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Amber McLeod is a lecturer and early career researcher in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.  Before joining Monash, Amber was a microbiologist and then taught English as an additional language in Japan, Brunei and Australia.  She is the Director of Pathways Programs and teaches a range of units including digital technologies. Amber’s research focus is on increasing digital competence in the community, including investigating attitudes towards ICT, cultural understandings of ICT and ways to increase pre-service teacher digital competence.  Amber is also passionate about developing transferrable skills in young people to increase access and equity, in particular, how digital competence can be taught in pathway courses, and its role in successful student transition to university and retention. 

Research interests

Access and equity in education

Cultural and gendered understandings of ICT

Digital literacy in pre-service teachers

Community service

Tech Savvy Teachers is an initiative which aims to increase ICT literacy in pre-service teachers at Monash. It is delivered as a series of opt-in workshops on using ICT in the classroom that run throughout the year. Workshops include digital presentations, using iPads, electronic whiteboards, simple programming and robotics, augmented reality, creating real time surveys, excel, making YouTube videos and information on borrowing resources from the TLS.

Research area keywords

  • Digital learning
  • Gender and diversity
  • Computers and society
  • Community attitudes
  • F-12 education
  • Information Technology
  • Transition
  • Stereotypes
  • Teacher Education
  • Adult education and training
  • Educational Technology


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