My academic background is in Applied Linguistics, specifically TESOL and language testing. In recent years, my research interests have shifted somewhat to (language) assessment, digital literacies and education in general. I am particularly interested in the assessment of digital literacies, e-learning and e-assessment, formative assessment and assessment literacy issues. (What are digital literacies? Here's a very short explanation by Dr Steve Wheeler.)
I wrote my master's thesis on the topic of 'Test-taker discourse and assessment criteria in the OET speaking subtest', under the supervision of Prof Tim McNamara at the University of Melbourne (download a version of my thesis). I took a rather uncomplicatedly positivist approach to research then. Since beginning my PhD studies at Lancaster University, however, I have acquired a deeper understanding and appreciation of the qualitative research paradigm.
This is a short presentation I created to illustrate my journey as a researcher.
My PhD project on the assessment of digital literacies is supervised by Dr Luke Harding. I have a separate ePortfolio for my PhD work. I can also be found on Academia.edu and ResearchGate.
Ellis, M., Pillai, A. D., & Chan, H. (2015). The evolution of an online writing test standardisation in a preservice communications skills course for teachers in Singapore. ELTWO, VII. Retrieved from http://blog.nus.edu.sg/eltwo/2015/10/21/the-evolution-of-an-online-writing-test-standardisation-in-a-pre-service-communications-skills-course-for-teachers-in-singapore/
My conference presentations: