Dorian Peters

BHA(Carnegie-Mellon), MMDes(Sydney)

Creative Leader, Web and Interface Design for Learning


Phone: +61 2 9351 5139

Fax: +61 2 9036 5205

Building.Room: A35.248

Research interests

Learning sciences; psychology of education

  • Learning technologies and new media


interface design for learning (IDL), design for the learning experience, user experience, educational multimedia, positive computing, design for wellbeing

Professional biography

Dorian coordinates user experience designer, online strategy and web projects for the Faculty of Education and Social Work. She also contributes to faculty eLearning.

She is a member of the Faculty's CoCo Research Centre (the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning & Cognition) and the University's Sciences and Technologies of Learning Network.

She is also creative leader for the Positive Computing Lab, and is currently seconded by the Charles Perkins Centre to work in the area of design for wellbeing.

Dorian is author of two books and has designed for Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge University, ABC, Channel 10 and BMG music and publishes articles on design in journals, conferences and trade magazines.  

Dorian moved to Sydney from her hometown, Los Angeles, in 2001. She received a Masters in Multimedia Design from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor's in Writing and Film Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.


  • Interface Design for Learning: Design Strategies for Learning Experiences - New riders (Voices that Matter series)
  • Positive Computing: Technology for Wellbeing and Human Potential (co-authored with Rafael Calvo) - MIT Press (Forthcoming Oct 2014).  



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  • In 2009 Dorian lead an interface design upgrade of "SUMO".  As part of the SUMO team she won a Vice-Chancellor's award for "Systems that acheive collective excellence".

  • As an instructional designer for Savv-e, pty ltd, Dorian lead the design of a program for Westpac which won the 2004 AITD award for Excellence in Learning Design

Selected publications


Journal articles

  • Calvo, R. A and Peters, D. (2013). Promoting psychological wellbeing: loftier goals for new technologies. IEEE Technology and Society, 32(4).
  • Calvo, R. A. & Peters, D. (2012). Positive computing. Interactions, 19(4).
  • D. Peters . (2005). "Accessibility - an inclusive approach to online learning". Synergy , (21).

Conference papers

  • RA Calvo, D. Peters, D. Johnson, Y. Rogers. (2014). Autonomy in Technology Design. In CHI’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
  • Calvo, R. A., Pardo, A., Peters, D. (2013). Supporting Emotional Intelligence with Automatic Sensing of the organization’s affective state. In Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace Conference. London, 29-31 May .
  • Calvo, R. A. & Peters, D. (2013). The Irony and Re-interpretation of Our Quantified Self. In OZCHI’13. Adelaide, November 25–29, 2013.
  • R. Calvo, R. Ellis, D. Peters. (2005). "Internationalisation and E-learning Systems: .LRN Case Studies". In OnlineEDUCA 2005.
  • Ullman, A., Peters, D., Reimann, P. (2005). Developing a research supportive web-based learning system. In 17th Biennial Conference of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA 2005).
  • R. A. Calvo and D. Peters. (2002). Teaching by Design: Visual Design for Multimedia Education. In AusWEB 2002. (pp. 646–649).