Dr Kate Thompson

BSc(hons)(UNSW), PhD(Sydney)
Postdoctoral Research Associate

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93513773
Fax +61 2 90365205

Biographical details

Research Assistant, UWS 2001-2004

Secretary/Publicity Officer for PESSA 2006

Postgraduate Fellow, CoCo Research Centre 2005-2008

Postdoctoral Fellow, CoCo Research Centre 2008

Research Associate, CoCo Research Centre 2009

Senior Research Associate, ARCL: Learning the complexity of scientific knowledge about climate change with computer modelling and visualization technologies,CoCo Research Centre 2010-2011

Postdoctoral Research Associate, ARC Laureate Fellowship Learning, technology and design: architectures for productive networked learning, CoCo Research Centre 2011-

Research interests

Learning sciences; psychology of education
  • Learning technologies and new media
  • Learning, cognition and motivation
Research on teaching and learning
  • Mathematics and science

Selected grants

2005

  • ASISTM Critical Friend Project-Round 1; Sutherland L, Thompson K, Stewart K, Atluri S; DEST - ASISTM/Project grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Goodyear, P., Jones, C., Thompson, K. (2014). Computer-supported collaborative learning: Instructional approaches, group processes and educational designs. In J. M. Spector, M. D. Merrill, J. Elen, M. J. Bishop (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology, (pp. 439-451). New York: Springer.
  • Thompson, K., Markauskaite, L. (2014). Identifying group processes and affect in learners: A holistic approach to assessment in virtual worlds in higher education. In S. Kennedy-Clark, K. Ever & P. Wheeler (Eds.), Cases on the assessment of scenario and game-based virtual worlds in higher education, (pp. 175-210). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Pinto, A., Thompson, K., Jones, C., Clow, D. (2014). iSpot: Your place to share nature. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 225-238). New York: Routledge.
  • Parisio, M., Thompson, K., Richardson, T., Srikhanta, R. (2014). One Laptop Per Child (OLPC): A small computer to serve a big cause. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 125-138). New York: Routledge.
  • Parker, P., Schwendimann, B., Thompson, K., Todd, M. (2014). The Synaptic Leap: Open science combating disease. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 193-208). New York: Routledge.
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2014). Using multimodal discourse analysis to identify patterns of problem solving processes in a computer-supported collaborative environment. In Sudweeks, F. & Lim, H. (Eds.), Innovative methods and technologies for electronic discourse analysis, (pp. 94-118). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2013). A MUVEing Success: Design Strategies for Professional Development in the Use of Multi-User Virtual Environments and Educational Games in Science Education. In D Augustino, S. (Eds.), Immersive Environments, Augmented Realities, and Virtual Worlds: Assessing Future Trends in Education, (pp. 16-41). Philadelphia, USA: Information Science Reference.
  • Reimann, P., Thompson, K. (2008). Ecosystem modelling for environmental education: From stocks and flows to behavior and interactions. In Blumschein P, Hung W, Jonassen D (Eds.), Model-based approaches to learning:Using systems models and simulations to improve understanding and problem solving in complex domains, (pp. 111-148). ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Reimann, P., Thompson, K., Weinel, M. (2007). Decision making patterns in virtual teams. In T. Hirashima;U. Hoppe;S. S.-C. Young (Eds.), Supporting learning flow through integrative technologies, (pp. 213-220). Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Journals

  • Thompson, K., Kennedy-Clark, S., Markauskaite, L., Southavilay, V. (2014). Discovering processes and patterns of learning in collaborative learning environments using multi-modal discourse analysis. Research and practice in technology enhanced learning, 9(2), 215-240. [More Information]
  • Uddin, M., Thompson, K., Schwendimann, B., Piraveenan, M. (2014). The impact of study load on the dynamics of longitudinal email communications among students. Computers and Education, 72, 209-219. [More Information]
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2013). Collaborative Process Analysis Coding Scheme (CPACS): Examining the macro- and micro-level of students' discourse in a virtual world. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 4(2), 19-49. [More Information]
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Carvalho, L., Goodyear, P., Kelly, N., Parisio, M. (2013). Processing and Visualizing Data in Complex Learning Environments. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(10), 1401-1420. [More Information]
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2011). What do students learn when collaboratively using a computer game in the study of historical disease epidemics, and why? Games and Culture: a journal of interactive media, 6(6), 513-537.
  • Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2010). Patterns of use of an agent-based model and a system dynamics model: The application of patterns of use and the impacts on learning outcomes. Computers and Education, 54(2), 392-403. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Mellis, S., Carvalho, L., Thompson, K. (2013). Applying 21st century constructivist learning theory to stage 4 design projects. 2013 International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Deakin, ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Identification of patterns of tool use and sketching practices in a learning by design task. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Phases of design: Following idea development and patterns of collaborative discussion in a learning by design project. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Maton, K., Howard, S., Thompson, K. (2013). Systems of integration: Using system dynamics to understand technology integration in learning and teaching. 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), TBA: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).
  • Thompson, K., Kennedy-Clark, S., Kelly, N., Wheeler, P. (2013). Using automated and fine-grained analysis of pronoun use as indicators of progress in an online collaborative project. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K. (2013). Using micro-patterns of speech to predict the correctness of answers to mathematics problems: An exercise in multimodal learning analytics. International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2013, New York City, New York: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]
  • Thompson, K., Kelly, N. (2012). Combining collaboration spaces: Identifying patterns of tool use for decision-making in a networked learning environment. Eighth International Conference on Networked Learning 2012, Maastricht, The Netherlands: Networked Learning Conference.
  • Aditomo, A., Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2012). Examining System Dynamics Models Together: Using Variation Theory to Identify Learning Opportunities in Online Collaboration. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning (vol. 2), Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2012). Methods of analysis for identifying patterns of problem solving processes in a computer-supported collaborative environment. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences the Future of Learning, Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Kelly, N. (2012). Processes of decision-making with adaptive combinations of wiki and chat tools. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences the Future of Learning, Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M., Reimann, P. (2012). The Future of Learning: 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Proceedings, Volume 1 - Full Papers. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences the Future of Learning, Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M., Reimann, P. (2012). The Future of Learning: 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Proceedings, Volume 2 - Short Papers, Symposia, & Abstracts. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences the Future of Learning, Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Kennedy-Clark, S., Markauskaite, L., Southavilay, V. (2011). Capturing and analysing the processes and patterns of learning in collaborative learning environments. 9th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2011): Connecting research to policy and practice, Hong Kong, China: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K., richards, D. (2011). Collaborative Problem Solving Processes in a Scenario-Based Multi-User Environment. 9th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2011): Connecting research to policy and practice, Hong Kong, China: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Jacobson, M., Richards, D., Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K., Taylor, C., Hu, C., Taylor, M., Kartiko, I. (2010). Scenario-Based Muve For Science Inquiry. 16th UniServe Science Annual Conference 2010, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Reimann, P., Aditomo, A., Thompson, K. (2009). Students engaged in collaborative modeling. 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL2009), Greece: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Reimann, P., Frerejean, J., Thompson, K. (2009). Using process mining to identify models of group decision making processes in chat data. 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL2009), Greece: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K. (2008). The value of multiple representations for learning about complex systems. The International Conference of Learning Sciences. ICLS 2008, Utrecht: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Reimann, P., Thompson, K., Weinel, M. (2007). Collaborative learning by modelling: Observations in an online setting. ascilite 2007: ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning, Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
  • Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2007). Do school students learn more about the environment from a system dynamics model by themselves or with a partner? The 25th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 50th Anniversary Celebration, United States: System Dynamics Society.
  • Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2007). Patterns of using system dynamics models and agent based models to understand a complex environmental system – a comparison. 12th Biennial Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction.
  • Thompson, K., Stewart, K. (2007). The mobile jigsaw - a collaborative learning strategy for mlearning about the environment. 6th Annual International Conference on Mobile Learning, Melbourne: University of Melbourne.
  • Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2006). System Dynamics as a Mindtool for Environmental Education. AARE International Education Research Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Woolley, R., Thompson, K. (2005). Mediation practices: The Wentworth Group and transforming Australian water culture. TASA 2005 - The Australian Sociological Association Conference : Community, Place, Change, Hobart, Tasmania: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2014

  • Goodyear, P., Jones, C., Thompson, K. (2014). Computer-supported collaborative learning: Instructional approaches, group processes and educational designs. In J. M. Spector, M. D. Merrill, J. Elen, M. J. Bishop (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology, (pp. 439-451). New York: Springer.
  • Thompson, K., Kennedy-Clark, S., Markauskaite, L., Southavilay, V. (2014). Discovering processes and patterns of learning in collaborative learning environments using multi-modal discourse analysis. Research and practice in technology enhanced learning, 9(2), 215-240. [More Information]
  • Thompson, K., Markauskaite, L. (2014). Identifying group processes and affect in learners: A holistic approach to assessment in virtual worlds in higher education. In S. Kennedy-Clark, K. Ever & P. Wheeler (Eds.), Cases on the assessment of scenario and game-based virtual worlds in higher education, (pp. 175-210). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Pinto, A., Thompson, K., Jones, C., Clow, D. (2014). iSpot: Your place to share nature. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 225-238). New York: Routledge.
  • Parisio, M., Thompson, K., Richardson, T., Srikhanta, R. (2014). One Laptop Per Child (OLPC): A small computer to serve a big cause. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 125-138). New York: Routledge.
  • Uddin, M., Thompson, K., Schwendimann, B., Piraveenan, M. (2014). The impact of study load on the dynamics of longitudinal email communications among students. Computers and Education, 72, 209-219. [More Information]
  • Parker, P., Schwendimann, B., Thompson, K., Todd, M. (2014). The Synaptic Leap: Open science combating disease. In Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear (Eds.), The architecture of productive learning networks, (pp. 193-208). New York: Routledge.
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2014). Using multimodal discourse analysis to identify patterns of problem solving processes in a computer-supported collaborative environment. In Sudweeks, F. & Lim, H. (Eds.), Innovative methods and technologies for electronic discourse analysis, (pp. 94-118). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

2013

  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2013). A MUVEing Success: Design Strategies for Professional Development in the Use of Multi-User Virtual Environments and Educational Games in Science Education. In D Augustino, S. (Eds.), Immersive Environments, Augmented Realities, and Virtual Worlds: Assessing Future Trends in Education, (pp. 16-41). Philadelphia, USA: Information Science Reference.
  • Mellis, S., Carvalho, L., Thompson, K. (2013). Applying 21st century constructivist learning theory to stage 4 design projects. 2013 International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Deakin, ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2013). Collaborative Process Analysis Coding Scheme (CPACS): Examining the macro- and micro-level of students' discourse in a virtual world. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, 4(2), 19-49. [More Information]
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Wardak, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Identification of patterns of tool use and sketching practices in a learning by design task. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Yeoman, P., Parisio, M. (2013). Phases of design: Following idea development and patterns of collaborative discussion in a learning by design project. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Ashe, D., Carvalho, L., Goodyear, P., Kelly, N., Parisio, M. (2013). Processing and Visualizing Data in Complex Learning Environments. American Behavioral Scientist, 57(10), 1401-1420. [More Information]
  • Maton, K., Howard, S., Thompson, K. (2013). Systems of integration: Using system dynamics to understand technology integration in learning and teaching. 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), TBA: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).
  • Thompson, K., Kennedy-Clark, S., Kelly, N., Wheeler, P. (2013). Using automated and fine-grained analysis of pronoun use as indicators of progress in an online collaborative project. 10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K. (2013). Using micro-patterns of speech to predict the correctness of answers to mathematics problems: An exercise in multimodal learning analytics. International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2013, New York City, New York: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]

2012

  • Thompson, K., Kelly, N. (2012). Combining collaboration spaces: Identifying patterns of tool use for decision-making in a networked learning environment. Eighth International Conference on Networked Learning 2012, Maastricht, The Netherlands: Networked Learning Conference.
  • Aditomo, A., Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2012). Examining System Dynamics Models Together: Using Variation Theory to Identify Learning Opportunities in Online Collaboration. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Future of Learning (vol. 2), Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2012). Methods of analysis for identifying patterns of problem solving processes in a computer-supported collaborative environment. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences the Future of Learning, Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Thompson, K., Kelly, N. (2012). Processes of decision-making with adaptive combinations of wiki and chat tools. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences the Future of Learning, Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M., Reimann, P. (2012). The Future of Learning: 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Proceedings, Volume 1 - Full Papers. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences the Future of Learning, Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M., Reimann, P. (2012). The Future of Learning: 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Proceedings, Volume 2 - Short Papers, Symposia, & Abstracts. 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences the Future of Learning, Sydney: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

2011

  • Thompson, K., Kennedy-Clark, S., Markauskaite, L., Southavilay, V. (2011). Capturing and analysing the processes and patterns of learning in collaborative learning environments. 9th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2011): Connecting research to policy and practice, Hong Kong, China: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K., richards, D. (2011). Collaborative Problem Solving Processes in a Scenario-Based Multi-User Environment. 9th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2011): Connecting research to policy and practice, Hong Kong, China: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K. (2011). What do students learn when collaboratively using a computer game in the study of historical disease epidemics, and why? Games and Culture: a journal of interactive media, 6(6), 513-537.

2010

  • Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2010). Patterns of use of an agent-based model and a system dynamics model: The application of patterns of use and the impacts on learning outcomes. Computers and Education, 54(2), 392-403. [More Information]
  • Jacobson, M., Richards, D., Kennedy-Clark, S., Thompson, K., Taylor, C., Hu, C., Taylor, M., Kartiko, I. (2010). Scenario-Based Muve For Science Inquiry. 16th UniServe Science Annual Conference 2010, Sydney: University of Sydney.

2009

  • Reimann, P., Aditomo, A., Thompson, K. (2009). Students engaged in collaborative modeling. 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL2009), Greece: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Reimann, P., Frerejean, J., Thompson, K. (2009). Using process mining to identify models of group decision making processes in chat data. 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL2009), Greece: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

2008

  • Reimann, P., Thompson, K. (2008). Ecosystem modelling for environmental education: From stocks and flows to behavior and interactions. In Blumschein P, Hung W, Jonassen D (Eds.), Model-based approaches to learning:Using systems models and simulations to improve understanding and problem solving in complex domains, (pp. 111-148). ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Thompson, K. (2008). The value of multiple representations for learning about complex systems. The International Conference of Learning Sciences. ICLS 2008, Utrecht: International Society of the Learning Sciences.

2007

  • Reimann, P., Thompson, K., Weinel, M. (2007). Collaborative learning by modelling: Observations in an online setting. ascilite 2007: ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning, Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
  • Reimann, P., Thompson, K., Weinel, M. (2007). Decision making patterns in virtual teams. In T. Hirashima;U. Hoppe;S. S.-C. Young (Eds.), Supporting learning flow through integrative technologies, (pp. 213-220). Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2007). Do school students learn more about the environment from a system dynamics model by themselves or with a partner? The 25th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 50th Anniversary Celebration, United States: System Dynamics Society.
  • Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2007). Patterns of using system dynamics models and agent based models to understand a complex environmental system – a comparison. 12th Biennial Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction.
  • Thompson, K., Stewart, K. (2007). The mobile jigsaw - a collaborative learning strategy for mlearning about the environment. 6th Annual International Conference on Mobile Learning, Melbourne: University of Melbourne.

2006

  • Thompson, K., Reimann, P. (2006). System Dynamics as a Mindtool for Environmental Education. AARE International Education Research Conference 2005, Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2005

  • Woolley, R., Thompson, K. (2005). Mediation practices: The Wentworth Group and transforming Australian water culture. TASA 2005 - The Australian Sociological Association Conference : Community, Place, Change, Hobart, Tasmania: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

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