Helen is a Senior Lecturer (Digital Futures) and acknowledged leader in researching the affordances of virtual worlds for learning and teaching in higher education. Among her research interests are:
Helen is collaborating on a number of virtual world projects around the use of social media, attentional restoration and artificial intelligent agents or ‘bots’. Her research has been presented at a number of national and international conferences. Her 2010 paper, Facilitating Immersion in Virtual Worlds: an examination of the physical, virtual, social and pedagogical factors leading to engagement and flow, was awarded Highly Commended Paper at the 2010 - 2020 Higher Education Summit.
Helen is currently leading a project to create a Mobile Learning Evaluation Framework, which is funded by the Australian government’s Collaborative Research Network program. This project feeds into many ADFI mobile learning projects and supports a Postdoctoral Researcher, and two PhD candidates. Helen has been a consultant to many universities including Hong Kong University, Nanyang University in Singapore and Chambers University in Sweden. She has an impressive publication record in educational technology and mobile learning.