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Dr Kirsten Ellis has a creative and 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. She also plays with maker technologies including eTextiles to make creative pieces and artefacts to assist people. In addition, she also researches innovative technologies to create tangible objects as authentic learning experiences.

Making for All

Dr Kirsten Ellis is involved with creating a variety of activities to engage everyone, no matter what their abilities are, in STEM Making. By redesigning activities we can make it possible for everyone to engage in the making process. The items use off the shelf technology that are hacked, modified and used in different ways to facilitate activities that show the creative and fun side to technology that is then of interest to a more diverse range of users and developers.

Australian Sign Language

Dr Kirsten Ellis researches 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 range of technologies to improve the learning experience and learning outcomes.

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.

Digital Health

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.

Monash teaching commitment

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

  • FIT3149 Maker Lab

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


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Information Technology, Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

Award Date: 16 Oct 2008

Information Technology, Masters of IT (Research), Monash University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Information Management, Bachelor of Applied Science, Deakin University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Research area keywords

  • 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

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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