Explore these sites if you are doing or thinking of doing literary studies at the Australian Catholic University.



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Simon Ryan




Creative Writing
I built this site for my ENGL208 Creative Writing unit. It is a flash-dependent site with 25 slides of scrollable text, sound and picture files.Each slide is controllable through the menu at the bottom of the screen.

Teaching and Learning Portfolio
This is a 6000 word portfolio which demonstrates a reflexive attitude to issues of teaching and learning. It shows my knowledge of learning and teaching theory and how this has informed my recent practice.

The Academy Literature and Drama Website
The Academy is a 400 page, 250,000 word introduction to the fields of Literature and Drama. The site requires Flash.

Nineteenth Century Literature Sample Lecture
Sample Nineteenth Century Lecture

Office of Learning and Teaching Application References


Teaching and Learning CV as of March 2014


Ryan, Simon. Contextual Knowledge and Literary Analysis. The International Journal of the Humanities. 8, 2, 2010, 201-209. (Concerned with student poetry reading and contextual knowledge)

_____. Critical Reading, Metacognition and Relevance in the Humanities. The International Journal of Learning, 18, 2, 2011, 159-165. (Using Relevance Theory to investigate student learning in Literature)

_____. Relevance and Information Processing in the Humanities. Ubiquitous Learning, 4, 1, 2012, 55-64. (How students use proliferating sources of information in Literature)

_____. The Location of Knowledge. Learning, Technology and Society, 8, 6, 2013, 73-81. (Where knowledge is ‘located’ for student learners – in texts, contextual information or in processes).

Ryan, Simon. Use of the Internet in a Federated University: An Australian Example. Presented at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Florida, 2004.
-----. Relevance Theory and Learning in Literary Studies. GIHE, Griffith University, 2009
-----. What Constitutes Relevance in Literary Studies.Learning and Teaching Centre Conference, Australian Catholic University, 2009.