Prof. Sara De Freitas
Sara de Freitas is Pro Vice Chancellor and Professor of Learning and Teaching at Murdoch University. In her role, she leads on strategy for learning and teaching across the university, and provides academic leadership for the Centre for University Teaching and Learning which supports a range of activities including high-quality research in learning and teaching, delivery of the OnTrack enabling program and support for advanced educational innovative technologies.
Her previous role was as Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Teaching and Learning at Curtin University where, she led the Curtin Teaching and Learning team which serves 62,000 on-campus and online students with 11 areas of activity, including learning design, assessment and quality, pathway programs, online learning, learning technology, T&L innovation, faculty learning engagement teams and the work integrated learning program.
Before coming to Australia, Sara was Director of Research at the Serious Games Institute, Coventry University, UK. There she led the formation and development of a hybrid model of research, business and study, the first institute of its kind. The Institute attracted millions in research income from the British Council, the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Union and the European Regional Development Fund. The Institute also established a network of affiliated organizations in four continents and the business side of operations has successful commercial spinouts in the UK and Singapore.
At Birkbeck College, University of London, she helped to establish the well-known London Knowledge Lab, with its focus upon digital learning. Over the period, she was also the Director of a consultancy company, which provided consultancies for the UK Department of Education and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Sara currently holds a Visiting Professorship at Coventry University in the UK, a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of London, and is an Adjunct Professor in Malta University. Her research interests are focused in learning analytics, technology-enhanced learning, higher educational policy and leadership and advanced educational games research and development.
Sara has published seven books and over 100 journal articles, conference papers and reports. She currently sits on over 100 program committees and advisory boards and has undertaken over 100 international keynotes, presentations and public lectures in four continents. Her most recent book, Education in Computer Generated Environments (2013), has been published in hardback by Routledge in their Research in Education Series. Her awards include a teaching award at Birkbeck College, Most Influential Woman in Technology 2009 and 2010 by the US Fast Company, and a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.