About

At the beginning of 2013 I took up a position at James Cook University as an Academic Developer/Senior Lecturer with the Teaching and Learning Development directorate. Prior to joining JCU I had over ten years’ experience at Charles Sturt University holding a variety of positions; Manager Educational Design & Media, educational technologist and educational designer. Other experience includes TAFE teaching with a focus on adult numeracy and literacy and secondary school teaching (Science).

Teaching: My academic role involves teaching into the Graduate Certificate in Education and Academic Practice.

As part of the Learning, Teaching & Student Engagement (Blended Learning & Innovation) team I work on the Continuous Professional Development program with a focus on learning spaces, learning technology and blended learning and innovation

Research: My current research includes a range of project related to learning spaces and diverse learning environments at JCU.

 

My PhD  research (awarded January 2014) looked at ‘Developing resilience and Managing change in technology-enhanced learning environments’.

I have researched and published widely in a range of fields including learning spaces, e-assessment, blended learning, change management in e-learning, learning environments and am a reviewer for a number of journals. My current academic and research interests include a range of projects related to academic development and use of learning technology in physical learning spaces. This includes leading an OLT Extension Grant that looks at the effective use of space and technology in bridging the nexus between physical spaces on multiple campuses and developing blended learning environments.

Interests
Research
  • Current research projects are targeted at learning spaces and learning environments. Research experience includes blended and flexible learning, e-assessment and managing change in technology-enhanced learning environments. An emerging area of interest is in learning spaces and the nexus between physical and virtual spaces, the Dimensions of the learning environment and integrating this with curriculum design. Managing change- Janet’s PhD. research topic was "Developing resilience and managing change in technology-enhanced learning environments." Through the application of key aspects of environmental management, complex systems theory and a social-ecological systems approach, the study developed strategies for managing the social and physical aspects of the learning environment in the face of uncertainty and organisational change. Blended and flexible learning – extensive research into good practice in blended and flexible learning, including designing the learning experience, the effective use of learning technology, digital media, e-assessment and developing sustainable learning environments across physical and virtual learning spaces. eAssessment - has involved researching the effectiveness of online multiple choice assessment; the support and management of online assessment experiences and the development of frameworks, guidelines and policy for good practice in e-assessment.
Experience
  • 2013 to present - Executive committee member, Ascilite
  • 2014 - Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba)
  • 2013 to 2014 - OLT Extension Grant: Buchan, J., Birks, M., Wicking, K.,, Smithson, J., McDonald, H. & Riddle, M. At the COAL FACE: Developing Active Learners that are Flexible, Active, Connected across multi-campus, regional, remote and virtual learning environments., James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2009 to 2012 - Manager Educational Design & Media, Charles Sturt University (Albury-Wodonga)
  • 2004 to 2012 - Learning Technologist, Charles Sturt University (Albury-Wodonga)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Project lead: Scholarship Teaching fund grant. Buchan, J., Wilkinson, J., & Swann, M. (2006). Education driving technology: An investigation into the effectiveness of online multiple choice assessment as a teaching and learning tool., Charles Sturt University (Sydney)
  • 2005 to 2008 - Project lead: Scholarship in Teaching fund grant. Buchan, J., Rafferty, J., & Munday, J. (2009). An Investigation into the enhancement of blended learning environments – towards an effective pedagogy and practice., Charles Sturt University (Sydney)
  • 2002 to 2008 - Educational Designer, Charles Sturt University (Albury-Wodonga)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2011 - Best Poster paper. Open & Distance Learning Association Conference. 15 to18 February 2011.
  • 2011 - Highly Commended Student paper. Open & Distance Learning Association Conference. 15 to18 February 2011.
  • 2010 - Vice-chancellor’s Award for Team Performance Excellence. Educational Design & Media Team, Faculty of Education. Charles Sturt University
Memberships
  • Association for Learning Technology. UK ALT
  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Ascilite
  • Member of the Ascilite Executive Committee – 2013/2014
  • Higher Education Research and Development. HERDSA
  • Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia. ODLAA
Publications

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Journal Articles
Book Chapters
Conference Papers
  • Birks M, Buchan J, Smithson J and Norris P (2014) Reality at the COAL FACE. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. In: ascilite 2014: 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Rhetoric and Reality: critical perspectives on educational technology, 23-26 November 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Buchan J (2014) Adopt or adapt? The rhetoric and reality of the diffusion of innovation in changing, technology-enhanced learning environments. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. In: ascilite 2014: 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Rhetoric and Reality: critical perspectives on educational technology, 23-26 November 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Buchan J (2012) Sustaining new approaches to learning and teaching with technology: more than just a Wicked Problem. proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. In: ascilite 2012: 29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, 25-28 November 2012, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Buchan J (2008) Tools for survival in a changing educational technology environment. Proceedings ascilite Melbourne 2008. In: ascilite 2008: 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?, 30 November - 3 December 2008, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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Current Funding

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Office for Learning and Teaching - Extension Grants

Exploring field spaces as learning places: Optimising the impact of field-based learning on the student experience

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 2 years
Summary
The project aim is to improve the field-based learning experience for students. The team includes staff from multiple disciplines in the new CMES and CTSE Colleges. The range of field-based learning activities undertaken in the two colleges will be identified and mapped to the curriculum in nominated courses. Focus groups will be held with academics and students to gather data. Findings will be shared with the broader university community through a collaborative symposium. Strategies for effective practice in field-based learning and teaching will be applied to nominated courses and the impact on student learning evaluated. The project deliverables will include a university-wide symposium, website and online guide to field-based learning.
Investigators
Phil Turner, Janet Buchan, Paul Nelson, Lin Schwarzkopf, Janine Sheaves, Orpha Bellwood, Carl Spandler, Michelle Lasen and Tanya Doyle (College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Learning and teaching; Learning spaces; Field based learning; Science Education

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