Location Monash University, Office of the Vice Provost Learning and teaching
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
  • Self funding students only
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) PhD: e-Assessment or e-Exams in Higher Education

Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) - PhD - e-Assessment or e-Exams in Higher Education

Candidates are sought to undertake research in the area of e-Assessment in Higher Education with a particular focus on the use of computers to assess/mark/grade and provide rapid feedback on student submitted work for diagnostic, formative or summative purposes. e-Exams (computerised examinations) are of particular interest.

Possible research areas and topics include:

  • e-assessment/e-exams technology development/application/implementation.
  • affordances of e-assessment/e-exams technologies and their links to learning outcomes.
  • fit of e-assessment/e-exams technology innovations with academic work flow.
  • institutional support systems, structures and policy surrounding e-assessment.
  • success factors in sustaining and scaling e-assessment innovations across institutions, sectors.
  • e-assessment in large blended classes and/or MOOCs.
  • e-exams online or on-campus with BYOD (bring your own device) strategies.
  • student and/or faculty use and acceptance of e-assessment/e-exams.
  • case studies of using a given e-assessment technology or approach.
  • use of e-assessment/e-exams within a particular discipline area (e.g. english, language translation, maths, engineering, health etc)
  • use of systems thinking, complex adaptive systems and multiple perspectives ideas to frame any of the above.

A number of specific projects are possible within the above ranging in complexity and scope.

Please note that projects that look at e-learning in general or the use of technology in teaching (in the general sense) is outside of scope.

Candidates looking to undertake a dissertation in the area of e-Exams will find particular synergies with current funded grant activities (2015-2018)

Candidates with a mixed background across areas like education, assessment in education and information systems/information technology or multimedia would be most suitable.

A successful candidate will be enrolled under the auspices of the Monash Faculty of Education or Faculty of IT (depending on your desired focus) in co-operation with the project lead supervisor at the Office Learning and Teaching.


A range of scholarships are available for domestic and international PhD students at Monash http://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/support/scholarships

How to apply:

Send an initial email enquiry to Dr Mathew Hillier: mathew.hillier [at] monash.edu
Please include: a fully completed Expression of Interest (EOI) form, your academic CV, and a research proposal (2-3 pages).

The EOI form can be obtained from the relevant faculty page:

  • Faculty of Education: http://www.monash.edu/education/research/degrees/apply and
  • Faculty of IT: http://www.infotech.monash.edu/research/degrees/prospective-students/how-to-apply.html

Please note that the entry requirements are as per Monash PhD program rules http://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/faqs-and-resources/content/chapter-two/2-1

Project and supervisor details are at: http://ta.vu/mathewhillier

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