My research focuses primarily on higher education curriculum design, T&L and assessment design, and delivery practices to recognise patterns and develop deep insights into academic cultures. I have a keen interest for and expertise in problem-based learning, project-based learning and professional practice.
My scholarship activities have created the environment for academic colleagues to reflect deeply on their current teaching and learning practice; broaden their horizons by exposing them to new ideas and supporting trials; engage them in reflective practice to continually consider student experience; enable their growth to become leaders in specific areas of Higher Education practice; and disseminate their scholarship.
I have delivered 25 high-quality publications. Top publications include a book published by Routledge, a book chapter by Springer, a peer-reviewed journal article in Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (Q1, H Index 76).
My scholarship activities within the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) has put Deakin Engineering Education research back on a trajectory to contribute to new insights. I founded and am currently leading the Special Interest Group “Engineering Education for International Students” within AAEE, which has attracted representatives from 25 universities across Australia and New Zealand to collaborate on new opportunities in the first month of its formation.
I have directly supervised over 100 Master’s project students and have supported the learning of over 500 students. I currently supervise two HDR students (one at Deakin and one at UNSW, School of Engineering).
Students are at the heart of everything that I do. As a Unit Chair for capstone project units within the postgraduate engineering degrees at Deakin School of Engineering, I listen carefully to students, review their feedback and regularly make improvements to student learning experience.
Student feedback in the units I have chaired, indicates that students expect to be challenged, are open to active engagement in the classroom, and are willing to try new ways of learning. Evidence of this is demonstrated through the improvements that I have made to assessment and feedback practice within the capstone project units.
In my role as Director (Postgraduate Studies), I view students as partners and seek their participation in providing regular feedback not only in the units I teach, but also about the usefulness of other units in the course.
I support Unit Chairs in reviewing student feedback and their teaching and assessment practices from a learner perspective. I then work collaboratively and consultatively with them to identify areas for improvement, and design and implement innovative approaches tailored to their context.
My leadership has allowed unit chairs to make meaningful contributions to self-review, unpacking external review recommendations, and planning ongoing improvement to units and the course.
My utilisation of student feedback and external reviews has led to noticeable improvements to postgraduate course curriculum, T&L and assessment standards. I have contributed to improvements in overall student satisfaction levels. I nurture the development of independent leadership in course teams and unit teaching teams. My leadership in the Learning Support Team has helped to build the capacity of staff in all aspects of T&L.
Curriculum design, development and review, teaching and learning development, engineering education, problem and project based learning, curriculum mapping and assurance of graduate capabilities.
Curriculum, assessment and student learning
Engineering Professional Practice
Work Integrated Learning
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
R McHenry, S Krishnan
(2023), pp. 1-19, European Journal of Engineering Education, C1
H Chai, J Ravishankar, S Krishnan, M Priestley
(2022), pp. 2044-2048, proceedings of the 2022 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Gammarth, Tunisia, E1
Rob McHenry, Siva Krishnan
(2022), pp. 55-60, ACEN 2022 : Beyond 2022: Creating the future with Work Integrated Learning (WIL) : Proceedings of the Australian Collaborative Education Network 2022 conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1
S Krishnan, J Ravishankar, C Wijeyanayake
(2021), Vol. 2, pp. 1145-1146, REES AAEE 2021 : Proceedings of the Joint 9th Research in Engineering Education Symposium and 32nd Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, REES AAEE 2021: Engineering Education Research Capability Development, Perth, Western Australia, E1
Sharon Cooper, Siva Krishnan
(2020), Abingdon, Eng., A1
Andrew Cain, Laura Tubino, Siva Krishnan
(2020), Vol. 7, pp. 229-245, Re-imagining University Assessment in a Digital World, Cham, Switzerland, B1
H Suri, S Krishnan
(2020), Vol. 45, pp. 251-265, Assessment and evaluation in higher education, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Siva Krishnan, Naomi Campanale, Stuart Palmer
(2020), pp. 185-193, AAEE 2020 : Proceedings of the 2020 Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Online, E1
Stuart Palmer, Siva Krishnan
(2019), pp. 1-8, AAEE 2019 : Educators becoming agents of change: innovate, integrate, motivate : Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education 2019, Brisbane, Qld., E1
T Gunning, S Krishnan
(2017), pp. 1-9, AAEE 2017 : Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Sydney, N.S.W., E1
S Palmer, S Krishnan
(2015), pp. 1-13, AAEE 2015 : Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education 2015 Annual Conference, Geelong, Victoria, E1
J Schneider, I Munro, S Krishnan
(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 91-93, Journal of teaching and learning with technology, Indianapolis, Indiana, C1-1
J Schneider, I Munro, S Krishnan
(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 1225-1229, American journal of educational research, Newark, Del., C1-1
S Krishnan, Jennifer Schneider, Irene Munro
(2014), pp. 204-214, HERDSA 2014 : Higher Education in a Globalized World : Proceedings of the 39th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia International Conference, Hong Kong, China, E1-1
J Schneider, S Krishnan, I Munro, A Birchnell
(2013), pp. 807-811, ASCILITE 2013 : Electric dreams : Proceedings of the Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education International Conference, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1
(2012), pp. 23-40, Developments in Engineering Education Standards: Advanced Curriculum Innovations, Hershey, PA, B1-1
A Melia, S Krishnan
(2012), Vol. 1, pp. 81-89, International higher education curriculum design review, Hamilton, New Zealand, C1-1
S Krishnan, R Gabb, C Vale
(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 67-78, Australasian journal of engineering education, Crows Nest, N.S.W., C1-1
C Vale, A McAndrew, S Krishnan
(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 193-212, Journal of mathematics teacher education, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1
S Krishnan, C Vale, R Gabb
(2007), Proceedings of the 18th conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : 9-13 December 2007, Melbourne, Australia, 2007, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1
S Krishnan, C Vale, R Gabb
(2007), iCEER 2007 : Proceedings of 2007 International Conference on Engineering Education and Research : Advances and Innovations in Engineering Education and Research, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Other Public Sector Funding
Design and delivery of a Graduate Certificate of Secondary Design and Technologies.
Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Dr George Aranda, Mr Matt Jennings, A/Prof Peta White, Mr Rob McHenry, Dr Seamus Delaney, A/Prof Siva Krishnan, Dr Jo Raphael, A/Prof Julianne Lynch, A/Prof Linda Hobbs
DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria
- 2023: $522,584
No completed student supervisions to report