Terri (Teresa) Downer

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Terri (Teresa) Downer


Teaching areas

  • Midwifery Practice 1
  • Midwifery in the Social Context
  • Nursing Internship

Research areas

  • antenatal education
  • use of modern technology in the nursing and midwifery laboratory
  • simulation: design and implementation
  • the use of ePortfolios in Pebblepad


Terri Downer commenced in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in 2010. She has an extensive clinical background as both a registered nurse and midwife having worked in both the UK and Australia. Terri is currently completing her PhD, titled Exploring Antenatal Education: An Interpretive Description. She is the Program Coordinator for the dual degree in Nursing and Midwifery.

In addition, Terri is currently the Faculty Blended Learning Lead for FoSHEE. Terri has been involved in the development of online blended learning resources including ePortfolios, videos, QR codes and support material to enhance student learning across the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. Having a keen interest in the integration of blended learning principles into the curriculum has meant that Terri has developed skills in the use of digital literacy and ePortfolios for which she has been asked to speak at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.

Professional memberships

  • Australian College of Midwives
  • Reviewer for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council
  • Reviewer for Elsevier journals


  • Nominated for an Advance award - Advancing the Student Experience 2017

  • Successfully awarded an Advance award - Advancing the Blended Learning Environment 2015

  • Best Poster award - Bright, P., Lord, B., Forbes, H., Oprescu, F., Barr, N., Downer, T., Phillips, N., McTier, L., Simbag, V. & Alla, K. Expert in my Pocket: Creating first person POV videos to enhance mobile learning. Ascilite: Shaping the future of tertiary education conference. Rhetoric and reality. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2014.

Research grants

Project name Funding body Year
Applying student voices in the evaluation of current blended learning initiatives at USC Exploratory Grant $20,000

2017 – 2018

Designing a Graduate ePortfolio: Exploring the Expectations of Industry CLTGP A$15,000


Expert in my pocket: a mobile-enabled repository of learning resources for the development of clinical skills in student health professionals OLT A$180,000


Process Practice and Pedagogy in Antenatal Education HDR Student Research Grant A$3757.16 2012-2013
Learning about Mothering and Baby: Implementing a perinatal parenting program for first time mothers OHMR Project Grant approx. A$15,000 2012-2013
An expert in your pocket: Clinical practice skills using first person learning objects OLTGP A$6,000 2010-2011
Developing and evaluating the applicability of the STAR framework SHSS Seed Grant approx A$6,000 2010
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