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David Gibson

Curtin University

United States of America - Berlin

Dr. David Gibson is an educational researcher, professor, learning scientist and technology innovator. His research focuses on complex systems, web applications and the future of learning, and the use of technology to personalize education via cognitive modeling, design and implementation.

Areas of interest

  • games and simulations
  • adaptive applications
  • learning analytics & assessment
  • educational leadership
  • data mining & visualization
  • system dynamics


Professor David Gibson, is Curtin University’s Director of Learning Futures, Education Theme Leader of the Curtin Institute for Computation and the UNESCO Chair of Data Science in Higher Education Learning and Teaching. Gibson’s research focuses on leadership and policy studies, games and simulations in education, learning analytics, complex systems analysis and the use of technology to personalize learning via cognitive modeling, design and implementation. He has over 90 publications on these topics. He is the creator of simSchool (http://www.simschool.org/), a classroom flight simulator for preparing educators, and eFolio (https://www.efolioglobal.com/)an online performance-based assessment system and provides vision and sponsorship for Curtin University’s Challenge, a mobile, game-based learning platform. He received his doctorate from the University of Vermont in 1999 based on a study of complex systems modeling of educational change.