Shirley is the Associate Director of the Australian Digital Futures Institute. Shirley’s principal research interests are in digital communities, online pedagogy and technology enhanced learning spaces.
She has taught online in Higher Education for fifteen years and her doctoral research was in transformative approaches to professional development for online educators.
Shirley has also held the positions of Senior Lecturer in Online Pedagogies in the USQ Faculty of Education and Principal Advisor, Learning and Teaching, with the USQ Division of ICT Services.
She regularly consults and conducts workshops in designing and facilitating online learning and has authored and co-authored articles on the future of Higher Education, transformative learning, online learning design and the creation and evaluation of learning spaces.
Awards received include an ACE (Australian College of Educators) Prize for outstanding postgraduate student and a citation for outstanding contribution to student learning. Shirley was also a national finalist in the Lecturer of the Year competition in 2009.