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Seniour Lecturer in Higher Education specialising in e-Assessment and e-Exams (PhD students welcome in these areas). Located in the Continuing Educational Excellence Development (CEED) programme team leading the theme of 'technology and space'. Leading a national OLT project looking into computerised high stakes assessment, and co-host of the Transforming Assessment webinar series.


Office: Caulfield campus, Building B, room 3.26.
Ph: +61 3 990 32475

email: mathew.hillier <at> monash.edu

* The best way to contact me is via email, as I am often away from my desk phone.


As of 5 October 2015 I am a Snr Lecturer in Higher Education (e-Learning) in the 'Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching' (MU-OLT) at Monash University.

I also hold an honorary academic post at the University of Queensland.

I specialise in e-learning and in particular e-assessment and e-exams.

At Monash University

I coordinate the Continuing Educational Excellence Development (CEED) programme theme of 'technology and space'.

I am a co-host with Professor Geoffrey Crisp of the 'Transforming Assessment' monthly webinar series on e-assessment that also forms the basis for the e-Assessment special interest group under ASCILITE; see transformingassessment.com

I have recently been award a half million dollar Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching grant ID15-4747 "Transforming exams across Australia". The project will run from 2015 to 2018 and will see collaboration with nine universities the length and breadth of Australia. The project will take advantage of open source, free software tools in developing approaches to scalable, computerised examinations that leverages BYOD (laptops) to enable sophisticated, authentic assessments with the 'tools of the trade' of the 21st Century. See transformingexams.com for project work.

I welcome further consulting, collaborative research and teaching opportunities and in any of the areas listed on these pages.

Special notes for potential PhD research students: please read my 'research and supervision interests' for an indication of topics which I am interested in supervising.



Prior to joining Monash University I was a Lecturer in Higher Education (e-Learning) within the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (formerly the Teaching and Educational Development Institute) at the University of Queensland. At UQ I lead two OLT grants, one on professional development of academics in e-assessment and another on exploring options for e-exams. I also taught into the academic professional development programme, was a team member on institutional projects, served on university committees such as the Central Assessment Sub-committee, departmental TandL committees, was a member of the institutional learning design community and e-learning operational forum. I joined UQ in February 2011 and departed October 2015. I have also I worked at University of Adelaide on the start-up of Transforming Assessment and taught within UofA's Graduate Certificate in Online Learning (Higher Education). In the past I have also been a discipline based academic in higher education in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong (China) since 1997. I have teaching experience in traditional, online and transnational education in areas such as organisational information management, information systems, project management, computer applications, digital media design, website design/interface usability, e-commence/e-business, social-technical problem analysis, critique, critical thinking, social informatics and business communications.

Related Links:

  • My Academia.edu profile
  • My Linkedin profile
  • My Researchgate profile
  • My UQ Researcher profile (archived)
  • Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment monthly webinars and examples)
  • Transforming Exams (National OLT project on computerised examinations)
  • Wer'eLearning (open access resources for learning about e-learning) 



  • e-Assessment: Exploring technologies, approaches and issues related to computer assisted assessment (CAA) in higher education. See http://transformingassessment.com/
  • e-Exams: Technology and processes (in higher education) for supervised computerised examinations. See http://transformingexams.com/
  • Professional development for academics "e-learning about e-learning". See http://werelearning.com/
  • Online delivery mechanisms for clinical teacher training. See prior work with the School of Veterinary Science, UQ, Gatton Campus http://clinicalteachers.science.uq.edu.au/

RHD: e-Assessment and e-Exams in Higher Education (PhD and Master by research)

Possible topic areas:

  • e-assessment/e-exam technology development/application/implementation.
  • affordances of e-assessment/e-exams technologies and their links to learning outcomes.
  • fit of e-assessment technology innovations with academic work flow.
  • institutional support systems, structures and policy surrounding e-assessment/e-exams.
  • success factors in sustaining and scaling e-assessment innovations across institutions, sectors.
  • e-assessment in large blended (on campus) classes and/or MOOCs.
  • e-exams on-campus (normally supervised) with BYOD (bring your own device) strategies and/or distance online exams.
  • e-exams infrastructure - both technical (software, hardware, networks) and procedural (process workflows, policy).
  • student and/or faculty use and acceptance of e-assessment/e-exams.
  • case studies of using a given e-assessment/e-exam technology or approach.
  • use of e-assessment/e-exams within a particular discipline area (e.g. language education / testing, science etc).
  • use of systems thinking, complex adaptive systems and multiple perspectives ideas to frame any of the above.

Update: I have obtained a large grant to work on 'e-exams' so projects in this area are of particular interest.

Please note that general e-learning or the use of technology in teaching (in the general sense) is outside the scope of these projects.

RHD enquires in the first instance to Dr Mathew Hillier: mathew.hillier at monash.edu

Undergraduate and post graduate course work students: Summer/Winter Research Scholarships

I may supervise summer/winter scholars. 2016 projects TBA - please ask if you are interested!

General programme info https://www.monash.edu.au/students/scholarships/research-projects/

External positions

Honorary Snr Lecturer, The University of Queensland


  • Academic staff development
  • Assessment
  • Computer-Aided Instruction
  • Computer-assisted learning
  • E-exams
  • E-learning
  • High stakes testing
  • Higher education
  • Tertiary education

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2015 2018

NAATI e-Exam Platform Phase 1

Hillier, M. S.


Project: Research

Transforming exams across Australia: Project Ref ID15-4747

Hillier, M. S., Fluck, A., Cowling, M., Howah, K., Blackmore, K., Newhouse, P., Bower, M., Verity, D., Baird, M. A., Grant, S. J., Leitch, S., Geer, R. & White, B.

Department of Education and Training (Comm), University of Tasmania, Central Queensland University


Project: Research

Research Output 2003 2018

Bridging the digital divide with off-line e-learning

Hillier, M. 2 Jan 2018 In : Distance Education. 39, 1, p. 110-121 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Innovative assessment with eExams

Fluck, A. & Hillier, M. S. 2016 Australian Council for Computers in Education 2016 Conference : Refereed proceedings . Prestridge, S. & Albion, P. (eds.). The Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education, p. 52-57 6 p.

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

Transforming Assessment via global and local learning networks

Hillier, M. & Sheppard, K. 9 Jul 2016 Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World. Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Vol. 38, p. 212-222 11 p.

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


Using e-Assessment to enhance student learning and evidence learning outcomes

Crisp, G., Guàrdia, L. & Hillier, M. 1 Dec 2016 In : International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education. 13, 1, 18

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

A pedagogical end game for exams: a look 10 years into the future of high stakes assessment

Hillier, M. & Gibbons, B. 29 Nov 2015 Globally connected, digitally enabled: Proceedings of the 32nd Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference. Reiners, T., von Konsky, B. R., Gibson, D., Chang, V., Irving, L. & Clarke, K. (eds.). Perth: ASCILITE, p. 465-470 6 p.

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

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