Matthew Riddle

Associate Professor, Director of Educational Innovation

University centres

HU2-103, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

La Trobe Learning and Teaching (LTLT)


BA Melb, MA Melb



Membership of professional associations

Australasian Society for Computers In Learning In Tertiary Education, Higher Education Research and Development Association

Brief profile

Associate Professor Matthew Riddle is the Director of Educational Innovation. Prior to this he was Director of Digital Learning, and Director of Educational Development and Design. In May 2013 he completed a seven-month period as Acting Associate Dean (Academic) at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, where he had been a Senior Lecturer (Academic Development) since March 2009. Prior to this he spent two years as Research Associate at the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies at the University of Cambridge. He began his career in higher education in 1993 in multimedia development and e-Learning, contributing to a series of award-winning projects over thirteen years at the University of Melbourne. His work has always promoted excellence in learning and teaching, innovations with technology, academic development and curriculum renewal. He has a range of research interests in higher education, including: student engagement and retention; student perspectives; active and collaborative learning; physical and virtual learning space design; and online role-plays.

Matthew has published over twenty peer-reviewed articles since 1996, and co-developed a novel combination of ethnographic techniques to provide a rich description of learning and teaching at Cambridge for the Learning Landscape Project in 2007. He followed up on this work in 2008 after winning an ASCILITE early career research scholarship to undertake 'ICTs in the Daily Lives of Australian Students', then helped to lead a collaborative ALTC-funded applied research project known as 'Spaces for Knowledge Generation', and co-edited a resulting book entitled 'Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education' (IGI Global, 2011). He has since applied this research to a series of state of the art building projects. In 2012 he initiated a strategic Faculty project entitled 'Mobile Learning Devices Pilot Project' and an OER project known as 'OpenTab', and the topic of his PhD project is 'Tablet devices in the daily learning lives of university students'.


  • First Prize for Best Paper, The 2nd World Symposium on Sustainability at Universities, September, Manchester, UK, (co-author Colin Hocking).
  • Winner of the ASCILITE Research Grant, 2007.
  • Winning team in the Education category for the Financial Review Australian Internet Awards, 2001 for LaSWoP Project.
  • Winning team of the 1999 ASCILITE Award for Best CD-ROM Project for An@tomedia.
  • Four-time winner of Staff Scholarship to attend Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, San Jose, CA, USA (Apple University Developer Fund), 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2003.


Research specialisation

- Higher Education

- Learning and Teaching

- Online Learning


E-Learning, Mobile Learning, Qualitative Research, Student Perspectives, Student Engagement.

Recent publications


Book Chapters

  • Hocking, C., & Riddle, M. (2015). Aiming for Full Coverage—Integrating Sustainability Education into All Undergraduate Courses at La Trobe University, Australia: Achievements, Lessons Learnt and Barriers Addressed. In W. Leal Filho, L. Brandli, O. Kuznetsova, & A. M. F. D. Paço, Integrative Approaches to Sustainable Development at University Level (pp. 479–493). Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-10690-8_33
  • Keppell, M.J. & Riddle, M. (2013). Principles for Design and Evaluation of Learning Spaces. In Luckin, R., Goodyear, P., Grabowski, B., Puntambeker, S., Underwood, J. and Winters, N. (Eds). Handbook on Design in Educational Computing, Routledge.
  • Keppell, M., Souter, K. and Riddle, M. Preface. In Keppell, M., Souter, K. & Riddle, M. (eds.) Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment, IGI Global: Hershey, PA.
  • Keppell, M. and Riddle, M., (2012) Distributed Learning Spaces: Physical, Blended and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education, in Keppell, M., Souter, K. and Riddle, M. (eds) Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment, IGI Global: Hershey, PA.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Peer Reviewed Conference Articles

  • Smithson, J., Buchan, J., Birks, M., Wicking, K., Macdonald, H. and Riddle, M. (2014). 'COAL FACE: Preparing academics to teach in multi-campus and multi-mode courses to build Communities of Active Learner who are Flexible Adaptive Connected & Engaged', Proceedings of HERDSA Conference, Hong Kong, July (Submitted March).
  • Hocking, C. and Riddle, M. (2014). 'Aiming for Full Coverage - Integrating Sustainability Education into all undergraduate courses at La Trobe University, Australia: achievements, lessons learnt and barriers addressed', Proceedings of The 2nd World Symposium on Sustainability at Universities, September, Manchester, UK, (Accepted, in press).  Winner, first prize, best paper.
  • Hannon, J., Riddle, M. and Ryberg, T. (2014). 'Assembling university learning technologies for an open world: connecting institutional and social networks', Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Networked Learning 2014, Edited by: Bayne S, Jones C, de Laat M, Ryberg T & Sinclair C., Edinburgh, April.
  • Hannon, J., Hirst, D. & Riddle, M. (2011). 'Implementing e-learning: A migration story'. In G.Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown, B. Cleland (Eds.), Changing Demands, Changing Directions. Proceedings ascilite Hobart 2011. (pp. 557-561).
  • Riddle, M., Jelley, R. and Saeed, N. (2013). OpenTab: imagining an open, mobile future for first year business students, ASCILITE Conference, Sydney, December.
  • Riddle, M. & Howell, C. (2008). 'You are here: Students map their own ICT landscapes', in Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology? Proceedings ascilite Melbourne 2008.

Project Reports

Older publications

Research projects

  • Riddle, M., & Nordin, N., Principle Investigators (2015). Higher Education Active Learning Spaces (HEALS), IRU-MRUN Collaborative Research Programme ($140,000).
  • Burchielli, R., Halteh, P., & Riddle M. (2010). Student engagement and teaching and learning innovations in a Business Ethics context, Faculty grant ($7,967)
  • Riddle M. & Burchielli, R. (2009). mLearning and the Future of Work, Innovations in Teaching and Learning Fund (one off 2009 grants) ($4,995)
  • Souter, K., Riddle, M., Jones, S., Keppell, M., Bienvenue, R. and Feil, C., (2008) Spaces for Knowledge Generation: a framework for designing student learning environments for the future, ALTC Priority Projects grant ($220,000).
  • Riddle, M., ICTs in the daily lives of Australian students: a pilot study, ASCILITE research grant ($5,000) Semester 2, La Trobe University.