Sciences and Technologies of Learning (STL) Research Fest

The Research Fest is our annual event inviting the community of researchers and practitioners in the sciences and technologies of learning to come together to exchange ideas, showcase work, form new collaborations, and catch up on recent innovations in learning and knowledge technology research.

Research Fest 2015 - Nov 5

The Sciences and Technologies of Learning (STL) Research Fest was held in the Charles Perkins Centre Hub on Thurs Nov 5th 2015. Posters and abstracts from the day are available online in a Dropbox folder at There was a full day of activities, including plenaries, parallel workshop, demonstration and roundtable sessions, and poster sessions, as well as the opportunity to mingle and network over breaks.

Want to get involved in our next Fest?

  • Stay in touch. If you would like to be informed when registration opens for next year's Fest, sign up to our newsletter here and keep an eye on the STL blog.
  • Come along on the day! We welcome everyone to come along and view the posters, hear our keynote speaker, join in the round-tables, share ideas over lunch, and vote for the best poster.
  • Present your work. Posters outlining research at any stage are welcome as are demonstrations of new technologies where they can be accommodated. Share your ideas and benefit from colleagues' feedback and participate in the Best Research Poster competition.
  • Chair a Roundtable. Have a favourite topic in technology-supported learning? Roundtables are a unique opportunity to engage in discussion and enquiry with experts and practitioners in a particular ICT and learning interest area.
fest sessions

2015 Timetable

Start  End Item
9:45 9:55 Registration
10:00 10:40 Opening and plenary
10:40 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 11:45 Parallel session 1 
11:45 12:30 Poster showcase 1
12:30 13:15 Lunch
13:15 14:00 Poster showcase 2
14:00 14:45 Parallel session 2
14:45 15:00 Light refreshments
15:00 16:00

Plenary and closing

Learning to work across boundaries - opportunities for research and innovation (Panel: Tim Shaw, Peter Reimann, Lina Markauskaite, Tina Hinton, Phil Poronnik)

2015 Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions have have a maximum of 50 people due to room regulations unless otherwise noted. Abstracts and further information on the sessions are available here (Word doc).

ID Title Presenters/discussants
  Parallel session 1 : 11.00-11:45am
1 Mind the gap Abelardo Pardo, Michael Jacobson, Peter Reimann, Kalina Yacef
2 Teaching how to work across boundaries Lina Markauskaite, Peter Goodyear, Marie Carroll, Tina Hinton, Philip Poronnik, Kim Bell-Anderson, Simon Poon
3 Coding, designing and networking Rob Saunders, Lucila Carvalho
  Parallel session 2 : 14.00-14:45
4 Learning space research Rob Ellis, Tina Hinton, Pippa Yeoman
5 Professional learning on-the-go Lina Markauskaite, James Edwards, Meg Phelps, Peter Goodyear
6 Cranking up a notch Adam Bridgeman, Wai Yat Wong, Rena Bokosmaty, Meloni Muir 

2015 Poster sessions

Poster Session 1 - 11.45-12.30
1. Undergraduates as App development partners: a case study from Botany & Computer Science. Alexander Ling, Ahmed Shadid, Michael Johnston, Xilin Huang, Woo Yang Baeg, Scott Dong, Se-Hyun Kevin Ahn, Caroline Cheung, Satyendra Sinha, Rosanne Quinnell
2. Group Formation - How do students' characteristics and behaviour affect group work performance? Augusto Dias Pereira dos Santos, Kalina Yacef
3. A proposal for redesigning problem-based learning in medical education: Contrasting student solutions and improving consolidation. Alisha Portolese, Michael Jacobson, Robbert Duvivier, Lina Markauskaite
4. EQ Clinic: An Online Clinic for Medical Communication Enhancement. Chunfeng Liu
5. Exercise motivation through fully-immersive gamified virtual reality experience. Crystal Yoo
6. Investigating the development of scientific inquiry in undergraduate physics students. Gabriel Nguyen, John O'Byrne, Manjula Sharma
7. Learning and Enactment in Techno-human ecosystem: Embodiment of sociomateriality in sensemaking process. Gilbert Importante, Dr. Lina Markauskaite, Prof. Peter Goodyear
8. A Student ‘Vision Statement’ as a Catalyst for Educational Innovation in Navitas: Towards the ideal technology-enabled learning environment for English Language Students. Jonathan Hvaal
9. What offline and online technologies do higher education students use to complete assessment tasks? Lynnette Lounsbury, Dr David Bolton, Dr Paula Mildenhall, Assoc. Prof. Maria Northcote
10. Learning by enhanced tactile feedback - Montessori sandpaper extended, Michael Tang, Dr. Paul Ginns
11. Visualising socio-material practices in knowledge creation. Natalie Spence
12. Clinical development using reflective learning and ePortfolios: staff and student perceptions. Punyanit Rungnava
13. A quantitative study of students’ experiences, needs and expectations around technology in their personal lives and study in Higher Education, VET and ELICOS contexts. Lucy Blakemore, Yindta Whittington
14. Mirror, mirror: A pre-learning exercise enhances mathematical problem-solving efficiency. Eleni Smyrnis, Paul Ginns

Poster Session 2 - 13.15-14.00
15. How collaborative successes and failures become productive: An exploration of emerging understanding and misunderstanding turning points in model-based learning with productive failure. Alisha Portolese, Lina Markauskaite, Polly Lai, Michael J. Jacobson
16. Context in Flux: An invitation to join a think-aloud installation at Research Fest. Dr David Ashe, Melinda J Lewis
17. “That thing would have been good for this” Multimodal Interaction Analysis. Dewa Wardak
18. Invigorating Science Investigations using an Inquiry Oriented Pedagogical Instrument. Evan Hefer, Manjula Sharma, Louise Sutherland, Alexandra Yeung, Scott Kable
19. Enhancing Young Children’s Empathy Development through Purposely Designed Educational Tablet Games. Ling Wu
20. Learning at multidisciplinary team meetings leading innovation projects. Amanda Lacy
21. Learning Nanotechnology with Agent-Based Models versus Animations: Gestures Differences in Problem Solving. Polly Lai
22. Massive online open science. Dr Rebecca LeBard, Geoff Kornfeld, Dr Rosanne Quinnell, Scientia Professor Rob Brooks, Scientia Professor Brett Neilan, Emeritius Professor Brynn Hibbert
23. Exploring EFL Teachers Competences in Synchronous Telecollaborative Intercultural Communication. Wissam Bin Siddiq
24. Talking to oneself and others: How self-explanation affects group discussions. Sanri le Roux
25. Implementation of immersive virtual technology for radiation therapy education. Yobelli Jimenez, Sarah Lewis
26. A Mobile App in the 1st Year Uni-Life: A Pilot Study. Yu Zhao
27. MOOClm: Open Learner Models in MOOCs to Guide and Coordinate. Ronny Cook

Research Fest 2014 - Nov 6

The annual STL Research Fest took place on Thursday November 6th in the Education Building (A35) at the University of Sydney. The Fest was opened by Professor Pip Pattison, DVC Education, University of Sydney, and closed with an invited lecture from Professor Simon Buckingham-Shum, Professor of Learning Informatics and Director of the Connected Intelligence Centre at UTS.

The 2014 Research Fest plenary, "Learning Analytics: Critical Issues", with Professor Simon Buckingham Shum is available to view online on YouTube. Slides of the keynote and some of the posters displayed are available online at