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Dr Rachael Hains-Wesson

Position: Lecturer in Blended Learning
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Department: Faculty Office
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443810 +61 3 92443810
Email: rachael.hainswesson@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

My research interests encompass Blended Learning, Community Theatre and Outreach, ePortfolios, reflective practice, performance education, arts-in-education, imagination in early childhood from a Theatre for Young Audiences practitioner's perspective, Theatre-in-Education, Creative Dramatics and Drama-in-Education that focuses on self-empowerment, self-efficacy and social awareness for adult learners.

I hold an Associate Diploma of Art in Theatre Studies (Swinburne University of Technology), an Associate Degree of Science in pre-hospital care (Charles Sturt University), BA of Art in English (Murdoch University), a Master of Art in Creative Writing and Theory (The University of Melbourne) and a PhD of Art in Creative Writing from The University of Western Australia (2012). I have also completed a Graduate Diploma of Education in Tertiary Teaching (2013: Murdoch University) and the Foundations of University Teaching (FUT) at The University of Western Australia in 2010. I am currently completing a second PhD in Education (Blended Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for (S.T.E.M) educators) at Deakin University, Australia.

I have received various awards and commissions for my work such as the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) national grant (2013), a Silver Halo Award from The University of Western Australia's Cultural Precinct (2011), an Excellence in Teaching Award for the category of Sessional and Tutoring from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2011), a UWA Convocation Postgraduate Travel Award (2009), a University of Tasmania theatre commission (2005 & 2010), a Blue Room theatre commission (2002), a Community Arts Network Award (CANWA, 2002), a Myer Foundation Award (2000), a Powerhouse Youth Theatre Commission (2000), Melbourne Fringe Festival Performing Arts Award (2000) and a Queen’s Trust for Young Australian’s Achiever Award (2000). 

I am the founding member of Odd Socks Theatre Company (Melbourne) which specialised in addressing anti-bullying issues in primary schools by implementing socially aware theatre programs (with over 2000 performances) throughout Victoria from 1998-2001. I was a regular contributor for "Lowdown" from 2010-2011 (the National magazine for Youth Performing Arts in Australia) and the founder of "Trove" (an online WIL creative arts journal at The University of Western Australia) from 2010-2012.


Biography summary

Dr Rachael Hains-Wesson is a Lecturer in Blended Learning at Deakin University in the faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. She provides support and expertise around blended learning design and evaluation. Her research interests include: curriculum evaluation, reflective practice and Work-Integrated Learning.


Qualifications

  • Master of Creative Writing, University of Melbourne, 2007
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Australia, 2012
  • GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2014


Career highlights

  • Australian Collaborative Education Network national WIL grant (2013), Victoria.
  • A Silver Halo Award from The University of Western Australia's (UWA) Cultural Precinct (2011).
  • An Excellence in Teaching Award for the category of Sessional and Tutoring from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2011), UWA.
  • A UWA Convocation Postgraduate Travel Award (2009).
  • A University of Tasmania theatre commission (2005 & 2010).
  • A Blue Room theatre commission (2002).
  • A Community Arts Network Award (CANWA, 2002).
  • A Myer Foundation Award (2000).
  • A Powerhouse Youth Theatre Commission (2000).
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival Performing Arts Award (2000).
  • A Queen’s Trust for Young Australian’s Achiever Award (2000).


Affiliations

  • (HERDSA) Higher Education Research Development Society of Australasia, Victoria Committee member
  • (ACEN) Victoria, Committee member


Professional activities

HERDSA (Victoria) Conference Committee Member (2014-2015): see here for more detail.

LinkedIn profile

http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=262007253&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic


Personal website

https://deakin.academia.edu/RachaelHainsWesson

Academic

Teaching Interests

  • Blended Learning
  • Online
  • Face-to-face
  • eLearning
  • Assessment, curriculum design and evaluation
  • Reflective practice
  • ePortfolios as pedagogy and practice
  • Educational research and methodologies
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Theatre-in-education
  • Community theatre
  • Creative and professional writing


Subjects and units currently teaching

  • Creative and professional writing
  • Writing for the stage
  • Reflective practice
  • ePortfolios as pedagogy and practice
  • Methodologies in educational research


Expertise categories

Expertise summary

Due to my extensive and diverse experiences and employment opportunities, I specialise in the following teaching areas: blended learning and assessment, reflective practice, portfolios as pedagogy and practice, educational research and methodologies, performance and script writing, creative and professional writing. In addition, I bring a diverse skill set that is backed with attention to detail with extensive experience that enables me to develop assessment tasks that are authentic and at the cutting edge for innovation in higher education.

Knowledge areas

  • Blended Learning in Higher Education for S.T.E.M educators
  • Work-Integrated Learning
  • Reflective Practice
  • Evaluation Research
  • eLearning
  • Arts-in-education


Conferences and seminars

  • Kaider, F., Hains-Wesson, R., & Young, K. (2014). Non-placement WIL at Deakin University, ACEN: Queensland, Australia.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2013). The Tricks of the Trade, eLearning Summit, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2012). ePortfolios and eResearch, Postgraduate Conference, Federation University Australia.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2011). The role of the imagination in Holmans' The Small Poppies, Inheritances Postgraduate Conference, Perth: Western Australia.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2011). Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation teaching and learning styles,The University of Western Australia's Teaching and Learning Conference, Perth: Western Australia.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2011). The role of the imagination in Holman's The Small Poppies, ASCA International Workshop and Conference, Amsterdam: The Netherlands.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2010). Performance techniques in the lecture theatre, The Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER) 25th Annual Research Forum Perth: Western Australia.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2010). How to implement icebreakers in the learning environment, The University of Western Australia's Sessional Teaching Forum, Perth: Western Australia.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2009). The role of fantasy in J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, The 5th Annual Graduate Conference School of Social and Cultural Studies, Perth: Western Australia.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2009). The impact of performance techniques on students' attitudes towards the learning experience, The Postgraduate Teaching Internship Project, Perth: Western Australia.
  • Hains-Wesson, R. (2009). What is children's theatre? Problems in defining a historical lineage, The 4th Annual Limina Conference at The University of Western Australia Institute of Advanced Studies, Perth: Western Australia.

Media appearances


Please see this link for media appearances

Related Links

Professional plays: http://australianplays.org/playwright/ASC-407

Prezi for reflective practice: http://prezi.com/dbiirewwd7x8/getting-started-with-reflective-practice/

Teaching and Learning resource for peer and self-assessment (Deakin University): http://www.deakin.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/53462/peer-and-self-assessment.pdf

ePortfolio project for Deakin's Bachelor of Management in the faculty of Business and Law: http://bmgtportfolios.com/clos.html


Awards

Awards and prizes

TEACHING PRIZES AND RECOGNITION

  • 2011 (winner), Excellence in Teaching Award, Sessional Tutor Category, UWA.
  • 2011 (winner), Silver Halo Award, Cultural Excellence, UWA.
  • 2009 - Nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award, Sessional Tutor Category, UWA.
  • 2000 (winner), Queen’s Trust Foundation Award, Victoria. 
  • 2000 (winner), Myer Foundation Award, Victoria. 
  • 1999 - Nominated for a Young Achiever’s Award, Swinburne University, Victoria.


Research

Research projects

2014 - Assisted in the planning, development and implementation of a Reflective Practice Framework (across the year levels) for the faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University.

2014 - Leader of Project 3: Transforming and augmenting "Content to Cloud" for pre- and post-laboratory learning for the faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University.

2013 - Assisted in the implementation of a curriculum and learning design workshop for academics in the discipline of Finance, Deakin University as part of the "Sandpit" ACEN project: Deakin Learning Futures

2013 - Assisted in the planning, development and implementation of an online resource template for storyboarding CloudConcepts as part of the University-wide Course Enhancement at Deakin University.

2012 - Planned, developed and implemented five online modules “Reflective Practice”, “ePortfolios: Practice and Pedagogy”, “Questionnaires and Surveys part 1 & 2” and “Developing Good Practice Guides” as part of the Federation University of Australia's Graduate Certificate of Education in Tertiary Teaching. These modules were also implemented as part of the University’s Professional Development program.

2012 - Completed five lectures and seminars for teachers on ePortfolio making for research, learning and ePortfolio teaching practices (VET and HE).

2012 - Completed five lectures and seminars for students on ePortfolio making for learning and reflective practice (VET and HE).

2012 - Planned and developed an online e-booklet titled: “Good Practice Guides for Teaching and Learning” for the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Professional Practice at Federation University Australia, Victoria.


Research interests

  • Blended Learning for S.T.E.M educators
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Reflective Practice
  • Non-placement WIL


Research grants

  • 2014 $10,000 ACEN, Victoria.
  • 2012 $750 The University of Western Australia publication award.
  • 2011 $1000 Awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award, (UWA).
  • 2010 $2500 Postgraduate Convocation Travel Award (UWA).
  • 2010 $2000 School of English and Cultural Studies Travel Award  (UWA).
  • 2010 $1000 The Vice Chancellor’s Discretionary Award (UWA).
  • 2009 $500 The University of Tasmania Theatre Commission   award.
  • 2009 $6000 Awarded a Postgraduate Teaching Internship   Teaching and Learning Program (UWA).
  • 2008 $75,000 Australian Postgraduate Academic Scholarship   (APA, UWA). 
  • 2008 $1000 Postgraduate Services Association (PSA) Award   (UWA). 
  • 2008 $750 School of English and Cultural Studies Travel Grant  award (UWA).
  • 2005 $500 The University of Tasmania Theatre Commission   award.
  • 2005 $12,000 An Undergraduate Commonwealth Education &    Accommodation Scholarship Award (CECS/CAS) Murdoch University.
  • 2004 $6000 Professional Development Community Arts   Network Award (CANWA).
  • 2002 $1000 A Blue Room Theatre Commission, WA.
  • 2000 $1000 A Powerhouse Youth Theatre Commission, NSW.
  • 2000 $2000 A Youth Performing Arts Award (YPAA),  Melbourne.
  • 1999 $6000 A Myer Foundation Award, Melbourne.
  • 1999 $2000 A Queen’s Trust Foundation Award, Melbourne.


Research groups

  • Work-Integrated Learning research project (Deakin University) (2012-2016)
  • Reflective Practice for STEM research team (Deakin University, SEBE) (2014-2015)
  • "Stops" research project group (Deakin University) (2014-2016)
  • Blended Learning: Lectures and technology research group (Deakin University, SEBE) (2014-2016)
  • Emotional intelligence research team (Deakin University, SEBE) (2014-2016)
  • ePortfolios for reflective practice (food science) (Deakin University and Federation University Australia) (2012-2015)


Research page

http://deakin.academia.edu/RachaelHainsWesson


Publications

Publications

Journal articles (peer reviewed and refereed)

Hains-Wesson, R., & Curran, L (2014). Sharing Stories among teachers: Accounting Education: An International Journal (in print).

Hains-Wesson, R. (2013). Multi-modal Theatre Experiences: Africa and 2 Dimensional Life of Her, Youth Theatre Journal, 27(1), 34-50.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2013), Why write? What creative writing can offer the reflective teacher, Higher Education Research and Development, 32(2), 328-331.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2012). The student experience of an online WIL activity, Issues in Educational Research, 22(3), 263-282.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2011). 2 Dimensional Life of Her, (ed.), Manon van de Water in Building Bridges Crossing Borders: Context – a discussion about ambiguityThe ASSITEJ  Book, Sweden: Theatre Epicentre, 4-5.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2011). The impact of performance skills on students’ attitudes towards the  learning experience in higher education, Issues in Educational Research, 21(1), 22-41.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2008), ed. Marion Campbell, Secrets little girls must keep, Strange4, 4(1), 182-189.

Theatre plays (professional)

Hains-Wesson, R. (2010), Don’t Breathe a Word of It, The University of Tasmania: Australian Script Centre.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2005), Don’t Breathe a Word of It, The University of Tasmania: Australian Script Centre.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2000), The Fast Generation, Sydney: Powerhouse Youth Theatre Company.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2000), Don’t Breathe a Word of it, Melbourne: Odd Socks Theatre Company.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2000), Odd Socks and Neat Hair, Melbourne: Odd Socks Theatre Company.

Hains-Wesson, R. (1999), Zap, Melbourne: Odd Socks Theatre Company.

Hains-Wesson, R. (1998), Odd Socks and Neat Hair, Melbourne: Odd Socks Theatre Company.

Hains-Wesson, R., & T, Hewitt. (1998). Kahla, Melbourne: Swinburne University of Technology.

Hains-Wesson, R. (1998), Honestly, Melbourne: Situation Critical.

Non refereed articles (industry)

Hains-Wesson, R. (2012), An innate ability to create: An interview with Spare Part’s Puppet Theatre’s Artistic Director, (ed.), Elizabeth Horn in Incite/Insight of American Alliance for Theatre and Education 4(1), 19-21.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2011), Filling in the gaps part two: An interview with Dr. Joan Pope, Lowdown,  <http://www.lowdown.net.au/FeatureArticle/FillingintheGapsPart2>.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2011), The Red Tree: A theatre review, Lowdown,    <http://www.lowdown.net.au/Review/the>.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2011), Rising Water: A theatre review, Lowdown,  http://www.lowdown.net.au/Review/rising.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2011), Filling in the gaps part one: A feature article, Lowdown, <http://www.lowdown.net.au/FeatureArticle/FillingintheGapsPart1 >.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2010) Africa by My Darling Patricia: A feature article, Lowdown, <http://www.lowdown.net.au/FeatureArticle/Africa>.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2010), The Yum Yum Room, The Border Watch, Adelaide, South Australia.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2010), The Birthday by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: A theatre review, Lowdown, <http://www.lowdown.net.au/Review/TheBirthday>.

Hains-Wesson, R. (2010), Geckoism: An interview with Grahame Gavin: A feature article, Lowdown 32(2), <www.lowdown.net.au/FeatureArticle/Geckoism>.


Link to publications

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=hainsra


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