Dr Dewa Wardak

BA(InternetStud), GradCert(HigherEd), MLST, PhD
Honorary Research Fellow
+61 2 93512606
University of Sydney Business School H70 / 5155
The University of Sydney

 Dewa Wardak is a lecturer in educational development with the Business Co-Design team. She is a learning scientist and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Before joining the Business Co-Design team, Dewa was a teacher educator at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, where she was a member of Professor Peter Goodyear's ARC Laureate Team. Dewa’s main areas of interest are learning and teaching in higher education, educational development, networked learning, pattern languages, object-based learning, and multimodal approaches to the analysis of learning and teaching. Outside university, she has been a volunteer working on community projects and is passionate about supporting and mentoring women from diverse and refugee backgrounds to attain higher education qualifications.

Postgraduate Award: Learning, Technology and Design, The University of Sydney, 2011–2014
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Mentoring Scheme Visiting Fellowship, The University of Melbourne, 2019
Senior Fellow, The Higher Education Academy 2023
 Adjunct Research Associate, Charles Sturt University, 2016–2018

  • Lecturer in Educational Development, Business School, The University of Sydney

Selected book chapters
  • Zeivots, S., Wardak, D., Huber, E. (2021). "Share Sessions: a solution to cross-disciplinary academic professional learning and development in higher education." In D. Forbes, R. Walker (Eds.), Developing online teaching in higher education: Global perspectives on continuing professional learning and development. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • 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 (Eds.), The Art & Science of Learning Design, (pp. 15-29). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. [More Information]
  • Wardak, D., Parker, P., Shaw, T. (2014). ISQua Knowledge: Fostering a sense of community for the emerging field of quality in health care. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 181-192). New York: Routledge. [More Information]

Selected journal articles
  • Wardak, D., Vallis, C., Bryant, P. (2021). "#OurPlace2020: Blurring Boundaries of Learning Spaces." Postdigital Science and Education, Published online: 25 October 2021. [More Information]
  • Wardak, D., Zeivots, S., Cram, A. (2021). "CLaS light touch project: Scaling up educational co-design process." Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 22(Special Edition, Compendium of Innovative Practice), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Wardak, D., Razeed, A., Thogersen, J., Guerry, E. (2021). "Collaborating on a creative solution to teach creativity to Business students." Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 22, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Wardak, D. (2020). "The Multimodal Meaning-Making Process in Educational Design Team Meetings." Designs for Learning, 12(1), 56–70. DOI:https://doi.org/10.16993/dfl.117
  • O’Connor, D., Wardak, D., Goodyear, P., Larkin, P., Williams, M. (2018). "Conceptualising decision-making and its development: a phenomenographic analysis." Science and Medicine in Football. DOI:10.1080/24733938.2018.1472388
  • Muñoz-Cristóbal, J.A., Hernández-Leo, D., Carvalho, L., Martinez-Maldonado, R., Thompson, K., Wardak, D., and Goodyear, P. (2018). "4FAD: A framework for mapping the evolution of artefacts in the learning design process." Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(2), 16–34. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14742/ajet.
  • Martinez-Maldonado, R., Goodyear, P., Carvalho, L., Thompson, K., Hernandez-Leo, D., Dimitriadis, Y., Prieto, L., Wardak, D. (2017). "Supporting collaborative design activity in a multi-user digital design ecology." Computers in Human Behavior, 71, 327–342.
  • Wardak, Dewa. (2017). "Encapsulating Concepts in Gestures and Drawings during Educational Design Team Meetings." Mind, Culture and Activity, 24(1), 47–66. DOI:10.1080/10749039.2016.11695
  • Wardak, Dewa. (2016). "Inscriptions in Educational Design Team Meetings." Performance Improvement Quarterly, 29(3), 257–285. DOI:10.1002/piq.21224
  • Wardak, Dewa. (2016). "Gestures Orchestrating the Multimodal Development of Ideas in Educational Design Team Meetings." Design Studies, 47, 1–22. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dest
  • Markauskaite, L. Wardak, D. (2015). "Research students’ conceptions of the role of information and communication technologies in educational technology research." Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 31(4), 421–438.

Selected conference presentations
  • Wardak, D. (2021). Implementing pedagogies of care in online teacher education. 38th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2021), Armidale: ASCILITE
  • Cram, A., Zeivots, S., Wardak, D., Bryant, P. (2021). "Clarifying student expectations of units with interactive videos." Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2021, Melbourne, Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Wardak, D., Cram, A., Zeivots, S., Shalavin, C. (2021). "Implementation and evaluation of Canvas template at the Sydney Business School." Learning & Teaching Forum 2021, Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney Business School.
  • Zeivots, S., Cram, A., Wardak, D. (2021). "Light touch educational development: Co-designing connected learning at scale." Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2021, Melbourne, Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

  • Wilson, S., Arthars, N., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P., Kalman, E., Liu, D. (Eds.). (2022). Reconnecting relationships through technology. Proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education. Sydney, Australia: ASCILITE