Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Kelly Linden

Dr Kelly Linden

SFHEA, BSc (Hons) (Melbourne), PhD (Melbourne), Grad Cert University Learning and Teaching (CSU)

Kelly joined Charles Sturt University in 2008 in the School of Biomedical Science and later moved to the School of Community Health as a Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology.  Kelly completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2008, which investigated the role of AMP activated protein kinase and nitric oxide in skeletal muscle glucose uptake during contraction. Kelly has since shifted her research focus to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with a focus on student retention and adaptive learning.  In 2019 Kelly received an Australian Award for University Teaching citation for her work in adaptive learning.

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Kelly has extensive experience teaching anatomy, physiology and exercise physiology.

Innovations in teaching          

Adaptive learning adjusts the level of instruction in response to individual student answers to assist in personalisation of instruction. It is a novel and flexible way of promoting student engagement, motivation and performance.  Kelly has used an iterative cycle to design, develop, deploy and evaluate adaptive anatomy lessons, resulting in a series of 45 first and second year lessons that have now been assembled into a modern and engaging LearnSpace within the Smart Sparrow platform and are freely available on the Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network (https://www.best.edu.au/courseware/?sort=2&q=Kelly%20linden).  Kelly has also developed a class set of physiology lessons.

Teaching awards

  • 2019       UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) senior fellow
  • 2018       Australian Awards for University Teaching citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: Using adaptive technology to make anatomy education interactive, engaging and fun.
  • 2018       Charles Sturt Performance Excellence Award: Leading the institution-wide adoption of adaptive learning
  • 2010       UniJobs lecturer of the year, voted top 10 lecturer at Charles Sturt University.

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Research Interests

  • The evaluation of Smart Sparrow interactive lessons for science students.
  • Course specific feedback: How to maximise students learning and engagement with adaptive learning
  • Evaluating the power of pre-census assessment design and integrated student support to improve student retention

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Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Linden, K and Webster, L. Back to Basics: combining analytics and early assessment with personalised contact to improve student progress (2019).36th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). Singapore.
  2. McConell, GK, Wadley GD and Linden. Skeletal muscle AMPK is not activated during 2 hours of moderate intensity exercise at ~65% VO2 peak in endurance trained men.  J Physiol, in press (accepted and to be published in 2020).
  3. Linden, K., Pemberton, L., & Webster, L. (2019, July). Evaluating the bones of adaptive learning: Do the initial promises really increase student engagement and flexible learning within first year anatomy subjects?. In HEAD'19. 5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (pp. 331-339). Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València.
  4. Linden, K., Pemberton, L., & Webster, L. (2019, July). Preparing for anatomy assessment with adaptive learning resources–It is going “tibia” okay!. In HEAD'19. 5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (pp. 633-640). Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València.
  5. Linden, K., Pemberton, L., & Webster, L. (2018) Can an adaptive lesson really make fundamental chemistry interactive & flexible?. Open Oceans: Learning Without Borders, 446.
  6. Linden, K., Webster, L., Pemberton, L., & Davison, W. R. (2018) Can we calm first-year student’s “neuroscience anxiety” with adaptive learning resources? A pilot study. Open Oceans: Learning Without Borders, 451.
  7. Pemberton, L., Linden, K., & Webster, L. (2018). Use of role play and LEGOTM to teach first year physiology-Does active learning really work?. Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success (pp. 1-5).
  8. Linden KC, Wadley GD, Garhnam A, McConell GK.  Effect of L-Arginine Infusion on Glucose Disposal during Exercise in Humans. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 43(9):1626-1634, 2011. (ERA, A*; IF 4.7).
  9. Linden K, JG Ryall, C van der Poel, JD Schertzer, GS Lynch, GK McConell. nNOS is necessary for normal increases in glucose uptake during contraction of skeletal muscle. Proceedings of the Australian Physiological Society. 2007
  10. Linden KC, DeHaan CL, Zhang Y, Glowacka S, Cox AJ, Kelly DJ and Rogers S. Renal expression and localization of the facilitative glucose transporters GLUT1 and GLUT12 in animal models of hypertension and diabetic nephropathy.  Am J Physiol - Renal 290(1):F205-13, 2006.
  11. Lee-Young R, Palmer M, Linden KC, LePlastrier K, Canny BJ, Hargreaves M, Wadley GD, Kemp BE and McConell GK. Carbohydrate ingestion does not alter AMPK Signalling During exercise in humans.  Am J Physiol – Endocrinology 291(3):E566-73, 2006.
  12. McConell, GK, Manimmanakorn A, Lee-Young R.S, Kemp BE, Linden K and Wadley GD. Differential attenuation of AMPK activation during acute exercise following exercise training or AICAR treatment.  J Physiol 105(5): 1422-27, 2008.

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