Professor Robert Ellis

BA, GradDipAdultEd, MA, MEd, PhD
Honorary Professor
+61 2 9351 5027
A35 / 307
The University of Sydney

Professor Robert Ellis is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), at Griffith University, which is a senior pan-university leadership position, responsible for innovation and quality of learning, teaching the student experience across twenty one faculties and schools. His experience in university governance and committee work reflects his roles in institutional leadership and his belief in the importance of innovation in curriculum development, teaching and learning involving technology.

Robert has been a long-time research collaborator and PhD supervisor with Professor Peter Goodyear from Sydney School of Education and Social Work's Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation. He and Professor Goodyear are co-editors of the Springer book series “Understanding Teaching-Learning” practice ( ). Robert also continues to author journal articles with our former Sydney School of Education and Social Work postdoctoral research students Feifei Han and Ana-Maria Bliuc, providing mentoring and helping advance their careers.

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Griffith University


Journal articles
  • Han, F., Ellis, R.A. (2021) Patterns of student collaborative learning in blended course designs based on their learning orientations: a student approaches to learning perspective, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 18(1), art. no. 66.
  • Ellis, R. A. & Han, F. (in press). Assessing university student collaboration in new ways. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. DOI:10.1080/02602938.2020.1788504.
  • Han, F. & Ellis, R. A. (in press). Assessing the quality of university student experiences in blended course designs: an ecological perspective. Higher Education Research & Development. DOI:10.1080/07294360.2020.1800597.
  • Han, F. & Ellis, R. A. (in press). Configurations of collaborations based on learning orientations amongst medical students. Advances in Health Sciences Education. DOI:10.1007/s10459-020-09999-2.
  • Han, F. & Ellis, R. A. (in press). Students' self-report and observed learning orientations in blended university course design: How are they related to each other an to academic performance? Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. DOI:10.1111/jcal.12453.
  • Ellis, R, Bliuc, A. & Han, F. (2021). Challenges in assessing the nature of effective collaboration in blended university courses. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 37(1). DOI:10.14742/ajet.5576.
  • Han, F. & Ellis, R. A. (2020). Redes de aprendizaje personalizadas en contextos universitarios de aprendizaje semipresencial [Personalised learning networks in the university blended learning context]. Comunicar, 28(62), 19–30.