Professor Mike Keppell

1997 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) (Instructional Design)
Graduate Division of Educational Research, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

  • completed a Dissertation titled: “Development and pilot-testing of a method to assist instructional designers elicit unfamiliar content from subject matter experts”
  • completed a Candidacy paper titled: “A comparative analysis of advance organisers, graphic organisers and concept maps”
  • studied curriculum and instructional theory, cognitive psychology, macro and micro instructional design theories as well as motivational design strategies for instruction
  • achieved a perfect GPA of 4.00 for the eight subjects studied
  • wrote a Qualifying Research Paper titled: “Knowledge acquisition, storage and retrieval in relation to map literacy: A comparison of two teaching methodologies”.
1989 Master of Education (M.Ed) (Curriculum and Instruction) University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

  • studied curriculum, instruction, evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research methodology, philosophy, physical education and outdoor education.
  • achieved a GPA of 3.76 (out of a possible 4.00) for the 13 subjects studied
1985 Bachelor of Education (Postgraduate) (B.Ed)
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

  • studied educational philosophy, psychology and sociology.
1982 Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Education) (BHMS (Ed))
University of Queensland, Australia

  • studied anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, history, sociology, psychology, ancient history, chemistry, education and teaching methodology.
  • completed teaching qualifications within this degree program.

Who Am I?

I am Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning Transformations) at Swinburne University. I attempt to empower teaching staff across all modes of learning, teaching and assessment utilising blended learning. I oversee the Learning Transformations Unit that is focused on learning technologies and teaching practices to meet student needs and expectations and opportunities available in the digital era.

  • Focussed on redesigning learning spaces
  • Enriching the on-campus student experience through blended learning
  • Institutional adoption of authentic assessment
  • Learning design to redesign Units and Courses
  • Empowering staff through Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Personalised learning through ePortfolios
  • Open educational practice creating open educational resources
  • Engaging staff through the Graduate Certificate, Learning and Teaching

About Mike

Surprising Things about Mike

Mike has been involved in a wide range of sports: rugby, squash, marathon running, judo, scuba diving, rockclimbing 
  • Selected in an Australian Under 16 Rugby Union team in 1977
  • Played A grade rugby with Souths in Brisbane during the mid-80s
  • Was an A grade squash player
  • Has run marathons and ultra-marathons (100km in 1980)
  • Completed a half-marathon over the Great Wall of China
Mike is passionate about his adventures. He has been a scuba diving instructor and has climbed rock, ice and more recently some major mountains around the world. 
Mike is an avid photographer, dabbles in creative writing and is passionate about travelling and seeing different cultures. 
  • Has lived in three different countries and seven different cities
  • Studied at two universities and worked at another six different universities
  • Is an avid traveller
  • Was College Captain at St. Laurence’s College, Brisbane in 1978
  • Was a spectator when ‘Eddie the Eagle’ completed his 70 metre Ski Jump in 1988 in Calgary
  • Was a spectator at the bobsled event when the Jamaican bobsled team flipped their sled in 1988 in Calgary
  • Lived through SARs in Hong Kong in 2003