Australian Technology Network (ATN) Project
Encouraging and mapping student engagement through 360-degree video annotation and data analytics
Professor Kay O’Halloran, Dr Sabine Tan, Dr Rachel Sheffield, Mr Michael Wiebrands, Dr Peter Wignell, Dr Audrey Cooke, and Mr Paul Turner (Curtin University)
Professor Dann Mallet (Queensland University of Technology)
Professor Peter Aubusson and Dr Damian Maher (University of Technology Sydney)
Professor Amanda Berry (RMIT University)
Dr Lisa O’Keeffe and Mr Bruce White (University of South Australia)
The project, conducted by Professor Kay O’Halloran and research team members based at Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, and University of South Australia, aims to enhance the quality of learning outcomes in online teaching and learning contexts, by developing and trialling a web-based application (http://online360video.education/) that enables students to experience video-recorded learning activities from a 360-degree immersive perspective. The application will provide teachers and students with a panoramic view of selected classroom activities, and facilities for annotating the content using annotation tools. It will allow teachers to set learning tasks in a context where online students can engage with and reflect critically on teaching and learning practices, and share their analyses of educational content and activities. Data analytics in the form of information visualizations (graphs and heat maps) provide feedback for evaluating student engagement with videorecorded classroom activities and understanding of concepts. The project will initially be trialled for mathematics and science teacher education programs; however the theoretical approach and design are flexible, so that the application can be used for teaching and learning in any discipline.
Kay O’Halloran is Professor in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University. Her main area of research is multimodal analysis, with a focus on digital approaches to multimodal analytics, mixed methods approaches to multimodal analysis for big data analytics, mathematical and scientific discourse and multimodal literacy.
Sabine Tan is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University. Her research interests include critical multimodal discourse analysis, social semiotics, and visual communication. She has worked on interdisciplinary projects involving the development of interactive and collaborative software for the multimodal analysis of images and videos for research and educational purposes.
Rachel Sheffield is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University. She is an experienced science educator, winning National and International teaching awards for her innovative practices in the science classroom. Her current research interests are STEM teaching and learning, identity and digital andragogy in a tertiary space.
Michael Wiebrands is an IT professional with 20 years experience in the tertiary education sector. He has filled a broad range of IT roles, including software development, system administration, application support, database administration and project management. His current focus is the use of game engines to facilitate the creation of education tools. He has a particular interest in 3D visualisation and virtual reality.
Peter Wignell is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University. His current research interests are in Systemic Functional Linguistics and social semiotics, especially in their application to the analysis of multimodal texts. His research has also focussed on the role of language in the construction of specialised knowledge.
Audrey Cooke is a Lecturer in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University. She works with pre-service teachers to develop their mathematical understandings and skills, their disposition towards mathematics, and their use of pedagogy to engage children with mathematics. Her current research investigates how to change the way mathematics is viewed and encouraging greater engagement with mathematics.
Paul Turner has 5 years of experience in the Learning Technology Field supporting educators and academics, including a diverse range of systems and processes. His history includes time teaching University level economics, assessing and administering Australian Citizenship tests and managing debt and taxation policy for the Australian Taxation Office. He has taken part in several research projects alongside noted academics. Paul is also writing his Masters of Philosophy (Education) on how students interact with the new 360-degree video environment and how the learning design affects student attention.
Queensland University of Technology
Dann Mallet is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. His research interests include applying mathematics and computational modelling techniques to biological and human systems, as well as broad interests in the mathematical education of undergraduate STEM students and pre-service teachers.
University of Technology Sydney
Peter Aubusson is Professor of Education at the University of Technology Sydney where he specialises in science education. He is the General Manager of the Australasian Science Education Research Association. He has researched science education and teacher learning and development for over fifteen years. He is currently the Lead Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project, Mobilising teaching: improving the quality of learning with mobile-intensive pedagogies and also Chief Investigator on a number of other major research projects.
Damian Maher is a Senior Lecturer in teacher education at the University of Technology Sydney in the School of Education. He focuses on the use of educational technology, both in his teaching and research. His research spans primary schools through to universities. Some of the learning technologies he has investigated include the interactive whiteboard and mobile devices. He has investigated technology use across a number of subject areas including science.
Amanda Berry is a Professor of Education in the School of Education at RMIT University. Her main research interests focus on the nature and development of science teachers’ professional knowledge, including their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). She has led and been involved in projects investigating teacher knowledge at all career stages – from preservice through to university-based educators.
University of South Australia
Lisa O’Keeffe is a Lecturer in Mathematics Education in the School of Education at the University of South Australia, having also worked in the Irish and UK contexts. Her main research focus is on mathematics textbook analysis, the role of mathematical language, numeracy and girls in STEM. Her recent work considers the role of analysis of language for mathematical learning and assessment.
Bruce White is a Science and Mathematics educator in the School of Education at UniSA. His research interests include the use of technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science, professional learning of teachers, student’s perceptions of learning and learning trajectories.