Dr Dennis Alonzo

Dr Dennis Alonzo

BS Biology (MSU-IIT), MS Biology (MSU-IIT), MEd Assessment and Evaluation (UniMelb), PhD (UNSW Sydney)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Education

Dennis is a test and scale developer, program evaluator, curriculum designer, and applied statistician. His area of interest revolves around Assessment for Learning (AfL) particularly in supporting teachers to make highly contextualised, consistent, fair and trustworthy assessment decisions to effectively support student learning. He has been involved in a number of international and national research projects. He also researches on a broad range of topics including student IT experiences, blended and online learning, standards-based assessment, and learning analytics to help inform curriculum design, professional development and policy. He has received various scholarships from the Philippines and Australian governments and a public diplomacy scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea. He was a former Dean of Education of the University of Southeastern Philippines before joining UNSW.

G41 Morven Brown Building

NSW Equity consortium: Imagine futures (a whole-of-cohort outreach program with Years 7-10 including post-school transition). Higher Education Strategy - NSW Collaboration and Innovation Fund. Tegue.., Alonzo et al.. 2021-2026. $500,000. 

Co-designing game-based farm safety education for adolescents. Peden, A., Ivers, R., McMillan, F., Alonzo., D., Tran, P., Franklin, R., Hawke, C. Australian Government – National Farm Safety Education Funds: Improving Farm Safety Practices. $172,000.

Capturing perspectives on student well-being from students with intellectual disability and/or autism in NSW schools: Listening to the voice of students with moderate and highest support needs. New South Wales Department of Education. Strnadová, I., Danker, J., Loblinzk, J., Dowse, L., Lenne, B., Alonzo, D., & Tso, M.  2020-2021. $222,000.

Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) teachers' professional development in Vietnam. Ministry of Education and Training Vietnam. Nguyen, H., Hoang, T., Alonzo, D., Gao, A., Starfield, S., and Gilanyi, L. 2021. $100,000.

Development of a data literacy tool for improved student outcomes. Beswick, K., Alonzo, D., & Lee, J. Arts, Design and Architecture (ADA) Faculty Research Support Scheme. $9,974.56.

The theoretical dimensions of principal and teacher data literacy: A scoping study. UNSW Sydney School of Education.  Alonzo, D. & Beswick, A. 2021. $9,978.13.

Establishing the dimensions of mentoring standards. UNSW Sydney School of Education. Nguyen, H. & Alonzo, D. 2021. $9,936.

Students with moderate and high support needs: Perspectives on student well-being. UNSW Sydney School of Education. Danker, J., Strnadová, I., Lenne, B., Loblinzk, J., Alonzo, D., Dowse, L., & Tso, M.  2021. $9,998.18.

Digitalisation of professional learning: Development and application of mobile app to enhance teachers' self-efficacy in implementing the Philippine Department of Education developmental framework during COVID-19 pandemic. Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program – Philippines. Alonzo, D., Quimno, V., Bayangos, M., Lacia, M., & Obierna. 2020-2021. ~$28,000.

Rural and Regional Education Project. New South Wales Department of Education. Beswick, K., Roberts, P., Holden, R., Cridge, S., Loughland, T., Mularczyk, L., Alonzo. D., & Eacott, S. 2020-2021. $787,000.

NSW Equity Consortium. University Alliance - UNSW Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University. Whole-of-cohort Outreach with Years 7-9 Literacy Focused. 2020-2021. $153,000.

Evaluation of ASDAN SEND Program at Wiliam Rose School. Funded by New South Wales Department of Education, Australia. 2020-2021. $54,200.

Improving Assessment Literacy across the Pemulwuy Learning Community. 2018-2021. $20,000.

Development of Training Modules based on Competency-Based Learning and Development (CBLD) Plan on Research Management for the Department of Education of the Philippines. Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd. Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 2018. $35,699.18. 

Student Assessment Literacy: What is it and How is it Developed? UNSW Sydney School of Education. 2017. $5,000.

Development of a Competency-Based Learning and Development Plan. Funded by the Basic Education Sector Transformation, Cardno Emerging Markets (Australia) Pty Ltd for the Department of Education, Philippines. 2017. $25,000

2021 - UNSW ADA Research Fellow

2016 - UNSW School of Education Visiting Fellow

2015 - American Educational Research Association Travel Award for Research Students

2014 - Republic of Korea - Ministry of Foreign Affairs Public Diplomacy

2013 - UNSW Arts Dean's Academic Leadership Award

2011 - Australia Awards Scholarship, PhD

2006 - Australian Development Scholarship, Master

2000 - Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development Scholarship, Master of Science


EDST5436: Evaluation of Educational Programs 

EDST5442: Advanced Professional Practice 

EDST5443: Assessment for Learning: From Theory to Practice