Head, Department of Media and Communications
Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
University of Malta, Msida MSD2080, Malta
Office phone: 2340 3943
1957 – Born at Qormi, Malta
Research and lecturing Interests
Graphic Design; personal communications; impacts of immersed new
media usage; social network use in education;
independent-individual, incidental learning acquisition through
mobile connectivity; illustration; visual storytelling and
2003 – Ph.D in Instructional Technology, University of Sheffield,
UK. Doctoral thesis: The Transfer of Literature Learning Tasks.
1994 – M.A. in Communications, University of Malta, Malta. Masters
dissertation: Comics as Illustrators: The Use of Comics in
1979 – B.A. (Hons) in English, University of Malta, Malta
2008 to date – Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Media and Knowledge
Sciences, University of Malta, Msida, Malta.
2003-2008 – Lecturer, Centre for Communication Technology,
Malta, Msida, Malta
1996-2003 – Asst. Lecturer, Centre for Communication Technology,
University of Malta, Msida, Malta
1979-1995 – Teacher, Archbishop’s Minor Seminary, Tal-Virtù, Rabat,
Malta. Taught English, Maltese and Art.
2010-2013 – Guest lecturer at Malmö University, Sweden.
1990-2016 – Design and production
of Leħen is-Sewwa, weekly newspaper
1988-1991 – Producer, designer and pagemaker of Il-Ġens,
1984-1985 – Teacher of Maltese Literature at St. Aloysius College,
Malta sixth form
1980-1992 – Teacher of Maltese Literature at Stella Maris College
sixth form, Gżira, Malta
1979-1980 – Producer and designer on Heritage (Cultural
Kotba Maltin, Valletta, Malta
1978-1995 – Teacher of TEFL with National Students Travel Foundation
Language School, Gżira, Malta
Other lecturing assignments
1994 to 2015 – Lectured in Communications and Instructional Media
TEFL certificate courses
organized by the University of Malta and others;
Lectured about Teaching
Literature in the Secondary School for the Faculty of Education
Department of Arts and Languages in Education
Faculty of Education diploma
courses in adult training and development; (4) Diploma courses
organized by the University of Malta for lecturers at the
Institute of Tourism Studies;
Courses organized by the
University of Malta and by MCAST for lecturers at the Malta
College of Arts, Science and Technology.
Courses in Personal
Communications given to Masters students in the Masters
Integrated Resource Management, organized by the International
Environment Institute, and in the Masters in Heritage Studies
and Masters in Conservation Studies, organized by the Institute
for Conservation, University of Malta.
At the Universities of Lund
and Malmö, Sweden, on subjects ranging from graphic design to
New Media impacts.
Gave 5 seminars and workshops
for the University of Malta Academic staff in the use of
Instructional Media, organized by the Quality Assurance
Committee. Gave a seminar on the use of PowerPoint to academic
staff for the QAC in 2006.
Has also given public talks
on children’s books & illustrations, cartoons and comics (for
ex. British Culture Association, Friends of the Manoel Theatre,
Has lectured and given papers
in courses organized by the National Council of Women, the
Commissioner for Children, etc.
presentations, & publications
Mallia, G. (2016). Robert Caruana Dingli's Cartoons from the Early
1920s. Giovanni Bonello (Ed.), Robert Caruana Dingli: Letters,
Caricatures and Other Works, p.p. 139-158. Malta, MT: Fondazzjoni
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
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). Preface. In G. Mallia (Ed), The Social Classroom:
Integrating Social Network Use in Education, pp. xxiii-xxxiii.
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
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:
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,
Mallia, G. (2008). 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 to 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, pp.
24-32. Heraklion, Crete: UCFV.
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. 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. The paper was presented at the Third International
Conference on Multimedia and Information & Communication
Technologies in Education, Cáceres, Spain.
Mallia, G. (2004). Stand by and Mark the Manner of his Teaching:
Lack of Transfer in a non-ICT Oriented Literature Classroom. In K.
Fernstrom (Ed), ICICTE Conference Proceedings, pp. 414-419. Samos,
Greece: INEAG & UCFV.
Mallia, G. (2003). Pushing Media Democracy: Giving Marginalized
Illiterates a New Literacy. In K. Fernstrom (Ed). 4th ICICTE
Proceedings, pp.387-392. Samos, Greece: INEAG & UCFV.
Mallia, G. (2000). Audio as an instructional medium in the EFL
classroom. In pp.123-126. In C. Mifsud & G. Mallia (Eds), Ways and
Measures: Teaching and Assessing Young Learners of English as a
Foreign Language. Malta: World Academic.
Mallia, G. (1997). The Use of Comics in Adult Education Practice. In
G. Baldacchino & P. Mayo (Eds), Beyond Schooling: Adult Education in
Malta, pp. 89-110. Malta: Mireva Publications.
books - as author/illustrator)
2016 – Sigurd and the Tree of Life (Fantasy for 8-12 age bracket) –
2015 – Il-Professur Għasfur (Fantasy for 8-12 age bracket) –
Publication Merlin Publishers.
2012 – Avventura madwar l-Ewropa (with Loranne Vella - Educational
book) - Representation of the European Commission in Malta.
2009 – Pullu u d-Dinja Nadifa (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb
2005 – Il-Ħolma ta' Pullu (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb
2004 – Il-Kukkudrill Eroj (Children’s book in verse) – Publication
Klabb Kotba Maltin.
2003 – Pullu u t-tifla mill-ispazju (6-8 age bracket) – Publication
Klabb Kotba Maltin.
2002 – L-Avventura ta’ Pullu (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb
2001 – Pullu u d-Dragun (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb Kotba
2000 – Pullu taħt is-Sodda (6-8 age bracket) – Publication Klabb
1993 – Avventura taħt l-Art (Adventure for 8-12 age bracket) –
Publication Bugelli Publications.
1993 – Peter Pan (translated from J.M. Barrie’s English original) –
1987 – Ktieb ix-Xwejjaħ (Fantasy for 12-16 age bracket) –
Publication MUT Publications.
1982 – Adron, Re (Graphic novel) Self-published.
Publications (Critical analysis - books)
2002 – Il-Kotba għat-Tfal f’Malta (Children’s books in Malta -
Charles Briffa and Trevor Żahra) – Publication PIN.
1992 – A Childhood of Delight (co-authored with Charles Briffa) –
Publications (children’s books - as editor & contributor)
1997 – Tużżana (stories for 8-12 age bracket) - with Trevor Żahra –
Publication Merlin Publishers (Winner of the Maltese Literary Prize
for Best Children’s Book of 1997; two printings).
1996 – Taħt Sema Kwiekeb - with Trevor Żahra – Publication Merlin
Publishers (Winner of the Maltese Literary Prize for Best Book
Production of 1996).
Publications (experimental adult fiction)
1985 – Żagħżugħ bla Isem (Experimental short stories) –
1977 – Mill-Art ta’ Qatt u Qatt (Experimental short stories) –
1977 – Dwal (as editor and contributor) – Publication Lux Press.
Book reviews for The Sunday Times and other papers. Articles in the
popular press on humour, art and education. Short stories,
children’s writings, poems in various magazines. Illustrations in
books and magazines - among them Grimm’s Fairy Tales in Maltese, a
number of text-books, etc.
2014 to date – [Don’t] Think humorous comic strip about University
and Research matters in Think magazine, published by the University
2015 to date – Satirical cartoons for The Sunday Circle magazine.
2011-2012 – A Point of View single panel cartoon in MaltaNews mass
circulation monthly newspaper.
2007 – EU Commission Representation in Malta 2008 Calendar (also
2007-2010 – Solicited contributor of cartoons and cartoon covers to
The Economic Update.
2004-2007 – Cartoon renditions of the different services given by
e-Government. Used to publicise the services.
1993-2008 – One Family satirical, socio/political comic strip in the
1990-2000 – Solicited contributor of panel cartoons to The
Today, Bold, WE magazine, First Sunday magazine and others.
1987-1991 – Occasional social commenting colour cartoon panel in The
(under the general title Ġorġ at Large)
1987-1991 – Weekly satirical, socio/political cartoon panel in The
Times (under the general title Ġorġ)
1990-1992 – Nies - humorous comic strip in Il-Ġens newspaper
1988-1990 – Il-Familja Borg - satirical comic strip in Il-Ġens
1981 – Viku Mason/Għada - Komik Sagħtar Nru. 3
1980-1990 – Regular cartoonist and comic strip artist of Il-Ħaddiema
newspaper (including a full strip adaptation of George Orwell’s
1980-1981 – Cartoon contributor to Il-Ħajja newspaper
Publications designer (a small selection)
2012 – Designer and producer of Avventura madwar l-Ewropa, an
educational book for children about the European Union, published by
the Representation of the European Commission in Malta.
2006 – Designer and producer of Sisien, a three volume Maltese
language course for adults for the Education Division, Malta.
2007-2008 – Editor and Producer of HeyU! (bi-monthly), a magazine in
English for children.
2000-2010 – Contributed to the redesigning of official University
(eg. The Annual Report; University of Malta Strategic Plan, etc.)
1995-2011 – Coordinator of the production by the Printing Processes
(CCT, University of Malta) of the annual magazine Scream
2005 – Port Reception Facilitiies - A Summary of REMPEC's Activities
in the Mediterranean Region - REMPEC, UN. A French version was
designed and published in 2006.
1992-2006 – Co-editor, designer & producer of Sagħtar (monthly),
then Malta’s most popular children’s magazine
2002-2003 – Designer & illustrator of Konsu bi-annually issued by
the Consumer and Competition Division, Ministry for Economic
2002-2003 – Designer & illustrator of Young Consumers Magazine
bi-annually issued by the Consumer and Competition Division,
Ministry for Economic Services Malta
2002 – Protecting the Mediterranean against Maritime Accidents and
Discharges from Ships - REMPEC, UN.
2001 – REMPEC 25 years anniversary brochure (Regional Marine
Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea - United
1997-2000 – Producer (and assistant editor) of Education 2000 - a
journal of Education for Teachers - University of Malta, Faculty of
Education, in collaboration with the Education Division. Also
contributed articles on instructional technology.
2001 – Maltese traditional Musical Instruments (placed second in the
philately competition organized by the Philatelic Music Circle of
2000 – Christmas set
1999 – Tourism set
Has exhibited paintings and cartoons in a number of collective
Malta, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and
Radio and television (production and presentation)
2010-2011 – Il-Ktieb (magazine programme about books - 2 series) -
2002-2003 – Għandi Pjacir (live discussion programme - 2 series) -
1998 (repeated 2008) – Biex Nidħku (humour analysis) - Radju ta’ l-Università
(winner of the educational/cultural category of the Malta
Broadcasting Authority Awards for excellence in broadcasting for
that year). Repeated with edits on Campus fm in 2008.
1996-1997 – Ilwien (commentated music - 2 series) - Radju ta’ l-Università
1991 – Il-Kastell Imsaħħar (tv series for children on fairytale
characters) - TVM
1988 – Lenti fuq l-Arti (an art analysis programme) - National Radio
1981-1982 – L-Arti Madwarna (arts magazine programme) - National
1978-1982 – Mill-Ħsieb ghall-Kelma (literary magazine programme) -
1976 to date – Wrote radio plays, short stories (two read on BBC
World service in 1977), wrote and presented a number of one-offs
both for radio and tv, and has participated extensively in guest
slots on local radio and tv, talking about areas of expertise.
Participation and affiliation
2017 – Gave a talk and led workshop on the Learner-Centred Classroom
at the Meeting of the Directors General of Higher Education
(Pursuing Digital Technology in Higher Education) - organized as
part of Malta's EU Presidency in March, 2017.
2016 – Gave a talk on "Effective
Communication (Personal Communication at the core of Instruction)"
to Air Malta pilots and senior staff trainers.
2012 to date – Chairman of the
Communications Committee and member of the Steering committee of the
International Conference on Information, Communications Technology
in Education, held in Greece. Associated with the conference since
1999 and attended annually. Has led workshops, presented papers,
served on the scientific committee, annually judged the student
paper award, designed the website and all publications.
2010 – Chaired a national conference on Bedtime Reading organized by
National Book Council, and held at the Excelsior Hotel, Floriana,
2010 – Participated and presented a paper in The Graphic Novel and
Comic Conference, Comics: Cultures and Genres, Manchester
Metropolitan University, UK, 12-14 April 2010.
2009-2016 – Annual critical talk
and/or discussion chairing on different aspects of comics at the
Malta Comic Con.
2009-2010 – Lectured K3 students at the University of Malmö, Sweden
on graphic storytelling.
2009 – Participated and presented a paper in the IADIS International
Conference on Cognition And Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age
2009) in Rome, organized by the International Association for
Development of the Information Society.
2008 – Gave a talk on literature
in translation at Re-Visions - Literary Exchange in an Enlarged
Europe, organized by Inizjamed at St James Cavalier, Valletta.
2007-2010 – (April/March) Lectured Communications and Media students
at the University of Lund, Sweden on Modern Media Technologies in a
Social Context, and Personal Presentation: The Branding of the Self.
2007 – (April) Was invited and participated in an open forum
discussion organized in Malmö, Sweden, by Professor Peter Dahlgren
on Media and Citizenship.
2007 – (March) Presented a poster session ("Hypertextual Processing
as a Result of New Media Usage") at the Biennial Conference Computer
Assisted Learning (CAL) at Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of
2006 – (October) Participated in the Fourth Eden Research Workshop:
Research into Online Distance Education and E-learning: Making the
difference, 25-28, October, 2006 Castelldefels, Spain.
2006 – (February) Presented a paper at the 4th University of Florida
Conference on Comics, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
2006 – Gave Ph.D Seminars on the effect of hypertextuality on
immersed users of multimedia at the University of Lund, Sweden.
2006- 2012 – Member of the University of Malta E-Learning Committee.
2005-2008 – Member of the University of Malta GIC steering committee
for the Mentoring Scheme.
2005-2013 – Chairman of the National Book Council of Malta.
2005 – (August) Workshops on cartooning at the Christian Artists
Seminar, Doorn, The Netherlands.
2004 – Affiliated with the International Association for Development
2004 – Attended the first IADIS conference, Cognition and
Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA, 2004), held in
2003 to date – Lectured first year students at the Swedish Comic Art
School – Kvarnby folkhögskola – Malmo, Sweden.
2003 – Gave talks on comics during the Malmö Festival in Sweden.
Also the committee of the Swedish Comics Association in Lund,
2001-2004 – Was evaluator, lecturer and participant in a number of
Comenius projects in Malta, Denmark (Randers), Spain (Barcelona).
2000 to date – Member of the University of Malta Gender Issues
2000-2008 – Member of the University of Malta Welfare Committee.
1998-2003 – Attended a number of conferences and meetings related to
Educational Technology (for ex. Leeds, UK; Copenhagen, Denmark; and
1992-1997 – Several Christian Artists Symposia and conferences in
the Netherlands (De Bron and Doorn). Gave lectures and workshops and
led workshops. Was also a direct participant in proceedings.
1983 to date – Member of the Malta Union of Teachers:
past chairperson and founder of the Private Schools Committee and
one of the negotiators of the first MUT/Church Schools agreement on
equality of pay for church school teachers
past Assistant Secretary General; past member of the University of
Malta MUT Committee and one of the negotiators of the 2002
past member of the editorial board of The Teacher magazine and
frequent contributor on ‘Media in Education’;
chairman of the University Academic Staff Association (2002-2003);
member of the MUT Educational Planning Committee.
1980-1990 – Participated in a number of Trade Union sponsored
conferences in Sicily, France and the Netherlands.
1977 to date – Member of Għaqda tal-Malti (Università) - literary
society (past treasurer and member of the editorial board of its
official journal Leħen il-Malti)
1977 to date – Editor or member of the editorial board of a number
of magazines, journals and newspapers (including editor of two
comics: Avventura, 1982 and Il-Komik, 1983-1984).
March 14, 2017
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