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Professor John Hedberg

EDUC - Prof John Hedberg Title: Professor of ICT and Education and Executive Director, Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre
Qualifications: BSc, Dip Ed, MEd (Sydney), Grad Dip (Human Communication) UNSW, PhD (Syracuse), Grad Dip (Librarianship) (RMIT)
Phone: 02 9850 9894
Office: C3A 811


Dr John Hedberg holds the Millennium Innovations Chair of ICT and Education in the School of Education. He has taught postgraduate courses on cognitive strategies, interface design for learning, and implementation and evaluation of technology-based learning. He has also taught strategic planning for technology implementation in schools and has also written on policy aspects of new technologies in education.

He has designed training needs assessments, evaluation systems and conducted workshops on the instructional design and evaluation of e-learning environments. He has been keynote speaker at numerous conferences on the educational technologies in Canada, United States, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Europe, and many states in Australia.

Dr Hedberg recently completed several research projects about the use of ICTs in learning. These have included: The use of mobile phones as social software tools in orienteering tasks in geography, using communities of practice as a staff development strategy, using cognitive tools to develop mathematics problem solving repertoire; internet literacy and the production of multi-modal artefacts in History and Science. In 2007, he completed an evaluation for the Learning Federation about the use of interactive whiteboards with their learning objects. Currently he is leading a project for Educational Services Australia evaluating a new website dedicated to supporting the new Australian Curriculum.

He is also working with a team from University of Queensland on an ARC project exploring the role of digital representations in primary science.

With the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre and his graduate students he is exploring digital representation and early mathematics learning with robots, in particular he is interested in 2D and 3D representations and how younger learners generate mental models of the differences.


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Professor Hedberg currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journals below. From 2000-2006, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Educational Media International, a refereed journal for those interested in the application of media and technology in learning contexts throughout the world, and he served as the President of the International Council for Educational Media, a UNESCO affiliate between 2006 and 2008.

1997-present    Member of the Editorial Board for the following journals:

  • Journal for Interactive Learning Systems (USA, Association for Advancement of Educational Computing);
  • Educational Media International (UK, Kogan Page and International Council for Educational Media);
  • Distance Education: An International Journal (Australia, International Association for Distance Education)

2001-present    Research in Learning Technology (formerly ALT-J) ( Journal of the Association for Learning Technology, UK)

2010-present    Asia Pacific Journal of Educators and Education (International Advisory Board) published by Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia

Recent Publications

2013   Oliver, R., Harper, B., Wills, S., Agostinho, S., & Hedberg, J. (2013). Describing ICT-based learning designs that promote quality learning outcomes. In H. Beetham & R. Sharpe (Eds.) Rethinking pedagogy for the Digital Age. (2nd Ed.) (pp. 102-118). London: Routledge.
2013   Stewart, C., Khan, A. & Hedberg, J.G. (2013). In J. Willems, B. Tynan, and R. James, (Eds.), Global challenges and perspectives of blended and distance learning,(pp. 1-16) Publisher: IGI Global, Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global).
2012   Hedberg, J. G. (2012). Blending Real Experiences with Virtual Worlds. In R. M. Gillies, (Ed.) Pedagogy: New Developments in the Learning Sciences. (pp. 11-25). Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
2012   Cram, A., & Hedberg, J. G (2012). Real experiences with virtual worlds. In D. Holt, S. Segrave & J. Cybulski, (Eds.) Professional Education Using E-Simulations: Benefits of Blended Learning Design. (pp. 41-56). Hersey PA: IGI Global.

Frew, D. J., Stanger, J., Bor, S. H., Colman, I., Graham-White, C., Li, Q. W., Mai, J., Papadakis, K., Picone-Murray, J., Hoang, M. V., Yean, V., Fitzgerald, M., Parker, Q. A., Danaia, L., McKinnon, D., Guerrero, M. A., Hedberg, J. G., Hollow, R., & An, Y. (2012). K 1-6: an asymmetric planetary nebula with a binary central star. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 28(1), 83-94.


Stewart, K., & Hedberg, J. G (2011). The pedagogy of mobility. In Wan Ng, (Ed.) Mobile Technologies and Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: Research and Pedagogy. (pp. 259-278). Hersey PA: IGI Global.


Stevenson, M., & Hedberg, J. G. (2011). Head in the clouds: a review of current and future potential for cloud-enabled pedagogies. Educational Media International, 43(4), 321-333.


Cram, A., Hedberg, J.G., Gosper, M. & Dick, G, (2011). Situated, embodied and social problem solving in virtual worlds. Research in Learning Technology, 19(3), 259-271. (See


Lim, C. P., Tay, L-Y., & Hedberg, J. G. (2011). Employing an Activity-Theoretical Perspective to Localize an Educational Innovation. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 44(3), 319-344.


Hedberg, J. G. (2011). Towards a disruptive pedagogy: Changing classroom practice with technologies and digital content. Educational Media International, 43(1), 1-16.


Lim, B. C., Tay, L. Y., & Hedberg, J.G., (2010). Educational change and transformation with ICT. In L. Y. Tay, C. P. Lim, M. S. Khine, (Eds.) A School's Journey into the Future: Research by Practitioners for Practitioners. (pp. 165-182). Singapore: Pearson. . ISBN 978-981-06-8281-1

2010   Stewart, K., Thompson, K, Hedberg, J. G., & Wong, Y.Y. (2010). Using Technology to Support Quality Learning for School Activities Involving Field Studies. In S. Caballe, F. Xhafa, T. Daradoumis, A. A. Juan, (Eds.) Architectures for Distributed and Complex M-Learning Systems: Applying Intelligent Technologies. (pp. 334-349). Hersey PA: IGI Global. ISBN 978-1-60566-883-3 (ebook)

Bower, M., Hedberg, J., & Kuswara (2010). A framework for Web 2.0 learning design. Educational Media International, 47(3), 177-198.

2010   McNeill, M., Gosper, M. & Hedberg, J. (2010). Aligning technologies and the curriculum: A snapshot of academic practice. Paper presented at Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age Conference. 15 - 17 October 2010, Timisoara, Romania.
2010   Bower, M., Fong, S. F., Hedberg, J., & Cameron, L. (2010). Towards student-centred uses of learning technologies in Malaysia. In Global Learn 2010, Penang, Malaysia, (pp. 782-789): AACE.
2010   Bower, M., & Hedberg, J. (2010). A quantitative multimodal discourse analysis of teaching and learning in a web-conferencing environment - The efficacy of student-centred learning designs. Computers & Education, 54(2), 462-478.
2009   Bower, M., Hedberg, J., & Kuswara, A. (2009). Conceptualising Web 2.0 enabled learning designs. In Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), Aukland, (pp. 1153-1162).
2009   Bower, M., & Hedberg, J. (2009). Educational User Interface Design. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009, Honolulu, HI, 22-26 June (pp. 963-972). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
2008   Highfield, K., Mulligan, J., & Hedberg, J. (2008). Early mathematics learning through exploration with programmable toys. In O. Figueras, J. Cortina, S. Alatorre, T. Rojano & A. Sepúlveda (Eds.), Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of PME 32 and PME-NA XXX (Vol. 3, pp. 169-176). México: Cinvestav-UMSNH.
2008   Lee, C-S., Koper, R., Kommers, P., & Hedberg, J. G., (2008) Editorial for Reference Models for forming organizational or collaborative pedagogical best practices. Int. J. Cont. Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning, 18(1), 1-5.
2008   Agostinho, S., Oliver, R., Harper, B., Hedberg, J. & Wills, S., (2008). A visual learning design representation to facilitate dissemination and reuse of innovative pedagogical strategies in university teaching. In L. Botturi, & S. T. Stubbs (Eds.) Handbook of Visual Languages for Instructional Design: Theories and Practices. (pp. 380-393). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
2008   Blasi, L., Fiore, S. M., Hedberg, J. G. & Schmid, R.. (2008). The social consequences of design and development teams. In J. M. Spector, M D. Merrill, J. van Merriënboer, & M. Driscoll (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Educatoinal Communications and Technology. (3rd Ed.), (pp 647-658). New York: Laurence Erlbaum. ISBN 978-0-415-96338-1
2007 =891 Hedberg, J. G. & Freebody, K. (2007). Towards a disruptive pedagogy: Classroom practices that combine interactive whiteboards with TLF digital content. Melbourne: Le@rning Federation. Retrieved August 15, 2007
2007   Chang, C. H., & Hedberg, J. G. (2007) Digital libraries creating environmental identity through solving geographical problems. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 16(1), 58-72. 
2007   Lee, C-C., Bopry, J., & Hedberg, J. G., (2007) Methodological issues in using sequential representations in the teaching of writing. ALT-J, Research in Learning Technology, 14(2), 131-141.
2007   Hedberg, J. G. & Chang, C. H., (2007) The G-portal Digital Repository as a Potentially Disruptive Pedagogical Innovation. Educational Media International, 44(1), 3-15.
2007   Ho, K. F., Tan, P., & Hedberg, J. G. (2007). An 'Understand, Strategise, Execute and Reflect' (USER) approach to the teaching of mathematical problem solving - One teacher's experience. In C. Shegar & R. B. Abdul Rahim (Eds.), Redesigning pedagogy: Voices of practitioners. (pp. 147-156). Singapore: Pearson Education South Asia.
2007   Oliver, R., Harper, B., Wills, S., Agostinho, S., & Hedberg, J. (2007). Describing ICT-based learning designs that promote quality learning outcomes. In H. Beetham & R. Sharpe (Eds.) Rethinking pedagogy for the Digital Age. (pp. 64-80). London: Routledge.
2007   Reeves, T. C. & Hedberg, J. G. (2007). Evaluation strategies for open and distributed learning environments. In B. Khan, (ed.). Flexible learning in an Information Society. (pp. 226-235). Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing.
2007   Hedberg, J. G. (2007). Don Garthon and Susan Harper: Professional development for K-6 teachers in remote areas. In J Quinn and P. Ertmer, (eds.) The ID Casebook: Case Studies in Instructional Design. (3rd Edition). (pp. 43-49). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, Merrill Prentice Hall. 
2006   Hedberg, J. G., (2006). Moving on from e-Learning: Searching for disruptive pedagogies, Keynote to 5th Annual WebCT European Users Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, February 27th to March 1st, 2006.
2006   Lim, C.P., Nonis, D., & Hedberg, J. (2006). Gaming in a 3D multi-user virtual environment (MUVE): Engaging students in Science lessons. British Journal of Educational Technology, 37(2), 211-231.
2006   Tan, D. K C, Hedberg, J.G., Koh, T. S., & Seah, W. C. (2006). Datalogging in Singapore schools: supporting effective implementations. Research in Science & Technological Education. 24(1), 111-127.
2006   Ferry B., Kervin, L., Puglisi, S., Cambourne, B., Turbill, J., Jonassen, D., & Hedberg, J. (2006). Online Classroom Simulation: using a virtual classroom to support pre-service teacher thinking. T. Herrington & J. Herrington (Eds.). Authentic Learning Environments in Higher Education. (pp.135-161). Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing.
2006   Lefoe, G. & Hedberg, J. G., (2006). Blending on and off campus: A tale of two cities. In C. Bonk & C. Graham (Eds.) Handbook of Blended Learning Environments: Global perspectives, local designs. (pp 325-337). San Francisco: Pfeiffer.
2005   Lim, K., Hedberg, J., & Chatterjea, K., (2005). Peer-negotiated constructions of space and place using mobile telephony. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.) Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005 World Conference On Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. (pp 3961-3965). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
2005   Brudvik, O.C.. & Hedberg, J.G. (2005). Visual representations for Students' learning processes in Internet Tasks. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.) Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005 World Conference On Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. (pp 3806-3812). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
2005   Hedberg, J., & Lefoe, G., (2005). Blended Learning: An Asian tale. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.)Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005 World Conference On Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. (pp 1595-1600). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
2005   Hedberg, J. G., & Chang, C. H.., (2005). G-Portal: Supporting argumentation and mutlimodality in student solutions to geographical problems. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.) Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005 World Conference On Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. (pp 4242-4247). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
2005   Lim, W. Y., Hedberg, J. G., Yeo, J., & Hung, D., (2005). Fostering Communities of Practice of Heads of IT departments using common projects. Paper presented to the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Leadership and Technology International Convention, Orlando, FL, October 18-22, 2005.  Published as M. Simonson, & M Crawford (Eds.) 28th Annual Proceedings. (Vol 1) (pp. 320-327). Bloomington IN: Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Research and Theory Division.
2005   Hung, D., Tan, S. C., Hedberg, J., & Koh, T. S. (2005). A Framework for Fostering a Community of Practice: Scaffolding Learners through an Evolving Continuum. British Journal of Educational Technology,  36(2), 159-176.
2005   Muthukumar, S. L. and Hedberg, J.G. (2005). A knowledge management technology architecture for educational research organizations:: Scaffolding research modeling and workflow processing. British Journal of Educational Technology, 36(3), 379-395.
2005   Bopry, J. & Hedberg, J. G. (2005). Designing encounters for meaningful experience, with lessons from J. K. Rowling. Educational Media International, 42(2), 179-194.
2005   Foo, S. Y., Ho, J. M., & Hedberg, J. G., (2005). Teacher understandings of technology affordances and their impact on the design of engaging learning experiences. Educational Media International, 42(4), 297-316.
2005   Ho, K.F., & Hedberg, J. G. (2005). Teachers' pedagogies and their impact on students' mathematical problem solving. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 24 (3 & 4), 238-252.
2003   Reeves, T. C. & Hedberg, J. G. (2003). Interactive Learning Systems Evaluation. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications.


Year Source Title Amount
2014 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project (LP140100562); Partner Organisations: Maari Ma Health & Gowrie NSW Marina Papic, Joanne Mulligan, Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett, Garth Alperstein & Judith McKay-Tempest; An early childhood community-based mathematics and science approach to addressing Indigenous disadvantage in remote communities $270,000
2013 - 2017 Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Enhancing the training of mathematics and science teachers (ETMST) (MS13-3169). Joanne Mulligan, Carmel Coady, John Hedberg & Quentin Parker; Opening Real Science: Authentic Mathematics and Science Learning for Australia. $2.3m
2011 -2014 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP110103586) Joanne Mulligan, Lyn English, Kerry Hodge & Marina Papic; Transforming children's mathematical and scientific development: A longitudinal study. $165,000
2011 - 2013 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project (LP110100553); Partner Organisation: Lady Gowrie Child Centre Sydney Marina Papic, Joanne Mulligan & Kate Highfield; Improving numeracy outcomes for young Indigenous children through the Patterns and Early Algebra Preschool (PEAP) Professional Development Program. $210,000




Project ID

CI Name/s

Amount Funded

Amount of Years

Project Title

ARC DP110102778

Prof R Gillies, Dr K Nichols, Prof John Hedberg


3  (2011-2013)

Transforming primary teachers' representational practices: Effects on students' scientific reasoning and discourse within contemporary sciences

ARC LP0989264

A/Prof QA Parker; A/Prof DH McKinnon; Prof JG Hedberg; Dr L Danaia; Dr J DeCourcy.


3  (2009-2011)

Space to Grow: The Faulkes Telescope and improving science engagement in schools

ARC DP0772550

Prof PR Freebody; Prof JG Hedberg; Dr KC Nichols; Dr WS Van Rooy


3  (2007-2009)

Transforming the technologies and modalities of learning: The case of the New Life Sciences in secondary schooling

Macquarie University External Collaborative Research Grant

Assoc Prof Joanne Mulligan, Dr Michael Cavanagh, Prof John Hedberg


1  (2007)

Working mathematically: Teaching and learning in an interactive multimedia e-learning environment

ARC DP0344011

Dr Brian Ferry, Prof J G Hedberg, Dr Brian Leslie Cambourne, Dr Jan B Turbill, Prof David H Jonassen


2  (2003-2004)

Investigating a classroom simulation designed to support pre-service teacher decision making in planning and implementing literacy teaching