Dr Eva

Dr Eva Dakich

Senior Lecturer, Digital Learning and Teacher Education

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce


Department of Education

Melbourne (Bundoora)





Area of study

Educational Studies

Brief profile

Eva Dakich PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Digital Learning and Teacher Education at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Eva’s award-winning PhD was one of the first doctoral projects in Australia, exploring the relationship between teachers’ digital literacy and pedagogical practices. The original framework of digital literacy developed in her thesis by an international Delphi panel was validated by Victorian Teachers from a sample of 350 Victorian Schools. The study reconceptualised the pedagogical and socio-cultural dimensions of teachers’ skills and capacities related to the transformation of learning and teaching with digital technologies. With her international experience in digital learning, teaching, teacher education and research, she held leadership roles in Australian Universities that focused on the reconceptualization of postgraduate teacher education and higher degree research in online and digital contexts. Eva worked as a researcher on projects of national significance, such as the Smith Family's Tech-Packs Project, and the Technology Enriched Curriculum Project (TECP), a Closing the Gap initiative. She has published widely about the implications of digital technologies on learning, teaching and social participation. Her continuing research interests include digital literacies, mobile and augmented learning, digital divide, and narratives of the posthuman society. Committed to trans-disciplinary research, Eva works internationally with colleagues from a variety of scholarly disciplines. She is a member and a fellow of several international associations promoting STEM education, 21st Century learning and digital inclusion. Eva currently chairs the interdisciplinary IFIP Working Group WG3.4 - Professional and Vocational Education in ICT, and is the Section Editor: Socio-Cultural Issues and Technology in Education, of the Encyclopaedia of Education and Information Systems (Springer). 

Grants and Research Projects

  • Millennials operating mobile technologies in the social media landscape (2017, 5.600 AUD, La Trobe University) E. Dakich 
  • Girls Flying Drones: Fostering 21st century skills through multidisciplinary, project-based learning in secondary schools (2015-2016, 3.600 AUD, La Trobe University). E. Dakich, J. Martino, G. Mester, S. Pletl
  • Young people, wellbeing, schooling and social enterprise in the community (2014-2015, 16.00 AUD, La Trobe University) M. Robertson, M. Brown, E. Dakich, M Burston
  • The Technology Enriched Curriculum Project (TECP), 2011-2013, 140.000 AUD funded by the Australian Government and the Catholic Education Office as part of the Closing the Gap initiative. N. Hooley, A.Watt, E. Dakich
  • Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF): Building the ICTE capacity of pre-service teachers in Australian Universities (2010– 2012, 160.000 AUD The Australian Government). J. Martino, E. Dakich, A Samarji
  • Developing Competencies for an Interdisciplinary Masters Course in Product Life Cycle Management (a European Tempus Project, 2011).
  • The Smith Family’s Tech Packs Project: National Evaluation (2009-2010, 55.000 AUD, The Smith Family). N. Yelland, G. Neal, E. Dakich

Project Management

Eva is PRINCE 2 certified (APMG International License P2R/928897), that allows her to work towards international corporate standards in research and management.



Refereed Book Chapters

Journal Articles

Research Reports/Monographs

  • Neal, G., Yelland, N.and Dakich, E. (2009) Tech Packs Evaluation project for the Smith Family. Project Report. Victoria University, Victoria. https://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/~/media/Files/research-advocacy/Research%20and%20Evaluation%20archive%20PDFs/tech-packs-evaluation-2010.ashx?la=en
  • Hooley, N., Watt, T., and Dakich, E. (2012) Learning in Motion: ConnectingSchools and Communities with IPads. Project Report for the Victorian Catholic Education Office. Victoria University, Victoria. http://worawa.vic.edu.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/TECPRedactedReport.pdf

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Smeda, N., Dakich, E., & Sharda, N. (2013) The Effectiveness of Digital
  • Storytelling in the Classrooms: A Case Study. 2nd Annual International Conference on Education & e-Learning Eel 2012 Bejing, China, 2013 
  • Smeda, N., Dakich, E., & Sharda, N. (2012). Transforming Pedagogies through
  • Digital Storytelling: Framework and Methodology. 2nd Annual International Conference on Education & e-Learning Eel 2012 Bali, Indonesia, 2012 
  • Tatnall A., Dakich, E., (2011).  Informing parents with the Victorian Education Ultarnet. Proceedings of Informing Science & IT Education Conference (InSITE) 2011 Proceedings of Informing Science & IT Education Conference 11, 587-598. 
  • Tatnall, A., Michael, I. and Dakich, E (2011). The Victorian Schools Ultranet – an Australian eGovernment Initiative. International Information Systems Conference, Oman 2011
  • Tatnall, Arthur, Dakich, Eva and Davey, Bill (2011). The Ultranet as a future social network: An actor-network analysis In: 24th Bled eConference: eFuture: Creating Solutions for the Individual, Organisations and Society: Proceedings. University of Maribor, Bled, Slovenia, pp. 348-360. ISBN 9789612322472
  • Pham,  Thalathoti,  Dakich (2011). Learner-Instructor Interaction in Online English Language Learning Environment: A review of literature and proposal for future research at Hanoi Univesity, Vietnam – Proccedings of the 25th AAOU annual conference, Penang, Malaysia 2011 
  • Carroll R., Dakich, E (2011). Evolutionary Learning. The Acquisition of Capabilities to Operate in the Future Workplace. Proceedings of IADIS Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Systems: E-Learning
  • 2011 Rome. 46-51. ISBN: 978-972-8939-38-0 
  • Smeda, N., Dakich, E., & Sharda, N. (2010). Developing a framework for advancing E-learning through digital stoytelling. Proceedings of IADIS International Conference on e-Learning 2010 Freiburg, Germany, 169-176. 
  • Dakich, E., Vale, C., Thalathoti, V. & Cherednichenko, B. (2008). Factors Influencing Teachers’ ICT Literacy: A Snapshot from Australia. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (pp. 36723680). Chesapeake, VA:AACE. http://editlib.org/p/28895/
  • Dakich, E., Cherednichenko, B., Vale, C., & Thalathoti, V. (2008). Are teachers ready to engage the digital natives in 21st century learning? An Australian perspective. Conference proceedings of IFIP 2008, Prague.   
  •  Northcott, B., Miliszewska, I., & Dakich, E. (2007). ICT for (I) nspiring (C) reative (T) hinking. ICT: Providing choices for learners and learning, Singapore, 761-769. http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/singapore07/procs/northcott.pdf
  • Dakich, E. (2005). Teachers’ ICT literacy in the contemporary primary classroom: Transposing the discourse. Symposium on Teacher learning in the ubiquitous ICT environment at the AARE 2005 Conference, Melbourne Australia http://publications.aare.edu.au/05pap/dak05775.pdf

Conference Presentations

  • Brown, M and Dakich, E. (2016) Developing STEM and Imagineering in Victorian secondary schools. STEM educationconference Building STEM capability in Schools Deakin University Warn Pounds.http://stemedcon.deakin.edu.au/program/
  • Nguyen, H. Brown, M. Dakich, E. (2016) Connecting professional higher education to the needs of the labor market in Vietnam. AARE Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Brown, M. Dakich, E. O'Reilly-Briggs, K. (2016)  STEM-orientated Imagineering: designing Irresistible Learning in Victorian secondary schools AARE Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Carroll R., Dakich, E (2011). Self-Generated Change of Practice: Informal Professional Development in Education. 3 ème Conférence Internationale Education, Économie et Société July 20-23, 2011, Paris.  
  • Cacciattolo, M., Dakich., Dalmau, M., Davies, A., Gudjonsdottir, H., & Kelly, C. (2007) Initiating  Active Professionals: Rethinking Philosophy, Practice and Engagement in Teacher Education, AERA conference presentation, April, 2007 
  • Cacciattolo, M., Dakich.E., Dalmau, M., Davies, A., Gudjonsdottir, H., & Kelly, C. (2007).  Transformative Pathways: Inclusive Pedagogies in learning and teaching. Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA. ISBN 1539-1523 
  • Dakich, E. (2006).  “Mediating the frames of meaning” through mixed methods research. Mixed Methods Conference 2006, Cambridge, UK, July, 2006
  • Cacciatolo, M., Dakich, E., Dalmau, M., Gudjonsdottir, H., Perselli, V. (2006). Fish out of water: traversing inclusive pedagogies. AERA 2006 Conference, San Francisco, USA  
  • Gudjonsdottir, H., Dalmau, M., Perselli, V., Cacciattolo, M., Dakich, E. (2005).Developing and teaching inclusive pedagogies in teacher education. ECER  2005 Conference, Dublin, Ireland 
  • Gudjonsdottir, H., Dalmau, M., Perselli, V., Cacciattolo, M., Dakich, E.. (2005). Developing and teaching inclusive pedagogies in teacher education:Collaborative international self-study research. AERA 2005 Conference, Montreal, Canada   
  • Dakich, E. (2004). From ICT competencies to the social practice of ICT-rich pedagogies: Results of a Delphi study. AARE 2004, Melbourne Australia  Cacciatolo, M., Dakich, E., Dalmau, M., Gudjonsdottir, H., Perselli, V. (2004).International research for inclusive pedagogies. AARE 2004, Melbourne Australia  

Live Webcasts/Virtual Conference presentations

  • Dakich E., Varghese, B. Champness, M. (2012). Laying the Foundations of Collaborative Practitioner Research in Site-Based Teacher Education: An Australian Perspective. MirandaMod Unconference live Webcast at Bett 2012. London.
  • Carroll R., Dakich, E (2011). Evolutionary Learning. MirandaMod Unconference live Webcast at Bett 2011. London.

Keynote Addresses and Invited International Lectures

  • Dakich, E. (2017): Teacher Education in the Posthuman University. Australia and New Zealand Conference on Advanced Research, ANZCAR, 2017, Melbourne, May 17-18, 2017.
  • Dakich, E. (2015): Teacher Education Online: Preparing virtual communities of learners for real life professions.  21st Multimedia in Education and 2nd ICT in Education joint International Conferences, Subotica, Serbia, May 22-23, 2015.
  • Dakich, E. (2015) Pedagogical models for sustainable online education Szeged University, Hungary, May 2nd, 2015.

Invited Public Lectures

  • Dakich, E. (2017): Rethinking Education for the Posthuman Era. The Melbourne Circle, Docklands Library, July 21st, 2017.

Programme Committees

  • MLearn 2016 (15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning) Sydney, Australia, October 24-26, 2016.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • MIrandanet Senior Fellow
  • International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) TC3 Education,  
  • IFIP WG 3.4 Professional and Vocational Education for the Information and Communication Technology ICT Sector (Chair)
  • anzMLearn  (Australia, New Zealand Mobile Learning Association)

PhD Supervision

Eva is a registered Principal Supervisor of higher degree research, with a number of successfull doctoral completions, including interdisciplinary doctoral research.