Associate Professor Gail Wilson BA(Hons)(Tor), BEd(Tor), MEd(Macquarie), PhD(Deakin) 

Gail is Director Teaching and Learning, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Southern Cross
University. Prior to joining SCU in 2010, she worked in academic development and
management roles in teaching and learning centres at Charles Sturt University, the
University of Western Sydney and Bond University. Gail has also taught in higher
education and adult and vocational education institutions, and has held management roles
in the public and private sectors. 

Gail is a member of several Australian and overseas journal review panels, and currently
serves on editorial boards for two journals - the Australasian Journal of Educational
Technology(AJET) and Research in Learning Technology. From 2005 to 2011 she was a member
of the executive of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
(HERDSA) where she was responsible for the development of the current HERDSA website and
chaired the Publications portfolio. She continues to support HERDSA as a member of the
HERDSA Guides Committee. 

Gail is also a publications editor for the UK-based Association for Learning Technology
(ALT) annual research conference papers published in the journal Research in Learning

Gail was one of three members of the Steering Committee of a large teaching and learning
grant funded by the Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) called Preparing
Academics to Teach in Higher Education - the PATHE project - whose final report was
published in 2010. An extension to this grant funded by the Office of Learning and
Teaching (OLT) focused on the development of online modules for staff who teach in higher
education teacher preparation programs (TPPs). This project was completed in October

Gail has recently completed a 2013 OLT Extension grant on Peer Review of Teaching in
Online and Blended Learning Environments whose final report will soon be published. 

Gail’s doctoral research focused on a collective case study of six teachers, all early
adopters of ICT, who used ICT to facilitate their use of blended learning approaches to
their on-campus teaching. This research also examined institutional models for
professional learning for university teachers for the online environment. 

Her most recent publications have built on her thesis research and her research focus on
blended learning has extended into the area of learning spaces. Gail is currently focused
on applying large course design principles commonly associated with MOOCs to the design
of professional learning for academics new to teaching in higher education. 

Journal articles


The implementation and evaluation of a new learning space: a pilot study (with Marcus Randall), Research in Learning Technology (2012)

A dramatic, pedagogical shift has occurred in recent years in educational environments in higher education,...



Transitioning from print-based to digital teaching portfolio assessment in a Foundations of University Learning and Teaching subject (with Rozz Albon), Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts (2009)

The concept of a teaching portfolio in higher education is not new. However, for many...



Promoting staff learning about assessment through digital representations of practice: evaluating a pilot project (with Rosemary Thomson), Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (2008)

The Assessment Snapshots digital resource is a current project to support academic learning about assessment...




Editorial (with Steven Verjans), ALT-C 2014 Conference Proceedings - Riding Giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave (2014)


Editorial (with David Hawkridge and Steven Verjans), ALT-C 2013 Conference Proceedings - Building new cultures of learning (2013)

This special issue contains the six research papers presented at the Association for Learning Technology...



Proceedings papers of the ALT-C 2012: a confrontation with reality (with David Hawkridge and Steven Verjans), (2012)

Teachers in blended learning environments: case studies of ICT-enhanced blended learning in higher education, (2008)

This study reports on recent doctoral research focused on six academic staff working in early...


Book chapters

Promoting Web-enhanced learning in university teaching: current practice in Web-enhanced faculty development, Faculty training for Web-enhanced learning (2011)

Encouraging faculty’s adoption of and innovation in learning and teaching with technologies continues to be...


Case studies of ICT-enhanced blended learning environments and professional development of faculty, Effective blended learning practices: evidence-based perspectives in ICT-facilitated education (2009)

This chapter reports a collective study of research–based evidence of experiences of academic staff adopting...


New skills and ways of working: faculty development for e-learning, Making the transition to e-learning: strategies and issues (2007)

This chapter provides a practitioner-focused review and analysis of the different approaches to faculty development...




Preparing academics to teach in higher education. Final report (with Margaret Hicks, Heather Smigiel, and Ann Luzeckyj), (2010)

The Preparing Academics to Teach in Higher Education (PATHE) project was a three-year project funded...


Refereed conference papers


Learning conversations to support peer review in online and blended learning environments (with Trish Andrews and Neroli Sheldon), 13th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL 2014 (2014)

As a consequence of the continual adoption of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) online and blended...


Continuing professional learning of teachers: is this concept more valid for current higher education? (with Janet A. Taylor), Research and development in higher education: higher education on the edge: 34th HERDSA Annual International Conference (2011)

Continuing professional learning is based on the notion that learning for professionals is continuing, active,...



Implementing and evaluating a “Next Generation Learning Space”: a pilot study (with Marcus Randall), Curriculum, technology and transformation for an unknown future: proceedings of ascilite 2010 (2010)

A dramatic, pedagogical shift has occurred in recent years in educational environments in higher education,...



Making it my street: the Bond University "Street" area (with Marcus Randall), Learning spaces in higher education: positive outcomes by design. Proceedings of the Next Generation Learning Spaces 2008 Colloquium, 1st and 2nd October (2009)

Extract: The Street area is the central point of the University’s main teaching building. Until...



The pod room - a group learning space (with Marcus Randall), Learning spaces in higher education: positive outcomes by design. Proceedings of the Next Generation Learning Spaces 2008 Colloquium, 1st and 2nd October (2009)

Extract: Bond University has recently completed construction of an engaging formal teaching space, known as...


Book reviews


Podcasting for learning in universities: Book review, International Journal for Academic Development (2011)