Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Teacher Education & Leadership
BiographyDr Hilary Hughes is a passionate-educator researcher with a commitment to informed, connected learning. Through her teaching and research, Hilary promotes innovative, participatory practice in learning space design that enhances learning and wellbeing in schools and libraries. She also seeks to support the transition and academic success of international students. As Adjunct Professor, Hilary currently conducts research consultancies, writing and editing, and professional learning programs in learning space design for schools and libraries. Hilary was a full-time academic in QUT's Education Faculty from November 2004 until her retirement in December 2018. She mainly coordinated and taught units in the Master of Education and for several years year coordinated the MEd(Teacher-Librarianship) program. In her academic work, Hilary draws on extensive previous experience as librarian/information professional and information literacy educator. Hilary's qualifications include:
- PhD (QUT), 2009: International students using online information resources to learn.
- Master of Librarianship (University of Sheffield, UK),1978.
- BA Combined Honours in Spanish and Romance Linguistics (University of Birmingham, UK),1975.
- NAATI accredited translator (Spanish-English)
- Cert IV Workplace training & Assessment (Northpoint Institute of TAFE, Brisbane).
- AALIA (Associate of Australian Library and Information Association),1981-2018.
- 2010: Fulbright Scholar in Residence at University of Colorado, Denver
- 2014, 2012, 2009, 2008: QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Fund Award
- 2013, 2012: QUT Education Faculty teaching award (individual)
- 2006: QUT Education Faculty teaching award (for an individual teacher who has shown personal development and outcomes through reflective practice in teaching)
- 2006: QUT OLT innovative teaching award (nominated by students).
- Learning space design
- School libraries and teacher-librarianship
- International student experience
- Information literacy and informed learning
- Information experience
- Expanded critical incident technique (Hughes, 2012)
- Qualitative case study
- Qualitative interviewing
- Thematic analysis
- Central Queensland University (Brisbane International Campus)
- Education Queensland Corporate Library
- Northpoint Institute of TAFE (Brisbane)
- Glenden Town Library (Nebo Shire, Queensland)
- Longlands College of Further Education (Middlesbrough, UK).
- Adjunct Associate Professor
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Teacher Education & Leadership
International student experience, Learning space design, Higher education pedagogy, Informed learning, Connected learning, Teacher-librarianship, School libraries, Cultural diversity, Information experience, Information literacy
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Library and Information Studies
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
- Master of Arts in Librarianship (University of Sheffield)
- BA(CombHons) (University of Birmingham)
Teaching: My innovative, student-centred, scholarly approach to learning and teaching has been recognised by several QUT teaching awards and consistently high student evaluations. I promote connected learning pedagogy across physical and virtual spaces, mediated by contemporary technologies. The units I have taught include:
- LCN600 Connected Learning (Coordinator & lecturer)
- LCN601: Designing Spaces for Learning (Coordinator & lecturer)
- LCN615: Learning Hubs (Coordinator & lecturer)
- CLN617: Personalised Language Development (Coordinator & lecturer)
- EDB006: Learning Networks (Tutor)
- EDB001: Teaching in New Times (Tutor)
HDR supervision: As a Level 3 Supervisor, I am privileged to supervise students conducting HDR research across Education, Learning environment and Information Science disciplines. Successful HDR students and their topics:
- Kay Oddone, 2019, PhD (Principal supervisor): Teachers' experience of professional learning through personal learning networks. - Exploration of Connected learning for educators supported by social media; qualitative case study.
- Annie Rolfe, 2019, MPhil (Principal supervisor): School design and procurement and educational goals: A qualitative case study of two Australian schools.
- Vanessa Miller, 2018, EdD (Principal supervisor): Teachers creating the third teacher: An action research approach to learning environment design.
- Yin Yue, 2018, PhD (Associate supervisor): From university graduates to teachers in disadvantaged schools: A sociological study of participation in an alternative teacher recruitment program.
- Kylie Andrews, 2016, MEd Research (Principal supervisor): High school learning spaces: Investigating Year 6 students' imaginings and representations.
- Kate Davis, 2015, PhD (Associate Supervisor): The information experience of new mothers in social media: A grounded theory study.
- Tashi Gyeltshen, 2015, PhD, (Associate supervisor): The nature of academic leadership at the colleges of the Royal University of Bhutan.
- Katherine Howard, 2015, PhD (Associate Supervisor): Educating cultural heritage information professionals for Australia's galleries, libraries, archives and museums: A grounded Delphi study.
- Nicole Johnston, 2014, PhD (Associate supervisor): Understanding the information literacy experiences of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students.
- Ann Gillespie, 2013, PhD (Associate supervisor): Untangling the evidence: Teacher librarians and evidence based practice.
- Sonal Nakar, 2013, MEd Research (Principal supervisor): Understanding VET teachers' dilemmas in providing quality education to international students in Brisbane.
- Yaxing Zhang, 2012, PhD (Associate Supervisor): Principals’ and teacher leaders’ perceptions of their role and interaction under current Chinese reform: A case study in Shandong province. Education Faculty thesis award recipient.
- Li Wang, 2010, PhD (Associate Supervisor) - Integrating information literacy into higher education curricula: An information literacy curricular integration model.
- Xiong Xang, 2008, MEd Research (Associate Supervisor):An investigation of the use of CALL by college English teachers: Perspectives in a Chinese normal university.
Scholarship of teaching: My research in the areas of informed learning, connected learning, charrette as pedagogy, and international student experience informs my teaching. It also underpinned my Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program at Colorado University Denver, USA in 2010. Relevant publications include:
Bruce & Hughes (2010) 'Informed learning: A pedagogical construct attending simultaneously to information use and learning'
Hughes & Bruce (2013) 'International students' experiences of informed learning: A pedagogical case study'.
Hughes, Foth & Mallan (2019) 'Social living labs for informed learning: A conceptual framework of interprofessional education in community healthcare'.
Hughes, Wolf & Fox (2017) 'Informed digital learning through social living labs as participatory methodology'.
Hughes (2021) 'Connected transitioning communities for international students via social media'.
Hughes (2017) 'Charrette: Case study of participatory library space designing in a postgraduate course.
In my teaching and research I draw upon extensive experience as information professional/librarian and information literacy educator, especially with international students and in culturally diverse higher education contexts.
- Hughes H, Franz J, Willis J, (2019) School Spaces for Student Wellbeing and Learning: Insights From Research and Practice, Springer.
- Dezuanni M, Foth M, Mallan K, Hughes H, (2018) Digital Participation through Social Living Labs: Valuing Local Knowledge, Enhancing Engagement, Chandos Publishing.
- Hughes H, (2018) Charrette as context and process for academic discourse in contemporary higher education: A case study. In J Herr & TT Miranda, The value of academic discourse: Conversations that matter, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, pp. 79-102.
- Hughes H, Foth M, Dezuanni M, Mallan K, Allan C, (2018) Fostering digital participation and communication through social living labs: a qualitative case study from regional Australia, Communication Research and Practice, 4 (2), pp. 183-206.
- Hughes H, Cooper L, Flierl M, Somerville M, Chaudhary N, (2018) The role of the university library in supporting international student transition: Insights from an Australian-American case study, Journal of Academic Librarianship, 44 (5), pp. 582-594.
- Hughes H, (2014) Researching information experience: methodological snapshots. In C Bruce, K Davis, H Hughes, I Stoodley & H Partridge, Information experience: Approaches to theory and practice [Library and Information Science Series, Volume 10], Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 33-50.
- Hughes H, (2014) School libraries, teacher-librarians and student outcomes: Presenting and using the evidence, School Libraries Worldwide, 20 (1), pp. 29-50.
- Hughes H, (2013) International students using online information resources to learn: complex experience and learning needs, Journal of Further and Higher Education, 37 (1), pp. 126-146.
- Hughes H, (2012) An expanded critical incident approach for exploring information use and learning, Library and Information Research, 36 (112), pp. 72-95.
- Bruce C, Hughes H, (2010) Informed learning: A pedagogical construct attending simultaneously to information use and learning, Library & Information Science Research, 32 (4).
Selected research projects
- Fostering digital participation through Living Labs in regional and rural Australian communities
- Primary fund type
- CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
- Project ID
- Start year
- digital citizenship; rural & regional; digital literacy
Projects listed above are funded by Australian Competitive Grants. Projects funded from other sources are not listed due to confidentiality agreements.
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- Teachers' Experience of Professional Learning Through Personal Learning Networks (2019)
- From University Graduates to Teachers in Disadvantaged Schools: A Sociological Study of Participation in an Alternative Teacher Recruitment Program (2018)
- Teachers Creating the "Third Teacher": An Action Research Approach to Learning Environment Design (2017)
- Educating Cultural Heritage Information Professionals for Australia's galleries, libraries, archives and museums: A Grounded Delphi study (2015)
- The Information Experience of New Mothers in Social Media: A Grounded Theory Study (2015)
- Understanding the information literacy experiences of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students (2014)
- Untangling the evidence: teacher librarians and evidence based practice (2013)
- Integrating Information Literacy into Higher Education Curricula: An IL Curricular Integration Model (2011)