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Senior Lecturer, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

My main areas of teaching are Health Sciences and supporting the professional language development of of nearly 1000 international nursing students. My undergraduate degree is in psychology, with a minor in sociocultural anthropology and English, and my postgraduate degree is in applied linguistics.

I research Nursing English, language testing and policy, English proficiency for university, vocabulary-centred language competence, and the efficacy of videogames for teaching English.

I am currently working on three projects (1) investigating pre-enrolment English proficiency for university, (2) English proficiency testing post-enrolment, and (3) computer-assisted learning in nursing education.

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Senior lecturer, Flinders University

Education

  • 2014 
    National Dog Training Federation, Cert III Dog Behaviour and Training
  • 2011 
    Flinders University, PhD
  • 2011 
    Flinders University, Grad Cert Education (Higher Education)
  • 2007 
    Flinders University, Grad Cert TESOL

Publications

  • 2018
    Gaming in Nursing Education: A Literature Review, Nursing Education Perspectives
  • 2018
    Effects of a web-based educational game on learning English idioms: Idiomatico, Journal of Educational Computing Research
  • 2017
    The impact of explicit instruction and corrective feedback on postgraduate students’ academic writing, Journal of Academic Language and Learning 11
  • 2016
    Sonographer Skill Teaching Practices Survey (SonoSTePS): Development and Initial Validation of a Survey Instrument, Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
  • 2016
    Teaching psychomotor skills in the 21st century: revisiting and reviewing instructional approaches through the lens of contemporary literature, Medical Teacher
  • 2016
    Using a re-do station after debrief in undergraduate nursing simulation, Clinical Simulation in Nursing
  • 2015
    Language proficiency and nursing registration, International Journal of Nursing Studies
  • 2015
    A school-based approach to developing the English proficiency of EAL university students, Journal of Academic Language and Learning
  • 2015
    The differences in error rate and type between IELTS writing bands and their impact on academic workload, Higher Education Research and Development
  • 2013
    Improving the identification of medication names by increasing phonological awareness and listening skills via a language-teaching computer game, Serious Games for Healthcare: Applications and Implications
  • 2013
    Medicina: Methods, models, and strategies, Cases on Digital Game-Based Learning: Methods, Models and Strategies
  • 2012
    Gaming to learn: Language in a clinical context, Transforming University Teaching into Learning via Simulations and Games
  • 2012
    Research-based design of a medical vocabulary videogame, International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning
  • 2012
    A pedagogy-driven approach to the design of a medical abbreviations videogame: Brevissima, Japan Association for Language Teaching Computer Assisted Language Learning Journal
  • 2011
    Addressing the English language needs of international nursing students, Journal of Academic Language and Learning

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    A causal experimental study of the reciprocal relationship between vocabulary knowledge, IELTS, and academic grades.
    Role:
    Lead
    Funding Source:
    Flinders University Re-Entry Fellowship
  • 2016
    Evaluating the impact of a 3D cultural simulation experience on a diverse cohort of nursing/midwifery students
    Role:
    Associate
    Funding Source:
    Flinders SONM Start-up grant
  • 2016
    Development of an interactive online teaching tool to promote nursing students’ clinical decision making skills
    Role:
    Lead
    Funding Source:
    FMNHS Executive Dean Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants
  • 2015
    Vocabulary size effects on the academic achievement of equity groups
    Role:
    Lead
    Funding Source:
    Flinders SONM Start-up grant
  • 2014
    Improving International Students’ Writing Skills
    Role:
    Lead
    Funding Source:
    SoNM Strategic Research Initiative Grant
  • 2010
    CALL for Nursing English
    Role:
    Lead
    Funding Source:
    Flinders Teaching & Learning Innovation Grant