Doctor David Arness

Doctor David Arness

Academic Course Advisor, Undergraduate Psychology,



As a teaching focused academic, I have had the opportunity to undertake significant innovative teaching and learning projects, including contributions to design of undergraduate blended-learning Research Methods and Statistics units; development of fully online tutorials for Brain and Behaviour, and design and delivery of our first fully online unit Behaviour and Environment - also offered as a MOOC through iTunesU.

Currently, my primary focus is on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, with particular interests in student engagement and experience in blended/online learning, the use and usefulness of student summative feedback on their learning experiences, and the processes of student engagement with marking criteria.

I also have ongoing interest in meditation, mindfulness, attention and performance - reflecting the focus of my doctoral research investigating the use of meditation in recovery from mental fatigue.

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney


  • Meditation and Attention
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Mindfulness
  • Teaching and Learning Methods
  • User-experience design

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Psychology
  • Psychology


Phone: (02) 9685 9098
Location: EH.G.18

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101182 Behaviour and Environment, 2017
  • 101689 Advanced Research Methods, 2014
  • 102533 Brain and Behaviour (online), 2017
  • 102534 Experimental Design and Analysis (online), 2016


Journal Articles

  • Nguyen, Q., Arness, D., Sanderson, C., Simoff, S. and Huang, M. (2018), 'Enabling effective tree exploration using visual cues', Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, vol 47 , pp 44 - 61.

Conference Papers

  • Fletcher, C., Huang, W., Arness, D. and Nguyen, Q. (2019), 'The role of working memory capacity in graph reading performance', IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand.

Research Interests

  • Student experience and engagement, with specific interests in self-regulated learning in the online context, teaching evaluation/QA, and methods of student assessment.
  • Meditation, attention and performance, with specific interest in mental fatigue and executive control.
  • User-experience in design.

Conference Presentations

2016, 30th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Farmingdale College/SUNY

  • The Role of Student Feedback as a Driver, and Measure, of Improvement in University Teaching: Tracking improvements in a newly developed online psychology unit

2015, 7th Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology

  • Engaging students in online learning: the importance of alignment and ongoing interaction


Submitted for review

Nguyen, Q.V., Arness, D., Miller N., Fletcher, C., Simoff, S, Huang, W., & Huang M.L. (Awaiting Review). Interactive Data Visualization with Linkable Scatterplots - Usability Evaluations. Journal of Human Computer Studies.


In Draft

Arness, D., and Hills, A.M. (in draft). Engaging Students in Online Learning: A Unit Re-Design Case Study. Submission planned for Psychology Learning and Teaching.

Arness, D. (in draft). The Role of Student Feedback as a Driver, and Measure, of Improvement in University Teaching. Submission planned for Teaching in Psychology.

Arness, D., and Hills, A.M. (in draft). Inducing Mental Fatigue with Prolonged Directed Attention. Submission planned for Environment and Behaviour.

Arness, D., and Hills, A.M. (in draft). Effectiveness of Meditation as an Intervention for Experimentally Induced Mental Fatigue. Submission planned for Journal of Applied Psychology.

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