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Dr Qian Liu

BMGT, MSc (Edinburgh), PhD (Auckland)

Email: qian.liu@otago.ac.nz
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.

Supervision

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.

Research Projects

2021 Medical Education Research Fund, Otago Medical School
The influence of students’ perceived learning autonomy support on approaches to learning (co-investigator, NZD 4,561)
2020 University Teaching Development Grant, University of Otago
Analytics-informed design: Using learning management system recorded data to enhance course development (Principal Investigator, NZD 9,036)
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 (Principal Investigator, NZD 5,296)
2020 HERDSA NZ Grant Scheme, HERDSA-NZ
Capturing the invisible: The use of non-institutional elearning tools and resources by undergraduate students in New Zealand universities (Principal Investigator, NZD 1,402)
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 (Research Fellow, NZD 300,000)

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Publications

Wu, X., Zhang, L. J., & Liu, Q. (2021). Using assessment for learning: Multi-case studies of three Chinese University English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers engaging students in learning and assessment. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 725132. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.725132

Gladman, T. B., Liu, Q., Kenwright, D., & Grainger, R. (2021). The influence of students' perceived learning autonomy on approaches to learning. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. 119. Retrieved from https://eventstudio.eventsair.com/anzahpe-2021/anzahpe-abstract-book

Geertshuis, S., Liu, Q., Rix, N., Murdoch, O., & McConnell, M. (2021). Learning by watching others learn: The use of videoed tutorials in undergraduate business education. Higher Education Pedagogies, 6(1), 156-174. doi: 10.1080/23752696.2021.1916980

Geertshuis, S., Rix, N., Murdoch, O., & Liu, Q. (2021). Learning by watching others learn: Vicarious learning from videoed tutorials. In D. S. P. Gedera & A. Zalipour (Eds.), Video pedagogy: Theory and practice. (pp. 103-122). Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-981-33-4009-1_6

Grainger, R., Liu, Q., & Geertshuis, S. (2021). Learning technologies: A medium for the transformation of medical education? Medical Education, 55(1), 23-29. doi: 10.1111/medu.14261

Geertshuis, S., Rix, N., Murdoch, O., & Liu, Q. (2021). Learning by watching others learn: Vicarious learning from videoed tutorials. In D. S. P. Gedera & A. Zalipour (Eds.), Video pedagogy: Theory and practice. (pp. 103-122). Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-981-33-4009-1_6

Chapter in Book - Research

Geertshuis, S., Liu, Q., Rix, N., Murdoch, O., & McConnell, M. (2021). Learning by watching others learn: The use of videoed tutorials in undergraduate business education. Higher Education Pedagogies, 6(1), 156-174. doi: 10.1080/23752696.2021.1916980

Journal - Research Article

Grainger, R., Liu, Q., & Geertshuis, S. (2021). Learning technologies: A medium for the transformation of medical education? Medical Education, 55(1), 23-29. doi: 10.1111/medu.14261

Journal - Research Article

Liu, Q., & Geertshuis, S. (2021). Professional identity and the adoption of learning management systems. Studies in Higher Education, 46(3), 624-637. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2019.1647413

Journal - Research Article

Wu, X., Zhang, L. J., & Liu, Q. (2021). Using assessment for learning: Multi-case studies of three Chinese University English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers engaging students in learning and assessment. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 725132. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.725132

Journal - Research Article

Geertshuis, S., & Liu, Q. (2020). The challenges we face: A professional identity analysis of learning technology implementation. Innovations in Education & Teaching International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14703297.2020.1832904

Journal - Research Article

Liu, Q., Geertshuis, S., & Grainger, R. (2020). Understanding academics' adoption of learning technologies: A systematic review. Computers & Education, 151, 103857. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2020.103857

Journal - Research Article

Liu, Q., & Geertshuis, S. (2016). Exploring and facilitating learning management system adoption. International Journal of E-Learning & Educational Technologies in the Digital Media, 2(3), 105-119. doi: 10.17781/P002210

Journal - Research Article

Geertshuis, S., & Liu, Q. (2016). e-learning ecosystem awareness and professional identity in e-learning technology adoption. In J. Novotna & A. Jancarik (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL 2016). (pp. 230-238). Sonning Common, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International. [Full Paper]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Geertshuis, S., Cameron, B., & Liu, Q. (2016). Shape shifting in higher education: Contrasting conceptions of academics, their development and the roles academic developers play. Business & Management Review, 8(2), (pp. 12-23). [Full Paper]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Liu, Q., & Geertshuis, S. (2016). Explorations in learning management system adoption. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on E-Learning and E-Technologies in Education (ICEEE). (pp. 1-13). Wilmington, DE: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications. [Full Paper]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Liu, Q., & Geertshuis, S. (2016). Professional identity and teachers’ learning technology adoption: A review of adopter-related antecedents. Proceedings of the 33rd Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference: Show Me The Learning. (pp. 365-374). Retrieved from http://2016conference.ascilite.org/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Gladman, T. B., Liu, Q., Kenwright, D., & Grainger, R. (2021). The influence of students' perceived learning autonomy on approaches to learning. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. 119. Retrieved from https://eventstudio.eventsair.com/anzahpe-2021/anzahpe-abstract-book

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Brown, G., Cooper-Thomas, H., Curtin, J., Dunham, A., Geertshuis, S., Kensington-Miller, B., … Liu, Q., … Wass, R. (2019). Teaching for transformation: The four E’s of teaching future-ready graduates. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference: Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Geertshuis, S., Lewis, N., & Liu, Q. (2019). Teaching future-ready graduates: Implications for changing academic practices. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference: Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Geertshuis, S., Murdoch, O., Rix, N., Liu, Q., & McConnell, M. (2019). The challenges, changes and opportunities offered by vicarious tutoring. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference: Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Liu, Q., & Geertshuis, S. (2019). Why do academics respond to learning technologies differently? A professional identity analysis of learning management system adoption. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference: Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities. Retrieved from https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Liu, Q., Geertshuis, S., & Hyeong, J. (2017). Making sense of the adoption of learning and teaching innovations in higher education: Implications from a systematic literature review. In E. Heinrich, C. Mariskind & I. Fuller (Eds.), Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. (pp. 62-63). Wellington, New Zealand: Research on Teaching and Learning Group, Massey University. [Abstract]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Geertshuis, S., Cameron, B., Liu, Q., Owens, T., Albashiry, N., & Lewis, N. (2016). The academic developers' quandary: Who am I and what do I do? Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from http://herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2016

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Anakin, M., & Liu, Q. (Eds.). (2020). Proceedings of the Otago Medical School Health Professions Education Research Group Symposium [Online]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago Medical School, Dunedin Campus, University of Otago. 11p. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/10591

Conference Contribution - Edited volume of conference proceedings

Liu, Q. (2015, November). An exploratory study of technology adoption: A skill development perspective. Verbal presentation at the 4th Aotearoa New Zealand Organisational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour (NZOPOB) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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