Dr. Nick Kelly Research
- Senior Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Science and Engineering Faculty as well as the Faculty of Education (joint appointment)
- Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland in the Digital Life Lab
I am a transdisciplinary researcher in the Social Sciences, particularly across the fields of Design and Education.
My research is a mix of data-led research (large scale datasets in learning analytics and education), design-led research (in learning technologies and design cognition), and theory-led research (in design and teacher education).
I recommend using the Google Scholar link in the left menu for my most recent research publications.
My research blog has occasional posts about recently published work or work under development.
Current research addresses the following questions:
- How can we use large-scale datasets to better understand the needs of teachers as they enter the career? Two papers on this theme are currently under review looking at relationships between preservice education, early career support, job satisfaction, and attrition.
- What are the support needs of preservice and early career teachers? For example, a 2014 paper about what these teachers think are important. I’ve also written a 2016 book on learning networks for teachers.
- How can learning analytics and its implications be used to transform higher education? There have been a number of outcomes from a Chilean grant that I wrote, here and here and here.
- How are teachers using social media? For example, a 2016 study of teachers using public groups on Facebook and a study of teachers using private groups on Facebook.
- How can we better support teachers in the online space? This has been a significant focus through the development of TeachConnect, a platform for Australian teachers. See also the StepUp project page related to this project. Recent papers have discussed this theme like this one and others under review.
- What are we trying to understand when we do research in computational creativity? A paradigm for models of computational creativity (a 2016 paper describing this)
- How could computers interpret more like human beings? See this paper about how computers can interpret more like designers and its relevance for creativity.
Dr Nick Kelly is a Senior Research Fellow at the Science and Engineering Faculty at Queensland University of Technology as well as the Faculty of Education; and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Digital Life Lab at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
After receiving his PhD at The University of Sydney, he has been a post-doctoral researcher at the CoCo Research Centre at Sydney University and the Faculty of Education at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. He has published over 60 scholarly works in books, journals and conference proceedings.
He is a project leader of the TeachConnect project and has conducted research on three ARC funded projects as well as leading two industry funded grants. He is an international consultant in the fields of learning analytics and online community design. He has been associate supervisor for a number of PhD students through to completion and a curriculum writer for a senior Queensland curriculum. He reviews for international journals including Knowledge-Based Systems and Teaching and Teacher Education.