Ms Rosemary Chang
Design & Social Context Office
+61 3 9925 3957
College of Design and Social Context
Secondment in educational technology
I am currently on secondment to The University of Melbourne, Biomedical Multimedia Unit’s Research Group – in a role as project manager and a contributing researcher in a major, national research project in educational technology.
Funded by the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, “Educating the Net Generation: Implications for Learning and Teaching in Australian Universities” has two main aims, which are to:
- Investigate how commencing first-year students and their teachers use traditional and emerging technology-based tools in their everyday lives and to support student learning.
- Draw on the expertise of teachers and the results of the investigation to develop and implement pedagogically sound, technology-based tools to enhance student learning in local learning environments.
Summary of responsibilities at RMIT University
I am an academic working in the area of academic development – also known as faculty development or education development. In this role I work with lecturing and teaching staff in higher education and TAFE (Technical and Further Education) – supporting them in ways to approach teaching in a complex, changing world. I work with a network of staff across the University, principally in the Science, Engineering and Technology Portfolio and its 10 Schools.
This is a varied position that broadly covers:
- Teaching and learning strategy and policy
- Program and course development, renewal and amendment (At RMIT we use the terminology of diploma and degree “programs”, which are comprised of “courses” over a number of years.)
- Quality assurance of program and course operations
- Student experience
- Building staff capability
As a team we approach this work with an emphasis on the diploma or degree program and as the key organising unit.
Recently my role has involved providing consulting support to staff in an education research scheme; advising staff as they prepare applications for Teaching Quality Awards; and jointly project-managing events such as Teaching and Learning Forums. With a background in writing and journalism, I am also involved in communication activities.
While my role means I rarely have direct contact with students, I am motivated by the idea that in supporting staff in their teaching roles, I also help students in their learning at university and TAFE (Technical and Further Education).
Master of Education, University of Ballarat, 2000
Graduate Diploma of Education (Tertiary Education), University of Ballarat, 1998
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University, 1995
Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, 2002
Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training, RMIT University, 2006
Research and development projects
I am currently involved in projects including:
- use of educational technology to facilitate formative feedback
- integrated pedagogical approach to academic writing
Educational projects and activities include:
- co-ordination, project management and mentoring for Action Research in Teaching and Learning (ARTL) scheme, 2003-2006
- stream-lining approach to human ethics applications for research into teaching, 2004-2006
- RMIT e-portfolios working party, 2004-2005
- change management / research relating to student experience, Monash University, 2002
- public and institutional policy, processes and systems impacting on post-graduate students’ experiences in higher education, The University of Melbourne, 2001-2002
- ICT curriculum development, private sector, 2000
I also have a broad experience in the tertiary sector and have worked on many other aspects of educational development bringing an approach that is theoretically driven and empirically based.
In my current role I draw on past teaching experience. I lectured in Japanese language for four years at the University of Ballarat – where I also co-ordinated Introductory Japanese. I have also taught Japanese at primary and secondary levels at Japan Seminar House and Kumon, and music at the Balwyn Community Centre. My research interests in languages other than English (LOTE) have been in issues for learners from non-character backgrounds and in concepts of multiculturalism.
I have also worked in industry as a corporate trainer, where I specialized in web-authoring software and Internet literacy. I developed customized courses and learning materials, and delivered training.
In addition, I have worked as an education consultant. My project-based research focused on education policy – specifically fees and funding at national and institutional levels; student experience; communication strategies; and process re-engineering.
RMIT is the fifth university I have worked for and my background includes experience at regional campuses and dual-sector institutions.
My research interests include learning and teaching in higher education (including learning with technology); the scholarship of teaching; academic staff professional development; and the pedagogy of genre writing, such as academic writing, for students and staff
Industry / profession / community involvement
Newsletter editor and web-content co-ordinator for community group.
Educational development work
My role includes educational development work, such as program development, renewal and amendment. I have supported various programs in this work, including as a member of:
- Program Development Team for Master of Clinical Chiropractic
- Program Development Team for Master of Applied Science (Osteopathy)
- Program Renewal Team for Graduate Diploma of Musculoskeletal Management
When I coordinated Introductory Japanese, I was involved in course-level renewal. As a team we extensively revised the curriculum across four year-levels to strengthen a student-centered approach.
Projects and consultancies
- 2001, ($50 000) Competitive tender to provide education consultancy to the University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association (UMPA). Designed and conducted study as sole author.
- 2003-2004, Provided training to higher education staff on how learners and users interact with web content, and implications for pedagogy underpinning online teaching and learning materials; and broad web-content and business writing training on a consultancy basis to universities from RMIT.
- Yoshida University academic scholarship, 1994
- Australia-Japan Society academic scholarship, 1994
- University Mobility in the Asia Pacific (UMAP) academic scholarship, 1994
My other interests include writing and editing. I have a research interest in approaches to adult learners’ writing.
- Member: City of Boroondara Youth Literature Reference Group, 2003
- Helped to conceptualise and develop the youth literary event, Boroondara Word-a-rama, held Nov 2003.
Chang, R. (2000). “Why Teach Japanese? Culture, Communities and the Value of Language Education”, in Machie, V. (ed.) Japanese Studies: Communities, Cultures and Critiques. Melbourne: Monash Asia Institute, pp. 81-92.
Refereed journal articles
Gray, K., Chang, R.L. and Radloff, A. Enhancing the scholarship of teaching and learning: Evaluation of a scheme to improve teaching and learning through action research. International Journal for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. (accepted pending revisions).
Chang, R. (2003). When adult learners argue: a preliminary approach to conflict in a TAFE writing workshop. TEXT, (7) 1. http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text/april03/chang.htm
Refereed conference proceedings
Chang, R., Gray, K., Polus, B. and Radloff, A. (2005). “Scholarly teaching practice: Ethics issues and responses in research into teaching in tertiary education” in (Brew, A. and Asmar, C. Ed.s) HERDSA Vol. 28. Higher education in a changing world. Sydney: HERDSA. pp. 93-100. http://conference.herdsa.org.au/2005/pdf/refereed/paper%5F284.pdf
Chang, R., Wahr, F., De Pew, D., Gray, K., Jansz-Senn, A. and Radloff, A. (2004). “Knowledge, wisdom and a holistic approach: a case study of change-management in academic development” in (Sheehy, F. and Stauble, B. Ed.s) HERDSA Vol. 27. Transforming knowledge into wisdom: holistic approaches to teaching and learning. Sydney: HERDSA. pp 110-118. http://herdsa.org.au/conference2004/Contributions/RPapers/P019-jt.pdf
Chang, R., Gray, K., Jansz-Senn, A., Sendzuik, P. and Radloff, A. (2003). Action learning as an approach to staff development in tertiary education. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual National Conference of Adult Learning Australia (pp. 106-118). Sydney: University of Technology Sydney. Available online
Chang, R. and Pham, H. (2002). How can we afford all this? An investigation into coursework postgraduate students’ experiences of financial barriers at The University of Melbourne. Melbourne: The University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association.
Chang, R. (2002). Kick-start your career. The Age, Education, 20 March, p.16.
Chang, R. (2001). How to work with your natural strengths. The Age, Education, 17 October, p.5.
Chang, R. (2001). The choice is yours. The Age, Education, 18 July, p.7.
Chang, R. (2001). Postgraduate coursework fee-paying and quality control at The University of Melbourne 2001: PELS and quality. Melbourne: The University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association. Available online
Chang, R.L., Wahr, F., Zheng, Z. et.al. (2006). Improving our publication output: Our learning journeys in forming an academic writing group. 29th Annual Higher Education and Research Development Society of Australia (HERDSA) conference.
Chang, R.L, Gray, K., Polus, B. and Radloff, A. (2005). Scholarly teaching practice: Ethics issues and responses in research into teaching in tertiary education. Paper presented at annual international HERDSA conference, Sydney, University of Sydney, 3-7 July.
Chang, R.L and Gray, K. (2005). Learning for the New Economy: The Potential Role of Mindfulness. Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations University Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, 19-22 July 2005.
De Pew, D., Jansz-Senn, A., Chang. R. and Gray, K. (2004). The Connection of Lifelong Learning With a Capability Based Curriculum in a Science, Engineering and Technology Portfolio. 3rd Asia-Pacific conference on continuing education and life-long learning, Perth, 28 Sept – 1 Oct.
Chang, R., Wahr, F., De Pew, D., Gray, K., Jansz-Senn, A. and Radloff, A. (2004). Knowledge, wisdom and a holistic approach: a case study of change-management in academic development. Paper presented at annual international HERDSA conference, Miri, Sarawak, Malyasia, 4-7 July.Chang, R. (2004). Student e-portfolios and assessment. Invited presentation at the RMIT Teaching and Learning Forum Assessment Workshop, 28 April.
Chang, R., Gray, K., Jansz-Senn, A., Sendzuik, P., and Radloff, A. (2003). Action learning as an approach to staff development in tertiary education. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual National Conference of Adult Learning Australia, Sydney, 27-30 November.
Jansz-Senn, A., Chang, R., Gray, K., De Pew, D., and Radloff, A. (2003) Evaluation in action learning as a powerful force in development towards a learning organisation: Small beginnings, giant strides and a few lessons learned. Paper presented at the ATN Evaluations and Assessment Conference, Adelaide, 24-25 November.
Pham, H., and R. Chang. (2003). How can we afford all this? An investigation into coursework postgraduate students’ experiences of financial barriers at the University of Melbourne. Paper presented at the Inaugural National Quality in Postgraduate Coursework Conference. Adelaide. University of Adelaide, 5-6 July.
Chang, R. (2003). Valuing our teaching: staff e-portfolios. Paper presented at the RMIT Science, Engineering and Technology Portfolio Teaching and Learning Forum, 3 December. Abstract available online to RMIT staff
Chang, R. et al (1998). Changing the culture — rural universities. Paper presented at the Winds of Change: Women and the Culture of Universities conference. Sydney. University of Technology, Sydney, 13-17 July.
Chang, R. (1997). Sushi or Sony: Constructions of the “Other” in the Tertiary LOTE Classroom. Paper presented at the 25th Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society. Ballarat, University of Ballarat, 7-9 December.
Chang, R. (1997). Why teaching Japanese? Culture, communities and the value of language education. Paper presented at the Japanese Studies Association of Australia, Biennial Conference. Melbourne, University of Melbourne. 6-10 July, 1997.
Chang, R. (2003). Put it in Writing! Business and report writing. Produced for ATEM by Faculty of Life Sciences, Office of Program Quality.
Chang, R. (2003). Web writing. Produced for ATEM by Faculty of Life Sciences, Office of Program Quality.
Chang, R. (2000). Internet searches and Internet Explorer. Bolstler Fahey training company.
Maguire, J., and Chang, R. (1996). Introductory Japanese Workbook 1. University of Ballarat.
Maguire, J., and Chang, R. (1996). Introductory Japanese Workbook 2. University of Ballarat.