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Centre for eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

eLIPSE brings together expertise in eLearning and curriculum design to allow learning innovations to be piloted, and research in these areas to be developed and disseminated.

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Current Projects

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Casper: An online Question and Answer Tool

Lead CI: Mr Jeremy Herbert

The development of an on-line Q&A tool to facilitate student-student and student-teacher interaction within a course allowing for increased interaction in a managed environment that enables answers to be rated, valuable responses to be 'tagged' by staff, and reputation scores and 'badges' awarded based on student behaviour.

 

BrainCloud
BrainCloud - A virtual whiteboard to enable large class response

Lead CI: A/Prof Lydia Kavanagh

The project concerns the development of an online, live, evolving word cloud (BrainCloud) that can be used to obtain student feedback and opinion in real-time. BrainCloud allows students to respond to a question by entering a tag into a website using personal devices (e.g. smart phones, iPads, tablets, or laptops) and displays their responses to encourage brainstorming and interaction.  BrainCloud can operate in two modes: immediate display of tags, or display only after the tag has been approved by a moderator.

 

Platypus project
Platypus: An Open, Question-Based Peer Review Electronic Assignment System

Lead CI: Prof Surya Singh

This project is developing a question-based peer-review electronic assignment system. It expands on a proof-of-concept system, named Platypus, which has been prototyped for open-ended problem-based assessment, to provide interactive responses to students, provide a foundation for semi-automated assessment algorithms, and more!

 

Studio-based learning
Evaluating vicarious critiques as a tool for open online studio-based design education

Lead CI: Dr Ben Matthews

This project is evaluating a form of online class participation in design critiques (“vicarious critiques”). The project is exploring ways that some aspects of studio-based design education might be able to be delivered in a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) at UQ, which poses particular challenges since studio courses and design critiques traditionally rely on face-to-face student-instructor and peer interaction. 

 

Architecture student working in studio
Developing an integrated 5-dimensional technology learning experience for architecture students

Lead CI: Dr Chris Landorf

The aim of this project is to utilize new pedagogical approaches and educational technologies to address problems associated with the provision of engaging and realistic learning experiences in architectural technology. It will develop digital resources and integrated online learning activities to support a consistent and sequential learning experience across nine core courses that comprise the Architectural Technology subject stream. It will also develop two new Masterslevel elective courses in the emerging areas of building information modelling (BIM) and mobile 3-dimensional laser scanning. Lastly, it will build technical capacity and effective pedagogical practice amongst the technology teaching team within the Architecture program

 

TheJourneyMaker: Enhancing curriculum design, program analytics and the student experience
TheJourneyMaker: Enhancing curriculum design, program analytics and the student experience

Lead CI: Prof Ian Cameron

This project will address the longer term, whole-of-program timescale related to efficient and effective curriculum design – a significant challenge in higher education. It will build on recent EAIT Faculty work that led to the prototype curriculum design environment named TheJourneyMaker. This holistic design and visualization tool (theVisualJourney) will be moved into a web-based tool easily accessible across all faculties. It will provide features and functionality that allow users to describe the learning pathways in terms of development and knowledge, skills, and personal attributes, and permit advanced visualization: hence TheJourneyMaker title. It will enable the automated generation of course and program profiles.

 

Learnign pathways project
Learning Pathway

The “Learning Pathway” is a navigational interface in Blackboard course sites that provides students with a clear visual roadmap through their course to help them stay on course.

The tool will provide students with individually tailored digital maps for planning and tracking learning trajectories. Learning analytics and feedback will integrate in the Learning Pathway help students to understand what they should know and do to enhance the likelihood of success in a course or program, track their own progress within that course or program, benchmark their progress against their peers, and monitor their progress relative to outcome goals set by academic staff.

 

UQ Graduates
TeamAnneal - Improved team formation software

Lead CI: A/Prof Peter Sutton

Purposeful creation of student teams and groups is important in many courses. This can be a time-consuming process for course staff if done manually, and existing software is limited in its usefulness and usability. This project has created a team formation software tool that allows teams to be formed based on specified constraints on the properties of students (e.g. requiring that teams contain at least one software engineer). The tool can be used in a number of team formation scenarios from long-lived teams to session-based teams.


Recently Completed Projects

Student with prototype work
Enriching design learning through access to rapid prototyping

Lead CI: Prof Sandra Kaji-O'Grady

This project examined enhancing the student learning experience in design by providing access to rapid prototyping as part of the process of defining and refining architectural solutions through the physical modelling of alternatives using new technologies in software and hardware.

 

Student with iPad in First Year Engineering Learning Centre
Advisor Tool - online study plan generation and management

Lead CI: A/Prof Peter Sutton

This project funded the development of a web-based academic advising tool to enable students and academic advisors to create and store study plans that meet the program requirements for the student’s degree program, taking into account credit for previous study, course prerequisites, semesters of offering etc. The tool has been prototyped in various School of ITEE degree programs and majors.