Professor Birgit

Professor Birgit Loch

FAustMS

Chair, Teaching and Learning, SHE College

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences 2, Room 306A, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

Dipl.-Math. (Essen), PhD (Qld), GCTT&L (USQ)

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Chair AustMS Standing Committee on Mathematics Education
Fellow AustMS
AustMS Special Interest Group on Mathematics Education and AustMS Women in Maths Special Interest Group
ANZIAM
MERGA
Association for Learning Technologies
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Area of study

Mathematics and Statistics

Brief profile

Birgit Loch commenced as Professor and inaugural Chair, Teaching and Learning in the College of Science, Health and Engineering in early 2017. In this role, she leads 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.

Before joining La Trobe, she was the Academic Director Digital Learning and Technologies in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology (2014-2016), and the Director of the Mathematics and Statistics Help Centre (2010-2015). Before moving to Melbourne, she worked at the University of Southern Queensland (2005-2010), where she also held the fractional appointment of Principal Advisor Learning and Teaching in 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 the area of teaching with technologies in STEM education, with a focus on blended learning and open educational resources, as well as academic staff and student engagement with these. She has published widely on teaching with tablet PCs, production of and learning from online videos, and more recently on involving students as partners in the production of learning materials for their peers. Birgit has also 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 and used across the world. MathsCasts have had more than 1.5 million hits on YouTube and iTunes U. She has introduced tablet PCs to numerous colleagues in STEM disciplines, most notability through teaching improvement projects at USQ (>80 lecturers) and Swinburne (>100 lecturers).  

For her own teaching innovations, changing the teaching of her colleagues in STEM disciplines, and publications on her work she has won faculty and university awards, an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2010, and in 2016 an Australian Award for University Teaching.

Recent publications

2017

Tisdell, C. and Loch, B. (2017). How useful are Closed Captions for Learning Mathematics via Online Video? International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, Vol. 48, no 2, pp. 229-243

2016

Loch, B. and Lamborn, J. (2016). How to make Mathematics relevant to first–year Engineering Students: Perceptions of Students on Resources produced by Students. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, Vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 29-44.

Loch, B., Borland, R. and Sukhorukova, N. (2016). How to engage students in blended learning in a mathematics course: The students’ views. Ascilite 2016 Adelaide

McLoughlin, C. and Loch, B. (2016) Building cognitive bridges in mathematics: exploring the role of screencasting in scaffolding flexible learning and engagement Ascilite 2016 Adelaide

Loch, B., Scott, W. and Dunn, M. (2016). A preliminary analysis of the effectiveness of student-produced videos on the relevance of mathematics in engineering. International Congress on Mathematics Education, July 2016, Hamburg Vector Animation (ECG) Differential Equation Animation (Blood Alcohol Level) Integration Animation (Cruise Control) Matrices (Forward Kinematics)

Older publications

For a complete list of publications and to access papers, go to this page.

Research projects

  • Students as partners
  • Blended learning in STEM education
  • Learning from screencasts in STEM education
  • Teaching and learning with tablet technology
  • Engaging lecturers in the use of educational technologies
  • Change management
  • Peer-support and mentoring for women academics

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