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Dr Karen Le Rossignol



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2018
Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Management, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, 1991
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne, 1976
Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne, 1976

+61 3 924 46468

Research interests

*Creative Nonfiction and the essay form

*Associational narrative/storytelling using virtual world scenarios

*Working with freelance artists, creative teams and arts industry - cross-disciplinary applied research projects

*Developing and managing fiction and nonfiction book projects - working in collaborations

Teaching interests


BA (Professional and Creative Writing)
- Creative Nonfiction

- Writing for Professional Practice

Professional and Creative Writing Honours: Writing Manifestos, Creative Nonfiction research projects


Freelancing in the Arts - cross-disciplinary work-integrated learning

Postgraduate coursework

Creative Enterprise development

Creative Industries Internships and work-integrated learning

Research projects

Units taught

ALW223, ALW394 - Creative Nonfiction

ALR715 New Ventures in Creative Enterprise

ACC201 Freelancing in the Arts

ALW729 Writing for Communication Media

ALX721 Creative Industries Internships



Freeman, R. and Le Rossignol, K. 2013 ‘Disruption and Resonance in the Personal Essay’, 28-30 June, Great Writing, UK 

Le Rossignol, K. 2013 ‘Virtual Villages: Networking a Global Archipelago’, International Conference on Future Directions in the Humanities, 19-21 June, Budapest, Hungary


Freeman, R. and Le Rossignol, K. 2012 ‘Fragmented Encounters with Creative Nonfiction’ at 17th National Conference of AAWP Encounters: place | situation | context, 25-27 November 2012, Deakin University, Geelong

Le Rossignol, K. 2012 ‘Archipelago Design, Associational Narrative and VIrtual Learning Environments’, 19th International Conference on Learning, 14-16 August 2012, London Institute of Education, University of London, London UK

Le Rossignol, K. 2011 ‘Towards Deakinopolis: a cross-disciplinary and cross-faculty simulation development’ at Educating the professions: new curricula, new pedagogies and new technologies, Teaching and Learning Nov 2-3 2011, Deakin University,  Burwood Vic.

Le Rossignol, K. 2011 ‘Strategic Resource Design – Virtualopolis and the interactive virtual team scenario’ at 1st Global Conference Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds, 20 to 22 March 2011, Prague, Czech Republic


Freeman, R and Le Rossignol, K, ‘Creative nonfiction: framing the nexus between literary fiction and journalism’ at Tertiary Writing Network: Writing the Future, 2-3 December 2010, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ

Le Rossignol, K, ‘Strategic Resource Design – Virtualopolis and the interactive virtual team scenario’ at The Changing Face of Education 5th ERGA Conference, 23-24 September 2010, University of Adelaide, South Australia

Le Rossignol, K. 2010 ‘Creative experiential collaborations in communications courses for the net generation’, at Reshaping Higher Education Conference, 6-9 July 2010, HERDSA, Melbourne, Australia

Le Rossignol, K and Osborne, A, 2010 ‘Internationalising beyond the curriculum - exploring models to engage with international students’ aspirations and expectations’ at Internationalisation of the Curriculum for Global Citizenship: Policies, Practices and Pitfalls Conference, 17-18 June 2010, CICIN, Oxford Brookes University, UK 


Le Rossignol, K. 2009 ‘Social Entrepreneurship and Experiential Learning’, at International Conference – Harnessing Entrepreneurial Potential of Women for Economic Growth, Manipal, India, January 2009, Manipal Institute of Management/ASCENT (Asian Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives)

Le Rossignol, K. 2009 ‘Designing Collaborative e-Learning for the Net Generation’, presented at  International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference IADIS e-Learning 2009 Portugal 2009

Le Rossignol, K. 2009 Experienced stories: ways of seeing/learning Refereed abstract Double Dialogues conference 11/12 December 2009 – Hidden Stories   


Le Rossignol, K. 2008 ‘Designing Blended Learning in Higher Education: The Neomillenial Learner and mediated immersion’, 6th International Conference on New Directions in Humanities, Istanbul, Turkey July 15-18 2008 

Freeman, R. and Le Rossignol, K., 'Taking Risks: Workplace Learning and the Writing Student', Australian Association of Writing Programs Conference Creativity and Uncertainty, UTS Sydney, November 27-29 2008  

Research groups

Creative Arts Emerging Research Group, Flows and Catchments - Deakin University

Virtual Worlds Working Group - Australia

Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds Steering Group -, UK


Deakin University Excellence in Teaching Award (2007)
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Teaching Excellence (2008)


Filter by


Digital Storyworlds : Transformative Ways to Play

Karen Le Rossignol

(2022), pp. 302-319, Handbook of Research on Acquiring 21st Century Literacy Skills Through Game-Based Learning, Hershey, PA, B1

book chapter

Transformative eLearning and Portfolio Careers in Higher Education

Karen Le Rossignol, Meghan Kelly

(2021), pp. 263-278, eLearning engagement in a transformative social learning environment, Hershey, Pa., B1

book chapter

Digital Regional Arts Park

Karen Le Rossignol

(2020), Zoom, COVID lockdown 2 days previously - originally planned for Richardson Room, Kyneton Town Hall, Kyneton, JC2

Non-Traditional Research Output

Disrupting leaps of experience: digital storyworlds, transformative poiesis/praxis and narrative agency

Karen Le Rossignol

(2019), Vol. 57, pp. 1-14, Text, Gold Coast, Qld., C1

journal article

Unsettling creativity: intercultural spaces, study abroad and internationlization beyond the curriculum

C Atherton, K Le Rossignol

(2016), pp. 303-321, Internacionalizacao do curriculo, [Brasil], B1

book chapter

Dreaming well-being into being: dualities of virtual-actual communities

K Le Rossignol

(2015), pp. 155-176, Spatiality and symbolic expression: on the links between place and culture, Basingstoke, Eng., B1

book chapter

Writer-as-narrator: engaging the debate around the (un)reliable narrator in memoir and the personal essay

R Freeman, K Le Rossignol

(2015), Vol. 19, pp. 1-1, Text: journal of writing and writing programs, Nathan, Qld., C1

journal article

Disruption and resonance in the personal essay

R Freeman, K Le Rossignol

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 384-397, New writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Virtual villages: networking the global archipelago

K Le Rossignol

(2014), pp. 1-9, At the edge of the rift, Witney, England, B1

book chapter

Designing Blended Learning

K Le Rossignol

(2014), pp. 1-16, Engaging Hybrid and Blended Learning in Higher Education, Champaign, Ill., B1

book chapter

Rhetoric and reality: critical perspectives on education in a 3D virtual world

S Gregory, B Gregory, D Wood, D Butler, S Pasfield-Neofitou, M Hearns, S Se Freitas, H Farley, I Warren, L Jacka, F Stokes-Thompson, R Cox, P Crowther, C Atkins, M McDonald, T Reiners, L Wood, J Sim, S Grant, C Campbell, M Hillier, G Meredith, C Steel, J Jegathesan, J Zagami, S Sukunesan, B Gaukrodger, S Schutt, K Le Rossignol, M Hill, P Rive, W Xiangyu

(2014), pp. 279-289, ASCILITE 2014 : Proceeding of the 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Dunedin, New Zealand, E1


The Virtualopolis archipelago: creatively interconnecting work-based virtual scenarios

K Le Rossignol

(2013), pp. 151-169, Experiential learning in virtual worlds, Oxfordshire, England, B1

book chapter

Understanding aspirations and expectations of international students in Australian higher education

F Azmat, A Osborne, K Le Rossignol, U Jogulu, R Rentschler, I Robottom, V Malathy

(2013), Vol. 33, pp. 97-111, Asia Pacific journal of education, Oxon, England, C1

journal article

Virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education: Remembering the past, understanding the present and imagining the future

S Gregory, B Gregory, T Reiners, A Fardinpour, M Hillier, M Lee, L Jacka, D Butler, D Holloway, S Grant, M Hearns, K Flintoff, J Jegathesan, D Ellis, M McDonald, F Stokes-Thompson, B Gaukrodger, J Zagami, C Campbell, X Wang, J Salinas, S Loke, S Scutter, C Newman, N Gu, S Schutt, H Farley, A Bogdanovych, T Trescak, S Simoff, C Steel, P Neuendorf, M Bower, L McKeown Orwin, T Kerr, I Warren, D Wood, C Miller, S Mathews, D Linegar, V Knox, Y Masters, R Brown, G Meredith, C Atkins, A Giovanangeli, K Le Rossignol, A Cram, E Muir-Cochrane, A Basu, M Jacobson, I Larson

(2013), pp. 312-324, Electric Dreams: 30th ASCILITE Conference, Sydney, NSW - Macquarie University, E1


Clarifying creative nonfiction through the personal essay

R Freeman, K Le Rossignol

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 1-11, Text, Nathan, QLD., C1

journal article

Sustaining the future through virtual worlds

S Gregory, B Gregory, M Hillier, L Jacka, S Schutt, D Ellis, F Stokes-Thompson, D Wood, Y Masters, H Farley, L Orwin, I Stupans, S Scutter, I Warren, C Steel, P Neuendorf, M Bower, C Miller, S Mathews, D Butler, M Hearns, J Garcia, J Jegathesan, R Brown, G Meredith, E Muir-Cochran, K Flintoff, S Grant, C Atkins, B Gaukrodger, A Giovanangeli, K Le Rossignol, I Larson, A Cram, D Linegar, X Wang, T Muir, J Grenfell, B Cleland, E Piallat, A Williams, L Hay, N Gu, A McCarthy, S Simoff, A Bogdanovych

(2012), pp. 361-368, ascilite 2012 : Future Challenges, Sustainable Futures : proceedings of the 2012 Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education conference, Wellington, N. Z., E1


Archipelago design : virtualopolis and the interactive virtual team scenario

K Le Rossignol

(2011), pp. 147-154, Experiential learning in virtual worlds, Witney, England, B1

book chapter

Experiential learning through virtual scenarios

K Le Rossignol

(2010), pp. 300-313, Interaction in communication technologies and virtual learning environments : human factors, Hershey, Pa., B1

book chapter

Taking risks- experiential learning and the writing student

R Freeman, K Le Rossignol

(2010), Vol. 50, pp. 75-99, Australian journal of adult learning, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal article

Designing blended learning in higher education : the neomillenial learner and mediated immersion

K Le Rossignol

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 53-60, International journal of the humanities, Altona, Vic., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Researching and Writing The Wintringham Story

Dr Karen Le Rossignol, Prof Clare Bradford

ANZCT Grant - William Buckland (no longer relevant)

  • 2009: $40,000


Associate Supervisor

Tasha Haines

Thesis entitled: Redemptive Hybridism in Post-postmodern Fiction

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts


Kristin Henry

Thesis entitled: Clans and Tribes: attachment networks of older Australian women

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts