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Tootell, Holly I. Dr

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • School of Computing & Information Technology

Overview


Dr Holly Tootell is a senior lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wollongong. Holly joined the University of Wollongong in January 2001. She has published and presented papers in many international conferences and journals in the field of Social Implications of Location-Based Technology. She previously co-chaired the RNSA Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security Measures. She is an experienced researcher in technical translation and the social impact of technology. Holly’s current area of research is technology use in early years education settings and is currently researching the experiences of early years educators from a socio-technical perspective. She has been awarded grants to develop interactive technology resources for preschool-aged children, working with a multidisciplinary research team.

At the University of Wollongong, Holly teaches many subjects in the Social and Digital Innovation major in the Bachelor of Information Technology. Subjects of expertise have included Social Informatics, Social Media and the Workplace, Corporate Social Responsibility and IT, IT and Citizens Rights, Information and Communication Security Issues, Information Technology and Innovation. She has also taught Case Studies in Information Technology, Organisational Issues in Information Technology, and Corporate Network Planning, and Principles of eBusiness. Holly has also delivered courses to the Sydney Business School, INTI College Sarawak, Malaysia, and to Singapore and Hong Kong partners.

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Other Research Activities


Impact Story


  • <p>Drawing on international research this project has designed and developed a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE) at the Horsley Community Centre in the Illawarra. An MSE provides a safe, non-threatening environment for children and adults with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences. The experiences provided by an MSE can either calm or stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma. We know that multisensory environments provide the ability to control sensory experiences and stimulation of the primary senses to encourage relaxation and enjoyment which can be helpful for multiple groups such as senior citizens/aged care, people with physical disabilities and those with conditions such as dementia, autism spectrum disorders and also people with anxiety and challenging behaviours.<br /><br />The project forged a unique partnership between CareWays Illawarra and the University of Wollongong (UOW). Methodologically, this project used participatory action research to foster the involvement of people with disabilities, their carers, families and disability services to assist in the design and development of the space to best meet the needs of the whole community. <br /><br />Initially known as the SMILE team, the project is now called Sense (Sensory Environments for Supporting Experiences) Spaces. It has expanded to explore the impact of MSEs for cross-sector user groups.  The project has grown from establishing an MSE to examining the immediate and lasting impact of using an MSE, and whether personalisation of the MSE can increase use or provide a more meaningful experience. Utilising different design-thinking approaches with coordinated communication plans will be significant as we engage, define, ideate, prototype and test across sectors to provide effective ways of delivering MSEs.  </p>

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Technology Impact on Attachment in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) An in-depth study into the effects of social media use Gillen, Joshua
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Cyber-attacks on Networks (Cloud Computing and Threats to Corporate & Individuals Privacy) Alanazi, Marfua
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) How technology will change the world by 2030. Alebnalshaikh, Hussain Ali A
    Doctor of Philosophy Healthcare Record Management in the Botswana Healthcare System Corrigan, Guy

Keywords


  • Technology use in early childhood education environments, social implications of technology, collaborative design, socio-technical theory

Fax


  • 02 42214045

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • D-7102-2012

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Other Research Activities


Impact Story


  • <p>Drawing on international research this project has designed and developed a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE) at the Horsley Community Centre in the Illawarra. An MSE provides a safe, non-threatening environment for children and adults with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences. The experiences provided by an MSE can either calm or stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma. We know that multisensory environments provide the ability to control sensory experiences and stimulation of the primary senses to encourage relaxation and enjoyment which can be helpful for multiple groups such as senior citizens/aged care, people with physical disabilities and those with conditions such as dementia, autism spectrum disorders and also people with anxiety and challenging behaviours.<br /><br />The project forged a unique partnership between CareWays Illawarra and the University of Wollongong (UOW). Methodologically, this project used participatory action research to foster the involvement of people with disabilities, their carers, families and disability services to assist in the design and development of the space to best meet the needs of the whole community. <br /><br />Initially known as the SMILE team, the project is now called Sense (Sensory Environments for Supporting Experiences) Spaces. It has expanded to explore the impact of MSEs for cross-sector user groups.  The project has grown from establishing an MSE to examining the immediate and lasting impact of using an MSE, and whether personalisation of the MSE can increase use or provide a more meaningful experience. Utilising different design-thinking approaches with coordinated communication plans will be significant as we engage, define, ideate, prototype and test across sectors to provide effective ways of delivering MSEs.  </p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Technology Impact on Attachment in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) An in-depth study into the effects of social media use Gillen, Joshua
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Cyber-attacks on Networks (Cloud Computing and Threats to Corporate & Individuals Privacy) Alanazi, Marfua
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) How technology will change the world by 2030. Alebnalshaikh, Hussain Ali A
    Doctor of Philosophy Healthcare Record Management in the Botswana Healthcare System Corrigan, Guy

Keywords


  • Technology use in early childhood education environments, social implications of technology, collaborative design, socio-technical theory

Fax


  • 02 42214045

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • D-7102-2012
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