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Karen Le Rossignol

Karen Le Rossignol


Faculty: Arts and Education
School: Communication and Creative Arts
Discipline: Professional Writing

Campus: Burwood
Phone: +61 3 924 46468
Email: k.lerossignol@deakin.edu.au



Ms Karen Le Rossignol teaches undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the School of Communication and Creative Arts and has developed a range of units within the Professional Writing and Media/Communications disciplines. She joined Deakin in 2000 after a varied career that began with secondary school teaching, included a stint in the health insurance industry and key positions at the Holmesglen Institute of TAFE - Head of Department, Professional Writing and Media, and project management in the Training and Development Unit. Since 1995, Karen has been a consultant writer, editor and curriculum designer. She continues to work freelance, as well as lecturing at Deakin.

Creativity and experimentation characterise Karen's approach to teaching and learning and resource development, shaped within a solid framework of objectives linked to assessment tools, content and graduate attributes. She aims to motivate students to learn within an academic and commercial context, so that they are able to work with a range of people, information and communication systems and resources. Karen prizes intellectual and creative curiosity and seeks to develop this through creative resources that involve scenarios and experiential learning. One example is the web-based and DSO-supported scenarios of Bilby and Newlandia, virtual places where students sort and synthesise information, to develop creative responses to specific persuasive exercises at both postgraduate and undergraduate level.

A principal research interest of Karen's combines the use of scenarios and development of creative learning approaches with learning styles research focussing on investigating and defining neomillenial learning styles. In 2007 she used an Early Career Researcher grant to investigate the neomillenial learning styles of a Deakin collaborative performing and creative arts season, 'eXposure', where postgraduate professional communication students worked with performing arts students over six weeks to produce a launch and other events. Karen will be presenting on this research. She is interested in looking at a range of scenario-based approaches and the appropriate social software to deliver these.

Karen is taking a leadership role in the following areas of teaching and learning:

  • experiential learning and internships
  • development of scenario-based resources to support Creative Industries Internships and delivery of Professional Writing subjects
  • involvement in a Creative Enterprise minor sequence in several undergraduate courses
  • strategic course development and coordination of Master of Arts (Creative Enterprise), development of international links and industry mentorship in creative enterprise


  • BA (Hons.) [Melb]
  • DipEd [Melb]
  • GCert Enterprise Management [Swinburne UT]



  • ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - for creative and interactive virtual world resources combined with teaching strategies that encourage students to engage in contextualised learning in undergraduate and postgraduate writing programs.


  • Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence



  • STALGS grant (Project participant)—Beyond Recruitment Targets: Internationalising the Curriculum through the Indian Experience


  • Early Career Researcher Grant


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