Researcher

Dr Carol Ann Oliver

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Dr Carol Oliver is a nationally and internationally known expert in evidence-based science communication, with a strong interest in education innovation in online learning and teaching and interests in astrobiology and space science.

She is a Senior Research Fellow with PANGEA in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) in the Faculty of Science. She supervises four PhD students and is secondary supervisor for another...view more

Dr Carol Oliver is a nationally and internationally known expert in evidence-based science communication, with a strong interest in education innovation in online learning and teaching and interests in astrobiology and space science.

She is a Senior Research Fellow with PANGEA in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) in the Faculty of Science. She supervises four PhD students and is secondary supervisor for another student. Carol also has considerable industry experience as a journalist in print, radio, and television in the first third of her career. Carol is also Postgraduate Coordinator (Candidature) in BEES.

She began her academic career in 2008. Between 2010 and 2015 she won a total of $5.5m in three grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Two of the grants raised the Mars Lab project at the Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences in two stages <www.themarslab.org> as an education project for high school students and a research facility, forming a living lab in the museum. The Mars Lab is now a self-funding national and international project in which students can plan Mars missions and drive experimental Mars rovers in the Mars Yard from their classrooms. The third grant helped to transfer technology-enabled adaptive e-learning from the university environment into the high school environment <www.smartscience.com.au>.

Carol now concentrates on creating and delivering fully online courses at UNSW with the aim of exploring the medium to improve online learning and teaching approaches. Her three fully online courses (all electives) are: BEES2741: Introduction to Astrobiology: Life in the Universe; BEES6741 Astrobiology; and BEES6800 The Science of Science Communication. All three courses aim to engage students in the learning process, eliminating the need for rote learning, and none have a final exam.

Carol is a PLuS Alliance Fellow (2019-2020), allowing her to engage with colleagues at Arizona State University and King's College London to explore global collaboration in online education. She is also has an Education-Focussed role. Externally, Carol is a member of the Australian Academy of Sciences' National Committee on Space and Radio Science, and an elected full member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

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Room 568, Biolink D26

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