Travel back in time through this list of yearly milestones to follow CoCo's humble course through research time.



  • In July, The Design Studio officially opens, with a reception hosting leading researchers in the Learning Sciences from around the world. Professor Marcia Linn from the University of California- Berkeley cuts the ribbon.
  • CoCo hosts the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences in July 2012 (ICLS2012). Michael Jacobson and Peter Reimann co-chair the conference.
  • Karen Scott, Shannon Kennedy Clark, Jason Sergeant and Anindito Aditomo are awarded PhDs.
  • The Sciences and Technologies of Learning (STL) network is established to foster and support highly effective research group collaborations, especially between the faculties of Engineering & IT, Science, and Education & Social Work. STL is lead by Peter Goodyear, and supported by the University's Sydney Research Networks Scheme (SyReNS).


  • Peter Goodyear is named one of Sydney's top 100 most influential people by the Sydney Morning Herald.
  • As CoCo now has over 40 people, we enlarge and renovate our workspace in the Education Building.
  • Enrollments for the Master of Learning Science and Technology have tripled since the program was launched.
  • Kelly McGraw and Susanna Mann graduate.
  • The Laureate project team is finalised.
  • Sadhbh Warren joins CoCo staff to support centre events, media and administrative affairs.


  • Peter Goodyear becomes the first Laureate Fellow in Education.
  • CoCo wins the bid to host the International Conference of the Learning Sciences in 2012. Michael Jacobson is to chair the conference.
  • CoCo wins 2 ALTC grants to commence in 2011.
  • The Learning Technology Research Fest, in its 4th year running, continues to grow in popularity, hosting a record number of participants and presentations.


  • Professor Michael Jacobson steps in to replace founder Professor Peter Reimann as CoCo's new Co-director, and together co-directors Jacobson and Goodyear steer CoCo towards a new decade.
  • CoCo signs a memorandum of understanding with the Centre for Learning Innovation (CLI) at the Department of Education and Training, NSW.
  • CoCo wins 3 new major ARC grants to commence in 2010.
  • Kate Thompson rejoins CoCo as a Senior Research Associate.
  • Sarah Howard graduates from PhD student to CoCo Post-doctoral Researcher.


  • CoCo wins 4 new ARC Discovery 2009 projects.
  • Leading researcher Prof. Michael Jacobson moves to Australia and joins CoCo.
  • Kate Thompson graduates from Phd student to Postdoctoral Fellow.


  • National curriculum developer and leading researcher, Professor Peter Freebody (aka. Peter #3) joins CoCo
  • Peter Goodyear wins a prestigious Carrick Senior Fellowship.
  • Previously a postdoctoral fellow, Lina Markauskaite joins permanent academic staff as lecturer and e-Research specialist.
  • CoCo hosts the first annual Learning Technology Research Fest.


  • CoCo and the faculty launch the Master of Learning Science and Technology degree and see its first year of graduates complete the course.
  • CoCo hosts the ASCILITE 2006 conference


  • Dr. Chun Hu joins CoCo Academic Staff.
  • CoCo is successful in receiving three ARC linkage grants and a third ARC Discovery grant.


  • CoCo is officially launched as a Research Centre within the Faculty of Education and social Work.
  • CoCo's first PhD student (Kate Davison) joins the team, and is soon followed by 2 more full-time PhD students.
  • CoCo receives funding for 4 postgraduate fellows, and Posdoctoral Fellow Lina Markauskaite joins the team.
  • CoCo hosts the International Research Forum "Elearning in the Wild" as part of the AC21 conference in Sydney.
  • CoCo is successful in receiving two ARC discovery grants.


  • Peter Reimann joins the University of Sydney. 3 months later, Peter Goodyear joins him and together, "the two Peters" create the CoCo Research Centre.
  • The Peters begin to build the core CoCo team when they are joined by an administration assistant, educational multimedia designer and web developer. The team will grow each year.


For a peak at our 'off the record' history, take a look at our photos.