Associate Professor Beth Beckmann

PhD (University of New England), MHE (Australian National University), GradCertHE (Australian National University), GDipNatRes (University of New England), MA, BA Hons (University of Cambridge)
Reader, Staff Education (Teaching & Learning)

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
Certified Member, Association of Learning Technology (CMALT)


  • Australian National Teaching Fellowship (2014)
  • Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2013, Office for Learning and Teaching)
  • Australian Awards for University Teaching: Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2011, Australian Learning and Teaching Council)
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for a Program that Enhances Learning (2011)
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Innovation and Excellence in Service Quality
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor's Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2009)

External Roles

  • Chair, Australian Capital Territory Ministerial Advisory Council on Women (2017-18)
  • Visiting Fellow, QUT Academy of Learning & Teaching

Professional Recognition

  • Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)
  • Certified Membership of the Association of Learning Technology
  • ANU International Women's Day Certificate of Recognition

Leadership Roles

  • Co-Chair, ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme
  • Associate Dean (Staff Development and Technology-Enhanced Learning), ANU Colleges of Science
  • Chair, ANU Press Editorial Board (Education)

Summary of Activities

Beth holds joint positions with the ANU Centre of Higher Education, Learning and Teaching (CHELT) and the ANU Colleges of Science. Among many other teaching development activities, she convenes the fully modular and flexible ANU Academic Professional Development program, including the award-winning Foundations of University Teaching and Learning.

As an Australian National Teaching Fellow researching the professional recognition of university teaching, and Convenor and Co-Chair of the ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme since 2013, Beth has national and institutional leadership roles, especially through engagement with the UK-based Higher Education Academy (HEA). In May 2016, she convened the first Australasian Symposium on Professional Recognition of University Educators, and the first ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme Colloquium.

Beth's ground-breaking doctoral research on the effectiveness of experiential learning in natural settings led to two decades of work as a consultant in educational research and development in the public sector. Beth's current research interests centre on the improvement of teaching quality at the tertiary level, through unifying themes such as the professional development and recognition of university teachers; authentic, experiential and research-led learning; and design-based research as an approach to innovation with educational technologies.

Selected Publications

Beckmann, E.A (2017). Leadership through fellowship: Distributed leadership in a professional recognition scheme for university educators. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 39(2):155-168.    

Beckmann, E.A. (2017). Forums, fellowship and wicked problems in teaching. pp. 545-565. In: McDonald, J. & Cater-Steel, A. (Eds.). Communities of Practice: Facilitating social learning in higher education. Springer.

Martin, M.D., Jansen, L., & Beckmann, E.A. (2016). The Doubter’s Dilemma: Exploring student attrition and retention in university language and culture programs. Canberra: ANU Press.

Beckmann, E.A. & Mahanty, S. (2016). The evolution and evaluation of an online role-play through design- based research. Australian Journal of Educational Technology. 1957

Beckmann, E.A. (2016). Teaching excellence: Recognising the many as well as the few. Paper presented at HERDSA Conference Fremantle, July 2016.

Beckmann, E.A. (2015). Leadership through Fellowship: Professional recognition as a pathway to improving scholarship of teaching and learning in Australian universities. Presentation, International Society of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning 2015, Melbourne.

Beckmann, E.A., Estavillo, G.M., Mathesius, U.,, Djordjevic, M. A., Nicotra, A.B. (2015). The Plant Detectives: Innovative undergraduate teaching to inspire the next generation of plant biologists. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6. DOI=10.3389/fpls.2015.00729

Travis, C., Hajek, J., Nettelbeck, C., Beckmann, E.A. & Lloyd-Smith, A. (Eds.) (2014). Practices and Policies: Current research in languages and culture education. Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium, Canberra 3-5 July 2013. Melbourne: Languages and Culture Network for Australian Universities. 

Beckmann, E. A. & Martìn, M. D. (2013). How mobile learning facilitates student engagement: A case study from the teaching of Spanish. In: Berge, Z.L. & Muilenburg, L. Y. (eds.) Handbook of Mobile Learning. New York: Routledge.

Beckmann, E.A. (2013). Internships in museum studies: the interface at work. In: Boddington, A., Speight, C. & Boys, J. (eds.).  Museums and Higher Education Working Together: Challenges and opportunities. London: Ashgate.

Ferru, I. & Beckmann, E.A. (2013). Medical science in the workplace: A coursework alternative to work placements. Focus on Health Professional Education,15(1): 90-92.

Beckman, J., Ferru, I. &  Beckmann, E.A. (2013). Softly, softly: introducing research-led education into a successful first year course. pp115-121, In: Sharma, M. & Yeung, A. (Eds.), Proceedings, Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, 19-21 September, Canberra. IICSME.

Beavis, S. & Beckmann, E.A. (2012). Designing, implementing and evaluating a consultancy approach to teaching environmental management to undergraduates. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 21(1):71-92.

Beckmann, E.A. (2011). "A community of opinion and debate": postgraduate students' reactions to compulsory online discussions. In K. Moyle and G. Wijngaards (Eds), Student Reactions to Learning with Technologies: Perceptions and outcomes. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Martìn, M.D. & Beckmann, E.A. (2011). Simulating immersion: Podcasting in Spanish teaching. pp. 111-131. In: B.R. Facer and M. Abdous (Eds), Academic Podcasting and Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Applications and outcomes. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Beckmann, E.A. (2010). Learners on the move: mobile modalities in development studies. Distance Education, 31(2):159-173.

Beckmann, E.A. & Kilby, P. (2010). Transnational postgraduate study for development workers: Using technology to bridge the gap. pp.102-122. In: Mukerji, S. and Tripathi, P. (Eds). Cases on Technological Adaptability and Transnational Learning: Issues & challenges. Hershey: IGI Global.

Taylor, M. & Beckmann, E.A. (2009). 'Skilful methods can achieve what power cannot': Flexible delivery of Sanskrit at the Australian National University as a model for small-enrolment languages. Electronic Journal of Foreign Languages Teaching 6 (Suppl 1). 

Beckmann, E.A. & Kilby, P. (2008). On-line, off-campus and in the flow: learning from peers in development studies. Journal of Peer Learning. 1(1):61-69.

Beckmann, E.A. (2003). Listening between the lines: using research-based knowledge to support the development of interpretive text. pp.128-150 in Black, R. & Weiler, B., Interpreting the Land Downunder: Australian heritage interpretation and tour guiding. Fulcrum: Colorado.

Beckmann, E.A. & Savage, G. (2003). Evaluation of Dingo Education Strategy and Programs for Fraser Island. Brisbane: Queensland Government.  

Beckmann, E.A. (2002).  Literature Review: Communicating to the public about potentially dangerous wildlife in natural settings. Brisbane: Queensland Government. 

Beckmann, E.A. (1999). Evaluating visitors' reactions to interpretation in Australian national parks. Journal of Interpretation Research, 4 (1): 5-19. 

Ballantyne, R., Packer, & Beckmann, E.A. (1998). Targeted interpretation: exploring relationships among visitors' motivations, activities, attitudes, information needs and preferences. Journal of Tourism Studies, 9(2):14-25.

Beckmann, E.A. (1989). Interpretation in Australian national parks and reserves: Status, evaluation and prospects. pp.142-152. In: Uzzell, D.L. (ed.). Heritage Interpretation. Vol. 1: The natural and built environment. London: Belhaven Press.

Beckmann, E.A. (1988). Interpretation during a school visit to a nature reserve: Results of a survey of ACT Year 9 students. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 4:22-30.