Innovating Digital Technologies

Innovating Digital Technologies for Education and Extended Reality Research-Creation

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



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About the research project

Digital Technologies is one of the key subjects for F-10 students with new and unique skills and content to be addressed in the Australian Curriculum. Access to and participation in education experiences that utilise digital technologies to foster digital literacies, competence and confidence is acknowledged as a key determinant for overcoming socio-economic complexities in Tasmania.

This research project seeks to investigate teachers' approaches to using Digital Technologies (DT), specifically Education Technology (Edu Tech) and Extended Reality (XR). The project's approach to research-creation synergises with the two strands of the Digital Technologies learning area of the Australian Curriculum; these being (a) generate knowledge and understanding; and (b) develop processes and production skills.

This PhD project seeks candidates who are ready to engage in experimental research-creation to explore, examine and develop innovations for interactive educational prototyping. Leveraging traditional and non-traditional research-creation methodologies, PhD candidates will be supported to investigate and contribute innovations that can support enactment of DT curriculum and pedagogy. We are particularly interested in recruiting candidates keen to explore and contribute Edu Tech and XR innovation for K-12 settings.

This research-creation oriented project is especially keen to promote learning, discovery and connection making between specialist and non-specialist DT teachers and teaching. Examples of anticipated outcomes of this PhD project include:

  • Development of pedagogical innovation for using digital technologies in K-12 settings.
  • Create frameworks for how to work with Edu Tech and XR skills, practices, processes and products.
  • Inform the development of interactive prototyping resources via active research-creation.
  • Innovation digital technologies to foster inter-disciplinary learning and teaching across the Australian Curriculum.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Zi Siang See


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Lived experience of working in and/or with education professionals and stakeholders (i.e teachers, students, principals).
  • Familiarity and expertise in developing, and/or implementing innovations and initiatives in/for/with Education Technology (ie. Digital Technologies, Extended Reality, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality).

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • An understanding of Edu Tech professional learning gaps and needs of teachers.
  • Breadth and/or depth of understanding of professional learning needs pertaining to Edu Tech of teachers in education levels (i.e. ECE, Primary, Secondary, Senior Secondary, TAFE, Higher Education).
  • Awareness of existing Edu Tech education resources available/lacking in education levels.
  • Awareness and understanding of the unique socio-economic and cultural complexities in Tasmania.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor,  Dr Zi Siang See to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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