Like everything else that begins with "Co" at CoCo, our Co-directors work in collaboration and in complementary ways to manage the team of over 30 staff, researchers and students that make up the CoCo Research Centre.

Professor Michael Jacobson

  • Deputy Director, Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
  • Professor and Chair of Education
  • Associate Dean, Information and Knowledge Technologies
  • Chair of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2012

Researcher, teacher, and international speaker, Michael's expertise includes the Learning Sciences, complex systems, educational modelling, and learning in virtual worlds. He was appointed co-director of the CoCo Research Centre in 2009 and will chair the International Conference of the Learning Sciences to be held in Sydney in 2012.

He leads the Learning Science and Technology postgraduate program at the University of Sydney, and is Deputy Director for the Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IISME).

Michael has published extensively, as a writer and editor, including the recent book, Designs for Learning Environments of the Future (2010). He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of the Learning Sciences. He has been awarded ARC funding for projects on virtual environments, modelling, science education, and climate change.

Previous to his work at the University of Sydney, Michael was Associate Professor at the Learning Sciences Laboratory, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has also held faculty and research positions at the Korea University Center for Teaching and Learning in Seoul, the University of Illinois, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Georgia. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991. He also holds two degrees in music.

View Michael's full profile or Current projects: Learning about climate change with Computer Modelling and Learning in virtual words.

Professor Peter Goodyear

  • Australian Laureate Fellow
  • Senior Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council
  • Senior Editor-in-Chief, Instructional Science
  • Member of the Executive of the Australian Association for Research in Education

Founding director of the CoCo Research Centre, Peter was listed amongst Sydney's "most influential people" in 2011 by the Sydney Morning Herald. He was described as "a quiet achiever who is shaping the future of learning" and in 2010 he became the first ever researcher in the field of Education to receive the prestigious Laureate Fellowship. In 2007 he became a Senior Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

With centre co-founder, Peter Reimann, he created Australia's first Learning Sciences postgraduate program, with the launch of the Master of Learning Sciences and Technology. Now in its 5th year, the program sees its graduates into positions of leadership in learning design, learning management and educational research.

Peter is Senior Editor-in-Chief of Instructional Science - an International Journal of the Learning Sciences. He also sits on the editorial board of the journal: Distance Education. He has published various books in addition to numerous chapters, journal articles and papers in the areas of online and blended learning, pedagogical design and the learning sciences. His most recent books include Students experiences of e-learning in higher education (2010) and Technology-enhanced learning: design patterns and pattern languages (2010).

Before emigrating to Australia in 2003 Peter was Professor of Educational Research at Lancaster University in the UK. He was the founding director of Lancaster's Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology. He has also held academic positions in Belfast, London and Birmingham. His BSc and DPhil degrees are from the University of Ulster. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK).

View Peter's full profile or Current projects: Learning, technology and design, The development of epistemic fluency in higher education, and Learning through inquiry in Higher Education.

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