Everyone is creative. I'm interested in helping teachers and students access that creativity, through design and through the use of technology
Dr Kate Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in the field of digital technologies and design for education at Griffith University. Kate has considerable experience in developing methods for analysing complex data sets, and the targeted application of learning analytics, as well as multimodal learning analytics, have been a recent focus of her interest. In particular, she has identified indicators of successful collaboration and progress towards the completion of a task that can be used to provide feedback to learners, instructors, designers and researchers. More generally, Kate has experience in research using online learning environments (synchronous and asynchronous), mobile learning, virtual worlds, simulation models, environmental education, learning by design and education for socio-environmental synthesis. Her current interests include a systems approach to understanding innovative learning spaces, with particular focus on digital and design technologies. Kate is the Program Director for the new Graduate Certificate in STEAM Education which launches in 2017.
Kate has presented at many local, national, and international conferences. In 2015 she was invited to speak to the Transformative Learning Technology Lab at Stanford. Kate is a regular presenter at the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference (2015, Gottenburg, Sweden) and the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (2016, Singapore).
Kate has worked with a number of industry partners on various projects in the digital technology and innovative learning spaces environment including two projects acting as a Critical Friend under the Federal Government’s Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) program, and has undertaken a number of consultancy projects based on identifying and analysing the use of technology to assist with learning for students both nationally and internationally. Kate was heavily involved in the International Conference of the Learning Sciences in Sydney in 2012, where she was a member of the organizing committee, the paper review committee as well as the publication committee. Kate was also one of four co-editors of the conference proceedings. She is the co-convenor of the Research SIG in the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE), and a member of the National Advisory Committee for this organization.
Kate has over ten years experience in research focusing on the role of technology in education and learning. The ultimate aim of her research is to inform design for learning in complex learning environments. Of importance in all of her research is the theme that the activity of learners and instructors is as important as the learning outcomes themselves. Research highlights include:
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