Personal details

Dr Polly Lai
Lecturer, Learning and Teaching Development, Impact and Recognition
Office of the Provost,
Learning & Teaching Unit,
QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Cognitive Sciences, Other Education
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sydney)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (Earli)
  • International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Learning Sciences, Complex Systems, STEM education, Agent-Based Models, The embodiment theory of cognition

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Polly Lai is a Lecturer at QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching. Before joining QUT, she was an Educational Developer in the Pro Vice Chancellor (Education) at UNSW. She also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Learning and Cognition Lab (LCL)  led by Regents Professor Michelene Chi at Arizona State University. Her research interests include embodied cognition based approaches involving the use of computational models and visualisations to help university students learn challenging concepts in nanoscience. Polly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, and has five years work experience with a semiconductor manufacturing company as an instructional designer developing online courses for engineering professional development. She received her PhD and Master of Learning Sciences and Technology from the University of Sydney.

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IZN003: Research and Career Planning and Development

IZN004: Scholarly Learning and Teaching Project

FL01: Approaches to Planning and Designing Learning

RTL08: Developing Online Learning

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