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Professor Birgit Loch Provost(SHE), Office of the Provost SHE

Professor Birgit Loch holds a Diploma in Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.) from the University of Essen and a PhD in computational mathematics from the University of Queensland. She has had leadership roles in Learning & Teaching as Principal Advisor Learning and Teaching (USQ), Director of the Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre (Swinburne) and Academic Director Digital Learning and Technologies (also Swinburne).

Professor Loch joined La Trobe University in 2017 as Chair, Teaching and Learning, was appointed Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Coursework in 2018 and Deputy Provost Learning & Teaching in 2020. She is responsible for creating an outstanding student experience in the College, including strategic leadership of Learning & Teaching in the College of Science, Health and Engineering, student retention, continuous quality improvement, the portfolio of courses, development of teaching focused staff and teaching innovation.

Professor Loch is an expert in educational technologies, with a focus on innovation, blended learning, open educational resources, and academic staff and student engagement. Most recently her research has focused on 360 degree videos and augmented/virtual reality in learning and teaching. She has led pilots of lecture recording and web-conferencing software, the development of a series of maths support videos, MathsCasts, with close to two million online views, and the roll out of tablet technology in faculties at three universities. She has established the Maths Hub and facilitated the establishment of the Science and Coding Hubs at La Trobe to support student retention. She has also created a range of communities of practice for staff development, around innovation in learning and teaching but also for leadership development. Professor Loch has received faculty and university awards for teaching innovations and leadership in Learning & Teaching, a national Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and the 2016 Australian Award for University Teaching in the Physical Sciences.

In addition to her work in learning and teaching, she has established peer-support programs for academic promotion of women at Swinburne and La Trobe, and is one of the founding members of the WATTLE program, the Australian version of NZWiL.

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