Caroline Steel

Biography

Caroline Steel works as a Lecturer in Higher Education in the Educational Consultancy and Evaluation (ECE) section of the Teaching Education Development Institute (TEDI) at The University of Queensland, Australia. She is an EdD candidate and plans to complete her doctoral studies in 2006. Recently Caroline led the implementation of the Blackboard System at UQ and also the academic staff development initiatives to support the implementation and engender quality elearning and teaching at UQ. Previously she worked in educational design in a joint science-based faculty and TEDI position on a large project to enhance distance learning courses and curriculum with educational technologies. Another initiative of that project that Caroline was involved with, was the 'Hang in there! Distance Learner Support Kit' www.uq.edu.au/hanginthere which has won several commendations at the UQ Enhancement of Student Learning Awards. Research areas: Academic teacher beliefs about teaching, learning and web technologies (doctoral thesis in progress); innovative teaching approaches; enabling technology innovation through transformative leadership. Carolinee's professional areas of interest are: eLearning theory and design;curriculum design, renewal and learning technology enhancement; academic staff development (situated, workshop, online, networked): project management and leadership.