Matthew Allen is Head of School, Communication and Creative Arts and Professor of Internet Studies, Deakin University. His primary focus is leading the school to achieve distinction, to be a great school for staff and students researching and studying the communicative and creative arts. He continues with research into the social consequences and cultural meanings of the Internet and related technologies. Matthew previously worked at Curtin University and was foundation Head of Department, Internet Studies.
Matthew is an innovative educator, a Teaching Fellow of the former Australian Learning and Teaching Council (having completed the project Learning in Networks of Knowledge in 2010) and received an Australian Award for University Teaching (2000). He is the author of various articles and papers on things Internet, as well as online learning, television, popular culture and Australian history. In 2012 he published Gaining a Past, Losing a Future: Web 2.0 and Internet Historicity (Media International Australia), Wikis as Individual Student Learning Tools: The Limitations of Technology (J ICT Education), and An Education In Facebook (Digital Culture and Education).