Dr Terri Downer - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Terri Downer

PhD Sunshine Coast, MAdvNurs Griff., GradCertClinEd James Cook, RN/RM, SFHEA

  • Lecturer, Nursing (USC Moreton Bay)
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Moreton Bay
Dr Terri Downer

Dr Terri Downer is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. Terri was the former faculty lead for Blended Learning and inaugural Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Nursing Science/ Bachelor of Midwifery dual degree. Terri’s international career has spanned over 30 years during which time she has specialised in midwifery, neonatal intensive care, IVF, community and emergency nursing.

Terri is an invited peer reviewer for three international journals. As an early career researcher, she has established herself as a Chief Investigator on higher education research projects. The focus of her research is the use of innovative technologies to engage both health professionals and students in authentic and blended learning. Through the scholarship of teaching and learning Terri has led projects introducing students to ePortfolios, 3D technology and video assessment.

Terri has extensive experience in designing and delivering online and face-to-face education. Her Advance award for Blended Learning addressed the use of emerging technologies such as QR codes, immersive simulation and the use of ePortfolios. Terri is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a member of the Australian College of Nursing (MACN) and a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL).

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Australian College of Nursing (MACN)
  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)

Research grants

Project name Funding body Year
An Evaluation of 3D Visualisation Technology in Midwifery Education CDU Rainmaker Grant $7,500


Applying student voices in the evaluation of current blended learning initiatives at USC Exploratory Grant $20,000


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$3,757 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

Research areas

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning practice in higher education
  • Simulation and 3D visualisation: design and implementation
  • Maternal, neonatal and child health
  • Digital and maternal health literacy

Teaching areas

  • Higher Degree Research supervision
  • Masters Research supervision
  • Nursing and midwifery courses
  • Child, youth and family health care

Terri Downer's area of expertise includes nursing, parenting, child birth, breastfeeding and midwifery.

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