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Researcher & Lecturer (Technology and Education), The University of Melbourne

Dr Karl Sebire’s research examines how technology can be best utilised in learning environments. In a landscape where digital devices are derided for inhibiting social skills and the term ‘screen time’ is much maligned, his research contends that there are benefits to incorporating technology into everyday life and the key is to find balance. Karl argues that the use of digital devices, whether for social, leisure or educational purposes, can be positive, and that efforts should be redirected towards identifying and understanding what constitutes appropriate screen time.

Karl contributes to pedagogical discussions and debate relating to ICT integration and advises on the merits and perils of technology. With an extensive background in education, both as a teacher and a researcher, he consults on matters relating to technology, design literacy, screen time, and adolescent attention spans to a range of schools and organisations including the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education.

His research at the University of New England is based firmly in real world experience, having previously held leadership positions at The King’s School in Sydney, Melbourne Grammar, St Kevin's College and is currently the Director of Research & Technology at Mentone Girls' Grammar School.

Karl's PhD thesis is titled "Learning in the Age of Distraction: Assessing the efficacy of technology integration on adolescent learning". Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Applied Design, Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts, Masters of Communication and a Masters of Education.


  • 2015–present
    Researcher (Technology Integration and Adolescent Learning), University of New England


  • 2020 
    University of New England, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2014 
    Macquarie University, Master of Education
  • 2012 
    University of New England, Graduate Diploma of Education
  • 2012 
    RMIT, Master of Communication
  • 2011 
    Swinburne University, Bachelor of Communication (Applied Design)


  • 2018
    Learning in the Age of Distraction, EdMedia + Innovate Learning, Jun 25, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Professional Memberships

  • Member of Australian College of Educators
  • Victorian Institute of Teachers