The SRES is built, run, and supported by a bunch of teachers primarily at the University of Sydney, as well as our friends and affiliates from Sydney and other universities around Australasia. We are a mix of academics and professional staff, all with an interest in using data to improve the student experience. If you’d like to join in, do get in touch.
The core team
Kevin Samnick is an Educational Designer with a background in secondary STEM teaching, pharmaceutical research, and biology. He is an advocate for education, learning, technology, and ensuring students and teachers are our first priority in higher education.
Natasha Arthars is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI) and a postgraduate fellow with the DVC Education Portfolio. Her PhD project aims to examine cases in higher education where learners work collaboratively in groups to co-construct their epistemic environment while engaging in complex problem solving tasks, while her postgraduate fellowship takes her into the learning analytics space.
Dr Danny Liu is a molecular biologist by training, programmer by night, researcher and academic developer by day, and educator at heart. A national teaching award winner, he focuses on wrangling technology to improve learning and teaching by working at the confluence of educational technology, student engagement, learning analytics, and professional development and leadership.
Ruth Weeks is an Educational Design Manager with a background in teaching English as a foreign language and academic writing. She is passionate about teaching with technology and the future of digital education.
Professor Adam Bridgeman is the Pro Vice Chancellor Educational Innovation at the University of Sydney and has received institutional and national awards for teaching and is an Australian National Teaching Fellow. He aims to invigorate and change learning and teaching culture through a focus on blended, collaborative, and interactive learning designs.
Dr Melanie Keep is an early career researcher with a focus on eHealth, the use of technology to improve healthcare, and supporting the student experience. Underpinning Dr Keep’s research is a motivation to facilitate access to healthcare and enhance the training of future health professionals using technology. In particular, she is interested in examining the role of communication between patients and health practitioners for better outcomes and how this changes in the eHealth context.
Dr Melissa Makin is the Senior Software Developer (Research & Teaching Platforms) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne.
We are indebted to the many champions of the SRES embedded in faculties and schools at the University of Sydney, who are too many to list here (and we’d likely miss a few, which would be embarrassing). These champions help to support users, push the boundaries, and share the benefits of the SRES for student engagement.
Outside of Sydney, we are working with people from a number of Australasian universities to provide students better support and enhanced learning experiences:
- A/Prof Deb King, Dr Elsuida Kondo, and Dr Melissa Makin from the University of Melbourne
- Dr Lorenzo Vigentini from the University of New South Wales
- Dr Richard Burke and Tristan Cui from Monash University
- A/Prof Susan Blackley from Curtin University