Dr Mariya Pachman is an educational researcher specializing in cognitive and metacognitive aspects of learning. She was awarded PhD in Educational Psychology from UNSW in 2013. Her background is in educational technologies, learning design and multimedia. Mariya’s previous research focused on instructional optimizations in multimedia learning environments, Cognitive Load Theory, online collaborations, deliberate practice, factors influencing expertise acquisition in presence of a free-choice. She has worked with various population groups in secondary and higher education settings throughout Australia and the USA.