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Research Capacity Building: Digital Futures - CRN

  1. 1. Capacity Building of University Researchers through the Digital Futures - CRN Professor Mike Keppell Director, Digital Futures - CRN Executive Director Australian Digital Futures Institute ! University Research Performance Forum 22-23 July, 2014 - Sydney
  2. 2. Harnessing creativity What did we do before the internet Translation to society Ask the right questions Know your adoption partners Need one front door Value proposition Relevance, impact on peoples lives Tell compelling stories Ecosystem Tell the stories of output and impact and get others to tell them for you Research leaders need to become research advocates Build a strong leadership mentoring culture
  3. 3. Overview n About USQ n Focussed research n Australian Digital Futures Institute (ADFI) n Digital Futures - CRN n Management n Evaluations n Principles 3
  4. 4. About USQ n Regional University ! n 75% of students study at a distance or online ! n Toowoomba, Springfield, Ipswich, Fraser Coast 4
  5. 5. Digital Futures Agriculture & Environment Resilient Regions Focussed Research
  6. 6. Australian Digital Futures Institute
  7. 7. Vision ADFI’s vision is to transform the knowledge and skills of society through fostering digital literacies
  8. 8. Literacy is a contested concept n There is currently no universally accepted definition of media literacy, information literacy, digital literacy, or even of “media” itself. n The digital divide is much more than a ‘technology access’ divide; without the skills to use the technologies an even greater divide emerges – the information literacy divide. n unesco_mil_indicators_background_document_2011_final_en.pdf
  9. 9. ADFI RUN Maths & Science Digital Classroom NATA Five Tertiary Education Associations Digital Rural Futures Conference Making the Connection ACCERT Paper to Pixels From Access to Success e-Health Mental Health
  10. 10. Digital Futures - CRN
  11. 11. Collaborative Research Networks n In 2011, the CRN Networks scheme - $61.5 million for 12 projects - was announced. n In 2013, three more institutions were awarded further funding n USQ applied for and was awarded $5.1M for the Digital Futures - Collaborative Research Network (CRN) 14
  12. 12. Research Capacity Building $5.1 million Partnership with ANU & UniSA 90 Researchers 5 projects Leadership Development Program
  13. 13. Digital Futures - CRN: Outcomes n An increase in the number of research active staff n Increased mentorship activity through the Research Leadership Development Program (RLDP) n An increase in joint publications n An increase in joint applications for competitive grants n An increase in the number of HDR student completions n Collaborative research that is influential in policy circles. 16
  14. 14. USQ-CRN Structure n A total of 90 staff are now involved in the CRN (including partners) with USQ = 78 (19 of these full- time) and external = 12. n Research Leadership Development Program (RLDP) with 16 cohort members and a working group n 5 x research projects with 5 x CRN funded Postdoctoral Fellows and 9 x CRN funded PhD students n CRN Management Committee & Partner Steering Group n Other CRN funded professional and academic staff include the CRN Project Manager and Research Development Officer, a Project Officer, two Mid-Career Researchers and a Postdoctoral Fellow. 17
  15. 15. Project 1: Facilitating Mobility n Developing an evaluation framework for mobile learning ! Goal: This project will form the foundation for a program of research in mobile learning that will support exploration of the changing nature of learning in a connected age.
  16. 16. Project 3: Virtual Extension n Investigating the impact of a web-based, 'discussion-support', agricultural-climate information system on Australian farmers' operational decision making n Goal: To develop and test the effectiveness of a technology rich learning environment to help farmers make complex decisions around climate risk management.
  17. 17. The Australian sugar industry is strongly influenced by both the impacts of daily weather and also seasonal climate variation. The success of the sugar industry depends heavily on capitalising on the opportunities and minimising the risks associated with climate variability along the supply chain. The excessive rainfall events and climate of the 2010/11 season have highlighted the critical need for improvement in more consistent and reliable delivery of accurate and useful climate forecasts with the aim of minimising the risks associated with sugar delivery and harvest management along the supply chain. Sugar production in Australia mainly occurs in discontinuous regions spanning 2100 km along the coast of eastern Australia within 50 km of the coastline. This region experiences extreme seasonal and annual variability in temperature and rainfall. Much of this inter-annual variability is due to the Pacific Ocean El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon. The ability to more precisely forecast the extremes in our seasonal climate patterns for all key sugar growing regions and to fully develop knowledge on how this relates to industry planning is of vital practical and financial importance to the Australian sugar industry. Targeted support tools and systems Development of appropriate decision support planning tools for 'harmonising' sugarcane harvesting management along Targeted climate forecasting for key sugar producing regions Provision of regularly appraised and improved Supporting Decision-Making in the Sugar Industry with Integrated Seasonal Climate Forecasting Roger C Stone1 Shahbaz Mushtaq1 Torben Marcussen 1 Neil Cliffe1 Lynda Brunton 1 Yvette Everingham2 1. ACSC, University of Southern Queensland (USQ) , Toowoomba, Australia; 2. James Cook University (JCU), Townsville, Australia Harvested cane forecasting Develop appropriate climate forecast methods that also incorporate utilization of a discounted Research objectives Introduction
  18. 18. Management
  19. 19. Director 7.Address issues early 1. Start with the end in mind 3.Think win- win 4. Be consistent 5. Never Compromise quality 6. Be Transparent 2. Play-to- your- strengths 8. Sustainability
  20. 20. Scaffold
  21. 21. Evaluation
  22. 22. Evaluation n Department of Education - 15 CRNs ! n Sustainability - USQ initiated ! n Leadership development program ! n Impact evaluation - PhD Student 35
  23. 23. Building Capacity
  24. 24. Work in Ways that FitYour Context
  25. 25. Provide Space for Researchers
  26. 26. Distributive Leadership
  27. 27. Mentoring Culture
  28. 28. Provide Feedback as Feed-Forward
  29. 29. Ecosystem
  30. 30. University ADFI DF-CRN Community 5 Projects Leadership Program Research KPIs
  31. 31. Any Questions?