Mr Aidan Cornelius-Bell

Learning Designer

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

place Humanities (269)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Aidan is a scholar of higher education. His research work sits between educational sociology and study of political philosophy. He is undertaking a PhD with Flinders, in which he focusses on students’ identity and being in higher education. Aidan’s PhD is titled ‘Student Activism in Higher Education: the possibility and politics of students’ role in hegemonic university change’. This political work focusses on, through empirical ethnographic work, student activism, student identity, hegemony, power, protest and partnership at Flinders University. It draws on historical and contemporary context to provide a rich analysis of power and politics.

Aidan is experienced in researching primary, secondary and tertiary education. He has worked in roles that include: use of research data for policy development, application and visualisation; applying qualitative research methods to emergent education practices; application of sociological research methods and diverse qualitative methodological frameworks and tools. He has also worked in the evaluation of school and university teaching practice as a data analyst. In addition, Aidan has scoped and delivered learning and teaching platforms (open source software design), research data collection and analysis platforms, and analytic tools for student engagement in eLearning.

He has worked in a range of research projects that: involve teacher education students in STEM industry placements; design school-based teaching and learning in the context of industry; students’ self regulation of learning in STEM classrooms; the sociology of higher education in contemporary change; the role of student partnership and students as partners; and military veteran students in higher education. These projects span externally funded research from a range of bodies, including the Department of State Development, the Australian Research Council (both Discovery and Linkage) and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Please see a full research profile on ResearchNow.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Candidate) - Flinders University - 2021 [expected]
  • Bachelor of Education (Hons) - Flinders University - 2017
  • Bachelor of Education Studies - Flinders University - 2016
Honours, awards and grants
  • Best in Show: FLO Showcase winner 2020 for EDUC3628
  • GitHub Archive Program - Arctic Code Vault Contributor
  • Australian Government - Research Training Program Scholarship (PhD) (Former)
  • Flinders University Medal (B.Ed Hons)
  • Chancellor's Commendation (Academic)
Key responsibilities
  • PhD Candidate in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Learning Designer (CILT) in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (0.6 FTE).

Additional Student Roles

Additional Work Roles

  • Member, College Education Committee, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Executive Member, Digital Education Working Group, College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences
  • Member, Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group – CILT
  • Tutor in the Bachelor of Arts – HASS
  • Tutor and Topic Coordinator in the Master of Teaching, Master of Education and Bachelor of Education – EPSW
  • Tutor in the Foundation Studies Program – Portfolio of the DVC-S
Teaching interests

Teaching expertise: Sociology; Activism; Politics; Ethnographic Research; Sociology of Education; Participatory Research; Social Research Methods; Class, Race and Gender in Education; Cultural Studies; STEM Education; Technology Enhanced Learning; Project Based Learning; Formative and Summative Assessment; Assessment Design; Flipped Learning; Students as Partners; Student Voice; Co-Creation and Co-Design; Design Thinking.

Thematic interests: Sociology, Democracy, Governance, Cultural Studies, Politics, Student Voice and Partnership, Technology enhanced learning.

Topic coordinator
EDUC3628 Numeracy and ICT Across the Middle and Secondary Curriculum
Topic lecturer
EDUC9608 Globalisation, Development and Education (Guest Lecturer)
EDUC9765 Researching Texts and Documents
EDUC9764 Methods in Ethnography (Guest Lecturer)
EDUC3628 Numeracy and ICT Across the Middle and Secondary Curriculum
COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication

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