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Research Fest submissions

How to be a part of the Sydney Learning and Innovation Research Fest

The 2018 CRLI Learning and Innovation Research Fest will take place on Nov 29th in the New Law Building from 9.30-4.30pm. Want to get involved? Registration is open and closes on Monday November 19th. There is no fee for registration, but we do need to track numbers for catering and space requirements. Register at

If you've signed up already, great! Here's how to get involved and get the most out of the day.

Stellar Evolution: A virtual reality experience

Ever wanted to get a grip on how stars form and evolve over millions of years? Cyntia Franco and Matthew Burgess have been working on an exciting new Virtual Reality (VR) project called Stellar Evolution, which aims to give a visceral experience of stellar phenomena.

Putting on a virtual reality headset, Stellar Evolution puts you in a world where you can simulate how stars form and evolve. You can even walk up to and pick up a star, as if it were a basketball, and inspect it from different angles. 

Making (online) group-work work

Presentation at ACER 2018 Research Conference, Sydney, 13 August 2018

Even though group work for learning is a well-established and extensively researched pedagogy, teachers find it still challenging to engage students in productive collaborative learning that extends over time (e.g. weeks – in the context of project-based learning) and is computer-mediated in addition to being classroom-based. I introduce three practices that have been shown to foster collaborative knowledge production and learning: first, group scripts; second, knowledge building and knowledge awareness; and third, group facilitation.

Opinions: Tablets in the Classroom

We asked people from a range of backgrounds, including students, teachers, and technologists in industry about their thoughts and experiences on working with tablet devices the classroom.

Opinions were diverse. While some believe that mobile devices should be left out of the classroom as they are distracting for students, others believe that teachers require a more open mind when it comes to technology in the classroom.