Dr Alison Reedy

M.Ed., Grad.Dip.Ed., B.A.

Completed PhD

Alison’s professional background started in the area of banking and finance before she moved into the field of education. She has worked in education for the past 25 years across the school, community education, vocational and higher education sectors. She has a particular interest in English language and literacy education, Indigenous education, online learning and learning design.

Alison is enrolled in her PhD on a part time basis while working full time as Team Leader, Higher Education and Training Development in the Office of Learning and Teaching at CDU.

PhD Project Title

Indigenous Learners Online: Indigenous Perspectives on Online Learning in Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Education 
  • Online learning 
  • Learning Design 
  • English language and literacy 
  • Equity


Professor Ruth Wallace, Principal (Northern Institute)
Professor Michael Christie (Northern Institute)
Dr Linda (Payi) Ford (Northern Institute)

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Publications & Resources

Book Chapters

Reedy, A., Prescott, D. & Giles, W. (2011). Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education and Indigenous Peoples. In R. Coll & K. Zegwaard (eds), International Handbook for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education (2nd edition). Lowell, MA: World Association for Cooperative Education. 

Journal Articles

Reedy, A., Boitshwarelo, B., & Billany, T. (2017). Envisioning the use of online tests in assessing 21st century learning: A literature review. Research Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, Special edition: Positioning for digital futures. 12https://telrp.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s41039-017-0055-7

Reedy, A., & Wauchope-Gulwa, H. (2016). Online learners and teacher education: the experiences of Indigenous teacher education students. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Edition: Northern Perspectives in Teacher Education], 20. http://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/the-northern-institute/docs/10.18793-lcj2016.20.04.pdf

Reedy, A., Boitshwarelo, B., Watson, S., Billany, T., & Barnes, J. (2016, in press). Developing Teacher Educators in the era of the ‘smart worker’. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Edition: Northern Perspectives in Teacher Education], 20. http://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/the-northern-institute/docs/10.18793-lcj2016.20.05.pdf

Reedy, A., & Eady, M. (2009). Crocodiles and Polar Bears: Technology and Learning in Indigenous Australian and Canadian Communities. Australasian Canadian Studies, Special Issue - Globalising Indigeneity: New Research Directions, 27(1-2).

Reedy, A. (2008). Let’s get real! Integrating LLN into Indigenous VET delivery, Batchelor. Ngoonjook, 33.

Reedy, A. (2008). The Power of engagement, Literacy Link. Australian Council for Adult Literacy, 28(1).

Reedy, A. (2008). Let’s get real!: Integrating LLN into Indigenous VET delivery, Literacy Link. Australian Council for Adult Literacy, 27(6).

Reedy, A. (ed.) (2003). Working with a theme, in NSW Adult Literacy & Numeracy Council. Hands on! Literacy and Numeracy Exchange.

Conference Proceedings

Reedy, A., & Sankey, M. (2015). Designing for relatedness: learning design at the virtual cultural interface. In T. Reiners, B.R. von Konsky, D. Gibson, V. Chang, L. Irving, & K. Clarke (Eds.), Globally connected, digitally enabled. Proceedings ascilite 2015 in Perth (pp.FP:223-FP:235).

Reedy, A., Boitshwarelo, B., Barnes, J., & Billany, T. (2015). Swimming with crocs: Professional development in a Northern context. Refereed paper presented at ‘Strengthening partnerships in teacher education: Building community, connections and creativity’, the annual conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), Darwin, 8-10 July.

Saunders, D., & Reedy, A. (2013). Understanding our present: teaching disputes resolution through online role-play. In H. Carter, M. Gosper and J Hedberg (Eds.), Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite 2013 in Sydney. (pp. 796-800).

Reedy, A. (2012). Designing to close the gap. In M. Brown, M. Hartnett & T. Stewart (Eds.), Future Challenges, Sustainable Futures. Proceedings ascilite 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand. (pp.756-760)

Reedy, A. (2011). Equity in a digital world: Engaging Indigenous learners. In G. Williams, P.Statham, N. Brown & B. Cleland (Eds.),Changing Demands, Changing Directions. Proceedings ascilite Hobart 2011 (pp.1061-1074).

Reedy, A. (2010). I can’t come to class!: The role of technology in enhancing participation for Aboriginal, English language learners. Bridging the gap between ideas and doing research. Proceedings of the 4th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, 13-17th July 2009, Faculty of the Professions, University of New England, Armidale.

Conference Papers & Presentations

Reedy, A., Wurm, P. & Janssen, A.(2017) Deciphering academic integrity governance documents: Creating equity in diversity by building a culture of  academic integrity through accessible resources. Presentation at 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity, Sydney University, 6–7 November 2017. https://8apcei-conference.sydney.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/apcei-conference-program-2017.pdf

Reedy, A., Wurm, P. & Janssen, A. (2017) Untangling the literacies of university governance documents: A community of practice approach. Presentation at Australian Council for Adult Literacy Conference, Traders, Neighbours and Intruders: Points of Contact, Darwin 13-14 September, 2017. http://www.acal.edu.au/conference/full-program/

Reedy, A. (2017). The experiences of Indigenous higher education students in online learning: Findings and implications from an Education Design Research study. Presentation at Institute of Advanced Studies Student Researcher’s Conference, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, 2-3 May 2017.

Reedy, A (2015). The data analysis phase of the research journey: Representation and voice. Presentation at Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts Postgraduate Research Conference, The Power of Research: Finding Your Research Voice, Charles Darwin University, Darwin 9-11 November.

Reedy, A. (2015). Evaluating e-learning: Indigenous learners crossing higher education boundaries. Presented at Australasian Evaluation Society International Conference, Melbourne, 5-9 September.

Reedy, A., & Wauchope-Gulwa, H. (2015). e-learning at the virtual cultural interface: Indigenous higher education student experiences online. Presented at ‘Strengthening partnerships in teacher education: Building community, connections and creativity’, the annual conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), Darwin, 8-10 July.

Reedy, A. (2014). Yarning: A data collection method for culturally appropriate Indigenous research. Presented at LEBA Postgraduate Research Conference 2014, Darwin, 24-26 September.

Reedy, A. (2012). Establishing an evidence base to support online learning (with and) for Indigenous learners. Association of Qualitative Research Conference, Embodying good research: What counts and who decides, Darwin,  23-25 August.

Reedy, A., Wauchope, H., Murphy, N., & Wauchope, A. (2011). Indigenous Voices: Teaching us better. Garma, Gulkula, Gove Peninsula, Arnhem Land, 4-8 August.

Eady, M., & Reedy, A. (2010). Crocodiles and polar bears: a cross cultural comparison of adult learning in remote indigenous communities. Australian Council of Adult Literacy Conference hands up…hands on! 10-11 September 2010 Darwin.

Reedy, A. (2009). The role of technology in enhancing participation for Aboriginal English language learners. Australian Council of Adult Literacy Conference From Strength to Strength, 1-3 October 2009 Freemantle.

Reedy, A. (2008). Video making and its role in TESOL education. ACTA international TESOL Conference Pedagogies of connection: Developing Individual and community identities, 10-12 July 2008 Alice Springs Convention Centre, NT.

Reedy, A. (2007). The power of engagement. 28-29 September 2007, International Adult Literacy conference the power of and, Auckland New Zealand.

Reedy, A. (2004). NSW Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council Forum – NSW Parliament House.

Reedy, A., & Bell, W. (1995). At the coalface. NSW Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council Annual Conference, University of Wollongong.


Reedy, A. (2013). ACIKE Online Unit Development Project Final report. Darwin, CDU.

Reedy, A. (2011). Design, research and production of Indigenous Voices website as a product of an Australian Flexible Learning Framework, E-Learning Innovations project, Indigenous Voices: Teaching us better. Indigenous voices website http://indigenousvoices.cdu.edu.au.  

Australian Flexible Learning Framework E-learning Innovations Project profile of Indigenous Voices: Teaching us better.http://trainingo2.net/eli/teamprofile2011.php?pid=11050.

Reedy, A. (2010). Scoping Document: Embedding Indigenous Cultural Competencies in medical and health curricula. Darwin, CDU (Commissioned by Northern Territory of Australia, Department of Health and Families). 

Reedy, A., & Stephens, B. (2006). Recognising Ability through the Arts. Waterloo, NCVER. 

Alison Reedy


T: +61 8 8946 6793
E: alison.reedy@cdu.edu.au

Darwin, NT