Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver

PhD University of New South Wales (2008)

Master of Science Communication, Central Queensland University (2003)

Science
Biological, Earth & Env Sci

A/Prof 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 an Associate Professor with in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) in the Faculty of Science. She has supervised six PhD students, all but one as a primary supervisor. Four have graduated. Carol also has considerable industry experience as a journalist in print, radio, and television in the first third of her career. Carol is currently Online Learning Lead and Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator in BEES and co-Lead of the UNSW Online Learning and Innovation Community of Practice. She is also one of two Education Focussed Champions for the Faculty of Science.

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 as an education project for high school students and a research facility, forming a living lab in the museum. The Mars Lab was a self-funding national and international project in which students could 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. She is currently a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage grant between a small group of UNSW researchers - led by Prof Dennis Del Favero - and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Carol concentrates on creating and delivering fully online courses at UNSW with the aim of exploring the medium to reimagine online learning and teaching approaches - the latter of which has been reinforced in new approaches to online learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her four fully online courses (all electives) are BEES2741 Introduction to Astrobiology; BEES2680 Introduction to Science Communication; BEES6741 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe; and BEES6800 The Science of Science Communication. All four 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, in which she engages with colleagues at Arizona State University and King's College London to explore reimagining online education. She also has an Education-Focussed role. Externally, Carol is an elected member of the Australian Academy of Sciences' National Committee on Space and Radio Science and was nominated for, and elected to, full membership of the International Academy of Astronautics in 2006. 

Phone
0417 477 612
Location
Room 5112, Building E26

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2019
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Kingsley I; Oliver C; Slavich E, 2019, 'Hidden in the Figures: What Students Are Telling Us about the Effectiveness of Astrobiology Outreach', Astrobiology, vol. 19, pp. 1103 - 1116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/ast.2019.2048
    Journal articles | 2017
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Hwong YL; Oliver C; Van Kranendonk M; Sammut C; Seroussi Y, 2017, 'What makes you tick? The psychology of social media engagement in space science communication', Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 68, pp. 480 - 492, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2016.11.068
    Journal articles | 2014
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Dougherty K; Oliver C; Fergusson J, 2014, 'Pathways to space: A mission to foster the next generation of scientists and engineers', Acta Astronautica, vol. 99, pp. 184 - 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.01.026
    Journal articles | 2007
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Oliver CA; Fergusson J, 2007, 'Astrobiology: A pathway to adult science literacy?', Acta Astronautica, vol. 61, pp. 716 - 723, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2006.12.010
    Journal articles | 2007
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Oliver CA, 2007, 'The virtual space exploration education portal', Acta Astronautica, vol. 61, pp. 548 - 552, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2007.01.062
    Journal articles | 2004
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    2004, 'Abstracts from the Astrobiology Science Conference 2004', International Journal of Astrobiology, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1473550404001648
    Journal articles | 1998
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Oliver C, 1998, 'SETI sleuths', New Scientist, vol. 160, pp. 64
  • Conference Papers | 2017
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Kingsley I; Oliver C; Van Kranendonk M, 2017, 'Space science outreach - are we decreasing public understanding?', in Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, pp. 11299 - 11310
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Kingsley I; Oliver C; Van Kranendonk M, 2017, 'A new instrument to assess scientific literacy for space outreach', in Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, pp. 1671 - 1678
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Oliver CA, 2017, 'Dr bobbie vaile: A short life dedicated to SETI research and education', in Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, pp. 3131 - 3136
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2016
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Yip AS; Djokic T; Oliver C; Van Kranendonk M, 2016, 3D Mapping Pilbara Sites of Early Life for Immersive, Virtual Learning and Teaching, iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research, UNSW, Editor(s): Yip A; Djokic T, 3D Modelling and virtual reality application, Published: 01 June 2016, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Dougherty K; Oliver C, 2016, 'A mars yard in the Museum: Research, education and outreach', in Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Dougherty K; Oliver C; Fergusson J, 2013, 'Pathways to space: A mission to foster the next generation of scientists and engineers', in Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, pp. 9800 - 9809
    Conference Papers | 2006
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Oliver CA, 2006, 'The virtual space exploration education portal', in AIAA 57th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2006, pp. 10300 - 10306
    Conference Papers | 2005
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Oliver CA; Fergusson J, 2005, 'Astrobiology: A pathway to adult science literacy?', in International Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005, pp. 1101 - 1111
    Conference Papers | 2004
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    DeVore E; Oliver C; Wilmoth K; Vozzo L, 2004, 'Science education in partnership: The 2002 Australian-American fulbright symposium', in Advances in Space Research, pp. 2116 - 2120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2003.09.066
    Conference Papers | 2003
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Oliver CA; Morrow CA, 2003, 'Communicating astrobiology - A new approach', in 54th International Astronautical Congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law, pp. 2053 - 2063
    Conference Papers | 2003
    Associate Professor Carol Ann Oliver
    Oliver CA; Morrow CA, 2003, 'Communicating astrobiology - A new approach', in 54th International Astronautical Congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law, pp. 3957 - 3967

Awards

Grants

1. 2019-2022 - ARC Linkage (UNSW and Powerhouse Museum), Redefining the museum experience as an immersive networked narrative (CI). $466,150.

2. 2016-2017 - UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund, Intelligent and generic cross-platform virtual reality for next-generation student experiences: New frameworks for immersive pedagogy, (CI), $359k.

3. 2015-2016 - UNSW Scientia Education Investment Fund, Enhancing a large online course using interactive web technology (CI), $278k.

4. 2013-2014 - Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program, Smart Science Initiative (PI), $1.64m.

5. 2012-2015 - The Mars Lab, Broadband-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program (PI), $2.9m.

6. 2010-2013 - Pathways to Space, Australian Space Research Program (PI), $987,573.

7. 2005-2007 - Australian Schools Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics Program, $119,500, (CI)

 

 

 

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