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Gwyn Jones

Learning Adviser

Contact: LG13, North Wing, Chancellery Building
Telephone: +61 (2) 9385 – 3394
email: gwyn.jones@unsw.edu.au

Gwyn has been a Learning Adviser at The Learning Centre since 1996. Her work has focused on teaching academic literacies at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 1996 Gwyn began designing Academic Skills programs with staff in the School of Public Health for international postgraduate students. For 10 years Gwyn developed and co-ordinated the University Orientation and Study Skills course, a core component of the University Preparation Program.

Collaborating with academic staff to embed academic literacies in undergraduate courses has seen Gwyn work in the areas of food science, social science, built environment, medicine, psychology, pharmacology and pathology. Another area of interest is on the identity and the impact of transition for International post graduate students across mixed disciplines and the development of oral presentation skills.

Gwyn was the recipient of the 2002 Strategic Priorities Fund First Year Experience Award, UNSW. And in 2012 Gwyn and A/Prof Patsie Polly (Medical Science) were recipients of both the Federal Government Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellenceawarded in “Initiatives that Enhance Learning”. This work focused on the identity of the learner and enhancing communication skills by developing academic best practice within the student's scholarly community.

In 2015 she was awarded a grant by the DVCA Student Experience Project. This funding allowed she and her team to design a student based, on line, self -paced, interactive Moodle module called “Working with Academic Integrity”. The module is designed to start the conversation between staff and students on what it means to work with integrity within their course context. It is currently being successfully embedded in courses and used by ethic officers across the university.

Gwyn's research interests include cross-cultural teaching and learning issues as well as skills required to access learning effectively. Another focus is developing oral communication skills amongst postgraduate research students and academic staff and running master classes in this area.

 

Qualifications

BA Wilfred Laurier University

Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto

TESOL, Institute of Languages, University of New South Wales

Masters in Educational Management, University of New South Wales

Publications

Polly, P. & Jones, G. (2013). Bringing the ‘Outsider’ in: Mapping the Path to Research in the discipline of Pathology. In Coleman, K. & Flood, A. (Eds.). Disciplines: The Lenses of Learning. Common Ground, Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing LLC. University Press

Polly, P. & Jones, G. (2013). Enhancing student learning in written literacy through assessment and community of practice in a second year Pathology course. Coleman, K. & Flood, A. (Eds.). Marking Time: Leading and Managing the Development of Assessment in Higher Education, Champaign, Illinois: Common Grounds Publishing LLC.

Jones, G. & Polly. P (2013). Scaffolding student learning by managing the development of academic literacy’s through an oral presentation assessment, Coleman, K. & Flood, A. (Eds.). Marking Time: Leading and Managing the Development of Assessment in Higher Education, Champaign, Illinois: Common Grounds Publishing LLC.

Gietzelt, D & Jones G (2006) in Berglund CA, Saltman D (eds.). Communication for health care. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2002. Chapter 3.

Jones, G. Farrell, H. and Goldsmith, R. (2009) ‘Paradigm shift from student to researcher: An academic preparation program for international students’. Journal of Academic Language & Learning, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 61-69.

Conferences

Jones, G. (2016). Empowering the conversation:  a blended learning approach to academic integrity UNSW Teaching 2016 Forum. University of New South Wales, Sydney, October 31, 2016.

 Meyer, L., Lawson, A., Jones, G., Lovell-Simmons, A ., Hayden, A., Travalia, J., Rawstorne P., & Heywood, A. (2015).  Enhancing Students’ Academic Practice in Postgraduate Learning: A Discipline-Embedded Online Innovation. The Teaching and Learning Poster Forum.  Blended Learning Past Present and Future. University of New South Wales, Sydney, October 15th, 2015

Meyer, L., Lawson, A., Jones, G., Lovell-Simmons, A ., Hayden, A., Travalia, J., Rawstorne P., & Heywood, A. (2015).  Enhancing Students’ Academic Practice in Postgraduate Learning: A Discipline-Embedded Online Innovation Medical Faculty blended learning show case. University of New South Wales, Sydney, December 4th, 2015

Jones, G., Kelly, J., Farrell, H. (2015). Paper Presentation: The Integrity Conversation: A place in the DialogueAPFCEI-Asia Pacific Forum of Educational Integrity 7th Conference. Charles Sturt University, Albury Nov 16-18 2015.

Jones, G & Polly, P (2013). Oral Communications: The poor relation in the literacies nexus. The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, RMIT, Melbourne Nov 13-15.

Jones, G, Macdonald, S, & Grossi, V (2013). Talk Tank: Oral professional communication addressing diversity. The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, RMIT, Melbourne Nov 13-15.

Polly P. and Jones G. (2010) Institution nomination for a ALTC citation for outstanding student learning ,’ For developing assessment strategies that embed academic literacies in an undergraduate medical sciences curriculum: A collaborative, communities of practice approach’.

Jones, G. and Farrell, H. (2009). ‘A paradigm shift from student to researcher’: An academic preparation program for international postgraduate research students’ Presented at the Association for Academic Language and Learning Ninth Biennial Conference, 26-27 November, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Jones, G. and Polly, P. (2009). ‘Engaging third year Pathology Students into their Community of Practice’’. Presented at the Learning and Teaching Forum, 11 September, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Jones G. and Polly P. (2009). ‘Enhancing student learning by assessment redesign in a second-year Pathology course: a collaborative approach’. Presented at the Association for Academic Language and Learning Ninth Biennial Conference, 26-27 November, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Cranney, J., Jones, G., Morris, S., Starfield, S., Martire, K., Newell, B., & Wong, K. (2008, October). Critical reading and writing (CRW) in first-year psychology: Mass screening and targeted assistance. Paper presented at the UniServe Science Conference, Sydney. [Abstract] Retrieved 23 October, 2008, from http://www.usyd.edu.au/su/SCH/pubs/procs/2008/165.pdf .

Jones, G. & Mort, P. (Nov 2003) Round Table Discussion on multiple Paths to Providing Excellent Student Experiences. Presentation at the LAS in Higher Education Conference. Flinders University, SA.

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