A new Australian Research Council Discovery grant has been awarded to a Federation University Australia researcher to investigate the use of technology in Gippsland secondary schools.
Dr Nicola Johnson, based at FedUni’s Gippsland Campus, is a chief investigator for the project Making a digital difference? An investigation of new technologies in secondary schools.
“The project aims to draw upon the technological expertise and personal experiences of those who work within schools (i.e. students, teachers, school administrators and school leaders) in designing new models of school technology provision and practice,” Dr Johnson said.
“Part of the project’s brief is to engage with institutions and agencies that have interests in and commitment to such improvements.
“I hope to identify ways in which these research insights can be applied to improve the future effectiveness of schools’ technology use, which will prove favourable for the Gippsland area.
“I will be concentrating on rural schools in the region.”
The project is a partnership between Federation University Australia and Monash University.
The grant is worth $325,000 from 2014 to 2016.