Ms Taryn Axelsen


NameMs Taryn Axelsen
Email Addresstaryn.axelsen@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleLecturer (Statistics)
QualificationsBSc USQ
DepartmentSchool of Mathematics, Physics and Computing
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3564-4354
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Biography

Taryn Axelsen is a Lecturer in Statistics with the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computing department at the University of Southern Queensland, Springfield. She has been teaching first, second- and third-year courses in statistics for nearly 20 years and maintains strong links with schools including the Deputy Chair of the ATAR Committee and ATAR Ratification committees.

Taryn believes her role as statistics educator is about creating appropriate teaching and learning experiences for students to incorporate a variety of factors to make statistics more appealing and ultimately hope that students leave university liking statistics. In 2023 Taryn was awarded a HEA Fellowship, showing her continued commitment to increasing statistical education at UniSQ.

In 2022, Taryn (in collaboration with Associate Professor Rachel King) was awarded the overall UniSQ Excellence Award for University Teaching for developing an innovative competencies curriculum and assessment framework to increase statistical confidence in first-year students and provide cohesive threshold knowledge in introductory statistics.

She has also been working as a statistical consultant for the UniSQ Statistical Consulting Unit for 10 years, providing a wide range of statistical support to a variety of different HDR students and staff across different field throughout the university. Her main research interest is in statistical education, endeavouring to improve the overall learning experience for statistical students at a tertiary level. Other research areas include self-theories, overcoming statistics anxiety, advancements in technology to enhance the teaching of university statistics and statistical enrichment for school aged students.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Lecturer (Statistics)Department of Mathematics, Computing and Physics20032023

Expertise

Statistics Education

Mathematics Enrichment

Statistical Anxiety in First Year University Students

Optimum Experimental Designs

Mathematics Education

Teaching

STA1003 - Fundamental Statistics

STA1004 - Fundamental Statistics in Accounting

STA2301 - Distribution Theory

Fields of Research

  • 490501. Applied statistics

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
ATAR Ratification Committee
ATAR Committee (Deputy Chair)
Statistical Society of Australia
BSc
USQ
2004
Project titleDetailsYear
Grants for Embedded Learning and Teaching Strategy (GELTS) An innovative formative and summative e-assessment framework and intervention guide to improve effective student engagement and retention in an introductory statistics course2020
Item reviewedYear
Australian Mathematics Education Journal 2022
International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education 2023
Mathematics Education Research Journal2023

Exploring pre-service teachers’ affective-reflective skills: the effect of variations of a novel self-evaluation protocol

Woolcott, Geoff, Whannell, Robert, Marshman, Margaret, Galligan, Linda, Yeigh, Tony and Axelsen, Taryn. 2023. "Exploring pre-service teachers’ affective-reflective skills: the effect of variations of a novel self-evaluation protocol." Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866X.2023.2227942

How are we progressing with academic numeracy at regional universities? Perspectives from first-year undergraduate studies

Woolcott, Geoff, Galligan, Linda, Whannell, Robert, Marshman, Margaret, Axelsen, Taryn, Schmalz, Jelena and Sultanova, Nargiz. 2021. "How are we progressing with academic numeracy at regional universities? Perspectives from first-year undergraduate studies." Mathematics Education Research Journal. 33, pp. 451-468. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13394-020-00312-3

Measured UV Exposures of Ironman, Sprint and Olympic-Distance Triathlon Competitors

Downs, Nathan J., Axelsen, Taryn, Parisi, Alfio V., Schouten, Peter W. and Dexter, Ben R.. 2020. "Measured UV Exposures of Ironman, Sprint and Olympic-Distance Triathlon Competitors." Atmosphere. 11 (5), pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11050440

Statistics poster competitions: an opportunity to connect academics and teachers

Dunn, Peter K., Richardson, Alice, Prodromou, Theodosia and Axelsen, Taryn. 2020. "Statistics poster competitions: an opportunity to connect academics and teachers." Statistics Education Research Journal. 19 (1).

It’s part of my life and the modelling process

Galligan, Linda, Axelsen, Taryn, Pennicott, Toni, Addie, Ron, Galbraith, Peter and Woolcott, Geoff. 2019. "It’s part of my life and the modelling process ." Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. 22 (4), pp. 355-378. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10857-019-09426-3

Biologically effective solar ultraviolet exposures and the potential skin cancer risk for individual gold medalists of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games

Downs, Nathan J., Axelsen, Taryn, Schouten, Peter, Igoe, Damien P., Parisi, Alfio V. and Vanos, Jennifer. 2019. "Biologically effective solar ultraviolet exposures and the potential skin cancer risk for individual gold medalists of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games." Temperature. https://doi.org/10.1080/23328940.2019.1581427

Variations on a Theme: Pre-service Mathematics Teacher Reflections Using an Affect-based Critical Moment Protocol

Marshman, Margaret, Galligan, Linda, Axelsen, Taryn, Woolcott, Geoff and Whannell, Robert. 2018. "Variations on a Theme: Pre-service Mathematics Teacher Reflections Using an Affect-based Critical Moment Protocol." Hunter, Jodie, Darragh, Lisa and Perger, Pam (ed.) 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA41). Auckland, New Zealand 01 - 05 Jul 2018 Payneham, Australia.

The R in the ELR Process: Reflection and the Emotions of PreService Teachers. A Case Study

Axelsen, Taryn, Galligan, Linda and Woolcott, Geoff. 2018. "The R in the ELR Process: Reflection and the Emotions of PreService Teachers. A Case Study." Hunter, Jodie, Darragh, Lisa and Perger, Pam (ed.) 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA41). Auckland, New Zealand 01 - 05 Jul 2018 Payneham, Australia.

Triathlon and the potential for solar ultraviolet exposure risk assessed during the swim, bicycle and running legs of competitive Australian Ironman events

Axelsen, Taryn, Parisi, Alfio V. and Downs, Nathan J.. 2018. "Triathlon and the potential for solar ultraviolet exposure risk assessed during the swim, bicycle and running legs of competitive Australian Ironman events." 4th International Conference on UV & Skin Cancer Prevention 2018. Toronto, Canada 01 - 04 May 2018

Face-to-face and virtual mathematics enrichment for rural schools: intersection of teachers, students, technology and pedagogy

Galligan, Linda, Addie, Ron, Axelsen, Taryn and Stern, Linda. 2017. "Face-to-face and virtual mathematics enrichment for rural schools: intersection of teachers, students, technology and pedagogy." Partridge, H., Davis, K. and Thomas, J. (ed.) 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2017). Toowoomba, Australia 04 - 06 Dec 2017 Tugun, Australia.

The modelling process and pre-service teacher confidence

Axelsen, Taryn, Galligan, Linda and Woolcott, Geoff. 2017. "The modelling process and pre-service teacher confidence." 40th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA40). Melbourne, Australia 02 - 06 Jul 2017 Melbourne, Australia.

Self theories of intelligence and maths anxiety in a first year statistics cohort

O'Shea, A. and Swan, T.. 2011. "Self theories of intelligence and maths anxiety in a first year statistics cohort." Byrne, Don (ed.) 46th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2011. Canberra, Australia 04 - 08 Oct 2011 Melbourne, Australia.

Designing festival experiences to influence visitor perceptions: the case of a wine and food festival

Axelsen, Megan and Swan, Taryn. 2010. "Designing festival experiences to influence visitor perceptions: the case of a wine and food festival." Journal of Travel Research. 49 (4), pp. 436-450. https://doi.org/10.117/00472875509346796

Information capacity designs for generalized linear models

Swan, Taryn, McGree, James, Lewis, Susan and Woods, Dave. 2010. "Information capacity designs for generalized linear models." Royal Statistical Society 2010 International Conference. Brighton, United Kingdom 13 - 17 Sep 2010

Challenges in offering engineering programs at a new campus

Thorpe, David, Swan, Taryn and Hannigan, Delphine. 2009. "Challenges in offering engineering programs at a new campus." Kestell, Colin, Grainger, Steven and Cheung, John (ed.) 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2009). Adelaide, Australia 06 - 09 Dec 2009 Adelaide, Australia.

Defining special events from a gallery visitor perspective

Axelsen, Megan and Swan, Taryn. 2007. "Defining special events from a gallery visitor perspective." 3rd Tourism Outlook Conference in conjunction with the Global Event Congress II: Heritage & Tourism Alliance & Network Relationship, Event Management & Event Tourism. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 16 - 18 Jul 2007 Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia.

New directions for art galleries and museums: the use of special events to attract audiences - a case study of the Asia Pacific Triennial

Axelsen, Megan, Arcodia, Charles and Swan, Taryn. 2006. "New directions for art galleries and museums: the use of special events to attract audiences - a case study of the Asia Pacific Triennial." Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Sciences.