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Education

PhD in Physics Education Research

University of Sydney (2004-2008)
  • Dissertation on “Designing Effective Multimedia For Physics Education”
  • Australian Postgraduate Award recipient
  • As first author published five papers in internationally refereed journals and seven papers in internationally refereed conference proceedings

BSc Engineering Physics

Queen’s University, Canada (2000-2004)
  • Chancellor’s scholarship maintained for duration
  • Graduating average of 90%, ranked in top 15 of 600 graduates

IB Diploma & BC Provincial Diploma

West Vancouver Secondary School, Canada (1997-2000)
  • Received Governor General’s Bronze Medal as top student of 425 graduates

Employment

Creative Director & CEO

Thought Works, Sydney (2010-present)
  • Created the YouTube channel Veritasium, which has over 2.5 million subscribers and 155 million views
  • Video creation services for education and business
  • Keynote talks and education consultancy

Presenter, Researcher, Writer

Uranium by Genepool Productions, Australia (2014-2015)
  • Three part, three-hour documentary on how radioactivity has shaped the course of human history.
  • I will host the show in addition to researching and writing
  • The documentary will be broadcast on PBS and SBS (in Australia) in 2015

Engineering Expert, Researcher, Presenter

Ancient Impossible by Wild Dream Films, UK(2014)
  • Engineering expert, researcher and presenter in segments about ancient Egypt, monuments, and ancient technology.
  • Broadcast on History 2

Presenter, Writer, Producer

Catalyst on ABC, Australia (2011-present)
  • Researcher, writer, presenter and producer for segments on Australia’s premier science magazine show.
  • One of three hosts for the six-part series Catalyst on The Road (2013)

Presenter, Researcher

Breakfast on Channel 10, Australia (2012-2013)
  • Researcher and presenter of the Why Guy segment on Channel 10’s Breakfast program

Physics Teacher

Matrix Education, Sydney (2006-2013)
  • Teaching Grade 11 and 12 Physics and junior science classes of up to 14 students
  • Developing teaching resources, and making educational videos

Head of Science

Matrix Education, Sydney (2008-2012)
  • Managed a team of 20 teachers and 12 tutors providing tuition to over 800 science enrolments
  • Implemented a new CRM database across the whole organization
  • Marketing on Google, development of educational and promotional videos

Project Coordinator, Filmmaker

University of Sydney (2005-2008)
  • Co-wrote and directed a grant to make multimedia for high school physics topics
  • Created all films at hscphysics.edu.au
  • Filmed distributed on DVD to all high schools in Australia

Physics Laboratory Tutor

University of Sydney (2004-2006)
  • Laboratory demonstrator in second year computational and experimental labs

Documentary Filmmaker

Queen’s University, Canada (2003-2004)
  • Created two films on the Drama Department and its history

Talks

  • Invited keynote at Noyce Scholars conference in San Diego, November 2015
  • Invited keynote at Miami Device, Miami, November 2015
  • Invited keynote at Philippine Business for Education, Manila, August 2015
  • Invited keynote at Instructure, Park City Utah, June 2015
  • Science Show at YouTube Fanfest Toronto, May 2015
  • Panel at MIP TV in Cannes, May 2015
  • Invited keynote at Actua Teacher’s Conference, Ottawa, January 2015
  • Invited keynote at NACP, Washington DC, January 2015
  • Hosting Space Oddity with Astronaut Chris Hadfield in Sydney and Canberra August 2014
  • Invited keynote at Noyce Scholars conference in Washington DC, June 2014
  • Hosted Michio Kaku in Melbourne, June 2014
  • Science show at YouTube Fanfest Australia with Vsauce, Sydney, May 2014
  • An Evening with Derek Muller, West Vancouver, May 2014
  • Invited talk and panel at Academia Film Olomouc, Czech Republic April 2014
  • Invited keynote at Login conference, Vilnius Lithuania, April 2014
  • Invited keynote at Euro-Physics Fun, Soderborg Denmark, April 2014
  • Invited keynote at Brigham Young University 2014
  • Invited keynote at Chadwick International School in South Korea, March 2014
  • Invited workshop at Science Teachers Association of Ontario (featured along with Steve Spangler) 2013
  • Invited keynote at St. Mildred’s school, Toronto, 2013
  • Invited keynote at The King’s School, Sydney, 2013
  • Featured at Buffer Festival, Toronto, 2013
  • Host of the Big Science Communication Summit in Sydney, 2013
  • On panels on education at VidCon, Anaheim 2012 and 2013 and 2014
  • On panels for YouTube at EDU meetup, San Bruno, October 2012
  • Invited Keynote to Victoria Science Teachers’ Association, Melbourne, February 2012
  • Invited speaker at Science Rewired, Adelaide Australia 2012
  • Invited Speaker at TED@Sydney 2012

Awards

Nominated

Webby Award, 2014

Winner

Australian Webstream Awards for Best Educational & Lifestyle Series 2013

Winner

Cyberscreen Science Film Festival at Science Online 2012

Honorary Inductee 2014

Sigma Xi Scientific Society – past inductees include Al Gore, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman

Honorary Inductee

Utah Science Teachers’ Association

Winner

Australian Department of Innovation Nanotechnology Film Competition

Media


Publications

  • Muller, Derek A., et al. “Saying the wrong thing: Improving learning with multimedia by including misconceptions.” Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 24.2 (2008): 144-155.
  • Muller, Derek A., Kester J. Lee, and Manjula D. Sharma. “Coherence or interest: Which is most important in online multimedia learning.” Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 24.2 (2008): 211-221.
  • Muller, Derek A., Manjula D. Sharma, and Peter Reimann. “Raising cognitive load with linear multimedia to promote conceptual change.” Science Education92.2 (2008): 278-296.
  • Muller, Derek A., et al. “Conceptual change through vicarious learning in an authentic physics setting.” Instructional Science 35.6 (2007): 519-533.
  • Mayo, Ashleigh, Manjula D. Sharma, and Derek A. Muller. “Qualitative differences between learning environments using videos in small groups and whole class discussions: A preliminary study in physics.” Research in Science Education 39.4 (2009): 477-493.
  • Muller, Derek Alexander. Designing effective multimedia for physics education. Diss. University of Sydney Australia, 2008.
  • Muller, Derek A. “Inside the quantum mechanics lecture: Changing practices.”Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Sydney(2005).
  • Muller, Derek A., and Manjula D. Sharma. “Tackling misconceptions in introductory physics using multimedia presentations.” Proceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (formerly UniServe Science Conference). 2012.
  • Muller, D., John Eklund, and M. Sharma. “The future of multimedia learning: Essential issues for research.” The Australian Educational Researcher 33.2 (2006): 25-68.
  • Kuan, N., Sharma, M., Lindstrøm, C., & Muller, D. (2012, September). Embedding research principles into multimedia teaching and learning tools. InProceedings of The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (formerly UniServe Science Conference).
  • Muller, Derek A., and Manjula D. Sharma. “Determining the factors affecting student perceptions of a popular science video.” Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 21.4 (2005): 491.
 
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