Dr Gregory Joseph

Dr Gregory Joseph Powell

Lecturer ICT, Design Technologies

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce


Department of Education

Education 1 Building, Level 4, Room 409, Melbourne (Bundoora)


Diploma of Teaching (Coburg Teachers' College), BA (Deakin), BEd (La Trobe), Grad Dip Ed Admin (Phillip Institute-RMIT), Grad Cert Computing (Griffith & Queensland), MSc (Curtin), Ph.D (Melbourne)



Membership of professional associations

Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), WEF, Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV)

Area of study

Educational Studies

Brief profile

Dr Greg Powell was a teacher and school administrator in the Victorian Government School system for 26 years teaching in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne and then later in country Victoria. Greg was seconded as a Senior Project Officer to the Department of Education and Training (DE&T) Victoria in the eLearning Online Education Strategy Team (Later Years Branch) from 1999 to 2002 where he managed the National Software Evaluation Project for Australia (NSEP) and the Software Rolling Fund for Victorian Schools. During these years as a senior manager Greg developed the QTP PD Bank website and various Sofweb and ICT websites for DE&T within the eLearning team.

From 2002 to 2006 Greg was lecturing in Information and Communication Technology, mathematics, educational psychology and other educational subjects at ACU National - School of Education in Canberra. He was also the ACU National (Canberra) Grad Dip Course Coordinator from 2004-2006.

From 2007 Dr Powell has lectured in and coordinated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Design Technologies, Multimedia, Assessment and Reporting, Curriculum Design, Professional Experience and Research for Teachers subjects at La Trobe University (Melbourne) within the School of Education - Melbourne (Bundoora Campus) to the Graduate Diploma (Primary) in Education post graduate students, Bachelor of Teaching, Masters of Teaching as well as Masters of Education students.

Dr Greg Powell completed his PhD at The University of Melbourne (Graduate School of Education).  His thesis title was: The Revolution Yet To Come: A study of how a learning community can transform education for the twenty-first century.

His professional interests include Web 2.0 technologies, multimedia, software applications in education, design and technology, Robotics education, STEM, classroom management, health education (sex education), professional experience in schools and Learning Spaces in educational environments.

Outside interests revolve around family (including grand children), gardening, Japanese culture and artefacts, Rotary (former Secretary and Past President), Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association (Committee member and ICT support for the RRBATA website), Macedon Ranges Shire Council (Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee) and Shotokan Karate (5th degree black belt).

Research interests

Teaching and learning

- Information, Communication Technologies; Design Technologies;

Teaching units

Lecturer and Tutor: EDU1PAL (Personalised and Active Learning)

Coordinator and Lecturer: EDU2LMS (Learning Multimedia Strategies)

Coordinator and Lecturer: EDU3CAR (Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting)

Coordinator and Lecturer: EDU4TAD (Technology and Design)

Coordinator  and Lecturer: EDU4UML (Using Multimedia for Learning)

Coordinator and Lecturer: EDU3PBM (Project Based Method)

Coordinator and Lecturer: EDU5PPA (Professional Experience A)

Coordinator and Lecturer: EDU5PPB (Professional Experience B)

Coordinator and Lecturer: EDU5PPC (Professional Experience C)

Lecturer: EDU4_5MB1_EDU4_5MB2-(BL) - Secondary/Senior Methods Cluster (ICT and IT Methods)



Macedon Ranges Shire Council: Health and Wellbeing Committee, Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association (RRBATA), Romsey Lancefield Rotary Club Inc.

Recent publications


  • Catholic Education Office Canberra Goulburn and DEST. (2003). Online Curriculum Project - QTP. Developing Online Curriculum. Canberra : ACT. http://vision.cg.catholic.edu.au/teaching/agqtp/ict/index.htm
  • Arnold, S., McLoughlin, C., Thornton , S., Scotallero, G., Broadbent, C., Powell, G., Burgess, J., Devereux, L. (2005). Getting Ready for Learning Objects: Examining technological and pedagogical readiness for uptake of Learning Objects in schools..http://simerr.acu.edu.au/survey/index.html
  • Powell, G. (2006). New Technologies for the 21st Century . ICTEV - ICT Connecting Learning Conference. Paper and presentation. Melbourne : Victoria.
  • Report for the Victorian Curriculum Corporation (Round 4: ASISTM (Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics) based on interviews of teachers in Western suburbs involved in the Re-Engineering Western Youth Futures December 2008. This program aimed at engaging students through the Schools Innovation Design Challenge. An initiative of the Re-Engineering Australia Forum Ltd. Students used a multimedia software program called "Cosmic Blobs". Through participation in this project students and teachers developed understandings and awareness of the innovative use of software, design and manufacturing processes catering for a variety of learning styles in Primary Schools. This enquiry based learning approach using software called Cosmic Blobs™ should improve Science, Technology and Mathematics outcomes for these students.
  • Hardman, F., Neville, B., Lewis, R., McCann, T., White, J., Hutchison, K., and Powell, G. (2007-2012). Engaging adolescents in schooling: A longitudinal study of student use of electronic self-assessment tools within advocacy models of student support (in progress).  SAI= Student Achievement Inventory.
  • In Search of Relevant Learning Spaces. in Fitzgerald, T. (Ed). (2014). ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: UNIVERSITIES IN TURBULENT TIMES. IGI Global. Hershey, PA.

Older publications

Book Published: Viney, D & Powell, G.(Ed). (1997). From Sublime to Solitude: The Story of Lancefield 1837-1997 . 440p. Illustrated. Index. West Bourke Books Inc.

Brennan, S., Carmichael, B., Liddle, S. & Powell, G. (2001). Ergonomic Study of Primary Aged Students Using DataDesk Little Fingers Keyboards and ittiBitty Mouses in two Primary Schools . (Unpublished Report for DE&T and Divisible by Zero: http://www.dbz.com.au/lf/pdfs/PRESS_RELEASE_9_10.pdf )

Chase, A., & Powell, G. (2002, November). ICT Achievers Program: Victorian Department of Education and Training (DE&T): Journal of ICT in Education 25 (2). Melbourne : Victoria .

DE&T and Powell, G. (2001-2002). Report on Quality Teacher Program-PD Bank: Victorian Department of Education and Training (DE&T)

Article: Powell, G. (2002). Adobe Photoshop Elements Review (2CD Training Set) CLASSROOM Scholastic , 22(3).


Pro Vice-Chancellor's TEACHING AWARD (2015): For enhanced learning and teaching experiences through innovation, leadership and scholarship in the use of ICT, multimedia and design technologies.

Paul Harris Fellowship - Romsey Lancefield Rotary Club Inc. (2011)

Apple COMPUTERS in EDUCATION Excellence Award (2000)

Macromedia Product Champion (2002) 

5th Degree (Godan) Black Belt SHOTOKAN Karate

Research projects

  • 2015 Google Grant. La Trobe University Research: Connecting teachers, students and pre-service teachers to improve STEM pathways in schools. Headed by Associate Professor Catherine Lang. Research as part of a Google Grant to support a STEM club at Charles La Trobe Secondary College and use it as a testing ground for  pre-service teachers (PSTs) to develop and create interactive curricula. This will be presented at a Professional Development event for teachers in the Northern region, building strong links between pre-service teachers and practicing teachers while upskilling all for the new Digital Technologies curriculum.
  • 2015 Disciplinary Research Program (La Trobe University): Remaking EducationWearable-Learning: are Smart Watches any good for student learning? A Team of researchers headed by Professor Margaret Robertson: The project aims to investigate whether smart watches (in particular, the Apple Watch) are useful for students' learning and wellbeing. Smart watches can provide triggers for learning and remembering material. They can assist students to establish routines and encourage discipline in learning and exercise. A particular strength is their capability to personalise learning in schooling and respond to the diversity of students’ needs.
  • 2015 ARRNET Project: Charles La Trobe Secondary College (P-12), La Trobe University (School of Education), Quantum Victoria and Pre- Service Teacher Program supporting Classrooms of the Future project. 
  • 2013-2014 Education Faculty Writing Team: Greg was engaged with a team of writers headed by Professor Tanya Fitzgerald. Members wrote chapters for a book publication (IGI) based on what it means to be an academic and undertake academic work in the twenty first century modernised University. Greg's chapter concerns: Learning Spaces in higher education institutions.
  • 2013: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Intel Corporation, Charles La Trobe Secondary College and La Trobe University (Faculty of Education): Classrooms of the Future project. 
  • 2011-2012: The Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) Project– funded by the Australian Commonwealth government – is concerned with enhancing teaching with and through information and communication technologies (ICT) in Australian schools. The TTF Project targets systematic change in ICT in Education (ICTE) proficiency of graduate teachers across Australia by building the ICTE capacity of teacher educators and developing resources. Dr Greg together with Dr Jenny Masters (Bendigo campus) are the TTF Coordinators with Caroline Neville-Wright/Melissa Minchinton (Melbourne) and Graeme Draaisma (Bendigo) as ICT Project Officers (ICTPO). The primary role of the ICT Pedagogy Officers is to work with teacher educators and pre-service teachers at La Trobe University to develop and share exemplary ICTE curriculum and pedagogy, and to contribute to leadership in Mathematics and Science. Further information about the TTF Project can be gained from: http://www.altc.edu.au/ttf/ 


AERA OpenEditors: SAGE Publications (2015): AERAOpenEditors@aera.net http://ero.sagepub.com/

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) 2010-2013 http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet.html  

Qualitative Research Journal (2013) http://publish.rmitpublishing.com.au/jms/index.php/QRJ/