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Prof Beverley Oliver



Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Alfred Deakin Professor


Office of DVC (Education)


Office of DVC (Education)


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Alfred Deakin Professor Beverley Oliver leads Deakin's ambitious Student Learning and Experience strategy, including the drive to premium digital education and our partnership with FutureLearn. Professor Oliver’s portfolio includes Academic Governance and Standards, Cloud Campus, the Library, Deakin Learning Futures, the Dean of Students, the Centre for Research in Assessment for Digital Learning (CRADLE) and DeakinCo. Professor Oliver is Deputy Chair of Universities Australia’s Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic) and Deputy Chair of the Board of EduGrowth, a not-for-profit entity and Australia’s acceleration network for high-growth, scaleable, borderless education.

Professor Oliver's leadership has been recognised through two national Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and several nationally funded grants and fellowships, including a National Teaching Fellowship (Assuring Graduate Capabilities, completed 2015); Teaching Fellowship (Benchmarking Partnerships for Graduate Employability, 2010); Good Practice Report (Assuring Graduate Outcomes, 2012); competitive grants (Building course team capacity to enhance graduate employability, 2010; and 21C Credentials, completed 2016). Professor Oliver researches and publishes in areas associated with graduate employability, graduate skills and capabilities, assessment and evidence of learning, digital credentialing, curriculum reform and digital innovation.

In 2017, Professor Oliver was awarded Deakin University’s highest honour, the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, for her outstanding and sustained contribution to conceptualising the strategic enhancement of courses in the digital economy and furthering the University’s research and scholarship in the field of higher education.

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Graduate attributes for 2020 and beyond: recommendations for Australian higher education providers

B Oliver, T Jorre de St Jorre

(2018), Vol. 37, pp. 1-16, Higher education research and development, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Want students to engage? Contextualise graduate learning outcomes and assess for employability

T Jorre De St Jorre, B Oliver

(2017), pp. 1-14, Higher education research & development, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Validating a teaching survey which drives increased response rates in a unit survey

B Tucker, B Oliver, R Gupta

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 427-439, Teaching in higher education, London, Eng., C1-1


Graduate attributes as a focus for institution-wide curriculum renewal: innovations and challenges

B Oliver

(2013), Vol. 32, pp. 450-463, Higher education research & development, London, Eng., C1-1


Imagining the future of assessment: for evidence, for credit and for payment

B Oliver, K Souter

(2013), pp. 657-660, ASCILITE 2013 : Electric Dreams : Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2013 conference, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1


The 'iPortfolio' : measuring uptake and effective use of an institutional electronic portfolio in higher education

K von, B Oliver

(2012), Vol. 28, pp. 67-90, Australasian journal of educational technology, Perth, W.A., C1-1


Benchmarking journalism courses with a focus on graduate employability : case Studies from three Australian universities

B Oliver, P Bethell, J Fernandez, J Harrison, R Breit

(2011), pp. 1-6, AUQF 2011 : Proceedings of the AuQF : Demonstrating Quality, Melbourne, VIC, E1


Designing an e-portfolio for assurance of learning focusing on adoptability and learning analytics

B Oliver, B Whelan

(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 1026-1041, Australasian journal of educational technology, Perth, W.A., C1-1


Building engaging physical and virtual learning spaces: a case study of a collaborative approach

B Oliver, P Nikoletatos

(2009), pp. 720-728, ASCILITE 2009 : Proceedings of the 26th Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Auckland, New Zealand, E1-1


eVALUate: an evaluation instrument for measuring students' perceptions of their engagement and learning outcomes

B Oliver, B Tucker, R Gupta, S Yeo

(2008), Vol. 33, pp. 619-630, Assessment & evaluation in higher education, London, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Curate, Credential and Carry Forward Digital Learning Evidence

Prof Beverley Oliver, A/Prof Kay Souter

OLT Commissioned Projects - Office for learning and Teaching

  • 2014: $114,250
  • 2013: $204,000


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