to veterinary students University of Adelaide Honours in Animal Science Honours Full Time Madison Helms
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83136036
  • Email: edward.palmer@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83133604
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 8
  • Org Unit: School of Education

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