Personal details

Name
Dr Richard Medland
Position(s)
Senior Maths, Science and IT Educator
Chancellery,
Learning & Teaching Unit,
Student Success Group
Discipline *
Other Education, Other Information and Computing Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 6840
Fax
+61 7 3138 6840
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Information Technology (Emerging Technologies) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Coordinator STARS National STEM Network.

Keywords

Student Success, STIMulate, Urban Informatics, Support for Learning, SEEbox, Learning and Teaching, Human Computer Interaction, Energy Demand Management, Pro-environmental Behaviour, Developing Nations

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Richard is a Senior Maths, Science and IT Educator with the Student Success Group (SSG) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Urban Informatics alumni. Richard is a leader for STIMulate a nationally and internationally awarded university-wide support for learning service (AAUT program award 2016, Two Wharton Reimaging Education awards 2016). His work focuses on support for learning good practice, designing and introducing ICT in developing environments and resource use in homes and offices. He has co-authored over 20 reports and research papers including publications within IEEE Pervasive Computing, STARS and CHI. Richard is a twice recognised recipient of the QUT Vice Chancellor’s performance fund, and he was an invited scholar at the Oxford Internet Institute.

As a member of the SSG Richard is currently engaged in whole of institution approaches to support for learning in higher education, placing students at the centre, enabling them as they design their journey towards academic or industry future states.

Richard works with universities, local partners, and governments in developing nations to introduce ICT into developing nations, having developed and deployed novel learning tools in Fiji, Malaysia. He has worked on various projects with private industry and public sector organisations over the last decade. Key among these are the Queensland state government as part of the Climate Smart Home Service, National ICT Australia, Digital Technology Management at the Technical University of Munich, the Digital Enterprise Research Institute in Ireland, and Lancaster University. Previously he coordinated (BIT FY) and lectured in the QUT IT undergraduate (2009-2017) and masters programs (2014-2017),  was the director of learning and teaching operations (ISS), and led a successful offshore teaching collaboration between QUT and the Jinling Institute of Technology (Nanjing, China 2014-2017).

This information has been contributed by Dr Richard Medland.

Teaching

2012-2017
Learning Support Coordinator, Chancellery, Queensland University of Technology

Coordination of a highly-successful university wide support for learning program stream, normalising help seeking for all visiting students. Development, training and mentoring of a cohort of volunteers over successive targeted recruitments. Creation of a flourishing student-led and sustainable stream culture which supports social justice and realises gender balance.

Management of an associated academic team, supporting and enabling professional growth and delivering academic opportunities. Strategic investment of competitive funding towards programs of research and authentic student learning opportunities. Active leadership of IT projects focused on program improvement and delivering outcomes with demonstrable and sustained impact to service quality.

2012-2017
Lecturer, Information Systems School, Queensland University of Technology

Consistent coordination of large core units (more than 500 students) within undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Management of a transient and sessional academic team with varying levels of experience and expertise. Strategic development of unit direction and content course fit, as well as the operational and administrative elements associated with budgeting, appointments, training, moderation, corporate systems integration and performance metrics. Development and realisation of a program of study for students undertaking weekly workshops in collaborative learning spaces with a focus on activity based learning and reinforcing core discipline and citizenship knowledge.

2016-2017
Director Learning and Teaching (Operations), Information Systems School, Queensland University of Technology

Exposure to the complexity faced by academics delivering a range of teaching activities at a School level, faculty and whole of course level. Membership to the Course Management Group (IT) with responsibility to address at risk units and operate as a conduit for learning and teaching activities by providing support across the Information Systems School. Development and delivery of proactive teaching strategies addressing administrative overhead as well as corporate systems and learning management systems integration.

2014-2017
First year Coordinator, Bachelor Information Technology, Queensland University of Technology

Carriage of a range of student-staff liaison activities as well as strategic efforts to improve student retention and share better practice among academics delivering core unit experiences to first year BIT students. A focus on alleviating cross-unit assessment overlap, as well as repetitious content between units. A deep understanding of the student experience and appreciation of the challenges and pitfalls navigating tertiary education presents as well as the relation to progression and attrition.

2014-2017
Program Lead (2016-2017), Visiting Academic (2014-2015), QUT-Jinling Institute of Technology transnational education program

As a visiting academic I was responsible for developing, delivering and grading a condensed and equivalent version of our onshore unit materials. Implementation of additional support and scaffolding associated with an IELTS (4.5-5.5) banded students from regional and metropolitan Chinese backgrounds.

As program lead I undertook a complete revision of our staffing structure, governance and teaching methods, addressing serious gaps in service delivery, student progression, conversion rates, and significantly reduced QUT exposure to risks associated with operating a transnational education program. The program is now financially viable and converts sustainable student numbers each year.

2013
Sessional Lecturer, International College, Queensland University of Technology

Coordination of all unit related tasks including administration, content development, delivery and grading. Implementation of additional support and content scaffolding associated with IELTS (5.5-6.5) banded students from diverse and international backgrounds.

2009-2012
Lead tutor, Information Systems School, Queensland University of Technology

Coordination of unit related administrative tasks and assistance to unit coordinator across a range of activities including moderation, collation and entry of grading data, organisation of student facing communications, training sessions to academic team and deployment of digital content.

This information has been contributed by Dr Richard Medland.

Experience

This information has been contributed by Dr Richard Medland.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Australian Awards for University Teaching - Program Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Wharton Reimagine Education Award - Oceania Region Gold Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Wharton Reimagine Education Award - Presence Learning Gold Award
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2017
Details
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2016
Details
Social Chair, Designing Interactive Systems, 4-8 June 2016, Brisbane
Type
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
2015
Details
Associate Supervisor (level 1) - Malcolm Phillip Thatcher
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award (Team) 2014
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Program Committee Member, OzCHI, 2-5 Dec 2014, Sydney
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award (Individual) 2013

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Non-Standard Employment Models for Older Adults: The Roles of Entrepreneurship and Information Communication Technology
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Laurie Buys
  • Shared Services and the Competitive Advantage of the Firm
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Greg Timbrell
  • Education of Computational Thinking Skills in Australian Primary Schools
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Peta Wyeth

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)