The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) was the lead institution of this national Office for Learning and Teaching Competitive Grant. The project involved an additional seven institutions, all of which are engaged in various initiatives that monitor student learning engagement.
Professor Karen Nelson, Sunshine Coast University
Professor Karen Nelson is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Until April 2014 Professor Nelson was the Director, Student Success and Retention at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. From 2008-2010 she was the QUT Director, First Year Experience and that responsibility now sits within her broader portfolio. Karen’s PhD is in organisational information and knowledge management and since commencing at QUT she has held a number of roles including unit and course coordinator, and has designed and taught units and courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Karen has also supervised twelve higher degree research students to completion.
Karen’s research focuses on student engagement in higher education, the first year experience and institutional information and knowledge management practices of relevance to these topics. She has led a series of university and national learning and teaching projects and presents and consults nationally and internationally in these areas.
Karen has led several large teaching and learning projects and is currently the leader of two national OLT projects: Good practice for safeguarding student learning engagement in higher education institutions and Developing a maturity model for student engagement, success and retention. Karen is also a team member of national strategic priority project Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Karen’s higher education research focuses on student engagement, the first year in higher education, the student experience and institutional responses to strengthening these. Karen serves the sector through her work as Chair of the International First Year in Higher Education Conference. She has recently established and is the Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, is lead author of the recently published Trends in policies, programs and practices in the Australasian First Year Experience literature 2000-2010 (Number 1) and co-leads the FYHE Centre.
Ms Tracy Creagh, Queensland University of Technology
Tracy Creagh is currently the Project Manager for an Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT[formally Australian Learning and Teaching Council]) Competitive Grant – Good practice for safeguarding student learning engagement in higher education institutions (2010-2012) to initiate, develop and support good practice guidelines and resources around student engagement. Tracy is also the Journal Manager for the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education , manages the FYHE Centre and is co-author on the recently published Trends in policies, programs and practices in the Australasian First Year Experience literature 2000-2010 ( Number 1). Since 2005 Tracy has worked as a research officer on numerous internal competitively funded teaching and learning projects and projects funded or commissioned by the ALTC and OLT. The specific focus of her research activities has been the first-year experience of students and ePortfolios and learning (Australian ePorfolio Project Stage 1 & 2).
Project Team – Secure Collaboration Space
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