Since joining RMIT in 1994, Dr Leone Wheeler has been able to utilise her teaching, management, community engagement and distance education skills in a range of areas.
Highlights include leading the strategic planning and management of the Learning Community Partnerships Group, and in particular the RMIT Hamilton Learning Centre, from 2005 to 2010. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2005, she was a senior manager within the Community and Regional Partnerships Group.
- Managing and completing stage one of web site development of Observatory PASCAL
- RMIT Research and Development Community Engagement Award for the Learning Network project, 2002
- Inaugural ANTA Flexible Learning Leaders Scholarship to investigate community networking models in the UK and Canada, 2000
- Completion of doctorial studies in the development of a sustainable operational model for a learning network and promoted to senior lecturer
Leone was also the Learning Network Coordinator for the Learning Technology Services Group from 1999 to April 2000. She contributed significantly to the successful RIDF application for $3.1 million to establish the Hamilton Campus of RMIT. In addition Leone managed the development of an ANTA Core Toolbox project, which was a federally funded project to develop online learning materials.
As the TAFE Teacher/Open Learning Coordinator for the School of Management / School of Business from 1994 to 1999, Leone competitively tendered and managed a range of flexible and online learning projects for major clients including ANTA, OTTE, and OTEN, NSW. In 1996 she led a team that won an RMIT Quality Award in Teaching and Learning: Vocational Education and Training for pioneering work in online education, first in the VET area of the University to teach online subjects in business.
Dr Leone Wheeler's research interests include community university engagement, learning community partnerships, learning networks and lifelong learning. Her Doctor of Education examined the development of a sustainable operational framework through the exploration of learning network models and practices. She believes strongly in a community based research approach and works with her partners to create new knowledge in the area.
- Doctor of Education, 2005, RMIT University, Melbourne
- Masters of Business Information Technology (MBIT), RMIT University, Melbourne
- Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Economics), University of Victoria, Wellington, NZ
- Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), Christchurch, NZ
- Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training
- Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), BCA, MBIT, EdD
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- Board member for Regional Development Australia, Northern Metropolitan Region
- Deputy Chair of Hume Global Learning Village Committee and Coordinator of the Research Working Group
- Deputy Chair of Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network
- Committee of Management, Whittlesea Youth Commitment
- Member of Adult Learning Australia and Australian Learning Communities Network
- Alumni of the ANTA Flexible Learning Leaders of Australia
- RMIT University Representative Engagement Australia
- Wheeler, L.,Guevara, J.,Smith, J. (2018). School-community learning partnerships for sustainability: Recommended best practice and reality In: International Review of Education, 64, 313 - 337
- Wheeler, L.,Lang, J.,Gow, B.,Guevara, R.,Smith, J. (2014). Conversations in school: Community learning partnerships for sustainability In: Knowledge in Action: University-Community Engagement in Australia, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne
- Cavaye, J.,Wheeler, L.,Wong, S.,Simmons, J.,Herlihy, P.,Saleeba, J. (2013). Evaluating the community outcomes of Australian learning community initiatives: innovative approaches to assessing complex outcomes In: Community Development, 44, 597 - 607
- Smith, J.,Wheeler, L.,Guevara, J.,Gough, A.,Fien, J. (2012). Conversations on school-community learning partnerships for sustainability (a guidebook) In: Australian Research Council (Linkage Project LP0989314), Melbourne, Australia
- Wheeler, L.,Baker, G. (2012). Hume Whittlesea local learning and employment network inc: environmental scan 2012 In: Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network Victoria, Australia
- Wheeler, L.,WONG, S.,Corneille, K.,Whittlesea (Vic.) Council, . (2012). Evaluation of Shape Your Future : Lalor and Thomastown In: Shape Your Future Project Melbourne, Australia
- Wheeler, L.,Baker, G. (2011). Hume Whittlesea local learning and employment network inc: environmental scan 2011 In: Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network Victoria, Australia
- Wheeler, L.,Baker, G.,Yuksel, C. (2011). Hume Whittelsea local learning and employment network partnership evaluation of Hume youth commitment In: Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network Victoria, Australia
- Wheeler, L.,Baker, G.,Yuksel, C. (2011). Hume Whittlesea local learning and employment network partnership evaluation of Whittlesea youth commitment In: Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network Victoria, Australia
- Wheeler, L.,Baker, G. (2010). Hume Whittlesea local learning and employment network inc: environmental scan 2010 In: Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network Victoria, Australia
- MacroMelbourne Benchmarking Social Infrastructure Project. Funded by: Debbie Dadon Donation from (2011 to 2011)
- Developing Effective School-Community Learning Partnerships for Sustainability. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2009 Round 1 from (2009 to 2012)
- Linking Young People with Employment and Training. Funded by: Department of Victorian Communities from (2003 to 2012)
- Learning Networks Project. Funded by: Office of TAFE & Further Education Research Grant pre-2014 from (1998 to 2000)
- Learning Networks Extension. Funded by: Office of TAFE & Further Education Research Grant pre-2014 from (1998 to 1999)