The following people are here to help you use technology for teaching, research and administration. You can contact us directly based on the specific areas noted in the descriptions below, but we’re also happy to discuss other areas related to the use of technology at Victoria. If we can’t help you ourselves, we will make sure that you get support from the right person in a timely manner. If you're not sure who to contact, you can also make a request to the ITS Service Desk (x5050, email@example.com) and it will find its way to the right person.
Teaching Technology – Faculty Learning Technologists (CATs)
The Faculty Learning Technologist (also known as CATs - Contacts for Academic Technologies) provide individualised, targeted just-in-time support in the use of educational technology. All Learning Technologists have post-graduate level qualifications in their specialist fields, so are familiar with the unique needs of the faculty they support.
Faculties of FHSS and Education
Francesca can assist and train staff on Blackboard, VStream, and teaching space AV use.
Francesca supports FHSS academic and non-academic staff with learning and teaching technology. Francesca's focus is on integrating the use of video in teaching and learning practices.
Faculty of Law and Victoria Business School
Faculties of Science and Engineering
Adrian supports staff in the Faculties of Science and Engineering with learning and teaching technology. Adrian has an interest in the implementation and use of technology in teaching laboratories, using 3D scanning and printing to create digital resources and integrating technology into teaching. Adrian has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching to ensure that technology use at Victoria is directly informed by modern teaching best practice.
Adrian can assist and train staff on Blackboard, VStream, GoSoapBox, Zoom and teaching space use.
The other faculties don't currently have a dedicated Learning Technologist. Please contact one of the other Learning Technologists for help with teaching technology.
Workplace Technology Trainer
Danielle works with both academic and professional staff at Victoria on how to use the workplace technology available at the university to increase productivity and enhance collaboration across teams. Danielle also has strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
Danielle can assist and train staff on Office 365, Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016, mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), Qualtrics and Zoom.
Dr Sarah Hoyte
Sarah supports teaching staff across all of the university. As well as supporting learning and teaching technology, Sarah is a skilled instructional designer and is involved in the edX MOOC programme. Sarah has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education Learning and Teaching to ensure that technology at Victoria is directly informed by modern teaching best practice.
Sarah can assist and train staff on Blackboard, VStream, GoSoapBox, Weebly, LaTeX, Microsoft Office, Zoom, Teaching Spaces and Talis.
Digital Capability Team Leader
Beth is responsible for developing a university-wide digital capability plan, and is able to facilitate training in a range of applications for teaching and learning (such as VStream and One Note). Her focus is on building confidence and capabilities in the use of technology for teaching and learning at any level. She can be contacted regarding any technical training needs or new technology requirements
Beth can assist and train staff on Vstream, GosoapBox, Talis, Microsoft Office and OneNote, Vuepoint (Xest) and Zoom.
Digital Learning and Research Manager
Jonny’s focus is to support and build digital capability in the core university functions of research, learning, teaching and enhancing the student experience. He is supported in this by the university’s Digital Vision for Learning and Teaching and eResearch Capability report. Jonny (and most of his team) are currently completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching to ensure that technology at Victoria is directly informed by modern teaching best practice.
Jonny can assist and train staff in Qualtics, VuePoint (Xest), VStream, GoSoapBox and Weebly.
Dr Stephen Marshall
Assoc/Prof in Educational Technology
Stephen leads the Digital Vision and Strategy work of CAD and provides support for staff, programmes and schools exploring the potential for technology to improve learning and teaching at Victoria. He is also course coordinator for HELT506 Learning and Teaching with Digital Technology.
His particular focus areas beyond this are: Course and programme design, technology pedagogies, Turnitin and academic integrity, copyright.
Dr Irina Elgort
Senior Lecturer in Higher Education
Irina specialises in the course, teaching and learning design, with an emphasis on effective use of digitial technology in academic contexts. Irina is interested in evaluating the effect of educational innovation on teacher and student behaviour, and the development of teacher and learner autonomy.
Irina's research areas include technology-mediated learning and teaching, technology-mediated communication, science of learning, and second language learning and teaching. She conducts interdisciplinary research that combines educational, psychology and neurological research methods.
Kwong Nui Sim
Lecturer in Educational Technology
Kwong Nui contributes to the development and implementation of the university’s plans for digitally-enabled learning and teaching. She works as part of the CAD team to provide support to all staff members on the use of technologies to promote teaching and learning.
Her particular focus areas are: Technology use in teaching and learning; Academic practices using technologies; Research methods involving technology; Blackboard.
Matt and Andre are interested in hearing about innovative projects that utilise technology in novel and creative ways, or ones that traverse traditional disciplinary boundaries. They can be contacted about technology issues related to eResearch, and are keen to provide support, troubleshooting and advice for those venturing into this area.
Digital Research Consultant
Matt acts as a facilitator between staff, students, central service units and VUW’s ITS directorate to ensure that the University’s technology needs are heard and understood. He focuses on supporting eResearch projects in which Information & Communication Technology is utilised to enhance or transform the researcher's methods or outcomes.