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A/Prof. Siva Krishnan



Associate Head of School (Teaching & Learning - Curriculum)


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Engineering


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

+61 3 924 46288

Research interests

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).

Teaching interests

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.

Knowledge areas

Curriculum design, development and review, teaching and learning development, engineering education, problem and project based learning, curriculum mapping and assurance of graduate capabilities.

Research groups

Curriculum, assessment and student learning

Engineering Education

Engineering Professional Practice

Work Integrated Learning

Engineering Management


Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy


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Facilitating Critical Thinking in Engineering Students: An Exploration of Effective Methods

Saleh Gharaie, Siva Krishnan

(2023), pp. 1-9, AAEE 2023 : Adapting to the Changing Expectations of Students and Industry : Proceedings of the 34th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Annual Conference 2023, Gold Coast, Qld., E1


A conceptual professional practice framework for embedding employability skills development in engineering education programmes

R McHenry, S Krishnan

(2022), Vol. 47, pp. 1296-1314, European Journal of Engineering Education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Work-in-progress: a holistic approach to bridging the gap between Power Engineering Education and Electric Power Industry

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


Collaborating with students and industry as partners to co-design embedded-WIL education resources

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


Supporting international student learning in an online environment

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


Effective Unit Design for Higher Education Courses A Guide for Instructors

Sharon Cooper, Siva Krishnan

(2020), Abingdon, Eng., A1


Using Technology to Enable a Shift from Marks to Outcomes-Based Assessment

Andrew Cain, Laura Tubino, Siva Krishnan

(2020), Vol. 7, pp. 229-245, Re-imagining University Assessment in a Digital World, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Assessment hurdles in core first year courses in Australian universities: are we trying to catch out students?

H Suri, S Krishnan

(2020), Vol. 45, pp. 251-265, Assessment and evaluation in higher education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

What International Engineers Want: Motivations, aspirations, expectations and perceptions of students in a postgraduate engineering course

Siva Krishnan, Naomi Campanale, Stuart Palmer

(2020), pp. 185-193, AAEE 2020 : Proceedings of the 2020 Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Online, E1


Using text analytics in benchmarking an engineering management major in a master of engineering course

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


A systematic approach to teaching and learning development in engineering

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


A research agenda for design-based learning in engineering education

S Palmer, S Krishnan

(2015), pp. 1-13, AAEE 2015 : Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education 2015 Annual Conference, Geelong, Victoria, E1


Using audio-visual material to enhance laboratory practicals

J Schneider, I Munro, S Krishnan

(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 91-93, Journal of teaching and learning with technology, Indianapolis, Indiana, C1-1

journal article

Flipping the classroom for pharmacokinetics

J Schneider, I Munro, S Krishnan

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 1225-1229, American journal of educational research, Newark, Del., C1-1

journal article

What did we flip? Exploiting technology for students to develop real-world perspectives in the classroom

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


The Village Pharm: Flipping the classroom to enhance the learning of pharmaceutics and associated professional skills

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


Problem-based learning curricula in engineering

S Krishnan

(2012), pp. 23-40, Developments in Engineering Education Standards: Advanced Curriculum Innovations, Hershey, PA, B1-1

book chapter

Student perceptions of learning in accounting

A Melia, S Krishnan

(2012), Vol. 1, pp. 81-89, International higher education curriculum design review, Hamilton, New Zealand, C1-1

journal article

Learning cultures of problem-based learning teams

S Krishnan, R Gabb, C Vale

(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 67-78, Australasian journal of engineering education, Crows Nest, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

Connecting with the horizon : developing teachers' appreciation of mathematical structure

C Vale, A McAndrew, S Krishnan

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 193-212, Journal of mathematics teacher education, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Life in PBL : two PBL teams

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


I would like to change the world, but they wouldn't let me have the source code

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, Dr Matt Jennings, A/Prof Peta White, Mr Rob McHenry, Dr Seamus Delaney, A/Prof Siva Krishnan, Dr Jo Raphael, A/Prof Julianne Lynch, Prof Linda Hobbs

DETVic Grant - Research - Department of Education and Training Victoria

  • 2024: $107,324
  • 2023: $522,584


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