More ARC wins for tech-enhanced learning in 2010

15 February 2010

Congratulations to Professor Michael Jacobson, Dr. Chun Hu, and Dr. Lina Markauskaite at the CoCo Research Centre, who have been awarded ARC funding for their projects on virtual environments, modelling, science education and climate change (details below).

Multi-user virtual environments and research into the learning and transfer of scientific knowledge and inquiry skills

Investigators: Prof MJ Jacobson; Dr C Hu; A/Prof DC Richards; Dr M Kapur; Dr CE Taylor
Project Summary: The aim of this project is to understand how innovative multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) can be designed and used in Australian schools to enhance the learning of important scientific knowledge and inquiry skills. Working closely with teachers in secondary science classes, researchers will investigate ways in which the features of intelligent agents in educational MUVEs enable innovative pedagogical approaches that have the potential to enhance learning in secondary science classes. In addition, this project will develop science inquiry-based curriculum modules employing MUVEs that run on computers being distributed as part of the national Digital Education Revolution initiative.

Learning the complexity of scientific knowledge about climate change with computer modelling and visualization technologies

Investigators: Prof Michael J Jacobson, Dr Lina Markauskaite, Dr Chun Hu

Partner Organisations: NSW Department of Education And Training, NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC)
Project Summary: This project provides benefits to the national priorities of a environmentally sustainable Australia; and frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries. The project helps students in Australia more deeply understand the sciences that underlie environmental sustainability. Learning with modelling and visualization technologies will help students learn important scientific knowledge and prepare them for the use of frontier technologies that are becoming infused into the practices of scientists and professionals in many fields. This project also directly contributes to the national Digital Education Revolution initiative.

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