Elspeth McKay, PhD, Fellow ACS is an assiduous researcher in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).Her interest to improve the human-dimension of HCI has led to work on cognitive performance measurement for assessing readiness for returning to study/retraining that breaks new ground. Her innovation with information communications technology (ICT) can also be seen in her readiness to invoke: learning analytics; ePedagogy strategies and touch screen technologies into her projects, promoting increased access to information through mobile ICT for members of the community currently experiencing access limitations. Her current research include:
- online (Web-mediated) instruction-learning/training modules and standalone PC applications
- mobile healthcare
- vocational training/rehabilitation programmes (cultural and learning style variation)
- multi-media interface development, including animation
Her interactive online courseware systems development involves academic partners in Australia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United States. Her work advances the practical as well as the theoretical dimensions of interactive online learning, while continuing to push the boundaries of existing pedagogical paradigms for instructional science. Her extensive industry experience, combined with over a decade in higher education, provides an ideal context from which to offer advice on how to develop and maintain an appropriately skilled workforce.
Collaborative International Research Partnerships
- Linneaus University, Department of Informatics, VÄXJÖ, Sweden to innovate a mobile enhanced self-managed healthcare information system
- Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) to devise new techniques for the integration of technology into TVET teaching and learning platforms
- Dr McKay was invited as a guest researcher to join an international research group led by Professor Toshio Okamoto, at the Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Educational Technology, at The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan.
- 2005 Faculty Discovery Grant Seed Funding, School of Business Research Dev. Unit
- 2004 Faculty Discovery Grant Seed Funding, School of Business Research Dev. Unit
- 2003 RMIT Foundation International Visiting Fellowship/Macromedia, Inc
- 2003 Faculty Discovery Grant Seed Funding, School of Business Research Dev. Unit
- 2002 RMIT Foundation International Visiting Fellowship/Macromedia, Inc.
- 2002 Faculty Discovery Grant Seed Funding, School of Business Research Dev. Unit
- 2002 Faculty Linkage Grant Seed Funding, School of Business Research Dev. Unit
- 2001 RMIT School of Business Information Technology Small Research Project Grant
- 2000 - 2002 Faculty Publication Awards, School of Business Research Dev. Unit
- 2000 RMIT Quality Award, Teaching and Learning, 2nd place
- 1994 Commonwealth Staff Development Fund
- 1992 Teaching Fellowship: Lectures Going Electronic
- 1989 Jamison Alliott Prize, for highest overall performance in the B Bus (BIS)
- 1989 Cadbury Schweppes Prize, for overall excellence - third year - B Bus (BIS)
- (2006) E. McKay & P.A.M. Kommers. International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, Special Issue: the Effectiveness of Rich Internet Applications for Education and Training
- (2002) E. McKay & P.A.M. Kommers. International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, Special Issue: Technological Support for New Educational Perspectives
Invited Program Committee Member
- (2013) IASTED International conference on Web-Based Education
- (2013) IASTED International conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education
- (2010) IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education
- (2008) IADIS International Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2008, MCCSIS"08 IADIS Multi-Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (International Association for Development of the Information Society)
- (2008) International Academic Program Committee Member for the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACEC 2008), held in Canberra, ACT.
- (2008) International Program Committee Member for the 7th IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education (WBE 2008), held in Innsbruck, Austria. (Attracts leading ICT researchers).
- (2007) International Program Committee Member for the ACM Educational Multimedia Education (EMME 2007) held in 28/09/07, Augsburg, Germany, (in conjunction with ACM Multimedia 2007)
- PhD (Computer Science and Information Systems), Deakin Univ.
- Graduate Certificate Applied Science (Instructional Design), Deakin Univ.
- Graduate Diploma Education (Computer Studies), Hawthorn Institute of Education
- Bachelor of Business with Distinction (Business Information Systems), RMIT Univ.
Human-Computer Interaction : e-Learning
At RMIT Business IT we have the 'know how' for linking corporate information and human potential together by modelling increased profitability through improved processes.
Knowledge management is regarded by senior executives as a vital component of corporate success. However implementing effective strategies to ensure corporate practice is appropriate and keeping pace requires a specialist. Dr McKay’s PhD thesis involved instructional design and human-computer interaction, bringing together important systems designing elements for accessing information and communications technologies (ICT). Her extensive industry experience, combined with over a decade in higher education, continues to provide her with an ideal context from which to offer the industry sector advice on how to develop and maintain an appropriately skilled workforce.
ICT has been found to be one of the most potent tools for promoting equity and access to education, and a great resource in bridging the gap of the so-called digital divide. ICT has affected almost all of our life activities, the more prominent effects can be witnessed in the knowledge management industry. Be it business, defense, or space exploration, ICT tools act as the front and back end information systems (IS). To be kept informed of the latest IS trends has become essential for survival. Educational enterprises also greatly benefit from the advantages and tools offered by ICT. Owing to the special nature of distance education, ICT tools are indispensable for effective instructional/learning strategis. Some of the countries in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand etc have taken effective initiatives towards creating innovative e-learning environments. Consequently, the awareness for enhanced HCI strategies has assumed greater significance; computers have entered all arenas of life. Already we can see mobile devices are now adopted for basic operations for everyday things like: eMail, searching the Internet, scanning/printing documents and controlling house-hold appliances.
Member of the Editorial Board
- Science Journal of Education, SciencePG
- International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education & Life-Long Learning (IJCEELL)
- Journal of IT Education, Editor-in-Chief Linda Knight
Advanced Repurposing Pilot System (ARPS) development team:
- RMIT School of Business
- Neteffective Media Group
- Government Skills Australia, South Australia.
- Victorian State Government, Department of Human Services, Finance and Business Services.
Three month industry secondment (March 20th to June 14th, 2007), to the Victorian State Government, Department of Human Services (DHS), Finance and Business Services:
One of the primary aims of the secondment of Dr McKay from the School of Business IT to DHS for Semester-1, 2007, was to progress an existing funded collaborative RMIT/industry Project. Government Skills Australia (GSA) provided the funds ($50,000) for RMIT to design and develop an online knowledge navigational tool (or learning/training aid) that could be repurposed by DHS, and other Victorian Government offices, and other business sector organisations.
Industry sector projects
- 2007 Funded Collaborative Industry/Victorian Government/RMIT School of BIT Research Project
- 2006 ARK Group Australia, eLearning MasterClass, held in Sydney, NSW
- 2005 ARK Group Australia, Post Conference Workshop, held in Sydney, NSW
- 2003 Chief Investigator – Funded Telematics Trust Project
- 2002 Chief Investigator – RMIT VRI Small Grant Project
Other work history has involved extensive industry sector experience, including:
- Marsh & McLennon Pty Ltd - Wang System Supervisor
- BHP, Head Office and BHP Petroleum - Wang System Supervisor
- McKay, E. (2016). Gearing up the knowledge engineers: Experience design through effective human-computer interaction (HCI) In: Media Convergence Handbook - Volume II, Springer, Berlin, Germany
- Sek, Y.,Deng, H.,McKay, E.,Xu, W. (2016). Investigating the determinants of information sharing intentions of learners in collaborative learning In: Current Developments in Web Based Learning, Springer, Cham, Switzerland
- Sek, Y.,Deng, H.,McKay, E. (2016). The effect of learning preferences on learners' motivations: Towards an ARCS motivational design in open learner models In: 2015 IEEE Conference on e-Learning, e-Management and e-Services, IC3e 2015, Melaka, Malaysia, 24-26 August 2015
- Barefah, A.,McKay, E. (2016). Investigating the effectiveness of courseware design: A rasch-measurement approach In: Proceedings of the 2016 World Conference on E-Learning, Washington, DC, United States, 14-16 November 2016
- Barefah, A.,McKay, E. (2016). Evaluating the design and development of an adaptive e-tutorial module: A rasch-measurement approach In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Educational Technologies (ICEDUTECH 2016), Melbourne, Australia, 6 - 8 December 2016
- Sek, Y.,Deng, H.,McKay, E.,Qian, M. (2016). Exploring the impact of learning styles on the acceptance of open learner models in collaborative learning In: International Journal of Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering, 6, 1 - 15
- McKay, E.,Izard, J. (2015). Evaluate online training effectiveness: differentiate what they do and do not know In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on ICT, Society and Human Beings (MCCSIS 2015), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 21-23 July 2015
- Sek, Y.,Deng, H.,McKay, E.,Qian, M. (2015). Investigating the impact of learners' learning styles on the acceptance of open learner models for information sharing In: Proceedings of the 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Adelaide, Australia, 30 November 30 - 4 December 2015
- Barefah, A.,McKay, E. (2015). Designing for online learning environments: Towards and ePedagogy development In: Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE Conference on e-Learning, e-Management and e-Services, Melaka, Malaysia, 24-26 August 2015
- Cooper-Smith, L.,McKay, E. (2015). Measuring engagement in online collaborative learning activities: comparative analysis of the conversational framework and the social network analysis tool In: Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Conference on MOOCs, Innovation and Technology in Education (MITE 2015), Amritsar, India, 1-2 October 2015
- An Intelligent Software-AGENT: Innovates Adaptive Workplace eTraining Tools. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2009 Round 1 from (2009 to 2012)
- Automated education/academic skills evaluation: Enhanced opportunities for young people returning to study or vocational training.. Funded by: Telematics Trust Grant pre-2014 from (2003 to 2003)
4 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions8 PhD Completions