Multi-disciplinary research attracts funding

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 2-11-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



A multi-disciplinary team of researchers at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle recently received a $147, 809 grant from the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

The Institute approved of the funding for a research proposal entitled, Interactive video analysis to develop learning and assessment of university students’ practical and communication skills.

Researcher and Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Helen Parker, said the Carrick Institute was particularly interested in the project as it met its priority to fund innovations in learning and teaching in relation to the role of new technologies.

The proposal, led by Associate Dean of Health Science Professor Beth Hands, will deploy an interactive video learning assessment package in the University’s Counselling, Education, Health and Physical Education, Nursing and Physiotherapy disciplines.

Staff and students will use video cameras and a software package in interactive and participative ways for teaching, learning and assessment in units from the five different degrees.

“We are very pleased to be awarded funding for our first application and particularly its multi-disciplinary aspect.

“If the approach is found to be effective for student learning across a range of skills-based professions then we can apply it to clinical skills learning and evaluation in remote locations. Interactive video analysis would provide a model of teaching and learning excellence applicable across Australia,” said Professor Parker.