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Carlo is senior lecturer in digital literacies in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He is interested in the sociology of digital education, and his background is in Science and Technology Studies (STS), sociology and cultural theory. His PhD was awarded by the University of Bath in 2009. Before joining Monash in 2018, Carlo held research posts at the University of Leeds, UK and the UCL-Institute of Education in London. Prior to Academia, Carlo worked for Futurelab, a UK-based, non-for-profit ‘think-tank’ that explored the potential of digital technology in education. 

Carlo has published on a variety of topics related to digital technology in education, including the social and political accountability of algorithms in education, the ethical use of video games in schools and socio-material analyses of digital education. His research as PI and Co-I has been funded by leading international bodies such as the European Commission, the ESRC, the Society for Educational Studies, as well as private donors (e.g. Microsoft and Cisco Systems).

Supervision interests

I am very interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • Automation and the development of learning analytics infrastructures in education (from a sociological perspective)
  • Digital literacies
  • The relationship between digital tech and the globalised education system
  • Critical/mixed-methods studies of data in education

I am not interested in supervising research on the following topics:

  • teachers' perceptions and beliefs (unless an ethnographic approach is used)
  • Technology adoption and acceptance

One thing I would emphasise to PhD candidates is the need for a clear theoretical stance in the proposal, based on a reasonable understanding of social-scientific approaches (the ones I am familiar with are from sociology, social psychology or cultural studies). I am particuarly interested in a clear disciplinary influence, which should be somewhat visible in your proposal.

Research area keywords

  • Shaping digital futures
  • Transforming teaching and learning
  • digital literacies
  • data and society
  • Learning Analytics

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Research Output

Deep learning goes to school: toward a relational understanding of AI in education

Perrotta, C. & Selwyn, N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Learning, Media and Technology. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Games as (not) culture: a critical policy analysis of the economic agenda of horizon 2020

Perrotta, C., Bailey, C., Ryder, J., Haggis-Burridge, M. & Persico, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Games and Culture: a journal of interactive media. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Empowering learners with personalised learning approaches? Agency, equity and transparency in the context of learning analytics

Tsai, Y-S., Perrotta, C. & Gašević, D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

The social life of Learning Analytics: cluster analysis and the ‘performance’ of algorithmic education

Perrotta, C. & Williamson, B., 2 Jan 2018, In : Learning, Media and Technology. 43, 1, p. 3-16 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

31 Citations (Scopus)

The distant Horizon: Investigating the relationship between social sciences academic research and game development

Passarelli, M., Earp, J., Dagnino, F. M., Manganello, F., Persico, D., Pozzi, F., Buijtenweg, T., Haggis, M., Bailey, C. & Perrotta, C., May 2020, In : Entertainment Computing. 34, 8 p., 100339.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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