Associate Professor Nadine Marcus
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Nadine Marcus

Computer Science and Engineering

Dr Nadine Marcus, Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering

Her research interests include:

  • Educational technology
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Adaptive E-learning
  • Multimedia Instructional Design
  • Cognitive Load Theory
  • Instructional Animations
  • Modelling of Human Cognition
  • Human Robot Interaction/interfaces

Broad research interests

Level 1: I develop online learning strategies to improve student learning

Level 2: I design, develop and test multimedia based strategies to support online learning

Level 3: Using Cognitive Load Theory as a theoretical based I use empirical research methods to develop strategies to facilitate online learning


Interest in engineering

Why did you get into engineering?

I am interested in the design of software that people can actually use.  Too much focus in Engineering is often on the functionality of systems, rather than their usability.  In software design both are equally important.

What are your research goals?

To design online learning systems that people can use and actually learn from.

What do people not understand about you do?

I have a cross disciplinary background and can often contribute a unique perspective to different projects – I understand both the technology and the people.

Advice for prospective Computer engineers

It is not enough to just design software with good functionality.  It also needs to be enjoyable and easy to use.

Lectures/Courses taught

I have been teaching Human Computer Interaction since 2001 – includes COMP3511;COMP9511;COMP4511


Number graduated: 30+

Student Projects:

Most projects relate to using cognitive load theory to improve online learning and/or using Smartsparrow’s Adaptive eLearning platform to facilitate student learning outcomes.

Project titles:

Linking computers to human minds;

Using instructional animations to improve learning;

Adaptive eLearning;

Using gesture to improve learning;

Writing versus typing and the effects on learning;

Effects of seeing hands on learning human motor tasks;

Looking for students for projects related to:

Cognitive Load theory and its applications to online learning

Current Grants

SEF L&T grant – Virtual Field trips

AOARD grant - Autonomous Adaptation and Trust

Smartsparrow PhD project – Pedagogical evaluation of the AeLP



B.Sc. Honours, Experimental Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1988.

Ph.D. Education, University of NSW, 1998.


B.Sc. Computer Science & Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa,1987.


+61 2 9385 5173
Building K17, level 4, room 401B, Kensington Campus
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Kenderdine S; Yip A; Oliver C; Pather N; Sammut C; Djokic T; Marcus N; Ong A, 2021, 'Designing Multi-disciplinary Interactive Virtual Environments for Next-Generation Immersive Learning Experiences: Case Studies and Future Directions in Astrobiology, Anatomy and Cultural Heritage', in Creative and Collaborative Learning through Immersion, Springer Nature, pp. 49 - 67,
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Aldausari N; Sowmya A; Marcus N; Mohammadi G, 2022, 'Video Generative Adversarial Networks: A Review', ACM Computing Surveys
    Journal articles | 2022
    Darejeh A; Mashayekh S; Marcus N, 2022, 'Cognitive-based methods to facilitate learning of software applications via E-learning systems', Cogent Education, vol. 9,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Polly P; Marcus N; Maguire D; Belinson Z; Velan GM, 2014, 'Evaluation of an adaptive virtual laboratory environment using Western Blotting for diagnosis of disease', BMC Medical Education, vol. 14, pp. 222 - 230,
  • Conference Abstracts | 2017
    Hussain F; Neal P; Weltman H; Marcus N, (eds.), 2017, 'Making online delivery more interactive using online Tutorial-Lecture Swapping', in UNSW Engineering Education Showcase, UNSW Engineering, UNSW, Sydney, NSW, Austalia, presented at UNSW Engineering Education Showcase, UNSW, Sydney, NSW, Austalia, 08 June 2017 - 08 June 2017, isbn-10:%200-7334-3724-9
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Weltman HR; Marcus N, 2017, 'How the Adaptive eLearning Platform has been used to support Blended Learning', in Azouz L; Griffith S; Pagnucco M (eds.), How the Adaptive eLearning Platform has been used to support Blended Learning, UNSW Engineering, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, presented at UNSW Engineering Education Showcase, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 08 June 2017 - 08 June 2017,
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Vassar A; Prusty G; Marcus N, 2015, 'The Adaptive Virtual Workshop: improving engineering education with the use of online adaptive tutorials', in Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES2015), Dublin, presented at Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES2015), Dublin, 13 July 2015 - 15 July 2015,
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Vassar A; Prusty G; Burton L; Doh J-H; Ford R; James M; Marcus N; Mashiri F; Meyer J; Ojeda R; Uddin M; White T, 2014, 'The Adaptive Virtual Workshop: Maintaining student engagement through an on-line adaptive resource for engineering design education', in Proceedings of the AAEE2014 Conference Wellington, New Zealand, Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Wellington, presented at Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Wellington, 08 December 2014 - 10 December 2014
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Vassar A; Prusty G; Ford R; Marcus N, 2014, 'The Virtual Design Workshop: AN ONLINE ADAPTIVE RESOURCE FOR TEACHING DESIGN IN ENGINEERING', in Helfert M; Zvacek S; Restivo M; Uhomoibhi J (eds.), CSEDU 2014 - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Copyright © 2014 SCITEPRESS – Science and Technology Publications, Barcelona, pp. 452 - 458, presented at 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Barcelona, 01 April 2014 - 03 April 2014