Dr Colleen Stieler-Hunt | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Colleen Stieler-Hunt

PhD Sunshine Coast, BSc. Qld., DipEd. Qld.

  • Lecturer, Serious Games
  • School of Business and Creative Industries
+61 7 5456 5380
Office location
SD K.1.45A
Sunshine Coast
Colleen Stieler-Hunt

Dr Colleen Stieler-Hunt is an educator, researcher, and game designer. She was a  part of the team responsible for designing, researching, and evaluating the child sexual abuse prevention game Orbit. Her doctoral research focused on the use of digital games to help students learn in primary and secondary school classrooms.

Colleen has a special interest in encouraging girls to consider ICT and games careers. She has organised and run workshops for girls in schools and has participated as a mentor in the Search for the Next Tech Girl Super Hero program. Colleen organises a yearly event to showcase the work of USC game developers and the local games industry. Colleen co-supervises Masters and Doctoral students in fields related to games for learning and games for pro-social change.


  • IGDA Scholars (International Game Developers Association Foundation, 2017)
  • Blended Learning Award (School of Communication and Creative Industries, USC, 2016)
  • Women in Technology PhD Career Start Award Finalist (Women in Technology, 2014)
  • Emerging Leader of the Year (Queensland Society of Information Technology in Education, 2006)
  • International Technology Using Educator of the Year (International Society for Technology in Education, 2001)

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Current Research Projects

​Project Name 

​Project Description 

​An Alternate Reality Game to Explore Student Engagement with Curriculum 

​The development and implementation of an alternate reality game, Against the Authority, to be embedded in university curriculum.

​Games for Engagement, Learning and Orientation 

​The development, implementation, and evaluation of an alternate reality, The Universal Student, to help students transition to university.

Games Uses Model for Classrooms 

Towards developing a model to help teachers use games in their classrooms.

Research Grants and Commissions

Grant / project name 


Funding body and A$ Value  

Year (S) 


AusAid Fellowship program  



Australian Government,  

Approximately $500,000 over two grants 

2011 - 2013 

Conducted monitoring and evaluation of a five-week program for a USC project involving Ugandan Teacher Educators.


Co-authored successful grant application for East Lombok tourism AusAid Fellowship program.

Research areas

  • Games and learning
  • Child sexual abuse prevention
  • Higher education

Teaching areas

  • Game Design
  • Serious Games
  • Game production and development

Dr Stieler-Hunt specialist areas of knowledge include: the use of games for learning, the design and development of games for pro-social purposes.

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