Caroline Cottman - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Caroline Cottman

MEd NE, GradDipContEd NE, BEc LaTrobe, DipEd LaTrobe, GradCertTESOL S.Qld, SFHEA 

  • Senior Academic Developer
+61 7 5456 5762
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Caroline Cottman

Caroline Cottman is a Senior Academic Developer with USC's Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT).

Caroline's responsibilities include conducting professional learning activities for full-time and sessional academics, coordinating HEA Fellowships, advising on curriculum and assessment, coordinating a range of workshops including the annual Learning and Teaching Showcase Series, preparing support resources, and contributing to the Foundations of University Teaching course.

Caroline has worked in similar capacity at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Toowoomba and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) across the two Brisbane city campuses.

Her roles have broadly involved academic staff development and support for early-career, mid-career and sessional academics, as well as providing specialist advice in areas such as collaborative learning, course and program design, assessment and use of emerging technologies in teaching and learning.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector Caroline brings to her role a breadth of knowledge across face-to-face, distance, elearning and academic development.

In 2014 Caroline was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) in recognition of academic development activities that create ‘ripples on the pond’ by inspiring and motivating scholarly teaching, fostering collaboration and promoting reflection and active, learner-centred experiences.

Caroline has achieved Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. Caroline has been collaboration partner with Dr Kym Fraser on the OLT Fellowship to produce a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), an open access resource for learning and teaching induction for academic staff.

The MOOC is available here: Contemporary approaches to University Teaching (HE).

Research grants

Project name        Investigators Funding body    Year
Constructing knowledge in postgraduate and undergraduate coursework online discussions Verenikina, V., Jones, P., Delahunty, J. (UoW); Cottman, C. (USC); Gilmore, G (VU); Luck, J. (CQU)  Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Seed Grant   2016 
Variations on PATS: Choices in the design of a Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS) 2014-2015 Kelder, J., Carr, A.(UTas); Carbone, A., Camm-Evans, J.(Monash); Cottman, C. (USC); Phelan, L. (Newcastle); Zeeng, L. (Swinburne UT); Drew, S. (Griffith) Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Extension Grant  2015   
Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS)  Carbone, A.(Monash) with partnering institutions -  USC, Griffith, Edith Cowan and Newcastle Part of OLT National Senior Teaching Fellowship / and CADAD funded project  2012-2014 
Mapping and evaluating the flipped classroom at USC: Integrative learning and teaching  Taylor, J. and project team USC internal Exploratory grant  2013- 2015 
Embedding peer review of learning and teaching in e-learning and blended learning environments   McKenzie, J. UTS lead institution with Curtin, QUT – Cottman, C. RMIT UniSA Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) $178,248 2007-2011
PATHE Preparing Academic to teach in Higher Education Lead institution – UniSA with Bond, Flinders QUT- Cottman, C. Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) 2007-2010


Research areas

  • Peer Assisted Teaching Scheme (PATS) and reflective practice
  • professional learning for early career academics
  • feedback on student learning
  • active learning and collaboration
  • flipped classroom approaches

Teaching areas

  • Foundations of University Teaching
  • Peer review and reflective practice