Dr Katy McDevitt

Dr Katy McDevitt
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Katy McDevitt is Director of AdelaideX, the University of Adelaide’s open digital learning initiative. The AdelaideX team is developing a portfolio of online courses and programs, in collaboration with technology partner edX. Katy provides leadership across AdelaideX's business and education development activities, managing a specialist professional team who specialise in project management, learning technologies, learning design, analytics, media production, user experience and marketing. Together, the team are building a strongly student-centred digital design and development practice at our university, to drive innovation in our educational offerings and to enable people to build their capabilities for design and delivery of online education.

    Katy brings to AdelaideX deep professional expertise in digital strategy and product innovation for education, having joined the university in 2014 after more than a decade commissioning and developing learning and publishing portfolios for global companies such as Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis (Informa), Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill Education.

    She is an energetic and effective communicator on the future of online learning and publishing, and a champion of digital learning, design thinking and student-centred practice in education.

    Contacts relating to new collaborations, consultation requests, speaker opportunities and media requests are welcome.

    Connect with Katy at LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/katymcdevitt


    2016-present: University of Sydney. Masters in Learning Sciences and Technology - In progress.

    2001: University of Oxford. Doctorate in English. Supervisor: Mr Tom Paulin. Thesis: Victorian Revivals: WB Yeats's Generation and Irish Literary Culture - Obtained.

    1998: University of Oxford. Masters in Research Methods in English - Distinction.

    1997: University of Oxford. BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature - Double First Class (First Class Honour Moderations, 1995; First Class Honour School, 1997).

    Awards & achievements

    Accredited Editor, Institute of Professional Editors, 2012-present.

    Graduate Student Scholarship holder, British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 1997-2001.

    Amelia Jackson Senior Scholar, Exeter College, University of Oxford, 1995-97.

    Professional activities

    Ambassador (2017), Professional Leaders Program, University of Adelaide.

    Member (2016-present), Student Recruitment Strategic Group.

    Member (2015-present), Editorial Advisory Board, University of Adelaide Press.

    Member (2015-present), AdelaideX Steering Group.

    Immediate Past President (2015-16), Society of Editors (SA), a branch of the Institute of Professional Editors Ltd (IPEd).

    Current member of ASCILITE; Online Learning Consortium; ODLAA; Project Management Institute; IPEd.

    Mentor (2013), Institute for Public Administration Australia (SA) Mentoring Program.


    McDevitt, K. & Ricci, M. (2016). From practitioner-producers to knowledge co-creators: An early view of a design-based research project to foster insight generation into MOOCs. Proceedings of ASCILITE Conference 2016, ASCILITE, Adelaide.

    (As Katy Plowright) (2016). Reconstructing WB: Memoirs of Yeats as indices of literary relations in Ireland. In D.J. Foley (ed.), Yeats 150: William Butler Yeats 1865-1939 (pp.458-69). Dublin: Lilliput Press.

    McDevitt, K. (2013). Editors who blog: Exploring editorial practice through blogging. Proceedings of 6th IPEd National Editors' Conference 2013, IPEd, Perth.

    Presentations & facilitation

    David Santandreu Calonge, Karina Riggs, Mariam Aman Shah, Tim Cavanagh, Mario Ricci & Katy McDevitt. The use of analytics to gain feedback to feed forward in MOOC designs. Higher Education Research Group Adelaide Conference (HERGA), Adelaide, 2017.

    Digital publishing: New roles for editors. Society of Editors (SA branch), Adelaide, 2017.

    To credential or not to credential? Challenges and opportunities of credentialling (panel). Online and eLearning Summit, Sydney, 2017.

    Paying attention to the long tail: What returns may yet come from MOOCs? Online and eLearning Summit, Sydney, 2017.

    The digital education disruption (panel). University of Adelaide, 2017.

    Open online learning in the university: Emerging opportunities for agile organisation of learning. ODLAA Annual Conference, Melbourne, 2016.

    Convenor, AdelaideX Seminars guest speaker series. University of Adelaide, 2016.

    Provider pluralism and the university: How can universities respond to the challenges of open online learning? Asian Education Technology Conference (AETC), Singapore, 2016.

    Katy McDevitt & Mario Ricci. From practitioner-producers to knowledge co-creators: An early view of a design-based research project to foster insight generation into MOOCs. ASCILITE 33rd Annual Conference, Adelaide, 2016.

    Visualising new pathways from open online learning to the mainstream university. Innovation in Assessment and Credentials Conference, Sydney, 2016.

    Katy McDevitt & Kahiwa Sebire. Navigating the problem space of educational design in a massively open learning environment. Higher Education Research Group Adelaide Conference (HERGA), Adelaide, 2016.

    Discovery and opportunity development in the MOOC space. Online and eLearning Summit, Melbourne, 2016.

    Pascale Quester & Katy McDevitt. Creating a global community of MOOC learners. QS Asia-Pacific Professional Leaders in Education Conference, Melbourne, 2015.

    Successful ebook publishing: A practical guide. Langhorne Creek Writers' Festival, South Australia, 2014.

    What is editing? Editing Bootcamp. SA Writers' Centre, Adelaide, 2014.

    Getting started with self-publishing. SA Writers' Centre, Adelaide, 2014.

    Editors who blog: Exploring editorial practice through blogging. 6th IPEd National Editors' Conference, Perth, 2013.


  • Adaptive leadership
  • Capacity building in digital
  • Collaboration and partnerships
  • Business and commercial development
  • Design and development methods
  • Digital strategy
  • Educational publishing
  • Educational trends
  • Global learning
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Mentoring and facilitation
  • Open online learning
  • Program and portfolio management
  • Strategic market planning
  • Writing, editing and the publishing industry