Details of current projects being undertaken by the Science, Health and Engineering Educational Research (SHEER) Centre.
Where are the jobs, what are they, and how prepared are graduates for digital work?
This ATN funded project aims to design, implement and evaluate an affordance model for scaffolding digital skills and processes, drawing on technology theory and social constructivist pedagogy.
The intention is to position graduates for new and emerging digital work opportunities, in line with: Preparing students for the globalised world of work; Research embedded in teaching and engagement; Inspiring teaching; Places and spaces for creativity and collaboration; and Digital infrastructure supporting everything we do.
Grants and funding: 2017-2018 ATN Learning and Teaching Grant $104,000
Project lead: Associate Professor Fiona Peterson Team members include Associate Professor Margaret Jollands
Project partners: University of Technology Sydney, Queensland University of Technology.
Encouraging and mapping student engagement through 360 degree video annotation and data analytics
This ATN funded project brings together a team of researchers from across Australia to work on enhancing the quality of learning outcomes in online teaching and learning contexts, by developing and trialling a web-based application that enables students to experience video-recorded learning activities from an immersive 360-degree perspective.
The application provides teachers and students with a panoramic view of selected classroom activities, and facilities and tools for annotating the 360-degree video.
It allows teachers to set learning tasks in a context where online students can engage with and reflect critically on teaching and learning practices, and share their analyses of educational content and activities.
Data analytics in the form of information visualisations provide feedback for evaluating student engagement with video-recorded classroom activities and understanding of concepts.
Grants and funding: 2017-2018 ATN Learning and Teaching Grant $120,000
Project lead: Professor Kay O'Halloran Team members include Professor Mandi Berry, Professor Dann Mallett, Professor Peter Aubusson and Dr Lisa O'Keefe.
Project partners: Curtin University, University of Technology Sydney, University of South Australia Queensland University of Technology.
Educating the Edisons of the 21st Century
This OLT funded fellowship addresses challenges faced by Australian educators in graduating creative engineers, capable of developing novel products and services in a competitive global market.
Grants and funding: 2016-2017 Office of Learning and Teaching Grant
Project lead: Professor Iouri Belski
Project partners: International TRIZ academic experts from Germany, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Russia and Finland
Overview: Educating the Edisons of the 21st Century: Embedding tools of the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) into the engineering curriculum is aligned with the Government’s vision for higher education in Australia to act as an engine of economic growth.
Girls in STEM
The aim of this grant is to target high school girls from years 7 to 9 and involve them in a series of workshops and mentoring activities to provide students hands-on experience in STEM-related activities to explore the creative possibilities of STEM disciplines.
Project dates: 2016
Key people: Dr Trish McLaughlin, Professor Mandy Berry
Grants and funding: This project is funded by the Department of Industry, Innovationi and Science (DIIS) as part of the Women in STEM Entrepreneurship (WISE) Programme ($110k)
Student and Supervisor Perceptions of Writing Competence for a Computer Science PhD
The aim of this project is to study the relationship between assessed English writing skills and the quality of research manuscripts in computer science. We will also determine which factors are perceived to change English writing skill during candidature.
Project dates: start (5/2016) and finish (4/2017)
Grants and funding: This project is funded by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) ($56k)