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Ilana is an emeritus professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her academic background is in English and literacy education. Ilana's research focuses on the changes to social and cultural practices associated with the use of digital media in everyday life, but especially in educational contexts.

Ilana has written on a number of pressing issues, including the need for critical digital literacy to negotiate the rapidly changing literacy landscape. She has carried out funded research for the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Carrick Institute and the National Council for Vocational Research (NCVER).

Her particular contribution has been in the production of books that have influenced how teachers and teacher educators think about the changes to literacy practices associated with digital technologies and the implications for education. These books include Hypertext and Teachers and Technoliteracy which she co-authored with Colin Lankshear and Bill Green. In The Literacy Wars she examined the volatile debates that surround literacy education in Australia. Her edited books include Page to Screen, Silicon Literacies and Doing Literacy Online which she co-edited with Catherine Beavis. Several books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Research area keywords

  • literary education
  • critical literacy
  • digital literacies
  • literacy and disadvantage
  • critical digital literary practices