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Research interests

Website for Dr Kirsten Ellis - https://sites.google.com/site/drkirstenellis/home


Kirsten Ellis has a strong technical background and has experience in designing, developing and evaluating systems for people with unique requirements. Her research interests include human computer interaction and how technology can create a more inclusive society. She had developed multiple resources using a variety of technologies including on the Nintendo DS lite, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Microsoft Kinect. In addition, she also researches innovative technologies to create tangible objects as authentic learning experiences.

Australian Sign Language

Her current specialisation is in teaching sign language to hearing people so that they can interact with deaf people in a common language that is fully accessible to all participants and she has designed and developed multiple resources to enable this. Kirsten has conducted research in how the use a whole rage of technologies to improve the learning experience and learning outcomes.

Attention Training Games

She was part of a team that conducted research on the potential for using touch technologies for improving the attention of children with developmental disabilities.

Young Children and Technology

Kirsten Ellis has researched two year old children using technology in terms of behavior, interaction style and concentration span. This work has tracked how new technologies are making computer accessible to even the youngest members of the community.

Clinical Trials

Kirsten is currently undertaking research on how to utilise the distributed nature of the internet to facilitate large scale medical projects. These project deal with the collection and distribution of information in a medical context that has not been previously possible.

littleBits Puppets

Brining together technical and creative skills Kirsten is involved with creating puppets that can be controlled with new technologies. The puppets use off the shelf technology to facilitate a creative and fun side to technology that is of interest to a more diverse range of users and developers.

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Kirsten Ellis has experience as the Chief Examiner for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT2003 IT professional practice

Kirsten has experience as the Lecturer for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT1012/FIT9027 Website authoring
  • FIT2032/FIT3045 Industry-based learning
  • FIT2003 IT professional practice



  • Children's play
  • Computer Education/Literacy
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Interface
  • Computers and information technology in education
  • Deaf Culture
  • Deafness
  • Development of CD ROMs
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Developmental dyslexia
  • Devices for the blind and deaf
  • Disability
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early childhood
  • Education development and assessment
  • Education research
  • Educational/Instructional Technology
  • Ethics in education
  • Ethics in information technology
  • Human Learning and Memory
  • Human computer interaction, multimedia
  • Information technology in education

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Projects 2004 2019

Research Output 2003 2018

Toddler techie touch generation

Ellis, K., Power, M. & Albrecht, D. W., 2018, CHI PLAY 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play: October 28–31, 2018 Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Toups, Z. & Wyeth, P. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 127-139 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

A design science exploration of a visual-spatial learning system with feedback

Ellis, K. A., Fisher, J. L., Willoughby, L. J. V. & Barca, J. C., 1 Jan 2015, Proceedings of the 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2015). Burstein, F., Scheepers, H. & Deegan, G. (eds.). Adelaide SA Australia: Australasian Conference on Information Systems, p. 1 - 13 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Errors and feedback in the beginner Auslan classroom

Willoughby, L. J. V., Linder, S., Ellis, K. A. & Fisher, J. L., 2015, In : Sign Language Studies. 15, 3, p. 322 - 347 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review