Professor Deborah West

  • 217 Citations
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Personal profile

Research Biography

I joined Flinders University in August 2017 as Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching Innovation).

Prior to this I worked in a variety of roles in my disciplinary areas of sociology and social work including head of discipline, head of school at several Australian Universities. In more recent years I took on the role of Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and subsequently Director of Learning and Teaching Charles Darwin University.  My focus throughout the years has been on learning and teaching innovation and improvement and in particular the use of educational technology in higher education.

I have published extensively in the fields of social work, learning and teaching leadership, the use of eductional technology and learning analytics. I have led both Australian Research Council grants and Australian Government funded learning and teaching research projects (through the former ALTC and OLT).  Such projects have included national and international research projects on learning analytics.

Research Interests

Learning and teaching innovation; learning analytics; use of technology in education and connections to educational theory and pedagogy.

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Research Output

Do academics and university administrators really know better? The ethics of positioning student perspectives in learning analytics

West, D., Luzeckyj, A., Toohey, D., Vanderlelie, J. & Searle, B., 1 Jan 2020, In : Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. 36, 2, p. 60-70 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Blurring the boundaries: Developing leadership in learning analytics

    West, D., Huijser, H. & Heath, D., 2019, Learning Analytics in the Classroom: Translating Learning Analytics Research for Teachers. Lodge, J. M., Cooney Horvath, J. & Corrin, L. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 267-283 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • The Ethics of Learning Analytics in Australian Higher Education: Discussion Paper

    Corrin, L., Kennedy, G., French, S., Buckingham Shum, S., Kitto, K., Pardo, A., West, D., Mirriahi, N. & Colvin, C., 2019, 32 p. Melbourne : University of Melbourne CSHE.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • Applying Learning Analytics to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

    Bronnimann, J., West, D., Huijser, H. & Heath, D., 2018, In : Innovative Higher Education. 43, 5, p. 353-367 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)


    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Invited talk

    Engaging the academics and students – making the promise of learning analytics real

    Deborah West (Speaker)

    1 Feb 20182 Feb 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Learning Analytics: Exploring the applications within and beyond the classroom

    Deborah West (Participant)

    2 Jul 20185 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Learning Analytics Panel Discussion

    Deborah West (Speaker)

    28 Jan 201831 Jan 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Moving forward with digital badges

    Deborah West (Speaker)

    28 Nov 201630 Nov 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation