Academic Archetypes: Australian academics as professional learners (Prof. Helen Partridge and Dr. Kate Davis, 12 May 2023, 12 noon AEST)

CAULLT Grant Series

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The presentation outlines findings from a CAULLT funded research project that investigates the experiences of being an academic in Australia, with a particular focus on their professional learning, and teaching support needs. Using in depth interviews, and the development of behavioural archetypes, this research can serve as a basis for professional discussion and debate on the key issues and opportunities for encourage and enabling professional learning culture and practice within Australia’s academic profession.


Prof. Helen Partridge (Deakin University)

Professor Helen Partridge is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning at Deakin University. Prior to this she was the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Southern Queensland where she had oversight of the University Library Services, Office for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching, and the Open Access College. Professor Partridge’s research explores the interplay between information, technology and learning. She investigates the ways people experience information and/or technology to learn as students, as professionals, and as people in their everyday life. Professor Partridge has been a visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and the Berkmein Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University.  In 2008 she was selected to be a National Fellow of the Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC), and was later commissioned by the to write a Best Practice Report on Blended Learning to guide Australian higher education. Connect with Professor Partridge on Twitter at @partridh

Dr. Kate Davis

Dr Kate Davis is the Director, Strategy & Analytics for the Council of Australian University Librarians. She has a background in theoretical and applied library and information research, scholarship of teaching and learning, library and information education, and digital learning and teaching. She has more than a decade of experience in digital learning and teaching in a variety of academic roles at the Queensland University of Technology and University of Southern Queensland. Most recently, she led a team of digital curriculum and pedagogy specialists to deliver strategic teaching and learning innovation projects at USQ. Kate holds a PhD in information technology from QUT. She uses interpretevist approaches to investigate people’s lived experience of learning, technology and information. Her research sits at the nexus of these interests: she is interested in how people experience information as part of their everyday lives, particularly engagement with information that is mediated by technology, and in educational contexts.