Dr Kate Thomson

PhD (Sydney), GradCertEdStudies (HigherEd) (Sydney), MIH (Dist) (Curtin), BPsych (Hons) (Macquarie)
Lecturer, Work Integrated Learning

C43J - J Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9044
Fax +61 2 9351 9166

Biographical details

Dr Thomson has recently joined the Faculty, having worked at Sydney University in the central unit for academic development (the Institute for Teaching and Learning) since 2008. Kate’s research interests reflect her commitment to supporting individuals and systems across the university and the sector to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. She adopts a scholarly, research-led, and evidence-based approach to curriculum design, development and renewal, whether that is teaching first year students or experienced academic staff.
Kate has worked on teaching and learning priority projects funded through national competitive grant programs, and with our institutional systems for measuring and enhancing the quality of teaching and the student learning experience. In particular, she has focused on the central surveys system, where she supported the revision of existing surveys and development of new surveys, in addition to non-routine reporting of data in response to faculty, institutional, and government quality assurance developments and initiatives.

Research interests

Kate’s research areas include:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of students' virtual face-to-face learning (e.g., through Skype)•
  • Exploring the role of informal 'corridor' conversations in academics' learning
  • Supporting discipline-based peer observational learning
  • Designing mentoring programs for clinical educators

Teaching and supervision

​Her teaching experience ranges from tutoring first year students in a large core unit of study in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program to lecturing to academics completing teaching development programs. She is interested in quantitative and qualitative research projects into teaching and learning, and can supervise at Honours, Masters and PhD levels

Associations

  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) as a Junior Researcher (JURE)
  • Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
  • New South Wales Institute of Educational Research Inc.

Awards and honours

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 2009-2012

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Thomson, K., Tan, B., Brook, C. (2011). Virtual Face-to-Face Communication and the Learning Experience of Post-Graduate Students Studying via Flexible Delivery Mode. In Arianne Rourke and Kathryn Coleman (Eds.), Pedagogy Leads Technology: Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: New Technologies, New Pedagogies, (pp. 61-77). Champaign: Common Ground Publishing.

Journals

  • Hendry, G., Bell, A., Thomson, K. (2014). Learning by observing a peer's teaching situation. International Journal for Academic Development, TBA(TBA), TBA-TBA. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2010). Developing a mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. Synergy, 30, 16-21.
  • Thomson, K., Tan, B., Brook, C. (2009). Virtual Face-to-Face Communication and the Learning Experience of Post-Graduate Students Studying via Flexible Delivery Mode. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 5(2), 71-85.

Conferences

  • Thomson, K., Trautwin, C., Deneen, C., Roxa, T. (2013). Achieving sustainable development and change in complex higher education contexts. 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), TBA: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).
  • Thomson, K. (2013). Commonality: A theory for sustainable professional development through informal conversation. 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), TBA: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).
  • Thomson, K. (2013). Talking about Teaching: What's the Point? (Poster Presentation). NSW Institute for Educational Research (IER) Postgraduate Research Conference 2010, University of Technology, Kuring-Gai Campus, Lindfield, NSW, Sydney Australia.
  • Thomson, K. (2012). Conversation about teaching; linking formal academic development to department-based dialogue. 9th ICED Conference, Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Printing House, Bangkok.
  • Thomson, K. (2011). Contextual influences associated with variation in conversations about teaching. 34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2011, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Leithhead, I., Nguyen, M., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Nguyen, M., Leithhead, I., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Nguyen, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2011). Pilot mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. 34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2011, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Thomson, K. (2011). What is the relationship between informal conversation about teaching and formal university teaching education? NSW Institute for Educational Research Postgraduate Reserarch Conference, No publisher: No publisher.
  • Thomson, K. (2010). Talking about teaching: Enhancing teaching quality through conversationally situated academic development. ICED Conference: Enhancing Strategies for Global Quality Learning in Higher Education 2010, Auditorium Campus Ca l'Aranyo, Univesity Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Thomson, K., Tan, B., Brook, C. (2009). Computer Mediated Communication and the Learning Experience of those studying via Flexible Delivery Mode. EDUCAUSE Australasia Conference 2009, Australia: EDUCAUSE Australasia.
  • Thomson, K., Tan, B., Brook, C. (2009). Does Virtual Face-to-Face Communication Enhance the Learning Experience of Post-Graduate Students Studying via a Flexible Delivery Mode? 5th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society 2009, United States: Common Ground Publishing.
  • Chalmers, D., Thomson, K. (2009). Enhancing the student learning experience through the development of quality indicators of teaching & learning. 32nd Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2009, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Chalmers, D., Thomson, K., Davies, L., Lang, J., Gilmore, A. (2008). Teaching and learning indicators of quality in universities. AUQF 2008: Quality & Standards in Higher Education: Making a Difference, Canberra, Australia.

2014

  • Hendry, G., Bell, A., Thomson, K. (2014). Learning by observing a peer's teaching situation. International Journal for Academic Development, TBA(TBA), TBA-TBA. [More Information]

2013

  • Thomson, K., Trautwin, C., Deneen, C., Roxa, T. (2013). Achieving sustainable development and change in complex higher education contexts. 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), TBA: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).
  • Thomson, K. (2013). Commonality: A theory for sustainable professional development through informal conversation. 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI), TBA: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).
  • Thomson, K. (2013). Talking about Teaching: What's the Point? (Poster Presentation). NSW Institute for Educational Research (IER) Postgraduate Research Conference 2010, University of Technology, Kuring-Gai Campus, Lindfield, NSW, Sydney Australia.

2012

  • Thomson, K. (2012). Conversation about teaching; linking formal academic development to department-based dialogue. 9th ICED Conference, Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Printing House, Bangkok.

2011

  • Thomson, K. (2011). Contextual influences associated with variation in conversations about teaching. 34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2011, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Leithhead, I., Nguyen, M., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Nguyen, M., Leithhead, I., Thomson, K. (2011). Mentoring of clinical educators results in improved learning experiences for physiotherapy students. APA Physiotherapy Conference, Not applicable: Not applicable.
  • Nguyen, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2011). Pilot mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. 34th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2011, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Thomson, K., Tan, B., Brook, C. (2011). Virtual Face-to-Face Communication and the Learning Experience of Post-Graduate Students Studying via Flexible Delivery Mode. In Arianne Rourke and Kathryn Coleman (Eds.), Pedagogy Leads Technology: Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: New Technologies, New Pedagogies, (pp. 61-77). Champaign: Common Ground Publishing.
  • Thomson, K. (2011). What is the relationship between informal conversation about teaching and formal university teaching education? NSW Institute for Educational Research Postgraduate Reserarch Conference, No publisher: No publisher.

2010

  • Nguyen, M., Thomson, K., Leithhead, I. (2010). Developing a mentoring program for physiotherapy clinical educators. Synergy, 30, 16-21.
  • Thomson, K. (2010). Talking about teaching: Enhancing teaching quality through conversationally situated academic development. ICED Conference: Enhancing Strategies for Global Quality Learning in Higher Education 2010, Auditorium Campus Ca l'Aranyo, Univesity Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

2009

  • Thomson, K., Tan, B., Brook, C. (2009). Computer Mediated Communication and the Learning Experience of those studying via Flexible Delivery Mode. EDUCAUSE Australasia Conference 2009, Australia: EDUCAUSE Australasia.
  • Thomson, K., Tan, B., Brook, C. (2009). Does Virtual Face-to-Face Communication Enhance the Learning Experience of Post-Graduate Students Studying via a Flexible Delivery Mode? 5th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society 2009, United States: Common Ground Publishing.
  • Chalmers, D., Thomson, K. (2009). Enhancing the student learning experience through the development of quality indicators of teaching & learning. 32nd Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference HERDSA 2009, Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
  • Thomson, K., Tan, B., Brook, C. (2009). Virtual Face-to-Face Communication and the Learning Experience of Post-Graduate Students Studying via Flexible Delivery Mode. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 5(2), 71-85.

2008

  • Chalmers, D., Thomson, K., Davies, L., Lang, J., Gilmore, A. (2008). Teaching and learning indicators of quality in universities. AUQF 2008: Quality & Standards in Higher Education: Making a Difference, Canberra, Australia.

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