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Dr Filia J. Garivaldis
Educator and innovator

Filia joined BehaviourWorks in October 2010 and is working as a lecturer to lead the development of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s Behaviour Change Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), endorsed by the SDG Academy, and a micro-credential on the application of behavioural science to facilitate behaviour change.

Filia is a founding member of the Monash Online Education Community of Practice (MOEC) and the Monash Online – Psychology Education Division (MO-PED), both of which serve to contribute to, and further develop and expand evidence-based best practice in online teaching, learning, and research, in line with the university’s Digital Education Strategy.

Notably, Filia is leading the Inter-Faculty Transformation Project funded in 2018, to create Monash’s first university-wide orientation resource for all online students of the university.

Filia’s previous most enduring career output was the co-development and co-delivery of Australia’s first fully online accredited 4th year course in psychology, the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced (GDPA).

Specifically, Filia leads the development and delivery of five coursework units of this course, where she has introduced several innovations, such as eWorkbooks that have since been replicated across the School of Psychological Sciences, simulated activities, exclusive special feature content in collaboration with Monash and non-Monash experts.

Filia has co-lead the delivery of the course at a time of tremendous growth, from a total of 87 enrolments in early 2016, to over 900 currently receiving their education from regional and metropolitan areas of Australia, in collaboration with Pearson Education Australia – a collaboration which has been nominated twice, in 2018 and 2019, for a Business in Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) award for Outstanding Collaboration in Higher Education and Training, and specifically for Expanding and Improving 4th Year Psychology Education in Australia.

Filia was also involved in the development of the Psychology Research Portal – a comprehensive and integrated online research environment that is currently supporting approximately 600 currently enrolled students from the GDPA, the on-campus Honours course, and more recently Monash Malaysia and the School of Nursing. The Research Portal received a Dean’s Award in 2019 for Technological Innovation in Learning and Teaching, and has been nominated for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award.

Filia has over 15 years of international experience in academia, delivering and leading education in psychology. Prior to returning to Monash University, Filia was a Senior Lecturer at Regent’s University London, where she developed an MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society. Filia’s research interests concern individual differences in behaviour change.

Specifically, her PhD, obtained at Monash University, focused on self-regulation ability in the pursuit of personal goals, and the moderating effect of implicit emotion. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications and has attended many conferences, where she has presented her research.

In terms of online education research, Filia has investigated the impact of various online teaching and learning practices and is co-editor on a joint Monash University-King’s College London textbook, titled “Tertiary Online Teaching and Learning: TOTAL Digital Education Perspectives and Resources”, to be published internationally by Springer–Verlag in 2020.