Deakin Engineering Education Research

About Us

Deakin Engineering Education Research (DEER) is dedicated to the establishment of a multi-disciplinary research platform that that enables researchers to address current and future challenges in Engineering Education.

DEER brings together academic staff from across the University with research interests Engineering Education.

The DEER Group includes nationally and internationally recognised researchers in the field of Engineering Education and has the expertise to deliver high impact collaborative research in the areas of Design Based Learning, Project Based Learning, Distance & Cloud based education and Educational Technologies.


Associate Professor Arun Patil

Director (DEER)
Associate Professor Patil has over 23 years of teaching, research and managerial experience in higher and further education.He holds a PhD and a
Master of Engineering, both in Engineering Education from Monash University, Australia.

Dr Patil has published widely, and his publications include edited books,
book chapters, conference proceedings, refereed journals,
conference papers. He is a Founder Editor-in-Chief of the
International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering
and Technology Education and an Associate Editor of the
International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design (IJOPCD)
Associate Professor Matthew Joordens

Deputy Director (DEER)
Associate Professor Joordens has developed and assisted
in the development of a number of Undergraduate Degrees including Mechatronics, Robotics, Electrical and Electronics, and Computronics.

He has published numerous papers, journals and a book chapter in Engineering Education.
He has also led and taught using various forms of Problem and Design Based Learning since 1996.


 To establish collaborative research platform that enables researchers to address current  and future  challenges in Engineering Education. 

 To bring together staff from across the University (and beyond) with research interests in Engineering  Education. 

 To deliver high impact collaborative research in the area of Engineering Education.

 To enhance academic outcomes by building the teaching-research nexus.



DEER Objectives:

  • Establish itself as a node for strategic research addressing the national research priorities in engineering education.
  • Facilitate collaboration with industry and other research institutions leading to improved and increased research outputs.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to attracting and retaining external funding in an area that has significant potential future growth.



  • Educational Technologies
  • Cloud and Located Learning
  • Student Centred Learning (Project Oriented Design Based Learning)
  • Learning Pedagogies
  • Quality Assurance in Engineering Education





Our People


Area of Research (Expertise)

Professor Guy Littlefair

Project/Design based learning, Educational Technologies.

Professor Ian Gibson

Educational Technologies, Problem and Design based learning.

Professor Mike Tan

Educational Technologies.

Associate Professor Aman Maung Than Oo

Project/Design based learning, Educational Technologies.

Dr. Yanan Wang

Educational Technologies, Project/Design based learning

Dr.Jaideep Chandran

Project/Design based learning, 

Dr. Siva Chandrasekaran 

Project/Design based learning, Curriculum Development and Enhancement

Dr. Mohammad Arif

Educational Technologies.

Dr. Mahbube Subhani

Educational Technologies.

Mr. Hayrettin Arisoy

Problem Based Learning.

Mr Samuel Thomas

Educational Technologies, Cloud and Located Learning

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