Lisa is the Associate Director of Learning Environments, which means she looks after the technologies and physical spaces used for learning at VU from an education perspective. She works very closely with the Facilities and IT departments within the University to ensure that the eLearning environment and VU's physical classrooms remain relevant and fit-for-purpose.

Before coming to VU in 2012, Lisa occupied a similar role at Swinburne University of Technology where she established Swinburne’s iTunes U presence, played a key role in the implementation of Blackboard 9.1, and designed and evaluated technology-rich, collaborative learning spaces. Lisa started her education career teaching a fully online Astronomy Masters course and has presented extensively on both learning spaces and Blended Learning more generally at numerous conferences.

She believes that learning should be flexible and active, and that we should engage students in our activities and ask for their opinions as much as possible.

Role responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of programs and initiatives to support the successful implementation of VU’s Blended Learning Strategy
  • Develop and manage the capability of a Blended Learning team to support and encourage adoption of Blended Learning activities across the University
  • Undertake the day-to-day business ownership of VU’s eLearning tools and physical spaces from an education perspective
  • Undertake evaluations to ensure that decisions made about VU’s eLearning environment and physical spaces are informed by evidence
  • Support the development of L&T scholarship with VU by working collaboratively with Colleges and others to publish innovative Blended Learning practice

Recent publications

Refereed journal articles

Germany, L. M. (2012) Beyond lecture capture: What teaching staff want from web-based lecture technologies, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(7),1208 - 1220

Germany, L. M. (2011) iTunes U: an opportunity for students, Campus-Wide Information Systems, 28(3),175 - 182

Refereed chapters

Germany, L. M. (2014). Learning Space Evaluations – Timing, Team, Techniques. In The Future of Learning and Teaching in Next Generation Learning Spaces  (edited by K. Fraser). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing.

Conference presentations

Germany, L. M. (2014) “Working Together: Collaboration, Standards and Evaluation Strategies for VU’s Learning Spaces”, presented at the “New Generation Learning Space Design 2014”, IQPC, Sydney.

Germany, L. M. (2014) “Space Matters! Why physical space is an important element in a Blended Learning Strategy”, presented at the “Institutional Strategies for Blended Learning”, Criterion, Sydney.

Germany, L. M. (2013) “Blended Learning Experiences: Challenges with huge potential”, presented at the “2nd Annual Blended Learning Summit”, IQPC, Sydney

See a full list of Lisa's publications in VU's Research Repository.

Appearances in the media

SCOPE – Channel 10’s Children Science Program

Episode 150 - Physics (2009)

Episode number unknown - Solar System (2011)

Episode number unknown – Extremes (2011)

iTunes U media coverage

Free as it gets (The Age, 11 June 2009)

Macman: uni tunes (The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June 2008)

Universities opt for i-Tunes (University World News, 8 June 2008)

iTunes Uni hits Australia (The Australian, 4 June 2008)

Seven Australia, New Zealand Universities to Participate in ITunes U (Mac News)

Universities Sing a New Tune (Australasian Science, August 2008)

Downloadable degrees are with us (mX, 7 July 2008)

iTunes U expands to Australia in university deals (iTWire, 4 June 2008)

iPods cast a wide net for learning (The Age, 30 October 2006)

Professional memberships

  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
  • Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE)

Portfolios

  • Centre for Collaborative Learning & Teaching

Areas of expertise

  • Blended Learning
  • eLearning
  • Learning spaces
  • Learning spaces design
  • Learning spaces evaluation
  • Online learning

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