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Sivakumar Alagumalai

Sivakumar Alagumalai

Professor & Dean – Undergraduate (Global)


Education

  • PhD, Flinders University, Australia (1999)
  • MEdComp, University of South Australia, Australia (1996)
  • MEd, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (1993)
  • BSc (Hons) – Physics/Mathematics, University of Manitoba, Canada (1988)
  • Cert Ed, National Institute of Education/NTU, Singapore (1983)
SUBJECTS TAUGHT / STUDENT PROJECT MENTOR
  • PhD / MPhil / BSc & BCompSc (Hons) / DBA / BBA-ALP – SP Jain
  • Research Methods (Advanced Quantitative Methods)
  • Measurement, Assessment & Evaluation
  • Adaptive/Intelligent Testing and Learning Systems
EXPERIENCE

Academic Experience

  • Education / Physics / Mathematics / STEM – University of Adelaide (Dean/Head); VUW – NZ (Acting Director – UTDC); Flinders University; NTU – Singapore
  • Visiting Professorial Fellow – NIE/NTU, Singapore; Harvard Graduate School of Education, Boston (2010)
  • Postdoc Fellowship - Singapore Millennium Foundation (2002)

Corporate/Professional Experience

  • APIPD – Australia (Director)
  • SMIT Institute – Australia (Joint Director)
  • EduPEx Pty Ltd (Senior Adviser)

Research Interests

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Transdisciplinary large datasets
  • Adaptive & Intelligent Testing and Learning Systems

Conference Presentations

  • Kugahara, T., & Alagumalai, S. (2014). Nursing education in Japan and Australia – Parallels and Opportunities. Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Teaching Professor Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 29-30 March 2014.
  • Alagumalai, S., & Sivakumar, S. (2011). Learning 'line of sight': Redesigning Curricula and Instructions. Poster Presented at the IACEP International Meeting and Conference, Westing Copley Place, Boston - MA, 10-14 July 2011.
  • Alagumalai, S., Joseph Yeo, Sivakumar, A., & Seng, S.H. (2011). Gauging the impact of mediation and diagnostics in Developmental Assessment. Paper presented at the IACEP International Meeting and Conference, Westing Copley Place, Boston - MA, 10-14 July 2011.
  • Ben, F., Alagumalai, S., Maniam, V., & Skrodal, S. (2011). What First Year University Students Know and Want: Preferred Learning Modes. Paper accepted for presentation at the 4th Redesigning Pedagogy: Transforming Teaching, Inspiring Learning International Conference, NIE/NTU - Singapore, 30 May – 1 June 2011.
  • Alagumalai, S., Sivakumar, S., Leuar, B.C., & Ben, F. (2011). TIMSS, PISA and TALIS: Implications for curricula and instructional designs. Paper accepted for presentation at the 4th Redesigning Pedagogy: Transforming Teaching, Inspiring Learning International Conference, NIE/NTU - Singapore, 30 May - 1 June 2011.
  • Alagumalai, S., Lee, Y.J & Amato-Wierda, C. (2011). Education science students' qualitative and quantitative understandings of measurement and errors in experiments. Paper accepted for presentation at the 4th Redesigning Pedagogy: Transforming Teaching, Inspiring Learning International Conference, NIE/NTU - Singapore, 30 May - 1 June 2011.
  • Bakar, N.A., & Alagumalai, S. (2010). Reconceptualising Research Master's Program in Education: Lessons From OECD-TALIS, PISA, and IEA-rTIMSS. Paper presented at the Third Asia Pacific Educational Research Association Conference - APERA 2010, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22 - 26 November 2010.
  • Alagumalai, S., & Sivakumar, S. (2010). Contents, Pedagogy, PCK and Implications for Research Literacy in Education. Paper presented at the Third Asia Pacific Educational Research Association Conference - APERA 2010, Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22 - 26 November 2010.
  • Alagumalai, S., Ben, F., Coleman, M, Skrodal, S., Maniam, V., Maadad, N., & Colbung, M. (2009). Extending Learning through Effective Feedback. Paper presented at the Education Research Conference of Singapore, National Institute of Education / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 19-20 November 2009.
  • Alagumalai, S., Gopinathan, S., & How, W.K. (2009). Rethinking what constitutes Research Education for master's and doctoral programs. Paper presented at the Education Research Conference of Singapore, National Institute of Education / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 19-20 November 2009
  • Alagumalai, S., Ang, E.J.G., Carter, T. (2009). Insights into Teacher's Professional Development and Learning (PDL) in selected Singapore Schools. Paper presented at the Education Research Conference of Singapore, National Institute of Education / Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 19-20 November 2009
  • Skrodal, S., & Alagumalai, S. (2009). Simulations for Teacher Education: Challenges and Opportunities. Paper presented at the SimTecT 2009 Conference. 15-19 June 2009. Adelaide, Australia
  • Ben, F., & Alagumalai, S., (2009). Computer Simulation in Education: Using Learning Objects to Learn Physics Concepts. Paper presented at the SimTecT 2009 Conference. 15-19 June 2009. Adelaide, Australia
  • Skrodal, S., Ben, F., Nallaya, S., Alagumalai, S., (2009). Pattern Recognition for Learning through Simulations. Paper presented at the SimTecT 2009 Conference. 15-19 June 2009. Adelaide, Australia
  • Burnett, N., Ben, F., Skrodal, S., & Alagumalai, S., (2008). Simulations in Education: Re-examining models of learning for science education. Paper presented at the SIMTecT 2008 Conference. 12-15 May 2008. Melbourne, Australia
  • Enhancing learning through computer simulation: The Impact of Learning Objects. [Refereed paper presented at the SimTecT 2007 Simulation Conference: Simulation - Improving Capability and Competitiveness (SimTecT 2007). Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, June 4 - 7, 2007 [Joint paper: Francisco Ben, Siva Alagumalai and Mimi Recker]
  • The Virtual Classroom Simulation : Pre-service teacher training with ABMS. [Refereed paper presented at the SimTecT 2007 Simulation Conference: Simulation – Improving Capability and Competitiveness (SimTecT 2007). Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, June 4 - 7, 2007 [Joint paper: Simon Skrodal, Sivakumar Alagumalai and Mike Lawson]
  • Two joint papers presented at the 'Excellence in Scholarship' 2006 Symposium that will be published in the Research Monograph by SensePublisher, The Netherlands (I am one of the editors for this monograph). Papers presented on 6.11.6: [Mr Simon Skrødal, Dr Sivakumar Alagumalai, Prof Mike Lawson & A/Prof Paul Calder - Computer Simulations and Implications for Education and Society] & [Mr Francisco Ben, Dr Sivakumar Alagumalai & A/Prof Chris Dawson - Promoting Science Education for All]
  • Alagumalai, S. (2006). Can We Trust Our Teachers, their Tools and Techniques? Paper presented at the International Assessment and Evaluation Conference, Singapore (22-26 May 2006).
  • STU-Singapore: Workshop #1. "Gauging and reporting what students understand and can demonstrate." STU, Singapore. 23 February 2005
  • CRA-NSF Report (Grant No. REC-0449247): "Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Learning for the Future - A Vision and Research Agenda. Washington DC: CRA/NSF
  • STU-Singapore: Workshop #2. "Assessment in Science and Mathematics: Issues and Emerging Trends." STU, Singapore. 25 February 2005
  • Symposium: Reflection as a fundamental to Inquiry: Elements of Problem Solving, Creativity and Innovation - Inquiry, Problem solving and Reflection - what, how and why? Paper presented at the ERA Conference 2004, Singapore (18-20 Nov 2004).
  • Assessing Innovation and Inventive Thinking: What needs to be considered? Paper presented at the ERA Conference 2004, Singapore (18-20 Nov 2004).
  • Rubrics: Use and Misuse! Paper presented at the ERA Conference 2004, Singapore (18-20 Nov 2004).
  • Rethinking teacher's pd in a changing world. Paper presented at the ERA Conference 2004, Singapore (18-20 Nov 2004).
  • Neural Network, Brain Plasticity and Considerations for Physics Problem Solving Paper presented at the11th Learning & the Brain Conference 2004. Harvard University (11-13 Nov 2004).
  • Science, mathematics and technology education: Where to from here? Paper presented at the Educational Research Conference 2003, Flinders University, Adelaide (27 Nov 2003)
  • Rethinking Curriculum Evaluation for Science and Mathematics: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience, Neural Networks and Artificial Intelligence. Paper presented at the ERA Conference 2003, Singapore (19-21 Nov 2003).
  • Assessing Growth in Teaching and Learning using New Technologies. Paper presented at the ICMEE 2003 Conference, Penang (27-30 Aug 2003)
  • 19th Century Tools, Techniques and Technology for 21st Century Students! Paper presented at the ERA Conference 2002, Singapore (20-22 Nov 2002).
  • Infusing Higher-Order Thinking Skills through Information and Communications Technology. Paper presented at the ERA Conference 2002, Singapore (20-22 Nov 2002).
  • Meaningful Assessment: A Case for Intelligent Adaptive Testing Systems. Paper presented at the Inaugural International Test Users' Conference - Testing: Now and the Future, Sydney, Australia (3-5 Jul 2002).
  • Beyond learning objects: Implications of metadata. Paper presented at the Educational Research Conference 2001, Flinders University, Adelaide (27 Nov 2001)
  • Embedding e-learning in the pre-service teaching of language and literacy. Paper presented at the Australian Teachers Education Association – Teacher Education: Change of Heart, Mind and Action, Melbourne (24-26 Sept 2001)
  • A Pilot Study: Evaluating an Introductory Quantitative Methods Module taught through PBL. Paper presented at 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Problem Based Learning (APCPBL), Singapore (4-7 Dec 2000).
  • Extending interactions beyond PBL groups through web-based technologies. Paper presented at 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Problem-Based Learning (APCPBL), Singapore (4-7 Dec 2000).
  • From Flexibility to Adaptivity. Paper presented at the Flinders University Symposium - IT's Here: Flexibility in Teaching and Learning, Adelaide (14 Nov 2000).
  • Evaluating Flexible Delivery - Exploring student's 'deep' learning performances and their evaluation of delivery. Paper presented at the Flinders University Symposium - IT's Here: Flexibility in Teaching and Learning, Adelaide (14 Nov 2000).
  • Do web-based technologies promote 'deep' learning in science? Measuring the processes and products. Paper presented at the Singapore Science Forum, Singapore (21-22 Dec 2000).
  • Enhancing PBL and RBL in science through web-based technologies. Invited special address presented at the Singapore Science Forum, Singapore (21-22 Dec 2000).
  • Educational Revolution: Net-tests and Net-surveys Paper presented at the 15th Australian Computers in Education National Conference, Adelaide (5-8 Jul 1998).
  • INFOBASE: A Practical Teachers' Database Paper presented at the 15th Australian Computers in Education National Conference, Adelaide (5-8 Jul 1998).
  • Internet Security and Implications for Education Paper presented at the 15th Australian Computers in Education National Conference, Adelaide (5-8 Jul 1998).
  • Online Testing for Literacy: New Applications of the World Wide Web Joint paper (with Prof Jonathan Anderson and Ms Helen Pilypas) presented at the International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology (IASTED). Cancun, Mexico (27-30 May 1998).
  • Distractors - Can they be biased too? Joint paper (with Prof John Keeves) presented at the International Conference on Latent Trait Measurement Theory: Rasch Measurement, Perth, Australia (22-24 Jan 1998).
  • Logits, CFA and Modeling Joint paper (with Prof John Keeves) presented at the 2nd Postgraduate Student's Educational Research Conference, Adelaide (11 Dec 1997).
  • Let's Save the Trees - Online Testing to the Rescue Joint paper (with Prof Jonathan Anderson) presented at the 27th Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia (30 Nov - 4 Dec 1997).
  • Software Evaluation - A Pedagogic Solution Joint paper (with Prof Jonathan Anderson) presented at the 27th Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia (30 Nov - 4 Dec 1997).
  • Advances in Measurement in Science and Mathematics Education Joint paper (with Prof John Keeves) presented at the International Science, Mathematics and Technology Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam (6-9 Jan 1997).
  • Rasch, SOLO, QUEST and Curriculum Evaluation Paper presented at the 10th Joint Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Singapore Educational Research Association. Singapore (25-29 Nov 1996).
  • Disattenuated Correlation and Unidimensionality Joint paper (with Prof John Keeves) presented at the 10th Joint Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Singapore Educational Research Association. Singapore (25-29 Nov 1996).
  • From text-based pedagogy to cyber-based methodology Joint paper (with Prof Jonathan Anderson) presented at the 10th Joint Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the Singapore Educational Research Association. Singapore (25-29 Nov 1996).
  • Correlates of Physics Problem-solving Ability Paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association of Singapore. (1993)
  • Boys are better than Girls in Physics: Myth or Reality? Paper presented at the 6th Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association of Singapore. (1992)

Refereed Journals and Monographs

  • Nair, R., Dutt, A.S.K., & Alagumalai, S. (2019). Validation of Functional Behavioural Assessments - Behavioural Interventions Scale using the Rasch Measurement Model. [Journal: Australian Journal of Special Education]
  • Alagumalai, S. (2015). Thinking scientifically: Understanding measurement and errors. ASTA – Teaching Science Journal, 61(4), pp.24-31.
  • Wilham, H., Alagumalai, S., & Ben, F. (2014). Examining the utility of Assessment Literacy Inventory (ALI) and its portability to education systems in the Asia Pacific region. Australian Journal of Education, 58(3), pp.297-317.
  • Alagumalai, S., Burley, S. & Keeves, J.P. (Eds.) (2013). Excellence in Scholarship: Transcending Trandisciplinarity in Teacher Education (Monograph). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers
  • Alagumalai, S. (2013). Preface: On Scholarship: Introduction, Scope and Challenges. In Excellence in Scholarship: Transcending Trandisciplinarity in Teacher Education (Monograph). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Skrødal, S., Alagumalai, S., Lawson, M. & Calder, P. (2013). Chapter 12: Computer Simulations and Implications for Education and Society. In Excellence in Scholarship: Transcending Trandisciplinarity in Teacher Education (Monograph). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Ben, F., & Alagumalai, S. (2013). Chapter 14: Promoting Science Education for All. In Excellence in Scholarship: Transcending Trandisciplinarity in Teacher Education (Monograph). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Alagumalai, S., Burley, S., Scott, M. & Zweck, W. (2013). Epilogue: Implications for Teacher Education and Educators. In Excellence in Scholarship: Transcending Trandisciplinarity in Teacher Education (Monograph). The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Alagumalai, S. (2012). Ramanujan’s Insights: Implications for Mathematics Education. National Year of Mathematics: Special Issue. Experiments in Education Journal, 40(4), pp.109-138. ISSN: 0970-7409 (22 Dec 2012).
  • Alagumalai, S. (commissioned). Monograph: Assessment in Higher Education: A Multidimensional perspective. For Springer (the Netherlands) – 2018/2019
  • Alagumalai, S. (commissioned) .Monograph: Rasch Measurement Model: A Primer with Applications (Test Analysis Modules). For Routledge (UK). 2018
  • Alagumalai, S., Curtis, D., & Njora, H. (Eds.) (2006). Applied RASCH Measurement: A Book of Exemplars. The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Alagumalai, S. & Curtis, D. (2006). Classical Test Theory. In Applied RASCH Measurement: A Book of Exemplars. (Monograph). The Netherlands: Springer. (pp.1-15)
  • Alagumalai, S., Curtis, D. & Hungi, N. (2006). Our Experiences and Conclusion. In Applied RASCH Measurement: A Book of Exemplars. The Netherlands: Springer. (pp.1-15).
  • Alagumalai, S., Thompson, M., Gibbons. J.A., & Dutney, A. (Eds.) (2005).The Seeker: Papers in Honour of John P Keeves. FUIIE Publication No. 16. (Monograph). Adelaide: Shannon Research Press.
  • Alagumalai, S., & Mohyla, J. (2005). Collaboration over the Net: HTML & Java, the Necessary Tools. In The Seeker: Papers in Honour of John P Keeves. FUIIE Publication No. 16. Adelaide: Shannon Research Press.
  • Refereed and Published Paper [Can we trust our teachers, their tools and techniques] in the 32 International Association for Educational Assessment Annual Conference Proceedings, Singapore. 21-26 May 2006
  • “The Seeker: Papers in Honour of John P Keeves.” [Principal Editor.] Adelaide: FUIIE Publication. (2005)
  • “Applied RASCH Measurement: A Book of Exemplars.” [Principal Editor.] The Netherlands: Springer (2005)
  • “Emerging Technologies in Education” in J.P. Keeves (Eds) Handbook on Educational Research in the Asia-Pacific Region. Kluwer Press. [2002]
  • “DEETYA Report: ICT Competencies for Teachers/Raising the Standard” [member of consulting group]. Canberra [2001]
  • “Beyond learning objects: Implications of metadata.” International Education Journal, Vol 2, No. 4, 2001. (pp 351-361).
  • “Distractors – Can they be biased too?” Journal of Outcome Measurement, Vol 3, No. 1, 1999.
  • “Web-based Assessment: Techniques and Issues” [Joint article with K.A. Toh and Y.Y. Wong] in Aggarwal, A.K. (Ed) Web-based Learning and Teaching Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges [1999, IDEA Group Publishing – pp.246-256]
  • “New Approaches to Measurement” [Joint article with J.P. Keeves] in Masters, G. and Keeves, J.P. (Eds) Advance Educational Measurement Handbook [1999, Pergamon – pp.23-42 ]
  • “Advances in Measurement in Science Education” [Joint article with J.P. Keeves] in Fraser, B.J. and Tobin, K.G. (Eds) Science Education Handbook: Volume 2 [1998, Kluwer Publication]
  • “HTML: The next language of communication for Information Technology in Open Learning” UNICORN: Journal of the Australian College of Education, Vol 23, No. 3, 1997, pp. 11-20.
  • “The Aptitudes Necessary for Physics Problem Solving” Journal of Applied Research in Education (Brunei). Vol 1, No. 1, pp. 27-35. 1997.
  • “Problem Solving: The Adolescent Years” [Joint article with K.A. Toh] in Growing Up in Singapore: The Adolescent Years [1997]
  • “Primary Aptitudes and Physics Problem Solving” Journal of the Science Teachers’ Association of Singapore, Vol 28, Apr 1994, pp.12-22.
  • “Gender Differences: They don’t happen here” Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in South East Asia, Vol XVII, No. 1, p. 54-60. 1994.
  • “Validating Physics Practical Using the Computer” Teaching and Learning (National Institute of Education, NTU), Vol 14, No. 1, Jul 1993, pp. 12-19.
  • “Physics Problem Solving through Computers” Physics Update (National University of Singapore), Vol 3, No. 1, 1993, pp. 2-12.

Commissioned Reports

  • Ben, F., Hailaya, W., & Alagumalai, S. (Completed in January 2012). TABS Validation Study. TAFE-SA Commissioned Study.
  • Alagumalai, S. & Ben, F. (2006). External Assessment: Review of Literature and Current Practices. Department of Education and Children Services Commissioned Report [SACE Secretariat Report] - 4 September 2006
  • NSF Team & Alagumalai, S. (2005). CRA-NSF Report (Grant No. REC0449247): “Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Learning for the Future – A Vision and Research Agenda. Washington DC: CRA/NSF

Software Application / Patents [Current holding – DVC(R) – Flinders University]

  • “Career Options” [Developed for the Ministry of Education, Singapore] 1989.
  • “Interactive Physics for Ordinary-Level” [CDROM developed for CyberMedia Technology Pte Ltd., Singapore] 1997.
  • “TestBank” [CDROM being developed for Trident Computer Systems Pte Ltd.]
  • NetTest/NetSurvey [conceived at the Flinders University of South Australia and developed by Trident Computer Systems Pte Ltd.]
  • Self-Paced Learning Tracking System (2000) – Patent pending
  • Tutor Management System (2000) – Implemented and used in VUW.
  • Multithreaded Multi-authenticated Web-board (used for PBL Interactions)
  • Web-based survey/testing/adaptive testing ASP System (2000) – Patent pending, IPN, USA
  • Multi-test/survey Systems (2000) - Patent pending, IPN, USA
  • Multimedia CAT System (1999-2000) – Trial-tested at VUW
  • SOW, Student Online Workspace (2001) – Provisional patent, Flinders Technologies, Flinders University.
  • OARS, Online Assessment Reporting System (2002) – Provisional patent, Flinders Technologies, Flinders University.
  • DOARS, Directed Online Assessment and Reporting System (2003) – provisional patent, Maddern Patent Attorney.
  • DATS (v2a & v2b), Developmental Assessment Tracking System (2003) – customised and re-designed for Modbury Special School and the Australian Science and Mathematics School. Awarded DECS Grant
  • OLWC, Online Workload Calculator (2003) – designed and trialled at the School of Education, Flinders University.
  • VCS, Virtual Classroom Simulator (2003) – designed and trialled at the School of Education, Flinders University (a collaborative the project with the National Argonne Labs, University of Chicago) (Extend of contribution: Intellectual 25%, focus and rationale, generation of critical interpretation and reviews, preparation of scripts/pseudo code)
  • IOCADS, Intelligent Online Computer Adaptive Diagnostic Systems (2006) – pending approval of DEST/DECS grant.

Memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Education Assessor (UK). Member [Fellow] (current)
  • IACEP – USA. Vice-President, Asia-Pacific Rim (2011-2015)
  • ASCILITE – Computers for Teaching and Learning. Member. Queensland, Australia.
  • Educational Research Association – ERA. Life Member. Singapore.
  • Australian Computer Society – South Australian Chapter
  • The Flinders University Institute of International Education – FUIIE. Alumni Member.
  • SASTA – South Australia Science Teachers Association – Invited Board Member [Ex-Co]
  • Australian College of Education – MACE. Member
  • International Psychometric Society. Member
  • International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Member
  • Registered Teacher – Singapore Ministry of Education [secondary & senior secondary science, physics and mathematics]
  • Registered Teacher – Teachers Registration Board of SA [secondary & senior secondary science, physics and mathematics]

Awards & Recognition

  • Awarded the VC’s (VUW) – Instructional Designer & Teaching Award (1999)
  • Nominated for Faculty of ELTH (School of Education) Top Teacher Award (2004)
  • Awarded Supervisor of the Year – PGSA-UoA (2006)
  • Invited for ALTC Citation - Excellence in Education Award (UoA: 2009/2010)
  • Nominated for South Australian Tertiary Science Education (2010/2011)
  • Nominated for Executive Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2010)
  • Nominated/Finalist for Unsung Hero – Science Education, South Australia (2010)
  • Nominated for Award for Excellence for Higher Degree by Research Supervision (2010/2016)
  • Peer Reviewer (Journal Articles, Research Grants & Institutions):
    • Australian Journal of Education (2015 - )
    • Asia Pacific Education Review (2016 - )
    • Studies in Higher Education (2016 - )
    • ALTC / OLT L&T Grants (2006 - 2016)
    • NIE/NTU – OER Grants (2011 - )
    • Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) - Audits (2004 – 2009)