Associate Professor Christine Slade

Associate Professor

Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation
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Associate Professor Christine Slade PhD GCProfLearning BA (Com Plan & Devt) PFHEA MPIA ATCL

Assessment and Academic Integrity

In my role as Associate Professor in Higher Education, in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) I contribute to the UQ strategic priorities, with leadership in assessment and academic integrity. I have been a member of the UQ Assessment Sub-committee since 2016. I have leadership responsibilities in the delivery of the UQ Academic Integrity Action Plan and the UQ Assessment Action Plan 2022-2027 and facilitate professional learning activities for academic staff through workshops and resources.

In late 2019, I was a member of the TEQSA National Academic Integrity Workshop team, with Professor Tracey Bretag (Leader), Dr Guy Curtis and Dr Margot McNeill, delivering 19 workshops across Australia. These workshops brought together representatives of higher education providers to help strengthen institutional detection, prevention and responses to breaches of academic integrity. The team also developed an Academic Integrity Toolkit for the sector, based on workshop feedback, which was launched recently in the TEQSA webinar . In February 2020 I co-facilitated (with Dr McNeill) two similar academic integrity workshops in New Zealand at the request of the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities and contributed expertise to workshops at University College London on assessment design that strengthens student authorship verification. The corresponding research has been published online by HERD

Towards Digital Maturity

Engaging in technology is part of everyday life, more so during COVID-19. I advocate for the inclusion of digital aspects in curricula and support educators and students in building their digital capabilities for learning and professionals in the workplace. Since 2012 I have advanced folio pedagogies to facilitate students using ePortfolios to demonstrate learning over time, reflect on their developing practices, and to showcase their digital brand to wider audiences. Important aspects of these practices is understanding and applying digital ethics and eProfessionalism principles when engaging online. Therefore, I am a member of the international Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-based Learning (AAEEBL) Taskforce on Digital Ethics and ePortfolios which has produced guiding ethical principles, strategies and scenarios for institutions, educators, administrators and students. I also partnered with the UQ Library to develop a new eProfessionalism digital essentials module for educators and students to use when building their online presence. I have a particular interest in Digital Healthcare and work with international academics and industry representatives to advance student preparation for clinical placements and future work.


I have been a lecturer, course coordinator and tutor over a number of years. both in the discipline fields of planning and community development, and teaching and learning. My background is in social planing and I am a member of the Planning Institute of Australia. My PhD thesis critiqued the capacity of local government to address complex, contemporary sustainability challenges through two food security case studies. In 2017-2018 I contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and in 2019 I contributed to Faculty of Science Employability courses for STEM students preparing for entering their professions. I currently teach into international development courses delivered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Awards and Recognition

I received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the 2022 Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for my sustained leadership in providing all students with an equitable and trustworthy assessment enviroonment through scholarship, policies, staff professional learning, and sharpening students' ethical decision-making.

In May 2018 I was recognised as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK for inter/national and institutional teaching and learning thought leadership and sustained strategic impact, as measured by the UK Professional Standards Framework. I mentor both academic and professional UQ staff in the development of their fellowship applications as part of the new HEA@UQ program.

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests include innovative pedagogies, assessment and academic integrity, digital curriculum, ePortfolios and ethics. I have written a number of journal articles and other publications, and presented at national and international conferences about my research and practice (see the 'Publications' tab above).

Research Interests

  • Academic Integrity
    Institutional response to the contemporary challenges of academic misconduct.
  • Assessment and feedback
    Linking assessment and feedback as a couplet of essential learning elements.
  • Assessment design
    How to design assessment to meet intended learning outcomes given the diversity of delivery genres needed now

Research Impacts

Teaching and Learning Grants and Awards

Current Projects

  • 'Time poor, strategic or vulnerable? Understanding how and why students use online 'buy, sell or trade' file-sharing/tutoring services and the ethical impacts for tertiary institutions' Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc (HERDSA) grant 2021-2022 Associate Professor Christine Slade (CI) with Dr Guy Curtis UWA and Sheona Thomson QUT.
  • 'Faculty Assessment Practices in Response to COVID-19: opportunities for innovative futures' D2L/ASCILITE grant 2020-2021 with Dr Kathryn Coleman and Kate Mitchell (UniMel) and Professor Patsie Polly (UNSW).
  • 'Digital health: towards a learning healthcare system' ITaLI partner Global Change Research Network Grant under the leadership of Associate Professor Clair Sullivan, Centre for Health Services Research

Past Projects

  • 'Embedding Digital Health Knowledge, Capabilities and Attributes into University Nursing and Midwifery Curriculum' funded by a UQ New Staff (teaching-focused) Start Up Grant - Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grant. The aim of the project was to collate the current scholarly literature and best practice available in preparing healthcare graduates to be digitally apt through innovative curriculum. A scoping review of current literature was published in Nurse Education Today and the results of a pilot study with nursing and midwifery students about their perspectives and experiences in using digital systems whilst on placement was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.
  • 'Professionalisation in Academic Development: Exploring learning designer roles in a changing higher education sector', funded by the Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development (CADAD now CAULLT). This project explored contemporary concerns about the attraction and retention of suitable learning designers by university central teaching and learning units to meet diverse roles and employment conditions. A national survey to learning designers and directors of central teaching and learning units yielded over 120 responses. The results of the survey can be found in the Ascilite 2019 (pp. 272-281) and HERDSA 2019 (pp. 94-104) Conference proceedings
  • 'Developing Student Identity Verified Assessment: A response to contract cheating' research project, funded by the Asia Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity (APFEI). The project aimed to gain understanding of the potential areas of vulnerability in improving student identity verification in the design/redesign of assessment tasks, and to investigate ways of addressing these risks while still maintaining the tasks' authenticity. A number of assessment workshops were held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, and continue internationally. The co-design workshop process and outputs can be found in the International Journal for Academic Development. If you would like to use the project resources please contact me on


  • Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Learning, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Associate Professor Christine Slade is not currently available to take on new students.