Using the TPACK framework to unite disciplines in online learning


  • Alan Anderson University of Newcastle
  • Nicholas Barham University of Newcastle
  • Maria Northcote Avondale College



This paper builds on a previous case study in which a group of lecturers from various disciplines were interviewed about their practice as facilitators of online learning. The lecturers' comments about their teaching practices revealed their awareness of specific types of teacher knowledge about online teaching. This was an unintended outcome of the previous study. Subsequently, as reported in this paper, the data were interrogated further using a new lens to investigate the extent to which these elements of teacher knowledge were evident throughout their practices. The technological, pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) theoretical framework enabled the researchers to identify the lecturers' views about the content taught in online and blended environments, the pedagogy which guided teaching and course design, and the technology selected to facilitate students' learning. This paper also considers practical issues about using the TPACK framework as a research tool as a lens through which to view online teachers' knowledge about pedagogy, technology and content.



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Author Biographies

Alan Anderson, University of Newcastle

Dr Alan Anderson is a Lecturer in the Centre for Teaching at the University of Newcastle. Alan has extensive experience in online teaching and educational resource development. His research in these areas has focused on how multimedia technologies can be used for the purposes of learning in higher education, distance education schooling and vocational education and training. Previously Alan lectured in Contemporary Music at the University of Otago NZ, and in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University, Australia. 

Nicholas Barham, University of Newcastle

Educational Media Production Office
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Maria Northcote, Avondale College

Senior Lecturer, Education, Avondale College




How to Cite

Anderson, A., Barham, N., & Northcote, M. (2013). Using the TPACK framework to unite disciplines in online learning. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29(4).