Professor Lindsey Conner

Professor in Digital Education and Innovation

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.14)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Prof Lindsey Conner is an internationally renowned education expert who is known for her research on innovation in Education and teaching. Her commitment to social justice and prioritisation of specific actions (in a creative frame of "what else can we do to make a difference?") underpins her philosophy and leadership to empower people to stretch their potential for social mobility. She strongly believes that it is through education that people can achieve great things and have greater life chances.

Lindsey was previously the Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), Associate Dean Postgraduate Research and Dean (Education) at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Prof Conner has a can do attitude and a passion for leading change. Her leadership in Education is drawn from nearly 26 years as a researcher and teacher educator in science education, including research on the application of technologies within disciplines and in cross disciplinary contexts. Prof Conner has also led an international partnership project on implementing ICT in schools and was Director of the Science and Technology Education Research Hub which has had international aclaim.

Prof Conner has a strong international profile and led the 7 country Pacific Circle Consortium research project on Teacher Education for the Future. In 2013 Prof Conner was an invited consultant to NIER (Japan) working with the Ministry of Education Japan on infusing competencies across curriculum. Prof Conner was also a funded visiting fellow at SEAMEO RECSAM, Penang (2013) and a consultant in developing science teaching standards for the South East Asian Ministries of Education (2014) which have been implemented in 11 Countries. Prof Conner has developed courses and supported researchers from universities in Bangladesh, China, Malaysia and Korea.

Previously, Prof Conner was the New Zealand coordinator for the OECD Innovative Learning Environments Project and Commissioner for the New Zealand Olympic Education Committee.

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Canterbury
  • Master of Science (Distinction), University of Canterbury
  • Diploma of Teaching, Christchurch College of Education
  • PhD, Monash University
Honours, awards and grants
  • 2016 - Innovation Award Flinders University
  • 2013 - Teaching and Research Fellow, South East Asian Ministries of Education (SEAMEO RECSAM)
  • 2008 - Visiting Academic, Institute of Education, University of London
  • 2007 - 2008 Consultant on LANE (Literacy and Numeracy Empowerment) project
  • 2006 - Teaching Excellence Award, Christchurch College of Education
  • 2005 - New Zealand Association of Research in Education Award
  • 2002 - Ministry of Education International Travel Award
  • 2000 - Monash University Post Graduate Award
Key responsibilities

Dean People and Resources and Dean Education (college programmes), College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

Dean School of Education, Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law

Teaching interests
  • Education
  • Science and Technology
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Innovative Pedagogies
  • Future-focused approaches
  • National and International initiatives

Prof Conner is an early adopter of e-learning and has developed educational leadership courses that are taught 100% on-line. Prof Conner has also supported Teaching and Learning staff to consider greater alignment with other qualifications for co-delivery, particularly for content, and to move from completely face-to-face to blended delivery. Prof Conner’s research focuses on ways to use digital sources to enhance learning in its broadest sense.

Supervisory interests
Pedagogical innovation
Science education
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Science education in high schools (2), Higher Education (2)
Principal supervisor: A Case study on the junior graduation programme at Years 9 and 10 of one school involved with the Schools Making a Difference (SMAD) project, The praxis of initial secondary service teacher education in Seychelles and New Zealand: a comparison between the National Institute of Education and the University of Canterbury College of Education, Inspiration, concept, mapping and inquiry: supporting higher order thinking for Year 7 and 8 students
Expert for media contact
Cognitive science
Education - Science
Education - Teaching
Education - Technology
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Media expertise
  • Cognitive science
  • Education - Science
  • Education - Teaching
  • Education - Technology
  • Teaching
Further information

Prof Lindsey Conner is commtted to providing innovative education for social change and strongly believes that it is through education that people have greater life chances.

Recently she has been involved in academic reviewes and audits in Fiji.

What's the future for education - media release

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