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Digital Futures - Collaborative Research Network


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Digital Futures - Collaborative Research Network

  1. 1. Digital Futures - Collaborative Research Network (CRN) Professor Mike Keppell Executive Director Australian Digital Futures Institute Director, DF-CRN Program Update 1Wednesday, 24 July 13
  2. 2. Overview n DF-CRN n Projects n USQ Context n ADFI context 2 2Wednesday, 24 July 13
  3. 3. Digital  Futures  –  Collabora1ve   Research  Network  (CRN)   n This  project  is  supported  through  the  Australian   Government’s  Collabora1ve  Research  Networks  (CRN)   program.  ‘Digital  Futures’  is  the  CRN  research  theme  for   the  University  of  Southern  Queensland.   3 3Wednesday, 24 July 13
  4. 4. DF-CRN is a government funded program to 2016 In 2011, the CRN Networks scheme - $61.5 million for 12 projects - was announced to strengthen Australia’s research capability and excellence. In 2013, three more institutions were awarded further funding. USQ applied for and was awarded $5.1M for the Digital Futures - Collaborative Research Network (CRN) 4Wednesday, 24 July 13
  5. 5. Through a partnership with The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of South Australia (UniSA), the Digital Futures (CRN) program will explore the future in a digital age within three specific sub- themes: Social and policy challenges in a digital future Participation in higher education Technology rich learning environments Focus 5Wednesday, 24 July 13
  6. 6. Digital Futures-CRN Outcomes n An increase in the number of research active staff n Increased mentorship activity (RLDP) n An increase in joint publications n An increase in joint applications for competitive grants n An increase in the number of research postgraduate students n Collaborative research has been influential in policy circles. 6 6Wednesday, 24 July 13
  7. 7. CRN Projects Project 1: Developing an evaluation framework for mobile learning Project 2: Determining the social and policy challenges of a digital future: A cross-sectional analysis of rural and regional Australia Project 3: Investigating the impact of a web-based, 'discussion- support', agricultural-climate information system on Australian farmers' operational decision making Project 4: RALfie - Remote Access Laboratories for Fun, Innovation and Education Project 5: Enhanced professional practice and networking across rural distances: farmers and teachers 7Wednesday, 24 July 13
  8. 8. Develop a framework for mobile learning Achievements: The project team has recently been successful in securing grant funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia-Malaysia Institute to further research partnerships in the field of mobile learning with three Malaysian universities: Multimedia University (MMU), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and The University of Nottingham. Project 1 8Wednesday, 24 July 13
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  10. 10. Investigate the extent of the digital divide in Australia Achievements: It is intended that the findings on the extent of digital divide and their remedial measures will assist regional, state and federal government agencies to implementation digital economy strategies. Project 2 10Wednesday, 24 July 13
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  12. 12. Develop and test the effectiveness of a technology rich learning environment to help farmers Achievements: In its first 12 months of operation, Project 3 has developed a cohesive collaborative cross-disciplinary research team focused on delivering real-world support for climate risk adaptation through the development of innovative critically-evaluated and cost-effective digital agri-climate extension tools. Project 3 12Wednesday, 24 July 13
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  14. 14. Research innovative ways to build and use RAL systems in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education. Achievements: It is intended to have a better understanding of the performance and use of these systems, including ways to increase collaboration and communication. Project 4 14Wednesday, 24 July 13
  15. 15. Develop and pilot new technology that connects participants through rich online learning communities Achievements: A major project achievement will be integrating successful outcomes in education, engineering and farming in diverse communities of practices. Project 5 15Wednesday, 24 July 13
  16. 16. USQ Research Context 16Wednesday, 24 July 13
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  18. 18. Digital Futures Agriculture & Environment Resilient Regions Focussed Research 18Wednesday, 24 July 13
  19. 19. Digital Futures Agriculture & Environment Resilient Regions Digital Rural Futures 2013 Focussed Research 18Wednesday, 24 July 13
  20. 20. Digital Futures Agriculture & Environment Resilient Regions Digital Rural Futures 2013 ACCERT Focussed Research 18Wednesday, 24 July 13
  21. 21. Digital Futures Agriculture & Environment Resilient Regions Digital Rural Futures 2013 ACCERT Digital Rural Futures 2014 Focussed Research 18Wednesday, 24 July 13
  22. 22. ADFI ACCERT other? ADFI Landscape OLT 3 projects Physical & virtual umbrella DF-CRN ANU UNISA 64 Researchers 19Wednesday, 24 July 13
  23. 23. OLT Projects Stand Alone Moodle (SAM): From Access to Success Network of Australasian Tertiary Associations (NATA) Leadership NATA Transformative learning Research Leadership Development Program CRN CRN Project 1: Mobile Learning Evaluation Framework CRN Project 3: Decision Support Systems for Sugarcane Farmers with ACSC Research Leadership Development Program Health Aged Care Community, Education, Research & training (ACCERT) Digital Literacies Digital Curation (!) Digital Hubs Personalised learning Spaces 20Wednesday, 24 July 13
  24. 24. OER Commonwealth of Learning OERu Conferences Digital Rural Futures 2014 Agricultural Futures-Regional Futures-Digital Futures 25-27June 2014 Toowoomba RUN REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES NETWORK (RUN) MATHS AND SCIENCE DIGITAL CLASSROOM: A CONNECTED MODEL FOR ALL OF AUSTRALIA Proposals 10-15 Submitted proposals Books Open Learning and Formal Credentialing in Higher Education: Curriculum Models and Institutional Policies Getting to Grips with Contemporary Learning Communities 21Wednesday, 24 July 13
  25. 25. Vision, Mission, Values & Focus 22Wednesday, 24 July 13
  26. 26. Horizon Report 23 23Wednesday, 24 July 13
  27. 27. CSIRO Megatrends 24 On the move Personalisation IWorld 24Wednesday, 24 July 13
  28. 28. Beyond Current Horizons n Networking and connections - distributed cognition n Increasing personalisation and customisation of experience n New forms of literacy n Openness of ownership of knowledge (Jewitt, 2009). 25 25Wednesday, 24 July 13
  29. 29. Trends ‣ People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want. ‣ The abundance of resources and ‣ Need for digital literacies ‣ BYOD technology ‣ Mobility is here! 26 26Wednesday, 24 July 13
  30. 30. ADFI - Vision ‣ Digital literacies that transform the knowledge & skills of society 27 27Wednesday, 24 July 13
  31. 31. Digital Literacies n Literacy is no longer “the ability to read and write” but now “the ability to understand information however presented.” 28 28Wednesday, 24 July 13
  32. 32. ADFI - Mission ‣ To innovate, research & collaborate to explore and influence digital literacies that impact societal change. 29 29Wednesday, 24 July 13
  33. 33. ADFI - Values ‣ Innovative ‣ Transformative ‣ Inclusive ‣ Collaborative ‣ Connected ‣ Evidence-based ‣ Impact ‣ Open 30 30Wednesday, 24 July 13
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  37. 37. 34 Questions? 34Wednesday, 24 July 13