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Bella's current research interests include social work education, peer learning and the use of educational technology in higher education. She has conducted many research projects across higher education institutions, Victorian communities and indigenous communities using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Bella has extensive experience developing research projects, conducting interviews and focus groups, designing and administering surveys, and using statistical procedures to analyse data. She has reported on her findings at Australian and international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

Bella has a background in linguistics where her PhD investigated Australian indigenous languages and took her to indigenous communities throughout Arnhem Land. She has taught all things language-related: linguistics, academic language, ESL, business English and IELTS preparation.

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 12 Aug 2017

External positions

Researcher, Online Course Convenor, Swinburne University of Technology


Project Officer Victorian/Tasmanian Promoting Excellence Network, Monash University

Feb 2013Jun 2014

Research Officer in Higher Education, Monash University

Oct 2012Jun 2014

Lecturer, Head Tutor, Tutor, Academic Skills Advisor, Researcher, Curriculum Designer, University of Melbourne

2006Jun 2014

Research area keywords

  • Linguistics
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Educational Technology
  • Peer Teaching
  • Social Work Education
  • International Students
  • Online Learning
  • MOOCs


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