Fiona Peterson leads national research on digital work practices and strategies to embed these into the curriculum. She was Deputy Dean, L&T of the School of Media and Communication from 2009-2016.
Her research interests and scholarship of learning and teaching include professional learning, employability, interdisciplinary practice and creative practice pedagogy futures.
Fiona's key accomplishments include:
- Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom, selected 2013 – one of only three outside the UK. Principal Fellows are recognised as "key strategic leaders in the development of learning and teaching at the institutional, national and international level" with sustained impact and influence, both within and outside their institution
- Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award for outstanding contributions to student learning, "for development of innovative curriculum incorporating virtual teamwork and collaboration with industry worldwide that prepared graduates for new leadership roles in the global networked environment", Australian Awards for University Teaching, 2008
- Sole-author of book Creative Leadership Signposts in Higher Education, 2013
- Reviewer, National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Awards (Creative Arts), United Kingdom, 2016; and Australian University Teaching Awards (Arts/Humanities), 2013-
- Invited Co-Chair, Future of Design Education Track, Design Management Academy International Research Conference: Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections, Hong Kong, 7-9 June 2017
- Cert IV Workplace Training
- MEd (Teaching)
Fiona’s PhD by thesis was titled: "Creating a strategic knowledge network and the new 'network advantage' for global education".
Her Masters thesis was titled: 'e-learning…e-working'.
Fiona is a Co-Chair of the University Appeals Committee, and member of University Discipline Hearing and Appeal Panels. She is on the University's Panel of Experts as a Peer Reviewer for Learning and Teaching (for academic promotions/awards). She is often a panel member for Student or Teaching Awards, and University working parties. Fiona was a member of the University's Academic Board, 2011–2013. She has been on Academic Promotion Panels for Business (2012); Design & Social Context (2013) and Science, Engineering & Health (2013).
- Australian Technology Network (ATN) of Universities Project, 2017-2018
Excellence in Learning and Teaching Grant
Digital work practices: where are the jobs, what are they, and how prepared are graduates?
Project Leader: Fiona Peterson
RMIT was the lead institution (Peterson, Jollands, McKay, Pond, Rogers, Heath) with partners QUT (Cathcart, Boles, Williams, Nielsen) and UTS (Fray, Crosby, Lockhart, Lee, Raffaele).
A Digital Affordance Developmental Learning Model was developed as a rapid prototype to strengthen digital capabilities of graduates for evolving work futures – in sample fields of Creative Arts, Communications, Business & Management and Engineering, with potential application in other disciplines.
Digital Work Practices Project website
The site includes key findings of the project, six detailed analysis reports, the Digital Affordance Developmental Learning Model guidelines, resources/toolkit and symposium podcast. From July 2017 to July 2018, five scholarly papers were also published, with another in press and two more under review.
- Australian Learning and Teaching Council Project, 2009-2011
createED: Strengthening learning and teaching in the creative arts disciplines
RMIT was the lead institution (de la Harpe, Peterson, Blythe), with partners UTas (Frankham), Curtin (Trinidad), QUT (Street), Newcastle (Vella), Charles Sturt (Cahalan) and CQU (Brien). A national strategic knowledge network for Creative Arts worked on innovative curriculum and pedagogy. Fiona Peterson was also co-leader of the Industry Studio Pedagogy Project (Peterson and McWhinnie, UTS) with Lawrence, UniSA and Arnold, Swinburne.
- Australian Learning and Teaching Council Project, 2007-2009
Curriculum Development in Studio Teaching
The Studio Teaching website
UNSW was the lead institution (Zehner, Forsyth), with partners UQ, RMIT and UTas. The project identified, described and investigated the circumstances and characteristics of studio teaching models in the disciplines of art, architecture and design.
Selected industry research
ATN Excellence in Learning and Teaching Project, 2017-2018
Fiona Peterson was Project Leader. The Digital Work Practices Project (partners RMIT, QUT, UTS) included five industry roundtables in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane exploring criteria for 'digital work readiness' across disciplines, with participants such as Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and Engineers Australia. The project website has key findings and analysis reports including the team's work with industry.
- Society for Research in Higher Education, UK
- Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
- International Design Society (and Design Education / Design Management, Special Interest Groups)
- International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), USA
As a member of the IABC, Fiona's leadership roles have included:
- Asia-Pacific Region Council Member, two terms, 2003-2007
- Judge, Asia-Pacific Region, Gold Quill Awards for professional communication excellence, 2004-2005
- International Grants Committee Member, 2006
- Research Foundation Research Committee / Research Evaluation Panel Member, 2003, 2006-2013
- Service Award, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Asia-Pacific Region Council, 2007
- Peterson, J.,McWhinnie, L.,Forsyth, G.,Frankham, N. (2018). Adapting creative practice pedagogy for global employability capabilities In: The International Journal of Arts Education, 13, 19 - 32
- McWhinnie, L.,Peterson, F. (2017). Evolving pedagogy: Is studio a state of mind? In: Proceedings of the Design Management Academy Conference (DMA 2017), Hong Kong, 7-9 June 2017
- Fray, P.,Pond, P.,Peterson, F. (2017). Digital work practices: Matching learning strategies to future employment In: Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference (ANZCA 2017), University of Sydney, Australia, 4-7 July 2017
- Jollands, M.,Boles, W.,Peterson, F. (2017). Developing students' employability in work placements In: 28th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE 2017) Order of Proceedings, Sydney, Australia, 10-13 December 2017
- Peterson, F. (2016). Media education for the global workplace: Developing employability skills through digital learning In: Media Education Research Journal, 6, 55 - 73
- Peterson, F.,Frankham, N.,McWhinnie, L.,Forsyth, G. (2015). Leading creative practice pedagogy futures In: Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, 14, 71 - 86
- Peterson, F. (2015). Creative leadership for interdisciplinary education In: The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, 22, 71 - 88
- Peterson, F.,Chester, A.,Attiwill, S.,Bateman, D. (2015). Learning and teaching scholarship: Discovery across disciplines In: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, 10, 33 - 50
- Peterson, F. (2013). Creative leadership signposts in higher education: Turn left at the duck pond, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam
- Greuter, S.,Tepe, S.,Boukamp, F.,Peterson, F.,Wakefield, R. (2013). Trouble Tower In: Interactive Entertainment Conference 2013 Melbourne, Australia
- Digital Publishing and Virtual Mobility in a Creative Knowledge Network. Funded by: Hewlett Packard Corporate Philanthropy: Teaching and Learning Grant pre-2014 from (2006 to 2008)
- Virtual Communities. Funded by: CRC for Interaction Design from (2005 to 2006)
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