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Dr Arianne Rourke is an Associate Professor at UNSW, Art & Design. She teaches design history and theory courses to design, art and media arts students. Her research is in higher education pedagogy, specifically focusing on investigating methods for improving the use of visuals in instructional design to assist towards promoting the long-term retention of learning.
Dr Rourke has published widely her experimental research, which includes a co-authored book with Dr Zena O’Connor titled: Effective use of visuals in teaching in higher education (2012) with Nova Science and a co-edited book with Kathryn Coleman, titled: Pedagogy leads technology: Online Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: New Technologies, New Pedagogies, (2011), Common Ground. Dr Rourke has also co-edited books with Dr Vaughan Rees, including: Building minds, forging bridges: teaching in a visually littered world, (2013), Researching the Visual: Demystifying ‘the picture that’s worth a thousand words (2014) and Moving from novice to expert on the road to expertise, Developing expertise in the visual domain (2015), Common Ground. She serves on a number of editorial boards in both the United States and Canada. Dr Rourke has published many book chapters and papers in highly ranked journals. In 2016 she is co-curating a series of eight books on ‘Transformative pedagogies in the visual domain’ with Dr Vaughan Rees to be published in 2016 with Common Ground.