Professor Janet Taylor BSc(Syd), DipEd(Syd), MSc(Syd), PhD(UNE), FHERDSA 

I have worked in Higher Education for over 30 years and am currently Professor and
Director of SCU College at Southern Cross University and a Fellow of Higher Education
Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA).Prior to this I was Director,
Teaching and Learning at SCU. In my time in university education I have enjoyed teaching
and writing curriculum for mathematics and biology at four Australian universities. This
includes teaching in preparatory programs, associate degrees and large first year classes
in both on campus and distance education. I have been the recipient of 3 national
teaching development grants and have received a Carrick (now ALTC) Citation for
outstanding contribution to student learning in an area which focuses on the development
of students’ mathematical skills. I have published in the fields of reptile ecology and
higher education. My research is focused around the question, “why some students succeed
while others do not?”. I have investigated this directly with students and indirectly
through research on curriculum design, use of learning technologies and the impact of
staff development. I have a strong interest in the learning of mathematics in higher

Journal articles


Beyond blended learning: a case study of institutional change at an Australian regional university (with Diane Newton), The Internet and Higher Education (2013)

Higher education institutions that teach both on-campus and at a distance are challenged to provide...



What is student centredness and is it enough?, International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education (2013)

Student-centredness is a central concept in the literature and practice associated with the first year...



The use of tablet and related technologies in mathematics teaching (with Linda Galligan, Christine McDonald, and Birgit Loch), Australian Senior Mathematics Journal (2010)

According to Standards of Excellence in Teaching Mathematics in Australian Schools, excellent teachers of mathematics...



Learning approaches, personality and concepts of knowledge of first-year students: mature-age versus school leaver (with Lorelle J. Burton, David G. Dowling, and Jill Lawrence), Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development (2009)

There is considerable interest in how students study and what skills best facilitate their academic...



Assessment in first year university: a model to manage transition, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (2008)

For most students assessment guides their study and learning practice. Yet in the literature associated...



Ecology of Reptiles (with Harold Heatwole) (1987)

Book chapters

Benchmarking as a catalyst for institutional change in student assessment (with Chris Morgan), Marking time : leading and managing the development of assessment in higher education (2012)

Adults returning to study mathematics (with Linda Galligan), Research in mathematics education in Australasia 2004-2007 (2008)

This chapter focuses on adults learning mathematics in two distinct sections; adults learning mathematics in...


Relationship between evaluation and program development: case studies from mathematics support (with Linda Galligan), Academic Skills Advising: Evaluating for program improvement and accountability (2002)

Flexible delivery and inclusivity: pedagogical and logistical perspectives (with Glen Postle, Jim C. Taylor, and J Clark), Changing the culture of the campus: towards an inclusive higher education (2000)

Mathematics self-assessment on CD-ROM, Assessing open and distance learners (1999)

Conference publications

Continuing professional learning of teachers: is this concept more valid for current higher education? (with Gail Wilson), 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,...



Assessment: a tool for transition: a collaborative presentation (with Annah Healy), FYE Curriculum Design Symposium (2009)

It is probably accepted that assessment in Higher Education creates the stepping stones to graduation...



Research into academic numeracy (with Linda Galligan), Australian Learning & Teaching Council First Year Experience Curriculum Design Symposium (2009)

Academic numeracy is a critical awareness that allows students to become confident and competent in...



Study and assessment: What works in first year university, Australian Learning & Teaching Council First Year Experience Curriculum Design Symposium (2009)

It is well known that studying at university for the first time can be problematic...



The first year curriculum aids transition to higher education assessment and provides early feedback (with Annah Healy), Australian Learning & Teaching Council First Year Experience Curriculum Design Symposium (2009)


Successful alternative entry students: overcoming potential barriers to academic success (with Glen Postle, David Bull, P Hallinan, L Newby, and W Protheroe) (1995)