Deakin Engineering Education Research

Deakin Engineering Education Research (DEER) brings together Deakin academic staff with a research interest in engineering education. Our expertise allows us to deliver high impact collaborative research in the areas of design-based learning, project-based learning, distance and cloud-based education and educational technologies.

What we do

We're established as strategic researchers, addressing the national research priorities in engineering education. Specifically, we:

  • facilitate collaboration with industry and other research institutions, leading to improved and increased research outputs
  • attract and retain external funding in an area that has significant potential future growth.

Key research areas

  • Educational technologies
  • Cloud and located learning
  • Student-centred learning (project oriented design-based learning)
  • Learning methods
  • Quality assurance in engineering education


Associate Professor Arun Patil

Deputy Director
Associate Professor Matthew Joordens

Our staff


Project/design-based learning, Educational technologies
Professor Guy Littlefair
Educational technologies, Problem/design-based learning
Professor Ian Gibson
Educational technologies
Professor Carol Boyle
Problem-based learning, Curriculum development and enhancement
Professor Mike Tan
Project/design-based learning, Educational technologies
Associate Professor Aman Maung Than Oo
Educational technologies, Project/design-based learning
Dr Yanan Wang
Project/design based learning
Dr Jaideep Chandran
Project/design-based learning, Curriculum development and enhancement
Dr Siva Chandrasekaran
Educational technologies
Dr Mohammad Arif
Educational technologies
Dr Mahbube Subhani
Problem-based learning
Hayrettin Arisoy
Educational technologies, Cloud and located learning
Samuel Thomas