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Professor Birgit Loch College PVC (SHE), Office of the PVC (SHE)

Birgit Loch is Acting Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Coursework in the College of Science, Health and Engineering. She joined La Trobe University in January 2017 as inaugural Chair, Teaching and Learning to lead projects to improve teaching and learning, to engage lecturers in innovations in their teaching, and to promote teaching excellence in her College and across the University.

Previously, she has held the positions of Academic Director Digital Learning and Technologies in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, and Director of the Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre, both at Swinburne University of Technology. At the University of Southern Queensland, she had the fractional appointment of Principal Advisor Learning and Teaching with ICT.

Birgit holds a Diploma in Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.) from the University of Essen, Germany, and a PhD in computational mathematics from the University of Queensland. Her research is in teaching with technologies in STEM education, with a focus on blended learning and open educational resources, as well as academic staff and student engagement. She has published widely on teaching with tablet PCs, production of and learning from online videos, and on involving students as partners in the production of learning materials for their peers. Birgit has given several keynote presentations on her work. She initiated and led the production of a large collection of mathematics support videos (>500 videos), MathsCasts, released as open educational resources with more than 1.7 million hits on YouTube and iTunes U. She introduced tablet PCs to numerous colleagues in STEM disciplines, most notability through teaching improvement projects at USQ (>80 lecturers) and Swinburne (>100 lecturers). Birgit has received faculty and university awards for teaching innovations and leadership in changing teaching of others, as well as a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the ALTC and the 2016 Australian Award for University Teaching in the Physical Sciences.

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