Dr Ruth Greenaway

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Dr Ruth Greenaway


Teaching areas

  • Secondary Education Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Special Education
  • Physical Education

Research areas

  • Innovative learning and teaching
  • Spatiality–learning spaces
  • Participatory research with young people
  • School–community–university engagement
  • Aspirations of primary school students


Dr Ruth Greenaway works in the Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT) as an academic developer supporting the faculties guided by the University strategic priorities. Her current priorities include strategies that support students in their first year of study through curriculum design, blended learning, multi-site delivery and Work Integrated Learning. Ruth works with academics to design curriculum that attends to first year transition pedagogies that provide opportunities for students to learn in a variety of ways. Ruth supports University wide initiatives by offering professional learning opportunities and is currently responsible for the delivery of the Blackboard plus initiative. The initiative enhances Blackboard course sites across a degree program through good online course design and sound pedagogical practice, again to support first year students through curriculum design. The design of Work Integrated Learning experiences and assessment is another university-wide initiative that falls within Ruth’s remit.

Ruth heads up the USC Spaces project and consults with stakeholders regarding the use and design of learning spaces. This involves working with staff and students in the development and use of next generation learning spaces including the use of Visualisation and Simulation in learning and teaching. Ruth is an active researcher who is currently involved in a number of grants investigating new initiatives in learning and teaching. The CommUniTI project encourages community members, staff and students to develop strategies that support first year students at USC’s Gympie campus, taking a fourth generation approach.

Ruth has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow and more recently a consultant on a project that encourages primary school students to consider higher education opportunities. The project called MyTED - My Tertiary Education Day encourages year 4 students to consider their aspirations for the future using a multi-strategic approach involving a series of lessons, a campus visit and an eBook. Ruth was invited to Research Opportunities Week at Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in 2015 to progress her postdoctoral work internationally.

Dr Ruth Greenaway has worked in both secondary and tertiary education for the past 20 years in NSW and QLD and currently teaches in the School of Education. She won an APAI scholarship to complete her PhD research that formed part of an Australian Research Council linkage grant 'Remembering the past: Imagining the future'. Her PhD took a participatory research approach and is titled: School-Community engagement: a critical approach to involving young people in urban planning. Ruth's work has expanded to include university-school-community engagement initiatives and grant.

Research grants

Project name        Investigators Funding body    Year Focus
The lifespan is for living and growing Dr Prudence Millear, Dr Ruth Greenaway and Ms Jessica Schmidt USC (A$10,000) 2015 and 2016 To renew the curriculum for developmental psychology using simulation and authentic assessment.
CommUniTI Dr Sharn Donnison, Dr Sorrel Edwards, Dr Ruth Greenaway, A/Prof Michael Christie, Mr Graham Young, Ms Rosemary Horn USC
2015 and   2016 To establish a community of practice that supports first year students transition into programs at USC Gympie.
My TED II Dr Ruth Greenaway and Dr Uwe Terton HEPPP (A$243,000) 2014 and 2015 To encourage primary school students to consider higher education opportunities.
My TED I    Dr Ruth Greenaway, Dr Uwe Terton, Dr Jackie Holt, Dr Anne Drabble and Stephen Boyd HEPPP (A$80,000) 2013 and 2014 To enhance aspirations of primary school aged children and their parents from low SES through an interactive e-book.  
Supporting Innovative Blended Learning Dr Ruth Greenaway, 
Dr Michele Verdonck, and Dr Ann Kennedy-Barr
2015 and 2016 To explore the experience of learning and teaching in a technology-enabled tiered lecture theatre.


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