Denise Wood PhD

Extraordinary (adjunct) Professpr

University of the Western Cape

Location
Adelaide, Australia
Discipline
Social Sciences
Interests
cultural studies virtual worlds Web 2.0 digital literacy scholarship of teaching and learning disability studies access and equity
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About

Denise Wood is Associate Head of School: Teaching and Learning, and a researcher in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages at the University of South Australia (UniSA), and an Extraordinary Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape.

Her research focuses on the use of accessible information and communication technologies (ICTs) to increase social participation, as well as the pedagogical benefits of social media in teaching and learning. She has been the project leader of three national teaching and learning funded projects, including a recently completed project involving the design and development of an accessible 3D virtual learning environment. She is currently undertaking collaborative research in South Africa with the Gauteng and Limpopo Provincial Governments, which is investigating the use of accessible ICTs to enhance student learning and increase student retention in rural and semi-rural special schools.

She is Associate Editor of the Higher Education and Research Development Journal and a peer reviewer of several high ranked journal publications. She is also a member of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Standing Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (SACDI) and the Australian Disability Professionals Association, as well as various advisory committees and working groups concerned with increasing social participation through improved access to ICTs.

Her work in innovative teaching and learning, and accessibility solutions for learners with special needs has been recognised with several awards including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, a SA Great Award, several University teaching and equity awards and the inaugural 2010 Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell award for Telecommunications and Disability.
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Publications

  • Perspectives on the telecommunications access methods of people with complex communication needs

    Sellwood D, Wood D, Raghavendra P

    Telecommunications Journal of Australia (2012)

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  • Enhancing the first-year student learning experience through quality improvement of courses

    Scutter S, Wood D

    Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The views expressed in this report do not necessarily refle (2009)

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  • Virtual learning in health care disciplines: Learning via avatars

    Sim J, James J, McDonald M, Maude P, Ryan T, Scutter S et al.

    INTED2012 Proceedings (2012)

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  • The delivery and management of feedback and assessment in an e-learning environment

    Freney M, Wood D, Pillay J, Mitchell J, Cornish M, Guilbaud P et al.

    The International Journal of Learning (2008)

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  • Some basic aspects of knowledge

    Abhary K, Adriansen H, Begovac F, Djukic D, Qin B, Spuzic S et al.

    Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences (2009)

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  • A scaffolded approach to developing students’ skills and confidence to participate in self and peer assessment

    Wood D

    ATN Assessment Conference 2009: Assessment in Different Dimensions (2009)

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  • Ethics in Second Life

    Hickey-Moody A, Wood D

    Emerging Ethical Issues of Life in Virtual Worlds (2009)

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  • The future may have arrived, but engagement with ICTs is not equal among our diverse “net gen” learners

    Wood D, Barnes A, Vivian R, Scutter S, Stokes-Thompson F

    26th Annual ASCILITE Conference: Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future, Sydney (2010)

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  • Transforming the first year learning experience through research based media practice

    Wood D

    The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education (2010)

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  • Staging Second Life in real and virtual spaces

    Fewster R, Chafer J, Wood D

    Teaching through Multi-User Virtual Environments: Applying Dynamic Elements to the Modern Classroom, IGI Global, Hershey PA (2010)

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  • Motivating the first-year learner through research informed media practice

    Wood D

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  • Communicating in virtual worlds through an accessible Web 2.0 solution (Winner-inaugural Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell Prize for the best paper submitted to TJA demonstrating the benefits of telecommunications in assisting people with disabilities)

    Wood D

    Telecommunications Journal of Australia (2010)

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  • Why aren't you on Facebook?: Patterns and experiences of using the Internet among young people with physical disabilities

    Raghavendra P, Wood D, Newman L, Lawry J

    Technology and Disability (2012)

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  • Consistency in the application of a reflective tool designed to facilitate scholarly review and development of curricula

    Scutter S, Wood D, Sim J

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  • Australian higher education institutions transforming the future of teaching and learning through 3D virtual worlds

    Gregory S, Gregory B, Campbell M, Farley H, Sinnappan S, Kennedy-Clark S et al.

    Proceedings ASCILITE 2010: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Curriculum, Technology and Transformation for an Unknown Future (2010)

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  • Preparing students and community organisations for effective use of ICT through a service learning initiative

    Wood D, Dodd A

    Curriculum, technology & transformation for an unknown future. Proceedings ascilite Sydney 2010 (2010)

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  • Unimaginable bodies: intellectual disability, performance and becomings

    Wood D

    Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education (2010)

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  • Myth busting education in a virtual world–changing demands and directions

    Jacka L, Gregory S, Diener S, Wood D, Gregory B

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  • Real life access to “Second Life” worlds: The potential, the problems and the possibilities for a barrier-free future

    Wood D

    The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations (2009)

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  • Responding to the widening participation agenda through improved access to and within 3D virtual learning environments

    Wood D, Willems J

    Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (2012)

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  • Facilitating the ability of graduates to articulate their employability skills through the use of a 3D virtual learning environment

    Stokes-Thompson F, Wood D, Scutter S

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  • Scenario-based multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) in education

    Jacobson M, Wood D, Richards D, Kennedy-Clark S

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  • Maximising the affordances of new and emerging online e-learning technologies for learners with special needs

    Wood D

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  • How are Australian higher education institutions contributing to change through innovative teaching and learning in virtual worlds

    Gregory B, Gregory S, Wood D, Masters Y, Hillier M, Stokes-Thompson F et al.

    Changing demands, changing directions. Proceedings ascilite Hobart 2011 (2011)

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  • Shifting the teaching paradigm: professional development in online teaching and learning

    George R, Wood D, Wache D

    Online Professional Development for Teachers, Center of the Application of Information Technologies. Information Age Publishing Inc., Greenwich, Connecticut, USA (2004)

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  • Computer aided feedback and assessment systems: a tool for learning advisors

    Freney M, Wood D, Fraser C

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  • The benefits and unanticipated challenges in the use of 3D virtual learning environments in the undergraduate media arts curriculum

    Wood D

    Teaching through Multi-User Virtual Environments: Applying Dynamic Elements to the Modern Classroom, IGI Global, Hershey PA (2010)

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  • Bridging the Gap between OER Initiative Objectives and OER User Needs in Higher Education

    Hanna A, Wood D

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  • Learning and teaching in Second Life: Educator and student perspectives

    Gregory S, Willems J, Wood D, Hay L, Ellis E, Jacka L

    Education (2011)

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  • CAFAS: An automated computer aided assessment tool for providing student feedback and managing assessment information

    Freney M, Wood D

    Proceedings of the Fifth Evaluations and Assessment Conference (2005)

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  • Virtually sustainable: Deleuze & desiring differenciation in Second Life

    Hickey-Moody A, Wood D

    Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies (2008)

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  • Imagining otherwise: Deleuze, disability & Second Life

    Hickey-Moody A, Wood D

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  • Challenges to strengthening the teaching and research nexus in the first- year undergraduate curriculum

    Wood D

    The International Journal of Learning (2009)

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  • Challenging design students to be ethical professionals in a changing landscape of technologies

    Friedel M, Wood D

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  • Peer review of online learning and teaching: new technologies—new challenges

    Wood D, Freidel M

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  • Quality Standards in Online Teaching and Learning: A Tool for Authors and Developers

    Wood D, George R, Crisp G, Thiele D, Scholten I, Barker S et al.

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  • Form and Function in Web Design: A Humanistic Perspecive

    Wood D

    Design Principles and Practices: an International Journal (2007)

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  • Engaging students in reflective practice through a process of formative peer review and peer assessment

    Wood D, Kurzel F

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  • Scholarly Peer Review aimed at Enhancing the First-Year Student Learning Experience

    Scutter S, Wood D

    Learning (2009)

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  • Experiential learning through ‘ real world ’ placements undertaken in 3D ‘ virtual world ’ spaces

    Wood D

    Electronic Publishing (2009)

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  • Performance pedagogy through research in ‘ real ’ and ‘ virtual ’ spaces

    Fewster R, Wood D

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  • Peer review of online learning and teaching : Harnessing collective intelligence to address emerging challenges

    Wood D, Friedel M

    Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (2009)

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  • 3D virtual environments : Businesses are ready but are our ‘ digital natives ’ prepared for changing landscapes ?

    Wood D, Hopkins L

    Electronic Publishing (2008)

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  • Promoting the quality of online courses

    Wood D

    Learning for an unknown future conference: HERDSA 2003 (2003)

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  • Selling the ‘Nation-State’in the Bid for Olympic Gold

    Wood D

    The International Journal of the Humanities (2007)

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  • Interdisciplinary trials of synchronous,voice-based communication systems

    Day I, Wood D, Scutter S, Astachnowicz S

    Interact, Integrate, Impact: 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference (2003)

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  • Collaborative peer review: a model for promoting reflective practice, improving quality of feedback and enhancing learning outcomes

    Wood D

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Professional experience

Extraordinary (adjunct) Professpr

University of the Western Cape

August 2012 - Present

Associate Head of School: Teaching and Learning

University of South Australia

May 2012 - Present

Education history

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Master of Design

December 2007 - Present

University of Southern Queensland

Graduate Certificate in Flexible Learning

December 2004 - Present

Flinders University of South Australia

PhD

May 1991 - Present

South Australian College of Advanced Education

Graduate Diploma in the Instructional Uses of Computers

December 1986 - Present

Flinders University of South Australia

Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences

December 1983 - Present

South Australian Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Arts (Social Work)

May 1981 - Present

University of Southern Queensland

Master of Educational Technology

Present