Dr David Ashe


Honorary Research Fellow


Phone: +61 2 9351  6289


Building.Room: A35.236

Research interests

Learning sciences; psychology of education

  • Learning technologies and new media
  • Learning, cognition and motivation

Research on teaching and learning

  • Mathematics and science

Professional biography


David Ashe is a member of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. David works as part of a team of researchers investigating how to design better tools and resources for networked online learning. He has a personal interest in the combination of technological, pedagogical and content knowledge, has worked with the 'Teaching Teachers for the Future Project' team, and is a mentor with the STEM Academy working with high-school science teachers across Sydney.



  • The Sciences and Technology of Learning Research Fest 2015 (Sydney, Australia)

    People's choice poster award:

    Context in Flux: An invitation to join a think-aloud installation at Research Fest

    David Ashe and Melinda J Lewis 

Professional and community roles

  • In the media

    App designers put accent on Strine

    Sydney Morning Herald, January 2, 2011.

    "David Ashe, of the centre for research on computer-supported learning and cognition at Sydney University, said the localising of apps was easily done.

    Once you have developed the application, to localise it is relatively inexpensive and automated, so it is now possible to have multiple languages, he said..."


    Sydney University Media Alert regarding Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten's proposal to commit $4.5m to make $150,000 in grants available to projects that get school-going girls interested in coding.

    October 28, 2015

    Dr David Ashe

    "Coding provides an inquiry space where students can be both creative and disciplined; giving opportunities for students to engage in design thinking. This initiative could have wide reaching implications that go beyond providing the next generation of programmers."


Selected publications

Book chapters

  • Ashe, D., & Dohn, N. B. (2016). Placing focus in the place-based spaces for networked learning. In L. Carvalho, P. Goodyear, & M. de Laat (Ed.), Place-based spaces for networked learning Routledge.
  • Goodyear, P., Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Pinto, A., Carvalho, L., Parisio, M., Parker, P., Schwendimann, B., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P. (2015). Analysing the structural properties of learning networks: Architectural Insights into Buildable Forms. In Marcelo Maina, Brock Craft, Yishay Mor (Ed.), The Art & Science of Learning Design Rotterdam: Sense.
  • Nichols, C., Ashe, D. (2014). Disena el Cambio: Helping Mexican school children to design a better world. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Ed.), The architecture of productive learning networks (pp. 139–151), New York: Routledge.
  • Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Shaw, T. (2014). Qstream: Learning the 'in-between'. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Ed.), The architecture of productive learning networks (pp. 168–180), New York: Routledge.

Journal articles

  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Carvalho, L., Goodyear, P., Kelly, N., & Parisio, M. (2013). Processing and Visualizing Data in Complex Learning Environments. . American Behavioral Scientist. DOI:10.1177/0002764213479368

Conference papers

  • Ashe, D. (2018). Epistemic challenges: The activation of appropriate knowledge and effective reasoning in school science classes. In M. Cukurova, J. Hunter, W. Holmes, & V. Dimitrova (Eds.), The 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. London: ICLS 2018. Retrieved from The 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. London, 23-27 June 2018.
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., & Parisio, M. (2013). Phases of design: Following idea development and patterns of collaborative discussion in a learning by design project.. In CSCL 2013. University of Wisconsin - Madison, June 15-19, 2013.
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P., & Parisio, M. (2013). Identification of patterns of tool use and sketching practices in a learning by design project.. In ICLS 2013. University of Wisconsin - Madison, June 15-19, 2013.
  • Bibi, S., Markauskaite, L., & Ashe, D. (2012). Planning to teach with ICT: Some insights into university teachers‟ knowledge.. In Ascilite 2012.
  • Ashe, D. & Bibi, S. (2011). Unpacking TPACK and students' approaches to learning: Applying knowledge in pieces to Higher Education teaching and learning.. In G.Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown, B. Cleland ascilite Hobart 2011 (pp. 128–132).