Irene Visser

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Irene Visser

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Teaching areas

  • Design
  • Creative Advertising

Research areas

  • factors that impact on creativity, creative thinking, confidence and capacity
  • industry preparedness in the design and advertising fields

Profile

As a practising creative, Irene’s career spans over 30 years. Before entering academia, she worked extensively in the graphic design, publishing and advertising industries. Originally from Canada, Irene began her teaching career in 1994 at the Institute of TAFE in Tasmania, where she developed and taught the first computer-based design course offered at the institution.

As a lecturer and tutor of design and communications at the University of the Sunshine Coast for over 14 years, Irene has taught many creative courses across all year levels. She is the recipient of three teaching awards in recognition for making significant and sustained contributions to blended learning initiatives, improving student retention, quality of learning and teaching and graduate outcomes.

Having completed a Master of Education, Irene’s research continues to focus on factors that impact on creativity and creative confidence, in particular the effects of pedagogy, curriculum, environment and assessment feedback. Other research interests include social media as an educational tool and entrepreneurship.

Awards

  • USC Advance Awards for Learning and Teaching:  Advancing the Blended Learning Environment, 2015, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Vice Chancellor and Presidents Award for Teaching and Learning (Sessional), 2013, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Dean’s Award for Teaching and Learning, 2009, University of the Sunshine Coast

Research grants

Project name        InvestigatorsFunding body    YearFocus
Increasing student engagement and community via the integration of social media technologies to enhance/inform blended learning at USC Dr Uwe Terton and Ms Irene Visser (Leads), Professor Cindy Davis and Ms Karen Sutherland Exploratory Learning and Teaching Grant, USC (A$10,000) 2015–2016 To increase student engagement and community via the integration of social media technologies to enhance/inform blended learning at USC
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