Lecturer in Mathematics Education, University of South Australia

Dr. Sven Trenholm is a lecturer of mathematics education at the University of South Australia. He received his PhD (Studentship) from Loughborough University (UK), an MSc (Distinction) from the State University of New York at Albany (US) and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Mathematics) as well as BSc (Pure Mathematics) from McGill University (Canada). He has taught mathematics full-time for more than 13 years, both at the secondary and tertiary levels, having previously been tenured within the State University of New York.

His primary research is situated in the intersection between the fields of mathematics education and instructional technology (or ICT) where he is interested in investigating the development of mathematical thinking in fully asynchronous online and otherwise computer-mediated instructional contexts. His pioneering research in this area has led to publications in leading international journals. He is currently collaborating with colleagues in Australia, Canada and the UK. His funded research projects include:

– Designing for Learning Together: Linking Course Design, Social Context and Academic Performance (University Research Investment – Performance Allocation; URIPA)
– Health literacy, health numeracy and health information usage of parents: Towards healthier child futures (Research Themes Investment Scheme Seed Funding; RTIS)
– University Learner Engagement with Mathematics e-Lectures: Performance Benefits and Learning Experiences (Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences Division Research Performance Fund; DRPF)
– Measuring and Optimising the Teacher Education Effect: A Learning Analytics Project (in house funding by the School of Education


  • –present
    Lecturer in Mathematics Education, University of South Australia