Dr Patrick Tran

Educational Designer/Developer


UNSW Canberra (ADFA)
Buidling 14, Northcott Drive, Campbel, ACT 2600


Patrick Tran | BE, BSC, MBA, PhD, PRINCE2

Learning & Teaching Group| UNSW Canberra
Building 14 L1, Northcott Drive, Canberra ACT 2600 
patrick.tran@adfa.edu.au  http://patricktran.info


I am a data scientist by training, instructional designer by choice and educator at heart! My main interests lie at the intersection of innovation, technology, and leadership. I received a PhD in computer science for a thesis on improving performance of network Intrusion Detection Systems using Machine Learning. I am also a certified PRINCE2 project manager with an MBA in Accounting and Finance. In the education space, I have a wide range of research interests that are centered around learners:

  • Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining
  • Educational Technologies
  • Gamification
  • Learning Theories
  • Inventive problem solving
  • Foresight – futures studies

Through my applied research and teaching, I seek to leverage data analytics to drive pedagogical decisions, revamp learner experience and revolutionize existing approaches to learning and teaching.

I am currently working at the confluence of educational technology, learning analytics and educational research at University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra. I am a regular contributor to the EdTechPosium (ETP) conference in the last few years, presenting topics on learning technologies: (1) Gamification: Learn computer coding with fun (ETP 2017); (2) Enhance learners’ engagement with iLesson, a four-in-one learning tool (ETP 2018); and (3) Making a Case for Online Exams: Efficiency, Integrity and Insights (ETP 2019). My online coffee courses on gamification and learning analytics can also be found on the ANU web blog.

My expertise is in the domain of learning analytics, but I have vast experience with all corners of the academic world, including research, teaching, academic program management and instructional design. Prior to UNSW, I held various positions in both teaching and management capacities at University of Technology Sydney, Victoria University and Australian National University. Over the years, I undertook several technology-enabled learning initiatives that involve analysing learners’ interaction data with intelligent tutoring systems and developing early intervention strategy for their success.

I consider myself to be a self-motivated lifelong learner and believe that everyone should learn something new each day. When I am not working, I love spending time with family and friends, and if I'm lucky, with a cold drink in my hand and sand between my toes. Cycling and watching movies are my favourite hobbies.