who is kate

biopic CIRCLE LITTLEHi! I’m Kate. I’m a Lecturer and Coordinator of Information Education in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

I teach in the Information Management and Library and Information Studies majors of the Master of Information Technology. In the Masters program, my teaching centers around online information service provision and emerging and social technologies in information practice.

I’m currently designing a unit called Social Technologies, which is the foundation unit in the Social Technologies Minor in the Bachelor of Information Technology.

In the Masters program I teach a dual mode cohort, with both internal and external students who move fluidly across study modes from unit to unit and even week to week. I am focused on creating participatory learning experiences that foster engagement across both internal and external cohorts. I use social media to meet my students in their own spaces and to provide opportunities for students to connect with me, each other, and industry.

Over the past five years, I have led and contributed to a range of research projects related to blended, online and flexible learning, including studies focused on student engagement in online spaces. I am currently leading a project that explores students’ expectations, preferences and experiences of studying in a dual mode environment.

In addition to my teaching and learning research, I also research in the emerging domain of information experience. I am broadly interested in the way people experience social media as part of their everyday lives. My information experience and social media research also informs my teaching practice.

I am currently in the write up phase of my PhD (almost done!). My doctoral research explores the information experience of new mothers in social media spaces.

You can find my professional portfolio at www.katedavis.info and on Twitter I’m katiedavis.