At the nexus of learning and innovation

Natasha Arthars

Natasha is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) and a postgraduate fellow.

PhD Project: Co-Constructing Epistemic Environments in Higher Education

Faced with an increasingly complex world of work, situated within what many refer to as the ‘knowledge age’, learners need to enter the workforce equipped to collaboratively solve problems and create new knowledge. The complexity of contemporary problems has led to claims that we have in fact moved beyond the ‘knowledge age’ to the ‘conceptual age’ in which both creative and complex problem solving skills are of prime importance.

In order to solve these complex problems, learners require the ability and the agency to co-construct their epistemic environment. Natasha's PhD project will examine cases in higher education where learners work collaboratively in groups to co-construct their epistemic environment while engaging in complex problem solving tasks.

Postgraduate Fellow Work: Learning Analytics

Natasha's Postgraduate Fellow work focuses on human centred learning analytics, specifically the Student Relationship Engagement System (SRES).


  • Master of Learning Sciences and Technology (Research)
  • Master of Business
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Training and Development

Memberships and Affiliations

  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
  • International Society of the Learning Sciences
  • Society for Learning Analytics Research
  • CRLI Learning Spaces SIG

Committees and Boards

  • SRESCon2019 Organising Committee
  • 2018 & 2019 Student member of Academic Board (representative of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) 
  • 2018 & 2019 Student member of Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Board
  • 2019 Student member of the Sydney School of Education & Social Work HDR Committee

Scholarships and Awards

  • Research Training Program Fees
  • Research Training Program Stipend
  • Thomas and Mary Ethel Ewing Travel Scholarship


  • 2020 HDR+ Student Grant


Contact information

Office: 237 Education Blg A35

Email: [email protected]

Lab: Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation


School of Education and Social Work Student Profile


Recent publications

Arthars, N., Dollinger, M., Vigentini, L., Liu, D., Kondo, E., & King, D. (2019). Empowering teachers to personalize learning support. In Ifenthaler, D., Mah, D. K., & Yau, J. Y. K. (Eds.), Utilizing learning analytics to support study success. (pp. 223-248).

Arthars, N. & Markauskaite, L. (accepted/2019). Constructing shared understanding of complex problems: An inscriptional blending perspective. In The 18th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction. Accepted 14/02/2019. Aachen, Germany, 12–26 August 2019. Symposium paper.

Dollinger, M., Liu, D., Arthars, N., & Lodge, J. (2019). Working together in learning analytics toward the co-creation of value. Journal of Learning Analytics, 6 (2), 10–26.

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