Pacific Leaders in Open, Online and Distance Learning


  • Carina Bossu University of Tasmania



distance education, leaders

Author Biography

Carina Bossu, University of Tasmania

Dr Carina Bossu is a Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Having graduated from her PhD in 2010, which investigated higher and distance education, in particular policies and staff development practices to support distance educators, Carina’s academic career has been largely devoted to advocating and researching open educational practices (OEP) to enhance learning and teaching in higher and distance education. Prior to UTAS, she was a Research Fellow with DEHub at the University of New England (UNE) where her role was to investigate the use and adoption of OER across the Australian higher education sector.

Carina led and collaborated in several large research projects, including projects in partnership with institutions in New Zealand and Fiji. These projects were funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) to investigate several aspects of OEP across the Australian higher education sector. Currently, she is involved in several institutional, national and international collaborations related to OEP, including research projects, consultancies, PhD supervision and mentoring, amongst other activities. Carina’s professional leadership in OEP in Australia has been recognised nationally and internationally, through invitations to present and publish in this area; as well as invitations to conduct consultancy work.

In 2013 Routledge Education awarded Carina the New Researcher “One to Watch”, and more recently (2016) she has been awarded an Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Fellow. Carina is also a member of several key professional organisations and a reviewer of a number of well-established and recognised journals. 


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How to Cite

Bossu, C. (2017). Pacific Leaders in Open, Online and Distance Learning. Journal of Learning for Development, 4(1).



Special Feature
Received 2017-03-24
Accepted 2017-03-24
Published 2017-03-24