Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL)

CFL Staff

BEd (S.Pac), BSpecEd (Monash), MEd (UNISA), PhD (NMSU)

Present position:
Instructional Designer

Section: Learning Experience Design & Development

Contact details:
Location: TEDFuturesHUB, Laucala Campus
Tel: (+679) 323
2101, Fax: (+679) 323 1417

Irene Chief is an Instructional Designer who has worked over 10 years at USP. She is responsible for designing online courses. She has also worked at one of the campuses of the University of North Carolina System as a Distance Learning Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences as well as an Instructional Designer at an North Carolina Community College in a the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) grant developing OERs. She has also held interim administrative positions. She holds a BEd (USP), BSpEd (Monash), Master of Education [Distance Education] (University of South Australia) and a PhD [Curriculum & Instruction] (New Mexico State University). She has experience in accreditation of Lifelong Learning (SACS) and served as a primary investigator for a grant. She has served as a reviewer for AERA since 2012. Her research interests are interactivity in virtual spaces, access to higher education, adult learning, and multicultural education. She enjoys table tennis, baking and traveling.

  • Chief, I, Jione, M, Rajneel Totaram, Racule, E, Jitoko, T, Morrison, R, Tuisawau, P (2014). Creating your ePortfolio with Mahara and Moodle. A Student Guide. Suva, The University of the South Pacific.http://elearn.usp.ac.fj/mod/resource/view.php?id=345536.


  • Chief, I, & Jione, M. & Totaram, R (2016). Creating ePortfolios at Pacific TAFE- creating spaces for students to demonstrate competencies in their profession. Presented at Mahara Hui 2017, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. https://maharahui.org.nz/mod/page/view.php?id=132
  • Chief, I., Naqiolevu, E., & Tuitoga, A. (2014). Pacific Island students paddling in the Information digital literacy canoe: A study of University of the South Pacific Students. In E-Learn 2014─World conference on e-learning in corporate, government, healthcare, and higher education, October 27-30, New Orleans. 
  • Lipscomb, N & Irene Yee Chief, (June 16-19, 2014) Texas Southern Universityís Teaching and Learning Excellence Center/National Science Foundation sponsored-Center for Research Complex Networks 2014 International Teaching and Learning Conference, International Trends in Evidence Based Research, Teaching & Learning. Houston Marriott Westchase, Texas, USA.  Paper: Integrating Digital Technology within Diverse Adult Learning Environments (#141) Abstract accepted
  • Chief, I. (2013, March 17-18). Online Learning: Non-Traditional Minority Women in pursuit of Degree Completion. Paper presented at ACHE Mid-Atlantic Region Annual Conference: Success, Not Just Access, Springfield College, Wilmington, Delaware.


  • Totaram, R. & I.Yee Chief, (2015) Moodle User Feedback  2014. User perspective of Moodle at The University of the South Pacific.
  • Totaram, R. & I.Yee Chief, (2014) Moodle User Feedback  2015. User perspective of Moodle at The University of the South Pacific.