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 an educational sociologist. His research focusses on students’ positioning in higher education, in particular student activism, partnership and the relationship between governance, students and pedagogy. Aidan’s PhD is titled ‘Student Activism and Partnership in Higher Education’. This ethnographic project explores student power, protest and partnership at Flinders University through a historical and contemporary context. Aidan’s research draws on a realist social science and recognises structure and agency as a central concept to understanding student power.

Aidan is experienced in researching primary, secondary and tertiary education. He has worked in roles that require substantial: research data use for policy development, application and visualisation; applying qualitative research methods to emergent education practices and primary & middle school teaching; application of ethnographic research methods and diverse qualitative methodological frameworks and tools. In addition, Aidan has extensively engaged the design of learning and teaching platforms, the design of software platforms for research purposes and the development of analytic tools for student engagement in e-learning.

He is currently engaged in projects that: involve 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 and student partnership; and military veteran students in higher education.

Aidan has also worked for several years as an education consultant, working with teachers and leaders, implementing innovative practice from formative assessment strategies to project-based learning planning for integrated curriculum across schools in South Australia. Supporting the learning of teachers around Australia and the world through coordinated online learning opportunities. Development and delivery of research informed professional development to in-service teachers. Aidan has designed learning for in-service teachers and pre-service teachers in a range of contexts, including: formative assessment, STEM education, project and problem-based learning and curriculum integration.

  • 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
  • Australian Government - Research Training Program Scholarship (PhD)
  • Flinders University Medal (B.Ed Hons)
  • Chancellor's Commendation (Academic)
Key responsibilities

PhD Candidate in the Portfolio of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).

Learning Designer (CILT) in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Student Representative:

  • Flinders University Postgraduate Student Association - President
  • Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) - Board Member
  • Flinders University Council – Postgraduate Member
  • Flinders University Student Association - Postgraduate Student Officer
  • College of Education, Psychology and Social Work – Higher Degree by Research Student Committee, Member
  • Portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) – Research Quality Committee, Member
  • Portfolio of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) – Digital Learning Working Group, Member
  • College of Education, Psychology and Social Work – Student Voice Australia Pilot – Student Member

University Clubs:

Work Roles:

  • Learning Designer, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching
  • 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
  • Research officer in the Pre-Service Teacher STEM Industry Engagement Project (Dept. Innovation & Skills) - colloquially "Bridging the Gap: Connecting science education with the real world"
Teaching interests

Teaching expertise: Sociology of Education; Participatory Research; Social Research Methods; Ethnographic Research; Race, Class and Gender in Education; Industry Engagement; STEM Education; Technology Enhanced Learning; Project Based Learning.

Thematic interests: Teacher Education, Sociology, Democracy, Governance, Student Voice and Partnership.

Teaching areas: Intital Teacher Education, Continuing Professional Education; University and Prepratory Studies; Sociology.

Topic coordinator
EDUC9765 Researching Texts and Documents
EDUC3628 Numeracy and ICT Across the Middle and Secondary Curriculum
Topic lecturer
EDUC9120 Introduction to Teaching and Research in the Education Profession
EDUC9100 Sociological Understandings of Education
EDUC2420 Teaching Indigenous Australian Students
EDUC3643 Science Curriculum Specialisation
EDUC9608 Globalisation, Development and Education (Guest Lecturer)
MAPP0001 Military Academic Pathway Program
EDUC9765 Researching Texts and Documents
EDUC9764 Methods in Ethnography (Guest Lecturer)
EDUC3628 Numeracy and ICT Across the Middle and Secondary Curriculum
FNST0101 Introduction to University Study through Academic Writing
FNST0102 Developing the Skills of Academic Literacy
FNST0104 Flinders University: An Introduction to Different Areas of Study
FNST0103 Developing the Skills of Academic Numeracy
Further information

Links of interest:


Academic CV (pdf)

Honours Thesis (pdf)

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