Dr Christine Slade

Senior Lecturer

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation

Affiliate Academic

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Affiliate Senior Lecturer

Centre for Health Services Research
Faculty of Medicine
c.slade@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52814

Overview

Dr Christine Slade PhD GCProfLearning BA (Com Plan & Devt) PFHEA MPIA ATCL

Assessment and Academic Integrity

In my role as Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) I contribute to the UQ strategic priorities, with leadership in assessment and academic integrity. I am currently the Chair of the UQ Assessment Working Party, a member of the Academic Integrity Working Party and the UQ Assessment Sub-committee. I have leadership responsibilities in the delivery of the UQ Academic Integrity Action Plan and facilitate professional development activities for academic staff through workshops and resources. The focus of these activities in 2021 is delivering assessment online in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In late 2019, I was a member of the TEQSA National Academic Integrity Workshop team, with Professor Tracey Bretag (Leader), Dr Guy Curtis and Dr Margot McNeill, delivering 19 workshops across Australia. These workshops brought together representatives of higher education providers to help strengthen institutional detection, prevention and responses to breaches of academic integrity. The team also developed an Academic Integrity Toolkit for the sector, based on workshop feedback, which was launched recently in the TEQSA webinar . In February 2020 I co-facilitated (with Dr McNeill) two similar academic integrity workshops in New Zealand at the request of the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities and contributed expertise to workshops at University College London on assessment design that strengthens student authorship verification. The corresponding research has been published online by HERD

Towards Digital Maturity

Engaging in technology is part of everyday life, more so during COVID-19. I advocate for the inclusion of digital aspects in curricula and support educators and students in building their digital capabilities for learning and professionals in the workplace. Since 2012 I have advanced folio pedagogies to facilitate students using ePortfolios to demonstrate learning over time, reflect on their developing practices, and to showcase their digital brand to wider audiences. Important aspects of these practices is understanding and applying digital ethics and eProfessionalism principles when engaging online. Therefore, I am a member of the international Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-based Learning (AAEEBL) Taskforce on Digital Ethics and ePortfolios which has produced guiding ethical principles, strategies and scenarios for institutions, educators, administrators and students. I also partnered with the UQ Library to develop a new eProfessionalism digital essentials module for educators and students to use when building their online presence. I have a particular interest in Digital Healthcare and work with international academics and industry representatives to advance student preparation for clinical placements and future work.

Teaching

I have been a lecturer, course coordinator and tutor over a number of years. both in the discipline fields of planning and community development, and teaching and learning. My background is in social planing and I am a member of the Planning Institute of Australia. My PhD thesis critiqued the capacity of local government to address complex, contemporary sustainability challenges through two food security case studies. In 2017-2018 I contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and in 2019 I contributed to Faculty of Science Employability courses for STEM students preparing for entering their professions. I currently teach into international development courses delivered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Awards and Recognition

In May 2018 I was recognised as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK for inter/national and institutional teaching and learning thought leadership and sustained strategic impact, as measured by the UK Professional Standards Framework. I mentor both academic and professional UQ staff in the development of their fellowship applications as part of the new HEA@UQ program, aligned to UQ's Student Strategy 2016-2020.

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests include innovative pedagogies, assessment and academic integrity, digital curriculum, ePortfolios and ethics. I have written a number of journal articles and other publications, and presented at national and international conferences about my research and practice (see the 'Publications' tab above).

Research Impacts

Teaching and Learning Grants and Awards

Current Projects

  • 'Faculty Assessment Practices in Response to COVID-19: opportunities for innovative futures' D2L/ASCILITE grant 2020-2021 with Dr Kathryn Coleman and Kate Mitchell (UniMel) and Professor Patsie Polly (UNSW).
  • 'Digital health: towards a learning healthcare system' ITaLI partner Global Change Research Network Grant under the leadership of Associate Professor Clair Sullivan, Centre for Health Services Research

Past Projects

  • 'Embedding Digital Health Knowledge, Capabilities and Attributes into University Nursing and Midwifery Curriculum' funded by a UQ New Staff (teaching-focused) Start Up Grant - Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grant. The Australian healthcare sector is rapidly moving towards digitalisation: the Australian Digital Health Agency has prepared a national eHealth Strategy; a personal eHealth record is available for every Australian; and hospitals are introducing eMedical Records. It is vital that universities are cognisant of the fast moving changes in the sector and evaluate their role in producing graduates who can be leaders in this environment. The aim of the project was to collate the current scholarly literature and best practice available in preparing healthcare graduates to be digitally apt through innovative curriculum. Then, we undertook a scoping review of current literature published in Nurse Education Today and ran a pilot study with nursing and midwifery students about their perspectives and experiences in using digital systems whilst on placement. A summary of the project was delivered in the Global Showcase at the 2020 Digital Health Institute Summit.
  • 'Professionalisation in Academic Development: Exploring learning designer roles in a changing higher education sector', funded by the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD now CAULLT). This project explored contemporary concerns about the attraction and retention of suitable learning designers by university central teaching and learning units to meet diverse roles and employment conditions. A national survey to learning designers and directors of central teaching and learning units yielded over 120 responses. The results of the survey can be found in the Ascilite 2019 (pp. 272-281) and HERDSA 2019 (pp. 94-104) Conference proceedings
  • 'Developing Student Identity Verified Assessment: A response to contract cheating' research project, funded by the Asia Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity (APFEI). The project aimed to gain understanding of the potential areas of vulnerability in improving student identity verification in the design/redesign of assessment tasks, and to investigate ways of addressing these risks while still maintaining the tasks' authenticity. She facilitated a number of assessment workshops in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, and continues to deliver these co-design workshops internationally. The co-design workshop process and outputs can be found in the International Journal for Academic Development. If you would like to use the project resources please contact me on c.slade@uq.edu.au

Qualifications

  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Senior Fellow, The Higher Education Academy
  • Bachelor of Arts -Community Planning & Development, La Trobe University Australia
  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Learning, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Sunshine Coast

Publications

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Available Projects

  • The Australian healthcare sector is rapidly moving towards digitalisation: the Australian Digital Health Agency is currently preparing a national eHealth Strategy; a personal eHealth record is available for every Australian; and hospitals are introducing eMedical Records. Other avenues of digitalisation in health focus on mobile apps and wearables for promotion of personal fitness and healthy eating, early diagnosis of preventable diseases, and self-monitoring of chronic illness. Health informaticians are poised to make significant advances through predictive and preventable analyses of big data gained through the digital systems. It is vital that universities are cognisant of the fast moving changes in the sector and evaluate their role in producing graduates who can be leaders in this environment. A PhD research project could examine the current global digital inclusions in university curriculum and investigate key stakeholder requirements for new curriculum. Questions include 'What key digital knowledge, capabilities and attributes do new graduates need to enter confidently into professional work in digitally-based healthcare?', 'What are the enablers and barriers to introducing this new curriculum?' and/or 'What pedagogies and assessment pathways best suit these endeavours?'

    Applicants should possess an appropriate qualification for entry into the PhD program at UQ, and ideally have experience in using technology in learning and understanding of the significance of reflection in preparing for professional practice. Demonstration of strong general research and communication (both written and verbal) skills is desirable. Information about the UQ requirements for PhD admission is available here: https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/uq-research-degrees

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Publications

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The Australian healthcare sector is rapidly moving towards digitalisation: the Australian Digital Health Agency is currently preparing a national eHealth Strategy; a personal eHealth record is available for every Australian; and hospitals are introducing eMedical Records. Other avenues of digitalisation in health focus on mobile apps and wearables for promotion of personal fitness and healthy eating, early diagnosis of preventable diseases, and self-monitoring of chronic illness. Health informaticians are poised to make significant advances through predictive and preventable analyses of big data gained through the digital systems. It is vital that universities are cognisant of the fast moving changes in the sector and evaluate their role in producing graduates who can be leaders in this environment. A PhD research project could examine the current global digital inclusions in university curriculum and investigate key stakeholder requirements for new curriculum. Questions include 'What key digital knowledge, capabilities and attributes do new graduates need to enter confidently into professional work in digitally-based healthcare?', 'What are the enablers and barriers to introducing this new curriculum?' and/or 'What pedagogies and assessment pathways best suit these endeavours?'

    Applicants should possess an appropriate qualification for entry into the PhD program at UQ, and ideally have experience in using technology in learning and understanding of the significance of reflection in preparing for professional practice. Demonstration of strong general research and communication (both written and verbal) skills is desirable. Information about the UQ requirements for PhD admission is available here: https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/uq-research-degrees