Personal details

Professor Sylvia Edwards
Academic Leader San Jose PhD Program
Faculty of Science,
School of Information Systems
Discipline *
Library and Information Studies, Information Systems
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Information Technology (Research) (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) (Queensland University of Technology), Dip. Librarianship (Royal Melbourne Inst. of Tech)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member of Australian Computer Society
  • Associate of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • Member of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • Member of the European Association for Research into Learning and Instruction (EARLI)

Higher Education, Human Information Behaviour, IT Education, Information Literacy, Information Searching, Phenomenography, Variation Theory

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


Professor Sylvia Lauretta Edwards Dip.Lib.(RMIT),GCEd(HE),MIT(Res.), PhD (QUT), AALIA, MACS. I joined QUT in February1995 bringing experience from other Australian Universities and the private sector. I was promoted to professor in 2010 based on a strong track record of achievements in teaching, research and service including 10 performance and teaching awards, and the prestigious AAUT (Australian Award for University Teaching) Excellence in Physical Sciences & Related Studies Teaching Excellence Award (2006).   As Assistant Dean Teaching & Learning (ADTL) from 2006-2011 I successfully led curriculum renewal in FIT (Faculty of Information Technology) and FaST’s (Faculty of Science & Technology’s) large scale Curriculum Renewal work (2009 -2011). I engaged staff in the need for cultural and curriculum change, facilitated, designed and delivered staff development programs in support of University and Faculty goals, and progressed  renewed courses to FAB/UAB (Faculty and University Academic Board) approval stage.   Other positive impacts as ADTL include the renewed IT23 Bach. Information Technology (2009) (resulting in significant increases in enrolments and a reduction in attrition rates), and improved attrition rates in FaST courses overall. My record of academic leadership, service and mentoring of staff demonstrates my abilities to support and inspire innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to both curriculum design and teaching scholarship.   Research success includes almost  $2.4 million in competitive grants, ($1.66m of external funding) in the past 5 years, achieving an ARC Linkage Grant (as CI in one of the CRC Smart Services Teams), and as lead investigator in multiple successful teams in four ALTC (Australian Learning & Teaching Council) grants. I have research prominence in three inter-related areas of research – Information Searching Behaviours, Learning & Teaching, and Higher Education Leadership. I have developed and successfully led large-scale interdisciplinary collaborative research projects with research outcomes disseminated in tier A and B journals and conferences and cited in some A+ outlets among others. I have a hIndex 21 (@ Dec 2018) and I authored over 80 publications to date (Some are readily available from the QUT eprints archive:,_Sylvia.html), and developed a trans-national research network.   My strength in supervision and mentoring is epitomised by having over 30 Higher Degree Research students with 20 PhD completions to date.


Research theme: Information Research discipline: Information Systems Research area: Information Science Areas of expertise

  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Teaching and Learning Leadership
  • Human information behaviour
  • E–learning environments
  • IT learners’ experience of critical concepts
  • Website design.

Research Grants

  • 2010-2012: ARC Linkage. Understanding health information literacy in Australia’s ageing population: a qualitative study. ($175,000 ARC plus $90,000 Industry Partner)
  • 2009–2011: ALTC Leadership Grant: Changing the culture of teaching & learning in ICT and engineering: facilitating research professors to be T&L leaders ($528,000)
  • 2008–2010: ALTC Priority Grant: Retrofitting University learning spaces: From Teaching Spaces to Learning Spaces. ($267,000)
  • 2006-2008: ALTC (Carrick) Discipline Based Initiative: Managing educational change in the ICT discipline at the tertiary education level. ($250,000)
  • 2008 – 2013: CRC Smart Services (OCS): CRC SS OSFS01 One–Stop Personalised Financial Services ($771,000)
  • 2008-2009: Queensland’s 150th Legacy Infrastructure Program – Community Funding Program: Smart Lives:  Celebrating Queenslanders Digital Lifestyles ($25,000)
  • 2005-2009: QUT T&L Large Grant: Supporting explorative learning by providing collaborative problem centred e-learning environments: Learning by doing, experiencing, reflecting and collaborating. ($273,000).
This information has been contributed by Professor Sylvia Edwards.


Teaching discipline: Information Systems
Teaching Areas

  • e–Commerce
  • Website design
  • Information management.
This information has been contributed by Professor Sylvia Edwards.


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


Awards and recognition

Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
Invited ALTC Assessor 2011 - ongoing
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
ARC Assessor 2011 - ongoing
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Australian Award for University Teaching: Teaching Excellence in Physical Sciences & Related Disciplines. To win, you must demontsrate substanial output and impact from Teaching and Learning related research. The ceremony at Parliament House Canberra recognised 22 academics. Citation: Sylvia is well known for her authentic learning practices, creating learning environments characterized by novelty, variety and diversity. These environments are based on her research into current student experiences. Sylvia is highly regarded for her ability to inspire and motivate students.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Understanding Health Information Literacy in Australia's Ageing Population: A Qualitative Study
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Health Education and Prevention;Information Literacy;Population Health;Health Information;Ageing