Dorian Peters

BHA(Carnegie-Mellon), MMDes(Sydney)

Education & Multimedia Design Coordinator, CoCo Research Centre


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), interaction design, user interface design, user experience, educational multimedia, positive computing, wellbeing-supportive design

Professional biography

Dorian works as a user experience, interface and interaction designer, with a special focus on learning and wellbeing.  For the Sydney School of Education and Social Work she advises on and coordinates projects relating to digital learning and is a member of the Faculty's Technology and Teaching Innovation Team.

She is also creative leader at the Positive Computing Lab, in the Faculty of Engineering and IT and a User Experience Specialist for projects at the Brain and Mind Center.

She coordinated the launch of the Master of Learning Science and Technology degree among many other eLearning projects during her 8 years working at CoCo (the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning & Cognition). 

Dorian is author of two books, Interface Design for Learning (New Riders) and Positive Computing (MIT Press) and has designed for Carnegie Mellon, Cambridge University, ABC, Channel 10 and BMG music. She also 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

  • Peters D, Davis S, Calvo RA, Sawyer SM, Smith L, Foster JM. (2017). Young People's Preferences for an Asthma Self-Management App Highlight Psychological Needs: A Participatory Study.. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR).
  • Choi I, Milne, D, Glozier N, Peters D, Harvey S, Calvo RA. (2017). Using different Facebook advertisements to recruit men for an online mental health study: engagement and selection bias. Internet Interventions.
  • Calvo R, Peters D, d'Mello S. (2015). When technologies manipulate our emotions . Communications of the ACM .
  • Peters D, Calvo R. (2014). Compassion vs. empathy: designing for resilience. Interactions of the ACM.
  • 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).