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Director

Associate Professor Sandra Milligan

Associate Professor Sandra Milligan

03 9035 7801

Dr Sandra Milligan is Director and Principal Fellow of the Assessment Research Centre at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Sandra’s current research interests focus on assessment, micro-credentialing and warranting of hard-to-assess learning.

Her most recent research examined how ‘big data’ and developmental assessment approaches can be used on digital learning platforms, to support assessment of higher-order learning skills such as ‘21st Century skills’, or learning skills. Originally trained as a teacher of science and mathematics, she is also a former Director of Curriculum in an Australian state education department, and has held senior research, management and governance positions in a range of educational organisations, including government agencies, not-for-profits, small start-up businesses and large, listed, international corporations. She was co-founder of The Good Universities Guide series, and has a background in technology commercialisation in education. She is the Convenor of a Melbourne University MOOC targeting professional learning for teachers in the area of assessment and teaching of 21C skills, which has to date has enrolled over 30,000 teachers worldwide.

Staff

Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw

Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw

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Barry McGaw is currently serving as Interim Director of the Assessment Research Centre on a 0.4 appointment. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and an Emeritus Professor of Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

He had earlier been Director for Education at the OECD in Paris, Executive Director of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and Professor of Education at Murdoch University. He began his professional career as a secondary school science teacher in Queensland, Australia. He was the foundation Chair of the Board of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Professor Mark Wilson

Professor Mark Wilson

03 8344 8840

Professor of Assessment

Mark's interests focus on measurement and applied statistics.

His work spans a range of issues in measurement and assessment from the development of new statistical models for analysing measurement data, to the development of new assessments in subject matter areas such as science education, patient-reported outcomes and child development, to policy issues in the use of assessment data in accountability systems.

Dr. BM Monjurul Alom

Dr. BM Monjurul Alom

03 9035 7880

Monjurul works on software development specifically for the assessment of 21st century skills, including collaborative problem solving.

He programs online assessment tasks and scoring algorithms. Monjurul has proficiency in web programming (game development, database application) and server administration.

Nafisa Awwal

Nafisa Awwal

03 9035 4001

Nafisa specialises in the design, development and implementation of web-based educational assessments, reporting and other data collection tools.

She manages system integration and architecture for traditional and innovative, individual and collaborative assessments for students in multiple languages. Her research includes data management, analysis, and item writing.

Dr Bruce Beswick

Dr Bruce Beswick

03 9035 8718

Bruce is responsible for coordinating dissemination of research output including research volumes, book chapters, journal articles, web copy and media releases.

He is also involved in item and test writing. He completed a PhD on aesthetic judgement in 2012.

Bernadette Coles-Janess

Bernadette Coles-Janess

03 8344 0977

Bernadette has worked across a variety of health and educational contexts employed variously as a nurse, educator, and psychologist.

Her work involves the creation and validation of resources used to assess, plan, teach and report on the learning of foundational skills for children with additional learning needs.

Megan Collins

Megan Collins

Lecturer

Megan has worked across a variety of international educational contexts employed as an educator and administrator.

Her work involves teaching in the Assessment for Teaching program, Clinical Teaching and Learning and Leading Assessment. She has a special interest in assessment in an international context.

Dr Matthew Courtney

Dr Matthew Courtney

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Research Fellow

Matthew's skills and expertise lie in the fields of educational measurement, statistics, quantitative research designs in education, and the social sciences.

He has multiple peer-reviewed journal publications, several book chapters, and experience as a masters and doctoral supervisor.

Matthew’s area of interest is quite broad having taken part in projects related to the quantitative modelling of child and adult learning and development across Australasia and Africa.

Narelle English

Narelle English

Research fellow

Narelle teaches across the post-graduate programs.

She designs and implements assessment for teaching programs in the Master of Teaching, Master of Education, as well as in various professional development programs. This work has as a keystone a formative assessment approach.

Dr Susan-Marie Harding

Dr Susan-Marie Harding

03 9035 8595

Research fellow

Susan specialises in data analysis of educational assessments.

She undertakes quantitative research including the design and development of data collection tools and assessments. She completed her PhD in Genetics at the University of Melbourne in 2009.

Daniel Jimenez Barrios

Daniel Jimenez Barrios

03 8344 0488

Programmer

Daniel Jimenez is currently holding one of the Programmer positions of the Assessment Research Centre. He specialises in the development of a wide spectrum of enterprise level solutions, which include web, client/server and desktop applications.

His expertise encompass the development of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) modules, Control Systems, Decision Support Systems (DSS) and Business Intelligence/Analytics (BI) within a rich variety of business contexts such as car manufacturing, utilities, health and education.

He has a sound career in database management, data modeling, data extraction, data consolidation and data transformation for the most successful relational database management systems. He is also skilled in forecasting, simulation and optimisation. Daniel’s interests focus on SDLC best practices.

Dr Rebekah Luo

Dr Rebekah Luo

03 8344 8432

Research fellow

Rebekah’s research interests lie in children’s learning and academic achievement, particularly in the areas of literacy and mathematics.

She completed her PhD in Paediatrics and Psychology in 2014 at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Dr Cuc Nguyen

Dr Cuc Nguyen

03 8344 9540

Senior research fellow

Cuc has extensive experience in large-scale survey design (sampling design, instrument development, data management and data analysis).

Her strengths are in development and validation of instruments for measuring competencies, application of Item Response Theory, Structural Equation Modelling and Multi-level Modelling.

Masa Pavlovic

Masa Pavlovic

03 8344 9543

Research fellow

Masa has international experience conducting large scale surveys of learning achievement.

Her expertise involves conducting and managing data collections including developing protocols and quality assurance. She is also skilled in instrument development and analyses. She has been an invited consultant on large scale studies in Southern Africa and South East Asia.

Pam Robertson

Pam Robertson

03 8344 9537

Research fellow

Pam works on projects relating to developmental learning and the use of assessment data to inform teaching.

She also teaches courses in the areas of assessment and professional learning teams.

Claudia Sandoval

Claudia Sandoval

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Centre Coordinator

Claudia is the Centre Coordinator responsible for the management of the Centre and supporting the academic staff at the ARC.

Claudia is a senior executive officer with extensive experience in management, having worked in the university in a variety of roles. Her tasks include finance and budgeting, human resources, event support, research and project support.

Dr Claire Scoular

Dr Claire Scoular

03 9035 9879

Research fellow

Claire's work focuses on the improvement of measurement practices in education. Her expertise is embedded in the application and statistical analysis of psychological measurement.

Recent investigations have centered around measurement methodology and application for 21st century skills, including traditional and automated test delivery systems.

Hilary Slater

Hilary Slater

03 9035 4425

Project Manager

Hilary’s work includes coordination and support of research and teaching projects.

She provides Project Manager coordination of the centre’s large scale projects.

Dr Kerry Woods

Dr Kerry Woods

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Research fellow

Kerry’s research has focused on the design and validation of assessment and reporting practices that support teachers’ delivery of personalised learning programs for their students with additional needs.

She leads research programs and conducts teaching in the area of assessment for students with additional learning needs.

Dr Zhonghua Zhang

Dr Zhonghua Zhang

03 9035 8597

Research fellow

Zhonghua’s expertise lies in the area of educational measurement and statistics.

He works on the application of advanced quantitative methods in educational and psychological studies. His studies have been published in refereed journals, book chapters,and international academic conferences.

Research Partners

Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin

Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin

Patrick is the founding director of the Assessment Research Centre. He has published widely on assessment topics that include the development and calibration of instruments to measure collaborative problem solving and other 21st century skills as well as literacy, numeracy and problem solving proficiency, through online interactive assessment and calibration.

Professor Esther Care

Professor Esther Care

03 8344 0975

Director, Assessment Curriculum and Technology Research Centre

Esther is a senior academic with a history in psychology in the field and higher education. She leads international large scale research associated with assessment of 21st century skills, educational assessment, and education reform.

International projects include development of assessments of 21st century skills in the Asia Pacific and Africa. These projects are undertaken with UNESCO, the Global Partnership in Education, University of Oslo, Australian Council of Educational Research, and participating countries. Research in curriculum reform and the impact of this for assessment and pedagogy, is undertaken in countries as diverse as Kenya, South Africa, and Mexico, and particularly in the Philippines where Esther directs the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded Assessment Curriculum and Technology Research Centre based at the University of the Philippines.