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About Dr Raina Mason

Raina is an educator in IT and early career researcher at Southern Cross University. She came late to the higher education space, having worked for many years in IT, primarily managing and completing software development contracts for small to medium-size businesses and government departments. Her passion for equity and diversity, and for making learning achievable in difficult topics brought her back to the education sphere and she has been teaching and researching in higher education for the last 12 years. Raina's doctoral study concerned strategies to make introductory programming courses both more accessible and more successful using cognitive load theory to inform instructional design. Her research interests also include factors that encourage or inhibit the uptake of careers in technology for women, learning environments, and the application of cognitive load theory to technical areas and STEM areas, particularly in higher education. Raina teaches first year programming, database systems and multimedia applications development, and coordinates the Women in Technology (WIT) program at SCU, as well as supervising research students. Her great joy is in seeing all students grow and mature into their potential.


January 2007 Present Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Business and Tourism
Present Women in Technology Program Coordinator, Southern Cross University

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Contact Information

Coffs Harbour Educational Campus
Hogbin Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW
Australia 2450
Phone: (+61 2) 6659 3190


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