Faculty professor awarded top Australian fellowship

6 July 2010

Australia's premier research authority, the Australian Research Council (ARC) has awarded Professor of Education Peter Goodyear (right) its highest individual honour, an Australian Laureate Fellowship, which recognises only researchers of world-class reputation and capability.

Professor Goodyear was one of only 15 laureates named for 2010, and the first education researcher in a decade to receive either the Laureate Fellowship or its predecessor, a Federation Fellowship.

The fellowship, $2.75 million over the next five years, will be used to fund seven additional positions for postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers at the Faculty of Education and Social Work's Centre for Research on Computer-supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo). This project team, under Professor Goodyear's leadership, will investigate how to design better tools and resources for networked online learning, so that students at all levels, whatever their educational environment, can play a significant role in improving how, where and what they learn.

Professor Goodyear said CoCo's reputation for cutting-edge research into educational design already attracted academic visitors and PhD students from around the world.

"This funding from the ARC will take that a step further, and help us firm up our links with other leading research groups in the Asia Pacific region," he said.

Competition for Australian Laureate Fellowships is extremely competitive because the award carries with it recognition by the ARC that the researcher has an international reputation – including as a mentor of young researchers – and their proposed project will deliver significant economic, environmental or cultural benefit to Australians.