Learning Resources Development (LRD) Research
One of USQ's key guiding objectives for research, research higher degrees and professional practice is to be the world leader in research relating to flexible learning and the methodologies of distance and online learning. LRD supports and encourages its staff to undertake individual and collaborative research.
LRD staff are involved in a range of research areas and projects, including:
Online education is a key area of research for LRDS. This research is based on a conceptual framework consisting of three relatively discrete models of the student: the independent learner; the interactive learner; and the collaborative learner respectively. The assumption that designers need to consider all three models in an integrated manner underpins the research of LRD in this area.
LRD staff are involved in research in the area of transmodal delivery. Transmodal delivery involves the provision of course content through a resource-based learning package, supplemented by selected interactive teaching support activities using communication technologies or face-to-face sessions.
Sustainable Interorganisational Collaboration
LRD staff are undertaking research into a range of factors impacting on organisations collaborating in order to meet their individual corporate objectives.
Research in regional universities has been given a $5 million boost to refine research information processes. The USQ-led project, Regional Universities Building Research Infrastructure Collaboratively (RUBRIC), will develop infrastructure and capability across regional and smaller universities to maximize access to digital research resources. For more information about this project, visit the RUBRIC website.
USQ received $760,000 for USQ to assist with Australia's IMS Activities. The IMS Global Learning Consortium is concerned with establishing interoperability for learning systems and learning content and the enterprise integration of these capabilities. The work being done by IMS Australia underpins the development of our national information and communication infrastructure and ensures that Australia's concerns are addressed when technical specifications are developed.
LRD Research Podcast
Visiting educators have agreed to present results of their research to USQ audiences. Selected presentations have been recorded and made available as podcasts. If you own a video iPod, you can subscribe to the LRDS Research Podcast and receive notification of new content to download.
The international peer-reviewed electronic journal, The e-Journal of Instructional Science and Technology (e-JIST), is published by LRDS and contains contemporary articles and papers relevant to current practice in distance and e-learning.