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Ms Helen Johnston 

Position: Language and Learning Coordinator (Widening Participation) Ms Helen Johnston
Division/Portfolio: Academic Portfolio
School/Unit: Learning and Teaching Unit
Group: Teaching & Learning Services
Campus: City West Campus
Office: Y3-58
Telephone: +61 8 830 20552
Fax: +61 8 830 25777
Email: Helen_dot_Johnston_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Helen.Johnston


Welcome.

I am the Language and Learning Coordinator (Widening Participation) in the UniSA's L3:Language, Literacies and Learning team and of two team members with a University-wide focus on widening participation and equity. We are heavily involved in first year initiatives and transition programs.

A key element of the new Widening Participation role is liaising with staff across the university on university-wide and divisional equity initiatives. I have played a leading role in coordinating two recent publications, The 'Guide to Parents, partners and friends of new UniSA students' (2013) and 'Smart start: a companion for new university students' (2014) both of which are available in print and online. We also provide dedicated language and learning support to UniSA College students and regional students at Mt Gambier and Whyalla. Our student self-help resources are published online on the L3 website, particularly the L3 'Pathways to successful study' site and within courses.

I am active member of the Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL), having served two terms as a state representatives on the National Executive (2009 - 2013). During that period I was Co-Convenor of the Biennial 2011 National Conference at UniSA in Adelaide and was involved in organising regular AALL SA professional development events.


Links to other sites



Smart start: a companion for new university students


Guide for parents, partners and friends of UniSA students


L3 Language, literacies and learning


Studying at UniSA: Learning and Teaching Unit


The Learning and Teaching Unit


Teaching interests

  • Student learning in higher education and English for academic and professional purposes
  • The transition to university - as it affects both new students and those transitioning into a new university and a new country.
  • Developing effective self-access learning resources for university students

Professional associations

Higher Education & Research Society of Australia (HERDSA);

Association of Academic Language and Learning (AALL)


Qualifications

Master of Education(Language and Literacy),University of South Australia, Adelaide

Grad. Dip. Applied Linguistics (TESOL), Macquarie University, Sydney

Grad.Dip.(Reading Ed), Adelaide College of the Arts & Education, Adelaide

Dip Teaching, Adelaide Teachers College, Adelaide

AUA(Arts & Education),Uni of Adelaide, Adelaide


Research interests

  • The first year experience and transition to university.
  • Communication at university including using English for academic and professional purposes.
  • Equity in higher education.

Research publications

Johnston, H, Collett, D & Kooyman, B 2013, Enabling parents, partners and friends to collaborate in student transition and success. Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning held at RMIT, Melbourne, pp.35 - 49.

Miller, J Duff, A, Bergmann, L & Johnston, H 2012, ‘Partners in word and deed: Blogging to enhance staff collaboration and student learning’. Paper in 7th ERGA Conference, Adelaide University, Sept 19 – 21.

Duff, A, Miller,J, Johnston, H, Bergmann, LS 2012, 'Somewhere over the border: Grammar in a class of its own'. Journal of Learning Design, Vol5, No 2, pp.50-57.

Johnston, H 2011, 'ALL taking a lead: enabling first year persistence and success'. Journal of Academic Language and Learning. vol 5, no 2, pp. 145 - 157.

Duff A, Aziz MS, Fielke, J, Johnston, H, Quinn, D & Zucco, J 20011, ‘Scaffolding the tentative first steps and energising orientation for first year engineering students’in S Grainger & C Kestell(eds)Engineering Education - An Australian Perspective, Multi-Science Publishing Co Ltd, Brentwood, pp.195 - 205.

Johnston, H Quinn, D Aziz, SM Yalcin, CM 2010, 'Supporting Academic Success': a strategy that benefits learners and teachers. How can we demonstrate this?' Nuts and Bolts session presented at First Year in Higher Education Conference, Adelaide 28-29 June.

Duff A, Aziz MS, Fielke, J, Johnston, H, Quinn, D & Zucco, J 2009 'Spaces, places and friendly faces: Energising the Orientation Experience for First Year Engineering Students' in Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference for the Australian Association for Engineering Education - Energising the Curriculum (pp 569 - 574), Australian Association of Engineering Educators, Adelaide 6 - 9 December, 2009.

Johnston, H, Duff, A & Quinn, D 2009, 'Cutting the cloth to fit new needs and communication preferences'. Ergo, vol 1, no 2, pp. 27 - 38.

Duff A, Aziz MS, Fielke, J, Johnston, H, Quinn, D & Zucco, J 2009 'Spaces, places and friendly faces: Energising the Orientation Experience for First Year Engineering Students' in Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference for the Questralian Association for Engineering Education - Energising the Curriculum (pp 569 - 574), Australian Association of Engineering Educators, Adelaide 6 - 9 December, 2009

Wahlstrom, K., Johnston, H. & Steketee, C., 2009, 'Scholarly practice the Australian way: an academic skills course for postgraduate students,' in Proceedings of the fourth Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity, Wollongong, Australia.

Johnston, H, Aziz, SM, Kaya, CY, & Quinn, D 2008, 'Engaging students, encouraging success'. Refereed conference paper for the ATN Assessment Conference: Engaging students in asssessment, Adelaide, Nov 20 - 21, 2008.

Quinn, D, Stokes-Thompson, F, Johnston, H & Luong, L 2008, 'Experimenting with new approaches to work-integrated learning with international students in engineering', Refereed conference paper for the Australian Collaborative Education Network - World Association for Collaborative Education Conference, Sydney Sept 30 - Oct 3 2008.

Johnston, H, Duff, A & Quinn, D 2008, 'Cutting the cloth to fit new needs and communication preferences' Refereed conference presentation, ERGA Conference, Sept 2088, Adelaide.Forthcoming Proceedings.

Duff, A, Quinn, D, Johnston, H & Lock, P 2007, 'A clue a quest and a blog', Refereed conference paper for the First Year in Higher Education conference, Brisbane, July 4 - 7 2007.

Quinn, D, Duff, A & Johnston, H 2007, 'Infusing engagement, enjoyment (joy) and reflection into teaching', Refereed conference paper for HERDSA 2007 - Enhancing Higher Education Theory and Scholarship, Adelaide 8 - 11 July 2007.

Johnston, H, Duff, A & Quinn, D 2007, 'Cutting the cloth to fit new needs and communication preferences' Unrefereed conference presentation, The Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference, Melbourne, 2007 http://unisatri-day07.blogspot.com/

Quinn, D, Duff, A, Johnston, H, & Gursansky, D 2007,'Blogging - infusing engagement (joy) and reflection into learning'. in Proceedings of the 30th Annual HERDSA Conference: Enhancng higher education, theory and scholarship. Higher Education & Research Society of Australasia, Adelaide.




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