Rhian is a digital anthropologist and teaching specialist with the Division of Student Life at James Cook University. As coordinator of a multi-disciplinary digital literacies subject within JCU’s Diploma of Higher Education, Rhian’s current work is primarily orientated around equity in higher education and technology enabled learning. Her primary areas of expertise are digital literacies, eLearning and curriculum design, and user experience (UX) research. Her PhD “Virtually Reality” (2014) examined the phenomenology of user-interface and game design, in addition to the integration of virtual currencies into multi-user virtual worlds. In recent years her research has been orientated towards digital literacies and pedagogical practice, widening participation, and learning design. She has participated in international research collaborations examining digital literacies in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to investigating students' uses of and dispositions towards technologies in enabling spaces.

Rhian's work in adaptive eLearning resulted in the compilation of findings into a digital showcase for publication as part of the IRU’s National Innovation Case Study Collection. You can also view her work on career development learning and ePortfolios in the Career's & Employability's StaffToolkit. She has recently participated in an inter-disciplinary collaboration evaluating outcomes of a school-based STEM engagement programs for girls in regional Northern Australia. Rhian is currently engaged in the development of an “Integrated Curriculum Alignment Framework” in collaboration with a pathways colleague. This framework is orientated towards mediating the intersectional complexities faced by regional sub-degree students, with a view to promoting academic resilience and inter-subject knowledge transfer. A podcast discussing the application of this framework to subject development during the Covid-19 pandemic is available via the ACHRC website. Further details of the application of this framework to teaching digital literacies at JCU can be found on LTSE's Assessment Case Studies website. 

  • CS1022: Learning in a Digital Environment (Level 1; CNS, SIN & TSV)
  • Digital Literacy
  • UX Research
  • Game Studies
  • eLearning
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Curriculum Design
  • Digital Literacy
  • Anthropology
  • 2017 to 2018 - Lecturer & Tutor: Graduate Certificate of Academic Practice, Learning, Teaching & Student Engagement, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2014 - Project Officer, College of Arts, Society, & Education, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2008 to 2013 - Sessional Tutor, College of Arts, Society, & Education, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
Research Disciplines
  • 2019 - Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)
  • 2018 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2015 - Dean's Awards for Excellence
  • 2020 - Fellow: Higher Education Academy
  • 2018 - ASCILITE: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
  • 2017 - National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia
  • 2016 - National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia (NAEEA)
  • 2011 - DIGRA: Digital Games Research Association

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  • Hybrid Dreaming: Aboriginal esotericism in post-colonial context (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Structuring Access and Empowerment: Exploring the Curriculum Ideologies of an Award Winning Alternative Pathway Program in an Australian Regional University (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Running away, running towards: Isolation, identity, and the performance of gender in contemporary Australian Narrative (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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