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Dr Ġorġ Mallia
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Dr Ġorġ Mallia B.A.(Hons), M.A., Ph.D.(Sheffield) - Head of Department

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Ġorġ Mallia is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta. He is the Head of the Department of Media and Communications.

He has a B.A.(Hons) in English Literature and an M.A. in Communications, both from the University of Malta, and a Ph.D in Instructional Technology, from the University of Sheffield, UK. He specialises in Print and Presentation Media, Personal Communications, Personal Branding, and Instructional Design and Technology (particularly Transfer of Learning). His present research is mainly on the cognitive processing change incurred by new media technology immersion. 

He has presented at a number of international conferences, and published in his areas of expertise. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Malmö, and has also lectured at the University of Lund, both in Sweden

Ġorġ Mallia has published books of fiction for children, which he has also illustrated, as well as books of experimental short stories. He produced what was at the time Malta’s only regular socio-political comic strip (One Family) in The Sunday Times between 1993 and 2008. He has published extensively (in Maltese and English) both in his academic fields of interest and creatively, children’s and adult fiction. His “Pullu” books for very young children, published by Klabb Kotba Maltin, are among the best-selling books for that age in Malta. The latest book that he has written and illustrated for children is the fantasy adventure Il-Professur Għasfur, published by Merlin Publishing. His last academic book is the collection of international papers he has edited, collected in the volume by IGI Global, The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education.

Dr. Mallia has also produced and presented a number of programmes on national television and radio. He was the chairman of the National Book Council of Malta between 2005 and 2013.

A selection of Academic publications, presentations and book chapters

Mallia, G. (2015). Alice in Wonderland in Maltese. J. A. Lindseth (Ed.), Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Carroll's Masterpiece, p.p. 368-371. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press.

Mallia, G. (2014). The Library’s Role in Social Networking Site Use in Education. In Against the Grain, 26 (4), 32-36.

Mallia, G. (2014). (Editor) The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Mallia, G. (2011). Processing Change Instigated by Immersed New Media Usage and its Implications for School-Based and Informal Learning. In M. S. Al-Mutairi & L. A. Mohammed (Eds.) Cases on ICT Utilization, Practice and Solutions: Tools for Managing Day-to-Day Issues, pp. 97-115. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Mallia, G. (2010). Sequential and Consequential: The Many Narrative Forms of Comics. Presented at The Graphic Novel and Comic Conference, Comics: Cultures and Genres, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 12-14 April 2010.

Mallia, G. (2009). To Browse or to Study: Informal/formal learning preferences of Maltese University Students. In Kinshuk, D. G. Sampson, J. M. Spector, P. Isaías, & D. Ifenthaler (Eds.) Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Cognition And Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA 2009), pp. 342-345. Rome: International Association for Development of the Information Society.

Mallia, G. (2009). Laughter and Tears? The satirical cartoon as journalistic commentator. In J. Borg, A. Hillman, & M. A. Lauri (Eds.) Exploring the Maltese Media Landscape. pp.215-232. Malta: Allied Publications.

Mallia, G. (2009). Hypertextual Processing and Institutional Change: Speculations on the effects of immersed New Media users on the future of educational institutions. The UFV Research Review, Vol.2, No.3, pp.80-96.

Mallia, G. (2008). Learning from the Sequence: The use of comics in instruction. Reprinted in N. R. Khadpekar (Ed.) Humour as a Strategy, pp.104-114. Hyderabad, India: Icfai University Press.

Mallia, G. (2008). Transfer through Learning Flexibility and Hypertextuality. In S. Wheeler (Ed.) Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures: Cyberculture in online learning, pp.185-208. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Mallia, G. (2008). Satirical Cartoons in Malta. International Journal of Comic Art, Vol.10, No.2, pp. 607- 620.

Mallia, G. (2007). A tolling bell for institutions? Speculations on student information processing and effects on accredited learning. In K. Fernstrom (Ed.) Readings in Technology in Education: Proceedings of the International Conference on Information communication Technologies in Education, Heraklion, Crete (24-32).

Mallia, G. (2007). Learning from the Sequence: The use of comics in instruction. In ImageText, Vol.3, No.3. University of Florida, USA. [In part presented at the 4th University of Florida Conference on Comics, Gainesville, Florida, February, 2006.]

Mallia, G. (2007). Hypertextual Processing as a Result of Immersed New Media Usage. Poster session presented in CAL '07: Discussion, Disruption and Debate conference, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, March, 2007.

Mallia, G. (2005). Callout journals as part solution for Negative Transfer in Desktop Publishing tasks. In A. Mendez Vilas, B. Gonzalez Pereira, J. Mesa Gonzalez & J. A. Mesa Gonzalez (Eds), Recent Research Developments in Learning Technologies (2005), Vol. 1, pp. 363-367.

Mallia, G. (2004). Stand by and Mark the Manner of his Teaching: lack of transfer in a non-ICT oriented literature classroom. In G. Anderson, K. Fernstrom, R. Welch (Eds.), 5th ICICTE Proceedings (414-419). Athens: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

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