Dr Christopher Blundell is a Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. He teaches and coordinates undergraduate and post-graduate units about assessment, digital pedagogies and leadership. Chris is Course Coordinator for QUT's Master of Education (MEd), and Study Area Coordinator for the Educational Leadership specialisation in the (MEd). Chris also supervises higher research degree students, and plays a pivotal role in QUT international capacity building short courses for international partners. He works nationally and internationally with school teams on projects focused on innovation in teaching and learning.
Chris also has 26 years experience as a secondary teacher. This includes 11 years as Academic Dean (executive level leader of curriculum, assessment and reporting) of a large, independent P-12 school recognised for innovation, leadership and educational excellence in digital learning. For 20 years, he contributed to curriculum development and assessment moderation processes with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), including 13 years as State Review Panel Chair for Earth Science. He also consulted on behalf of QCAA and Independent Schools Queensland on the draft Senior Earth and Environmental Science curriculum for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Chris was an Expert Writing Team member for the new QCAA Earth and Environmental Science syllabus.
As an educator and researcher, Chris has actively explored the role of digital technologies in pedagogy, learning, and assessment. He regularly works with schools on projects focussed on exploring promising practices associated with digital technologies. Chris’ research interests include the following.
Design-based professional learning.
Conceptualising the challenges of integrating digital technologies in teacher practice.
Exploring the interaction between pedagogies, curriculum and assessment.
Innovation-focussed school leadership, and science and technology education.
Chris has published and presented his work at conferences, fora, symposia and workshops for educators, researchers and professional associations.
Over his career, Chris has received numerous awards, including: QUT Real World Teaching Award, Award for Academic Excellence in Educational Leadership from the Australian Council of Educational Leadership Queensland, Griffith Award for Academic Excellence from Griffith University, Excellence in Teaching Award from Rotary Club Cleveland, and a BHP Science Teacher’s Award.