Teaching technologies research
We are early adopters of new technologies and methods and are always looking for ways of increasing interaction (particularly with and between distance students) and engagement with the material. Where possible we publish about our experiences.
We have explored the use of wikis for assessment tasks and Facebook for communicating with students. We are also trialing the use of tablets with inking technology for delivering lectures.
Ongoing projects include:
- An investigation into why students attend lectures and which aspects they do and do not value
- Completion, submission, marking and returning assignments online
- A comparison of different methods of providing lectures online to maximise take-up and value to distance students
- An investigation of the life pathways students follow as they enter and undertake university study, with a focus on equity and outcomes
We also have a number of miscellaneous, but no less interesting, projects in a range of areas, mostly being undertaken by research students:
- Religious memes and atheism
- Out-of-body experiences
- A new diagnostic and assessment tool for ataxia (a movement-related disorder)
- A new diagnostic and assessment tool for traumatic brain injury