My current research interests include personalised learning, authentic learning environments, blended learning, learning spaces, transformative change and distributive leadership. I generally approach my research using design-based research which focuses on a real-world issue, the development of an educational technology intervention, evaluation and the development and formulation of design principles.

  1. 2014 Hossain, D. Gorman, D. Keppell, M. (unsuccessful) Engaging rural and remote communities to build their adaptation capacity and resilience to manage the climate change impact on health and wellbeing: Stage 2. ARC Linkage Grant.
  2. 2014 March, S., Ireland, M., Brownlow, C., Antonio, A., Tehan, G. & Keppell, M. (2014-2016). Promoting regional health and resilience: Investigating smart solutions through innovative and flexible approaches. Strategic Research Funds, University of Southern Queensland ($999,340).
  3. 2013 Antonio, A. and Reushle, S. (2014). Evaluation of the Oakey Digital Hub. Project initiator.
  4. 2011- March 2014 Keppell, M.J & Suddaby, G. To establish a National Networking Initiative (NNI) A joint initiative between: The Australasian Council on Open, Distance and Elearning (ACODE) and The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite). Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). ($220,000).
  5. 2011 Keppell, M.J. & Suddaby, G. Report on technology-enhanced learning and teaching. Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). ($25,000).
  6. 2011 CSU DeHUB Research Grant in Education. Managing institutional change through distributed professional learning strategies: Tertiary teachers engagement with blended and flexible learning (project team) ($114,000).
  7. 2011 Massey DeHUB Research Grant in Education. In Their Own Words: Exploring the Experiences, Challenges and Successes of New Distance Learners (project team) ($114,000).
  8. 2009 Tynan, B. DeHub Diversity Grant. (collaborator with UNE)
  9. 2008 – 2014 Transformative Learning: Teaching Fellow Perceptions of Redesigning Subjects/Courses using Blended Learning. Charles Sturt University. (Four-year project).
  10. 2008 La Trobe University. Spaces for knowledge generation: A framework for designing student learning environments for the future. (Project Team). Australian Learning and Teaching Council. $220,000.
  11. 2008 Segrave, S., Cybulski, J., Smith, R., & Keppell, M.J. E-Simulations. Carrick Institute. Collaborative project with Deakin University. Australian Learning and Teaching Council. $220,000.
  12. 2008 Tulloch, M. Promoting Excellence Initiative. Carrick Institute. (invited participant).
  13. 2007 Riddle, M. ICTs in the lives of Australian Students. Ascilite Research Grant. $AUD5000. Collaborative project with La Trobe University. (Invited mentor).
  14. 2007 Keppell, M.J. Cheng, P. W., Wu, R., Leung C. K. & Man, Y. K. Assessment for integrating learning in teacher education. Institute Teaching Development Grant. Project Manager/Leader from January 2007 to July 2007. $HK 1,023, 000.
  15. 2006 Lefoe, G., O’Reilly, M., Gunn, C. & Keppell, M. An identification and evaluation of key success factors and issues in the use of Digital Repositories for enhancing teaching and learning in national and international settings. The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Australia. Project on behalf of ascilite. (2nd Stage). $AUD167,230.
  16. 2006/07 Lee, YC. & 15 Colleagues. Problem-based learning in Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology. Teaching Development Grants. HKIEd. Project consultant. $HK309, 000.
  17. 2006 Keppell, M. J., O’Reilly, M., Gunn, C., Lefoe, G., Luca, J., Lee, K-T., Goodyear, P., Zimitat, C. An identification and evaluation of key success factors and issues in the use of Digital Repositories for enhancing teaching and learning in national and international settings. The Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Australia. Project on behalf of ascilite.
  18. 2006 Chen, S., Mok, M., Keppell, M. & Wang, Y. T. (2006). The impact of a safe environment and sport opportunities on the gait and posture pattern of individuals with visual impairment. HKIEd Internal Research Grant 2005-06. HK$87,800.
  19. 2005 Keppell, M., NG, Mee Wah Eugenia, SIN, Kuen Fung Kenneth, Chen, Shihui, Leung, P. & Bodycott, P. A multi-case study approach focused on blended learning. How do different departments approach teaching and learning using blended learning at the Institute? Internal Research Grant 2004-05. HK$213,000.
  20. 2006 Chen, S., Lai, M. H. V., Leung, C. C. L. (2006). Enhancing independent learning and critical thinking in physical education, music and visual arts through blended learning. HKIEd IT Development Grant 2005-06. HK$129,000.
  21. 2005 O’Reilly, M., Bennett, S., Keppell, M., Innovations in online assessment. 2005 NextEd ascilite research grant. AUD$5,000.
  22. 2004 Chen, S., Keppell, M. & Cote-Laurence, P. Designing an innovative PE learning package through Blackboard to enhance students’ critical thinking, collaboration, and self-learning skills. Information Technology Strategy Committee (ITSC) Grant. HK$140,000.
  23. 2004 Keppell, M., Lau, K.W., Jong, S. Y., Bennett, S. & Lockyer, L. An examination of online project-based learning involving two groups of teacher-educator students in two different countries. Teaching Development Grant 2003-04. Hong Kong Institute of Education HK$105,500.
  24. 2003 Ming-Kai, Chan, R., Beh, P., Storey, P. Problem-based learning resource package for health-related fitness and exercise physiology modules taught through the medium of english. Teaching Development Grant. Hong Kong Institute of Education. (Invited participant).
  25. 2003 Keppell, M.J. Technology-enhanced Learning Environments: Authentic Cases. Teaching Development Grant. Hong Kong Institute of Education. HK$158,703.
  26. 2003 Shihui, C., Cote-Laurence, P. & Keppell, M. Utilizing Information Technology to Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking in Two Physical Education Modules: Adapted PE and Motor Learning. Teaching Development Grant. Hong Kong Institute of Education. HK$155,250.
  27. 2003 Keppell. M., Beh, P., Chan, R., Joughin, G., Chin, M-K., Kennedy, D. (2003). Reusable Media-Rich Educational Triggers for PBL in Education. LEARNET Production. HK$150,000.
  28. 2003 Keppell, M., Jones, J., Richards, C., Leung, P., Chen, S. & Cote-Laurence, P. (2003). Student Interactions in an Online Discussion Forum: Analyzing Messages to Determine Level of Engagement and Interactivity. Internal Research Grant. Hong Kong Institute of Education. HK$86,964.
  29. 2002 Nabil Sulaiman, Teng Liaw, Mike Keppell. Asthma. Telematics Trust. AUD$25,000
  30. 2002 Mary Wlodek, Mike Keppell, Gregor Kennedy. A Woman’s Reproductive Life cycle – An interactive multimedia approach for high school students. Telematics Course Development Fund. AUD$24,843 (Associate applicant)
  31. 2001 Mary Wlodek, Helen Kavnoudias, Gregor Kennedy, Mike Keppell. A Woman’s Reproductive Life Cycle. T&L(M&ET) Committee. AUD$40,000
  32. 2001 Nabil Sulaiman, Cornelius Meehan, Teng Liaw, Morton Rawlin, Mike Keppell. Early detection of skin cancer: Recognising the clinical, epidemiological and histopathological characteristics of melanocytic and non-melanocytic skin cancers. T&L(M&ET) Committee. AUD$42,000
  33. 2000 Keppell, M., (Project Manager) Mulcahy, D., Arnold, M., Guillemin, M., Pearce, C., O’Connor, D., Riddle, M., Deveny, E., Hsu-Hage, B., Campbell, D. & Liaw, T. Evaluation of the Clinicians’ Health Channel. Department of Human services. (AUD$90,000 over three years).
  34. 2000 Jane Gunn, Kelsey Hegarty, Ngaire Nerse, Vivienne O’Connor, Cecelia Boyd, Teng Liaw, Mike Keppell, Sensitive Examination Technique: Clinical and communication skills required for cervical screening. Universitas 21 project with the University of Queensland and University of Auckland. AUD$50,000
  35. 2000 Louise Brearley Messer, Mike Keppell, Karen Kan. Enhancing total patient management skills in Dentistry with interactive multimedia simulation. T&L(M&ET) Committee. (Joint project leader). AUD$40,000. Faculty Talmet Grant AUD$10,000 – 2001.
  36. 2000 Owen Woodman, Colin Anderson, James Ziogas, Gregor Kennedy, Mike Keppell. The autonomic nervous system: Anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. T&L(M&ET) Committee. (Project Manager). AUD$40,000
  37. 2000 Samy Azer, Susan Elliott, Peter Harris, Trefor Morgan, Mike Keppell. Understanding bile salts and bilirubin metabolism: An interactive computer program integrating basic and clinical sciences. T&L(M&ET) Committee. (Project Manager). AUD$40,000
  38. 1998 Tropical Beef Centre, Meat Research Council, Faculty of Business and the Interactive Multimedia Unit. MECIS (Basic research into the application of electronic communication and information systems in the meat industry) project (valued at AUD$200,000).
  39. 1996 Division of Distance and Continuing Education Seed Grant (1996) Macpherson, C. and Keppell, M. J. Investigating the educational possibilities of virtual reality devices and systems (valued at AUD$4161). I attended the 1997 Virtual Reality Universe Conference, April 2–5, 1997, Santa Clara, California to research this area.