Dr Johanna Funk

PhD in Open Educational Practice, M.A. (Ed), B.Ed., B.A., Grad Cert Yolŋu Studies

Research Associate & PhD Candidate

As a professional in inner city schools in London, Johanna began to research how best to support marginalised learners within institutional systems in inner city schools in London. Moving to remote northern Australia has helped her to continue supporting learners’ skills in a range of contexts and fostered her PhD in Open Educational Practices with Indigenous Workforce development. Johanna is applying what she learnt to curriculum and learning design and lecturing in cultural knowledges in the College of Indigenous Futures at CDU. Supporting learners’ skills in a range of contexts led to her interest in how learning systems can function with acknowledgement of diversity. International working life and upbringing informed her interest in how the acknowledgement of learners’ identity can increase rich participation within educational, economic and social contexts.

She has worked with the Department of Education on the PreVET Project, helped develop initial foundations of CDU’s engagement in Open Educational Resources (OER), supported the building of Evaluation Research capacity at CDU campuses in Darwin and Alice Springs, Supported Elder-On-Country Kathy Guthadjaka’s Djurrwirr Science project,  holds a CDU Graduate Certificate in Yolŋu Studies.

Research Interests

  • Supporting learners from language background other than English (LBOTE), EAL/D, and ESL backgrounds.
  • Community Development of workforce capacity through Open Educational Practices (OEPs) and viable functional training programs
  • Using Open Platforms to enhance access to efficient and economical education and training solutions

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Research Projects

Current Projects

  • GOGN Fellowship 2020-2021
    GO-GN is currently funded through the OER programme of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and administered by the Open Education Research Hub from the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK.
    Johanna will focus her Fellowship research on a developmental evaluation of learning and OEP in core Humanities units and their impact on students’ employability skills and workforce readiness.

  • PhD: open For Whom ? open Educational practices in Indigenous Workforce Development and Learners. https://ris.cdu.edu.au/ws/portalfiles/portal/33375830/Thesis_CDU_33364393_Funk_J.pdf

Recent Projects

  • CSIRO, Advancing Collaborative Knowledge Systems for Plant Biosecurity Surveillance: field research and data analysis.
  • Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) of the Northern Territory Government (NTG), Yagbani Aboriginal Corporation, CDU Tropical Aquaculture Unit and North Australia Marine Research Alliance (NAMRA): Developing Indigenous capacity to conduct research and monitoring to support marine based enterprises. Resource development and evaluation.
  • Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) of the Northern Territory Government (NTG), Yagbani Aboriginal Corporation, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), CDU Tropical Aquaculture Unit and Tasmanian Seafoods: Trepang Resource Development.
  • FRDC East Arnhem Indigenous Fisheries Training Framework: resource development for CDU Tropical Aquaculture Unit in remote training delivery.
  • Yagbani Aboriginal Corporation Strategic Planning: developmental evaluation.
  • Planning the consolidation of research clusters with Paul Carter and Northern Futures CRN Local Knowledges Event as part of Ocean Connections
  • Promoting Yolŋu Language and Knowledge through Elder on Country Researcher Kathy Guthadjaka’s Djurrwirr project on Open Platform Biodiversity website Bowerbird
  • High level Stakeholder engagement with industry and Government to provide viable funding options for VET training in the NT with Michael Harrison, Don Zoellner and Emma Williams
  • Plant Biosecurity CRC Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities through Engagement - currently researching models of functional engagement with Indigenous Researchers in Science

Publications & Resources

Journal Articles

Funk, J. & Guthadjaka, K. (2020). Indigenous authorship on open and digital platforms: Social justice processes and potential, In : Journal of Interactive Media in Education. 2020, 1, p. 1-13 13 p., 6.

Nowland, S., Fleming, A., Ford, P.L., Funk, J., & Wigger, E. (under review) Culturally-Oriented Indigenous Aquaculture Enterprises: a case study of  Oyster Farming in the Warruwi and Pirlangimpi communities of Northern Australia.

Stagg, A., Linh, N., Bossu, C., Partridge, H., Funk, J. & Judith, K., 1 Jul 2018, Open Educational Practices in Australia: A First-phase National Audit of Higher Education In : International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. 19, 3, p. 172-201 30 p.

Funk, J., Worthington, S., & Price-Wynter, L. (2016). Using evaluation and participatory action research methods to develop an eLearning resource. Sage Research Methods. doi: 10.4135/978144627305015595368

Funk, J., Guthadjaka, K. & Kong, G. (2015). Posting Traditional Ecological Knowledge on Open Access Biodiversity Platforms: Implications for Learning Design. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44(02), 150-162.

Funk, J. (2016). Using Keyword Search for Media Analysis. Sage Research Methods. doi: 10.4135/978144627305015595369.

Funk, J. & Worthington, S. (2014). Collaborative Learning Pathways: Supporting Students Where they are in the PreVET Project. International Journal of Diversity in Education, 13(2),105-14.

Funk, J. (2014). Comparing the Measuring stick to the measured. Supporting EAL Pupil’s writing Development. National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum: EAL Matters 1.

Conference Proceedings & Papers

Funk, J. & Mason, J. (2016) Open educational Practices and 21CC: Positioning their Significance. (23rd International Conference on Computers in Education. China: Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.

Boyle, A., Lockley, A., & Funk, J. (2014). Staff perspectives about gamefully designing Charles Darwin University. AVETRA 17th Annual Conference Proceedings, Gold Coast 22-24 April 2014.

Funk, J. (2014) The OER Wizard: How advances in technology enable shifts in pedagogy.  Paper presented at OER14 in Newcastle, UK.

Research Reports

Morgan, A., Williams, E., Renshaw, L., & Funk, J. (2014). Safer Streets Audit. Australian Institute of Criminology and Northern Institute.

Memberships & Awards



Johanna Funk


T: +61 8 8946 6819
E: johanna.funk@cdu.edu.au

Darwin NT


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