Edward Palmer

Associate Professor Edward Palmer

Senior Lecturer

School of Education

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

I am interested in how people learn, particularly using technology and how assessment and design drives that learning. So my research investigates these areas and, considering how quickly technology is changing the way we see and interact with the world, there's always plenty to study across all disciplines. I have attracted over 3 million dollars in collaborative ventures to support my work and worked in fields ranging from Medicine through physics to creative writing and the use of media.

I'm currently working on a number of exciting VR projects on situational awareness, medical training and science education. My most recent published work has looked at the effectiveness of the flipped classroom and technology acceptance models.

My research interests and current projects seem varied but are linked by the unifying theme of what helps us learn:

Digital and online approaches to learning, training, communication and interaction

  • Virtual reality in the workplace and education
    • Current Projects: Assessing situational awareness using VR; Training and evaluating medical procedures in VR; Cognitive load in VR; VR in schools; 360 video
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
    • Current Project: Evaluating MOOC designs
  • Game based learning
    • Current Project: Game based mechanics in education scenarios; Cognitive load in games-based courses.
  • Modern assessment practices:
    • Current project: Flexible assessment. can varying the modes of assessment support learning
  • Mobile learning in developing countries
    • Current Project: Use of mobile learning for language learning; Uses of mobile devices by first year students
  • Professional development through mentoring
    • Current Project: Characteristics of good mentors; Use of online communities

  • 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
  • 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

  • Artificial Intelligence 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

My recent teaching has included

  • Research Design 2017-2019
  • Online Learning 2011-2019
  • Assessment and Evaluation 2014-2017
  • I am currently supervising 12 students PhD and 5 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
    2021 Co-Supervisor Perspectives on innovative teaching and learning: A qualitative study modeling innovation within contemporary learning environments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kristy Rose Davis
    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
    2019 Principal Supervisor The Design, Application and Evaluation of a Comprehensive Model to Assess Attitudes Towards Educational Technologies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Andrew Charles Kemp
    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
    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 Biometrics and Virtual Reality (VR) for Situation Awareness (SA) Assessment and Training Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Steven Alan Cook
    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
    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
  • 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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