Dr Carol Oliver
ESSRC Executive | Associate Professor
Contact details:
+61 4 1747 7612

Room 568, D26 Building

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Dr Carol Oliver is an education-focused academic with a special interest in innovation in digital learning with two fully online courses, and a third new fully online course due for its first offering in 2019. She is a nationally and internationally known researcher in evidence-based science communication, with industry background as a former journalist and science journalist in print, radio, and television.

Carol is a Senior Research Fellow with ESSRC in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science at UNSW. She supervises three PhD students and is secondary supervisor for another PhD student.

Carol joins her industry and research experience in science communication with digital learning in science education through the concept of scientific literacy among public audiences. She feels that there is a dichotomy between science education during the formal education years at primary and high school as well as in undergraduate science and public scientific literacy remaining at low levels. This drives Carol’s passion for innovation in education together with research in digital education and science communication. 

She is currently collaborating with others within UNSW, Arizona State University (Centre for Education Through eXploration – ETX – etx.asu.edu), and King’s College London in innovation in digital education.

Her current fully online science and general education UNSW electives are: BEES6741 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe and BEES6800 The Science of Science Communication. The third course, available from 2019, is BEES2471: Introduction to Astrobiology: Life in the Universe.

Carol also has a good deal of experience in the education and outreach fields, gaining almost $5.5m in funding across three major Government grants between 2010 and 2015, some of which resulted in the Mars Lab at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. The Mars Lab (www.themarslab.org) is now self-funding and serves primary and high schools students nationally and internationally. Within UNSW she has worked in teams on various aspects of producing innovative learning products for the online environment, involving a total of around $600,000 in internal funding.

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