Knowledge and information technologies

At the Faculty of Education and Social Work, we appreciate that technology is integral to education, and that to remain leaders in education we must use and develop best practice in technology for learning and teaching. The faculty has an outstanding record out as a leader in digital innovation for learning and teaching through the staff's extensive research portfolio in learning technologies; its world-class Research Centre in Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo); and its in-house Digital Innovation and Knowledge Management team, which develops and supports innovative technologies for learning, teaching and educational research. This team has a reputation for:

  • Award-winning innovation – the team received a 2009 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Systems that Achieve Collective Excellence in Teaching and Learning

  • Excellence and interfaculty collaboration – other faculties have sought the team's consultancy and collaboration, including the School of Psychology (video-based teaching and learning), and faculties of Dentistry and Engineering (which both adopted the Faculty of Education and Social Work's Study Unit Manager and Organiser (SUMO) platform as the model for their own systems).

  • Grant and eResearch success – the team has attracted $300,000 in direct funding over the past three years. As well, our educational video annotation (EVA) software has been an integral part of eResearch, and has provided the winning advantage for at least two Australian Research Council applications lodged by the faculty.

  • Publications – the Digital Innovation and Knowledge Management team's work has led to multiple peer-reviewed publications, including one book chapter and three international conference papers on collaborative educational technology.