Edward Palmer

Associate Professor Edward Palmer

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Faculty of Arts

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


I am a professional educator with 25 years of experience in providing the best student experience possible by teaching innovatively and developing, implementing and analysing the impact of educational initiatives.
I have an excellent track record in producing quality educational research, focused on educational technology, and have attracted over 1.5 million dollars in collaborative ventures to support my work.

Edward has 15 years experience in developing, implementing and analysing the impact of educational initiatives on tertiary students. He seeks to understand the effect of educational technologies on teaching methodologies and student learning and on devising new and innovative methods to improve the student learning experience. He is author of 25 refereed publications, 12 educational CDs and 2 educational web sites and is an active researcher in the area of educational technologies. Edward is the convener of the Higher Educational Research Group of Adelaide (HERGA), the recipient of the Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007, an ALTC citation for teaching excellence in 2008 and a Faculty Teaching Excellence prize in 2009 for his work with online formative assessment.

Edward is Research Group leader of the Mobile learning reearch group, and is activley looking for students in the areas of mobile learning, virtual reality, and gaming in education

Edward's research interests include:

  • Virtual reality in the workplace and education
  • Work place safety through mobile devices
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Game based learning
  • Mobile technologies 
  • Online communities
  • Mobile learning in developing countries
  • Technology aided assessment
  • Professional development through mentoring
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  • 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
    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 MOOCLand Borderless
    2014 Professional Management Program (PMP) University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 Senior First Aid St. John Australia
    2007 Professional Development Courses DevelopmentLand
  • Research Interests

  • 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
  • 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
  • Mobile Learning
  • Innovative Training and Course Design
  • Online Learning
  • Assessment and Evaluation
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Learner-Oriented Practical Medical English Course Curriculum Development for Doctors from Developing Countries wishing to work within the Australian Healthcare System Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Saman Ebrahimi
    2018 Co-Supervisor Math Education Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Richard Kenneth Burton
    2018 Principal Supervisor Addressing Teacher Burnout: A Comparison of Interventions to Reduce Prefrontal Cortex Activation on Sustained Cognitively Demanding Task in Young and Middle Aged Teachers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Stella Panozzo
    2018 Principal Supervisor Cognitive Load Theory Rather than Political Economic Efficacy Should Drive the STEM Agenda Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Robert Leonard Sieben
    2017 Co-Supervisor Smartphone Assisted Language Learning (A Longitudinal Study on the use of SALL in ELT) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Shila Panadgoo
    2016 Principal Supervisor The Design, Application and Evaluation of Feedback Protocols in Immersive Virtual Reality Environments Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Andrew Charles Kemp
    2016 Co-Supervisor Designing, Evaluating & Utilising a neutral, holistic, balanced measure of adolescent stress. Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) Doctorate Full Time Victoria Mary Branson
    2016 Co-Supervisor Institutional Policy and Educational Practice: A Holistic Analysis of Policy Development, Implementation and its Impact on Teaching and Learning in Australian Universities Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Stephanie Eglinton-Warner
    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
    2015 Co-Supervisor The relationship between assessment and autonomy is the Vietnamese Higher Education context Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ha Thi Ngoc Tran
    2013 Principal Supervisor Evidence - Based E-Learning Design Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr David Jack Isaacson
    2013 Co-Supervisor What Factors Contribute to Development of Veterinary Student Entrepreneurial Capability and Intent? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Adele Mander Feakes
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    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
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83136036
  • Email: edward.palmer@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3604
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 8
  • Room: 8 23
  • Org Unit: School of Education

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