Natasha Rappa  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Natasha Rappa
    PhD (University of Sheffield); MA (University of Michigan); BA with Honours (National University of Singapore)


    About me

    I am a Lecturer with a specialisation in Educational Technology in the Education Discipline at the College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education at Murdoch University. I hold a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield and a MA from the University of Michigan.

    Prior to joining Murdoch University, I worked in various capacities at the Singapore Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, over a period of 18 years. I was involved in English language teaching at a pre-university institution and teacher professional development for technology integration and disciplinary literacy.  I taught technology integration in education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

    My research interests include the use of learning/educational technologies in academic subjects, literacy in academic subjects, academic identity and agency. I led a research project on Virtual Worlds funded by the Singapore Ministry of Education. I led one study on Virtual Worlds and I was a collaborator in two studies on harnessing popular media in science and disciplinary literacy in science funded by the Office of Education Research at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. My current focus is on virtual reality and mixed reality learning environments.

    I have published articles in reputable journals such as Interactive Learning Environments, Linguistics and Education, Research in Science Education, Computer Assisted Language Learning and the British Journal of Educational Technology. I have written chapters in edited books by established publishers such as TESOL International and Springer.

    Teaching area

    EDN 113 Living and Learning with Technology

    EDN 206 ICT in the Classroom

    EDU 615 Learning and Teaching with ICT

    Research areas

    Learning/Educational Technologies

    Disciplinary literacy

    Student Identity

    Student Agency

    Awards and grants

    Murdoch University Conference Travel Grant, AUD$1500, 2019

    International Conference of the Learning Sciences Doctoral Consortium Award, International Society of the Learning Sciences, USD$1844, 2014

    Start-up Grant Award, Office of Education Research, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, SGD$18,085, 2012

    Lenovo Innovation Merit Award (Team), 2008

    Lead ICT @ Schools Funding Scheme, Singapore Ministry of Education, SGD$72,436, 2007

    Doctoral and masters supervisions


    Ed.D and Ph.D students

    • Brigitte Pedraza Delgado
    • Megan Pusey
    • Hai Min Dai
    • Kim Balnaves
    • Shahid Anwar
    • Claire McCrae
    • Hannah Xie
    • Stephen Spain

    M.Ed student

    • Jessica Truss


    Journal Articles 

    Tang, K. S. & Rappa, N. A. (2020). The role of metalanguage in an explicit literacy instruction on scientific explanation. International Journal of Scienced and Mathematics Education.

    Pusey, M., Wong, K. W. & Rappa, N. A. (2020). Resilience interventions using interactive technology: A scoping review. Interactive Learning Environments, 1-16.

    Dai, Haimin, Teo, T., Rappa, N. A. (2020). Understanding continuance intention among MOOC partcipants: The role of habit and MOOC performance. Computers in Human Behavior.

    Dai, Haimin, Teo, T., Rappa, N. A. & Huang, F. (2020). Explaining Chinese university students’ continuance learning intention in the MOOC setting: A modified expectation confirmation model perspective. Computers & Education, 150.

    Rappa, N. A., Ledger, S., Teo, T., Wong, K. W., Power, B. & Hilliard, B. (2019). The use of eye trackng technology to explore learnng and performance within virtual reality and mixed reality settings: A scoping review. Interactive Leaning Environments.

    Ho, C., Wong, J. K. Y. & Rappa, N. A. (2019). Supporting students’ content learning in Biology through teachers’ use of classroom talk drawing on concept sketches. In Y. L. Yuen & A. Lin (Eds.), Teaching, Learning and Scaffolding in CLIL Science Classrooms [Special issue]. Journal of Immersion and Content-based Language Education,7(2), 243-263. 

    Rappa, N. A & Tang, K. S. (2018). Integrating disciplinary-specific genre structure in discourse strategies to support disciplinary literacy. Linguistics and Education, 43, 1-12.

    Rappa, N. A. & Tang, K. S. (2017). Student Agency: an analysis of students’ networked relations across the informal and formal learning domains. Research in Science Education, 47(3), 673-684

    Ho, M.L.C., Rappa, N. A., & Chee, Y. S. (2009). Designing and implementing virtual enactive role-play and structured argumentation: Promises and pitfalls. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 22 (5), 381-408.

    Rappa, N. A., Yip, D. K. H & Baey, S. C. (2009). The role of teacher, student and ICT in enhancing student engagement in multi-user virtual environments. British Journal of Educational Technology, 40 (1), 61-69.

    Book Chapters

    Ho, M.L.C, Rappa, N. A. & Tang, K. S. (2018). Meeting disciplinary literacy demands in content learning: The Singapore perspective. In K. S. Tang & K. Danielsson (Eds.), Global developments in literacy research for science education (pp. 445-60). Cham: Springer.

    Ho, C., Rappa, N. A.,  Bong, Y., Chin, Y. & Ng, L. (2017). Supporting Geography students in interpreting visual data in English. In Dantas-Whitney, M. & Rilling, S. (Eds.), TESOL voices: Insider accounts of classroom life, secondary education (pp. 23-31). Alexandria, Virginia: TESOL International Association.

    Rappa, N. A. & Chan C. H. (2006). Using discussion boards in GP Instruction. In C. Ho, Teo, P. & Ang M. Y. (Eds.), Teaching the General Paper: Strategies that work (pp. 217-238). Singapore: Pearson Longman.