A Framework for Amplifying the Teaching-Research Nexus Impact: Leveraging Altmetrics via Figshare


  • Chris Deneen University of South Australia
  • Thomas Cochrane Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the University of Melbourne https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0192-6118
  • Melissa Hendicott University of Melbourne
  • Gavin Buskes University of Melbourne
  • Elliott Gyger University of Melbourne
  • Siew Fang Law University of Melbourne
  • Chantal Morton University of Melbourne
  • Alicia Spittle University of Melbourne
  • Kate Tregloan University of Melbourne




Altmetrics, Teaching-Research Nexus, Researcher development, Higher education


This concise paper explores as work in progress a collaborative discussion-based webinar series that develops and amplifies understandings of the teaching-research nexus. Aimed at early and mid-career university academics, the series implements a design-based research framework using alternative publishing via Figshare and dissemination through social media networks of the recordings of live online webinars. The webinars feature a panel of invited Deans Teaching and Learning from across the university in collaboration with three higher education research specialists. Results of ongoing analysis of development, engagement, outcomes, and impact are presented, and a preliminary framework is advanced for developing and amplifying understanding of the teaching-research nexus.

Author Biography

Thomas Cochrane, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, the University of Melbourne

Thomas Cochrane is Associate Professor, Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education, in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. Thomas has expertise in qualitative research in technology-enhanced learning, with a focus upon action research, and design based research methodologies. His specialisations include mobile learning, designing mixed reality learning environments, heutagogy (self-regulated learning), communities of practice, and the scholarship of technology enhanced learning. His research portfolio includes over 58 peer reviewed journal articles, 36 book chapters, and over 150 conference proceedings.