Senior Lecturer (Nursing English), Flinders University

My role is to support the language needs of over 600 international nursing students.

I deliver face-to-face classes and provide extensive online support to students. I also engage in a range of staff and curriciulum-based activities to enhance international student learning.

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