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BMGT, MSc (Edinburgh), PhD (Auckland), SFHEA

Phone: +64 3 479 7758

About Qian

Photo of Qian Liu for staff profileI provide academic development support to staff and students, teach within the programmes offered by HEDC, and research in the field of higher education. Prior to this role, I was a professional practice fellow (eLearning) in a medical school, postdoc research fellow in a business school, assistant researcher in a policy research institute, and training specialist in an oil and gas company. I completed my doctoral research within three years at the University of Auckland and the thesis received Dean's List award. I gained a Master of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor of Management degree from a Chinese university.

Research interests

My research revolves around learning and teaching in higher education. My doctoral study investigated the adoption of learning technologies by academics. Since then, I have conducted research into approaches to academic development, employability development pedagogies, vicarious learning via videoed tutorials, student video production, and more recently non-institutional technologies and learning analytics. However, I don't think previous research experience should define my future research interests: I try to keep an open mind and learn a bit of everything when I can.

Methodologically I am a mixed-methods researcher by training. I use the most appropriate method(s) to answer the research question, be they qualitative, quantitative, or a combination of several. Epistemologically, I find a constructivist stance best explains the reality I perceive. I update my research projects regularly on ResearchGate.


I am available for postgraduate supervision. I have benefited greatly, both personally and professionally, from my doctoral supervision experience. It's only fair that I provide the same experience, if not better, to my students. I view research a journey that extends our capabilities, reshapes how we think, and possibly allows us to create new knowledge. As a supervisor, I cannot control the journey, but I will be an honest and trustworthy travel companion. Please get in touch if you would like to have a chat about your research ideas.

Current PhD students

Anjin Hu - Technology in authentic assessment in higher education

Qin An – The function and integration of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) in Business English classroom teaching

Current postgraduate students (MHEd, PGCertHighE, PGDipHighE)

Dr John Egbuji, MHEd, Sequential OSCE in pre-clinical learning of medicine

Dr Sheena Townsend, MHEd, Assessment for learning and feedback literacy

Past students

2023  Dr Mandy Wilkinson, PGCertHighE, Enhancing student learning through use of Moodle

2021  Alice Parata, PGCertHighE (CLED), The clinical learning environment: a contextual perspective on clinical teaching

Research Grants

Principal investigator (PI)

2021  University Teaching Development Grant, University of Otago

Analytics-informed design: Using learning management system recorded data to enhance course development (NZD 9,036; Qian Liu [PI], Tehmina Gladman [CI] and Rebecca Grainger [CI])

2020  Medical Education Research Fund, Otago Medical School

Capturing the invisible: An investigation of the use of non-institutional elearning tools and resources by medical students (NZD 5,296; Qian Liu [PI], Rebecca Grainger [CI], Tehmina Gladman [CI], Phil Blyth [CI] and Anthony Ali [CI])

2020  HERDSA NZ Grant, HERDSA NZ branch

Capturing the invisible: The use of non-institutional elearning tools and resources by undergraduate students in New Zealand universities (NZD 1402; Qian Liu [PI], Rebecca Grainger [CI], Tehmina Gladman [CI], Susan Geertshuis [CI] and Sally Eberhard [CI])

Co-investigator (CI)

2023  Linsell Richards Education Foundation Fund, New Zealand Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (NZSOHNS)

Development of student-centred, sustainable Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Teaching (NZD 20,000; Patrick Dawes [PI], Steve Gallagher [CI] and Qian Liu [CI])

2023  Medical Education Research Fund, Otago Medical School

Acceptability of cognitive bias modification for ethnic stereotyping (CBM-S) among medical students: a qualitative study (NZD 12,687; Jerry Hsu [PI], Zaine Akuhata-Huntington [Co-PI], Qian Liu [CI], Lis Heath [CI], Stuart Chambers [CI], Chris Lin [CI])

2023  University Teaching Development Grant, University of Otago

Development of student-centred, sustainable Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Teaching (NZD 5,000; Patrick Dawes [PI], Steve Gallagher [CI] and Qian Liu [CI])

2022  Quality Improvement Grant, University of Otago

Enhancing doctoral supervisor training content and delivery (NZD 9,987; Vijay Mallan [PI], Qian Liu [CI] and Ruth Toumu’a [CI])

2021  Medical Education Research Fund, Otago Medical School

The influence of students’ perceived learning autonomy support on approaches to learning (NZD 4,561; Tehmina Gladman [PI], Qian Liu [CI], Diane Kenwright [CI] and Rebecca Grainger [CI])

2018  Ako Aotearoa Co-funded Project, Ako Aotearoa and University of Auckland

Embedding Employability in the Curriculum: Strategies for the development of future-ready employability attributes within advanced and research-informed programmes (NZD 300,000; Susan Geertshuis [PI] and Qian Liu [Research Fellow])


Stojanov, A., Liu, Q., & Koh, J. H. L. (2024). University students’ self-reported reliance on ChatGPT for learning: A latent profile analysis. Computers & Education: Artificial Intelligence, 6, 100243. doi: 10.1016/j.caeai.2024.100243 Journal - Research Article

Liu, Q., Hu, A., & Daniel, B. (2024). Online assessment in higher education: A mapping review and narrative synthesis. Research & Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning. Advance online publication. doi: 10.58459/rptel.2025.20007 Journal - Research Article

Grainger, R., Liu, Q., & Gladman, T. (2024). Learning technology in health professions education: Realising an (un)imagined future. Medical Education, 58, 36-46. doi: 10.1111/medu.15185 Journal - Research Article

Geertshuis, S., Liu, Q., Lewis, N., & Cui, J. (2024). Stuck between a rock and a hard place: The challenge of preparing graduates for their futures. Innovations in Education & Teaching International, 61(1), 99-113. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2022.2152362 Journal - Research Article

Liu, Q., Gladman, T., Muir, J., Wang, C., & Grainger, R. (2023). Analytics-informed design: Exploring visualization of learning management systems recorded data for learning design. SAGE Open. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/21582440231193590 Journal - Research Article

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