At the nexus of learning and innovation

Dwayne Ripley

A PhD candidate at the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) and a research assistant for educational evaluation projects at the Business School.

Building upon my master’s research on knowledge flows across the university-entrepreneurial boundary, I am interested in further exploring the role that objects and people play in working at and across interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary boundaries. We live in an increasingly complex world which in constant flux, fueled by advances in technology that affect our society in unforeseen ways. As I advance my PhD focus, I will further explore the approaches to design and pedagogy in framing and visualizing messy or ‘wicked’ problems with the goal of creating actionable knowledge which can be used help individuals and organizations across the boundaries of the university, industry, government and society in general to develop the capacity to frame complexity.

Industry Involvement

I extend the interdisciplinarity of the learning sciences to take a transdisciplinary approach to work at and across the boundaries of the university. In addition to helping to develop interdisciplinary education within the university and working with the business school, I am active in the national learning and development community (a member of AITD), engaged in the educational technology community, involved in the entrepreneurial community, and provide learning support for a global communications consultancy helping multinationals to frame and develop professional education requirements and goals.

Previous Education

  • Master of Learning Sciences and Technology (Research)
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment
  • TESL Diploma
  • BA in English Literature


Contact information

Office: 237 Education Blg A35

Lab: Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation