The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education provides strategic leadership for Deakin's ambitious curriculum reform and management of the student learning experience.
Professor Liz Johnson leads Deakin's ambitious Student Learning and Experience strategy, including the drive to premium digital education and our partnership with FutureLearn. Professor Johnson’s portfolio includes Academic Governance and Standards, Cloud Campus, Global Studio, the Library, Deakin Learning Futures, the Dean of Students, and the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE).
Professor Johnson was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning from 2014, leading Deakin Learning Futures and with oversight of the online learning environment, teaching innovation and course development projects and building staff capability for learning and teaching. Professor Johnson has led whole-of-institution curriculum reform projects at Deakin University and La Trobe University and nationally funded projects, most recently Successful WIL in Science, on work-integrated learning in science faculties, funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia and the Department of Education and Training.
Professor Johnson was the founding Director of the Australian Council of Deans of Science’s Teaching and Learning Centre. Her leadership has been recognised through a National Teaching Fellowship (2012), national and institutional awards (2006, 2007) and competitive grants (2009 to 2016).
Professor Johnson trained as a plant biochemist and taught university biochemistry for over 30 years. She now researches and publishes in areas associated with work-integrated learning and digital credentialing.Read more on Liz's profile
S Palmer, M Campbell, E Johnson, J West
(2018), Vol. 48, pp. 989-1006, Research in science education, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1
Joanne Elliott, T Jorre De St Jorre, Elizabeth Johnson
(2018), pp. 1-4, WIL : Creating connections, building futures : Proceedings of the 2018 7th National Conference on Work Integrated Learning, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1
M Sharma, W Rifkin, V Tzioumis, M Hill, E Johnson, C Varsavsky, S Jones, S Beames, A Crampton, M Zadnik, S Pyke
(2017), Vol. 39, pp. 169-182, Journal of higher education policy and management, Abingdon, Eng., C1
K Miller, T Jorre De St Jorre, J West, E Johnson
(2017), pp. 1-12, Active learning in higher education, London, Eng., C1
T Jorre De St Jorre, E Johnson, G O'Dea
(2017), pp. 117-120, ASCILITE 2017 : Me, Us, IT! : Proceedings ASCILITE2017: 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education, Towoomba, QLD., E1
K Matthews, A Crampton, M Hill, E Johnson, M Sharma, C Varsavsky
(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 238-251, International journal for academic development, London, Eng., C1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Australian Competitive Grants
Successful WIL in Science
Prof Liz Johnson, Prof John Rice, A/Prof Cristina Varsavsky, Prof Jo Ward, Prof Malcolm Campbell, Dr John Holdsworth, Dr Trina Jorre De St Jorre
OLT Innovation and Development Grants - Office for Learning and Teaching
- 2016: $344,700
Industry and Other Funding
Preparing students for the 21st century workplace: the critical role of assessment
A/Prof Rola Ajjawi, Prof David Boud, Dr Joanna Tai, Prof Liz Johnson
- 2017: $10,000
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