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Dr Rola Ajjawi

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Position

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty

Cent Res Assess Digital Learn

Department

Cent Res Assess Digital Learn

Campus

Deakin Downtown

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2007

Contact

rola.ajjawi@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 43824

Biography

Rola Ajjawi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning at Deakin University, Australia. She has a Bachelor's Honours Degree in Physiotherapy and worked as a physiotherapist and clinical educator before moving into academia full-time with the completion of her PhD in 2007. Since then she has led a program of research centred on workplace learning with an interest in assessment and feedback in the workplace. She has over 80 publications including peer-review journal articles, book chapters and books. Rola is Deputy Editor for the journal Medical Education and is co-editor of a book on Developing Evaluative Judgement in Higher Education.

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Research interests

Workplace learning, assessment and feedback, clinical reasoning, qualitative research methods, professional identity formation, student engagement.

Knowledge areas

In her previous role, Rola was Deputy Director of the Postgraduate Medical Education programmes at the University of Dundee. This involved strategic leadership and curriculum development of the programs. She has designed and delivered modules at Master's level including: Teaching and Learning in Medical Education, Research Methods in Medical Education, Curriculum Planning and Clinical Teaching. 

Research expertise:

  • Feedback
  • Assessment design 
  • Workplace learning
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Identity

Professional activities

Deputy Editor of the journal Medical Education http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2923

Awards

  • Nominated for Best Published Research by an Early Career Researcher in 2008, Institute of Social Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Paper listed in Medical Education 2008: Big Ideas from the Carnegie Foundation Preparation for Professions Project, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, USA: Ajjawi R, Higgs J (2008) Learning to reason: A journey of professional socialisation. Advances in Health Sciences Education 13(2), 133-150.
  • Presentation judged as the Best Quality Oral Presentation at the Asia-Pacific Medical Education 2009 Conference in Singapore: Ajjawi R, Hyde S, Roberts C, Nisbet G (2009) Marginalisation of dental students in a shared medical and dental education programme. Medical Education 43(3), 238–245.
  • Presentation won best paper in session at the International Clinical Skills Conference in Prato 2011
  • Choice Critics Award’ for recognition of reviewing services and quality reviews for Medical Education Journal 2012
  • JISC InterACT dialogic feedback programme winner of the 2013 College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing Innovation in Teaching Award and Highly Commended for the University Excellence in Teaching Award 2013
  • Nominated for the Jisc RSC Scotland iTech Awards 2013 and also the Scottish e-Assessment Awards 2013
  • ASME EDG Travelling Fellowship Award 2013 (£1531) to visit the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • ASME Medical Education Journal internship award 2013

Projects

  • Noble C, Ajjawi R, Teodorczuk A, Billett S, Hilder J (2017-2019). Enriching medical trainees’ learning through practice: towards a focus on patient-inclusive learning. Gold Coast Health and Gold Coast Hospital Foundation Large Research Grant Scheme (RGS2017-LG0002; $99,964) 
  • Walker-Gibbs B, Ajjawi R, Rowe E, Skourdoumbis A, Thomas M, O’Shea S, Bennett, S (2017-2018) Success and Failure in Higher Education on uneven playing fields. Student Equity in Higher Education Research Grants Program. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE). ($38,280.88) 
  • Ajjawi R, Tai J, Boud D, Johnson L (2017-2018) Preparing students for the 21st century workplace: the critical role of assessment, Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Research Grant Scheme. ($10,000)
  • Brown J, Kirby C, Ajjawi R, Bearman M, Nestel D (2017-2018) Feedback exchanges, supervisory relationships and the educational alliance: implications for GP registrar and supervisor training and support. Royal Australian College of General Practice ($150,420) 
  • Bearman M, Tai J, Dawson P, Boud D, Ajjawi R (2017) REDI Industry Collaboration Development Grant Application Form – Examining feedback and its effect in postgraduate medical education training ($10,000) 
  • Ajjawi R, Boud D, Zacharias N, Bennett S (2017-2018) Stories of failure and persistence in Higher Education. Deakin University REDI Large Grant ($17, 875)
  • MacLeod A, Cleveland-Innes M, Kits O, Tummons J, Ajjawi R (2017-2020) Becoming a Professional Through Distributed Learning: A Sociomaterial Ethnography. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (CD$314,474; AUD$320,670)
  • Ajjawi R, Dennis A, Rees CE. (2013) Conducting a national priority setting exercise for dental education research in Scotland. NHS Education Scotland (£30,000; AUD$57,580)
  • Ajjawi R (2012) Designed by and for students: Developing a sustainable student-led learning community for medical education research on an online Masters Programme. HEA Teaching Development Grant Individual (£6,892; AUD$13,228)
  • Davey P, Ajjawi R, Coull S, Lafferty N, Maitland H, McKelvie K, Marr C, Tully V (2012) Developing and evaluating a platform for spaced education in the NHS workplace environment. ACT funding 2012-2013 (£88,703; $170,251)
  • Ajjawi R, Schofield S, McAleer S, Walsh L, Walker D (2011) Using technology to promote dialogic feedback in an online distance learning programme. Joint Information Systems Committee (£125,000, AUD$239,918)
  • Jolly B, Ajjawi R, Clearihan L (2010) Research on the impact of the VMA General Practice (GP) training program – Phase 1: Literature review and scoping study. Victorian Metropolitan Alliance General Practice Training Program (AUD$46,153)
  • Harris A, Lampe L, Mahli G, Ajjawi R (2010) Improving the Observed Clinical Interview in Psychological Medicine. Teaching Improvement & Equipment Scheme, The University of Sydney (AUD$9,900)
  • Rees CE & Ajjawi R (2009) Learning to learn together: Patient-student-tutor interaction during medical workplace learning encounters.  University of Sydney Australian Research Council Discovery Project Bridging Grant (AUD$10,000)
  • Ajjawi R (2004) Learning to communicate clinical reasoning. Awarded Australian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education (ANZAME) Seeding Grant for PhD research (AUD$5000)

Publications

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2018

A qualitative synthesis of video feedback in higher education

P Mahoney, S Macfarlane, R Ajjawi

(2018), pp. 1-23, Teaching in higher education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal
2017

Researching feedback dialogue: an interactional analysis approach

R Ajjawi, D Boud

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 252-265, Assessment and evaluation in higher education, London, Eng., C1

journal

An autoethnographic exploration of the use of goal oriented feedback to enhance brief clinical teaching encounters

L Farrell, G Bourgeois-Law, R Ajjawi, G Regehr

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 91-104, Advances in health sciences education, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Clinical reasoning of junior doctors in emergency medicine: a grounded theory study

E Adams, C Goyder, C Heneghan, L Brand, R Ajjawi

(2017), Vol. 34, pp. 70-75, Emergency medicine journal, London, Eng., C1

journal

Shedding the cobra effect: problematising thematic emergence, triangulation, saturation and member checking

L Varpio, R Ajjawi, L Monrouxe, B O'Brien, C Rees

(2017), Vol. 51, pp. 40-50, Medical education, London, Eng., C1

journal

Contextual influences on feedback practices: an ecological perspective

R Ajjawi, E Molloy, M Bearman, C Rees

(2017), Vol. 5, pp. 129-143, Scaling up assessment for learning in higher education, Singapore, B1

chapter

Developing a national dental education research strategy: priorities, barriers and enablers

R Ajjawi, K Barton, A Dennis, C Rees

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 1-12, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

journal

Exploring the tensions of being and becoming a medical educator

A Sethi, R Ajjawi, S McAleer, S Schofield

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 1-10, BMC medical education, London, Eng., C1

journal

Developing a national dental education research strategy: priorities, barriers and enablers

Rola Ajjawi, Karen Barton, Ashley Dennis, Charlotte Rees

(2017), Vol. 7, BMJ OPEN, C1

journal
2016

Translating evidence-based guidelines to improve feedback practices: the interACT case study

K Barton, S Schofield, S McAleer, R Ajjawi

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-12, BMC medical education, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

You kind of want to fix it don't you? Exploring general practice trainees' experiences of managing patients with medically unexplained symptoms

M Howman, K Walters, J Rosenthal, R Ajjawi, M Buszewicz

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-10, BMC medical education, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

How do postgraduate qualifications in medical education impact on health professionals?

A Sethi, S Schofield, R Ajjawi, S Mcaleer

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 162-167, Medical teacher, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

An exploration of contextual dimensions impacting goals of care conversations in postgraduate medical education

A Roze des Ordons, J Lockyer, M Hartwick, A Sarti, R Ajjawi

(2016), Vol. 15, pp. 1-9, BMC palliative care, London, Eng., C1

journal

Palliative and end of life care communication as emerging priorities in postgraduate medical education

A Roze des Ordons, R Ajjawi, J Macdonald, A Sarti, J Lockyer, M Hartwick

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. e4-e21, Canadian medical education journal, Calgary, Canada, C1

journal

Balancing student/trainee learning with the delivery of patient care in the healthcare workplace: a protocol for realist synthesis

S Sholl, R Ajjawi, H Allbutt, J Butler, D Jindal-Snape, J Morrison, C Rees

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-6, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

journal

Undertaking and reporting qualitative research

J Tai, R Ajjawi

(2016), Vol. 13, pp. 175-182, Clinical teacher, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Feedback and the educational alliance: examining credibility judgements and their consequences

S Telio, G Regehr, R Ajjawi

(2016), Vol. 50, pp. 933-942, Medical education, London, Eng., C1

journal
2015

Autoethnography: introducing 'I' into medical education research

L Farrell, G Bourgeois-Law, G Regehr, R Ajjawi

(2015), Vol. 49, pp. 974-982, Medical education, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Learning clinical skills during bedside teaching encounters in general practice: a video-observational study with insights from activity theory

R Ajjawi, C Rees, L Monrouxe

(2015), Vol. 27, pp. 298-314, Journal of workplace learning, Bingley, Eng., C1-1

journal

The 'educational alliance' as a framework for reconceptualizing feedback in medical education

S Telio, R Ajjawi, G Regehr

(2015), Vol. 90, pp. 609-614, Academic medicine, Hagerstown, Md., C1-1

journal

Selecting, training and assessing new general practice community teachers in UK medical schools

C Hydes, R Ajjawi

(2015), Vol. 26, pp. 297-304, Education for primary care, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2014

Family physician preceptors' conceptualizations of health advocacy: implications for medical education

M Hubinette, R Ajjawi, S Dharamsi

(2014), Vol. 89, pp. 1502-1509, Academic medicine, Hagerstown, Md., C1-1

journal

A novel approach to needs assessment in curriculum development: going beyond consensus methods

C Gonsalves, R Ajjawi, M Rodger, L Varpio

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 422-429, Medical teacher, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Professionalism in workplace learning: understanding interprofessional dilemmas through healthcare student narratives

C Rees, L Monrouxe, R Ajjawi

(2014), pp. 295-310, Exploring the dynamics of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics, Bristol, Eng., B1-1

chapter
2013

Is there a Plan B?: Clinical educators supporting underperforming students in practice settings

M Bearman, E Molloy, R Ajjawi, J Keating

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 531-544, Teaching in higher education, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

The construction of power in family medicine bedside teaching: a video observation study

C Rees, R Ajjawi, L Monrouxe

(2013), Vol. 47, pp. 154-165, Medical education, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Professional development for medical educators

C Macrae, S Schofield, R Ajjawi

(2013), pp. 297-310, Educating health professionals : becoming a university teacher, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter
2012

Core components of communication of clinical reasoning: a qualitative study with experienced Australian physiotherapists

R Ajjawi, J Higgs

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 107-119, Advances in health sciences education, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

Avoiding plagiarism

S Schofield, R Ajjawi

(2012), pp. 163-170, Communicating in the health sciences, South Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter

Theories of communication

R Ajjawi, C Rees

(2012), pp. 15-23, Communicating in the health sciences, South Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter

Communicating clinical reasoning

R Ajjawi, J Higgs, L McAllister

(2012), pp. 206-215, Communicating in the health sciences, South Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

chapter
2011

Promoting clinical reasoning in general practice trainees: role of the clinical teacher

K Atkinson, R Ajjawi, N Cooling

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 176-180, Clinical teacher, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Clinical reasoning sessions: back to the patient

A Harris, P Boyce, R Ajjawi

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 13-16, Clinical teacher, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2010

How do homeopaths reason and make decisions? Integrating theory, practice, and education

D Levy, R Ajjawi, C Roberts

(2010), Vol. 16, pp. 1321-1327, Journal of alternative and complementary medicine, Larchmont, N.Y., C1-1

journal

What are the perceived learning needs of Australian general practice registrars for quality prescribing?

R Ajjawi, J Thistlethwaite, P Aslani, N Cooling

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 1-7, BMC medical education, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Interprofessional fieldwork education in practice

J Thistlethwaite, G Nisbet, R Ajjawi

(2010), pp. 215-224, Innovations in allied health fieldwork education : a critical appraisal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter

Clinical reasoning capability: current understanding and implications for physiotherapy educators

R Ajjawi, M Smith

(2010), Vol. 12, pp. 60-73, Focus on health professional education, Renmark, S. Aust., C1-1

journal

Breaking down professional barriers: medicine and pharmacy students learning together

R Ajjawi, J Thistlethwaite, K Williams, G Ryan, J Seale, P Carroll

(2010), Vol. 12, pp. 1-10, Focus on health professional education, Renmark, S. Aust., C1-1

journal

The decision to prescribe: influences and choice

J Thistlethwaite, R Ajjawi, P Aslani

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 237-243, InnovAiT, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Health professional education

M Smith, R Ajjawi, J Higgs

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 297-310, Education for future practice, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter
2009

Marginalisation of dental students in a shared medical and dental education programme

R Ajjawi, S Hyde, C Roberts, G Nisbet

(2009), Vol. 43, pp. 238-245, Medical education, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

Learning clinical reasoning and its communication in physiotherapy practice

R Ajjawi

(2009), Saarbru?cken, Germany, A1-1

book

Clinical reasoning: the nuts and bolts of clinical education

R Ajjawi, S Loftus, H Schmidt, S Mamede

(2009), pp. 109-127, Clinical education in the health professions, Chatswood, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter
2008

Learning to reason: a journey of professional socialisation

R Ajjawi, J Higgs

(2008), Vol. 13, pp. 133-150, Advances in health sciences education, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal

Working and learning in communities of practice

J Higgs, R Ajjawi, M Smith

(2008), pp. 117-127, Contexts of physiotherapy practice, Chatswood, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter

Clinical reasoning in physiotherapy

M Smith, R Ajjawi, M Jones

(2008), pp. 102-114, Contexts of physiotherapy practice, Chatswood, N.S.W., B1-1

chapter
2007

Using hermeneutic phenomenology to investigate how experienced practitioners learn to communicate clinical reasoning

R Ajjawi, J Higgs

(2007), Vol. 12, pp. 612-638, Qualitative report, Fort Lauderdale, Flo., C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Success and Failure in Higher Education on uneven playing fields.

A/Prof Bernadette Walker-Gibbs, Dr Rola Ajjawi, Dr Emma Rowe, Dr Andrew Skourdoumbis, Dr Matthew Thomas, A/Prof Sarah O'Shea, Prof Sue Bennett

  • 2018: $13,281
  • 2017: $7,906

Industry and Other Funding

Preparing students for the 21st century workplace: the critical role of assessment

Dr Rola Ajjawi, Prof David Boud, Dr Joanna Tai, Prof Liz Johnson

  • 2017: $10,000

Improving feedback relationships in general practice vocational training supervision

Dr James Brown, Dr Rola Ajjawi, A/Prof Margaret Bearman, Prof Debra Nestel, Dr Cat Kirby

  • 2018: $9,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report