Education research is essential for CQUniversity. Outputs impact directly the University’s enhanced strategic focus on Engagement, specifically Engaged Research. With this commitment to education research-focussed activities, there has been a measurable increase in output within FoR 13. Education research outputs are focussed on the four-digit codes: Education Systems (1301), Curriculum and Pedagogy (1302) and Specialist Studies in Education (1303).

A number of factors supported these improvements. Research Higher Degree student numbers in FoR 13 has grown substantially over the last few years, which has contributed to outputs as candidates were co-writing with supervisors and publishing their research. Research projects at Category 1, 2, 3 and 4 levels also increased significantly over the period. Successful collaborative Australian Research Council and (then) Australian Learning and Teaching Council (now OLT) projects provided fertile RHD research training while also contributing significantly to the quality and quantity of publications.

The major focus of this education work is in education systems with particular emphasis in three key specialist areas: the professional development of educators for early childhood, schools, universities, and workplaces; educational technologies for delivery, assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning; special, comparative and cross-cultural education experiences.

In the 2018 ERA results, CQUniversity achieved a rating of 3 in Specialist Studies in Education (FoR 1303), which means that research in this area is rated at world standard.

EI2018 – Case Study

Simulation Innovation in Teaching and Learning – Mask-Ed and Pup-Ed (KRS Simulation)

CQU researchers are at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning simulation techniques through an inventive approach to training that is humanising healthcare and improving patient safety. Mask-Ed and Pup Ed use silicone props and puppets to transform the educator into a character. The character has a history that is relevant to the learning experience. This character is used as the platform for learning and conduit for the education between the learner and educator. Patents have been secured and international licenses issued to providers in the UK and USA. In-service training has been provided to clinicians at over 25 hospitals in Australia, Nepal, Singapore, UK and the USA. Domestically the technique is being used as a training aid to address the National Patient Safety Standards.

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