Friday, 13 March 2020 02:31

CQ Uni funded to research impact on students of new education technologies

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Central Queensland University has been awarded research grant funding from learning platform provider Sonnant to examine the impact of new education technologies including Voice Intellect applications on student engagement, participation and learning outcomes.

CQ will use the funding to analyse real-time data from the Sonnant Voice Intellect software platform to understand how students engage with this new form of digital learning environment designed to transcribe and enhance the experience of audio-visual content.

Sonnant says Voice Intellect enables audio-visual content to be presented in a manner that meets the needs of all students, and is ideally suited to students from non-English speaking backgrounds and those with disabilities.

The research team is being led by Dr Andrew Roberts of CQ’s School of Business and law.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to examine how Technology Enhanced Learning can improve students' experience, engagement and learning outcomes, as we deliver more teaching via on-line modes,” Dr Roberts says.

Deputy Dean Research in the School of Business and Law, Professor Julian Tiecher explained that CQUni is focused on delivering “the best teaching and learning environment to its students, while ensuring they have the best services that are available”.

"We welcome the opportunity to provide valuable research as the digital engagement for students has brought new challenges for all to ensure that students not only receive high quality learning, but also have capacity to meet the TEQSA Higher Education Standards." he said..

A spokesperson for Sonnant, Arnie Tuchtan says "we are pleased to work with CQUni, Australia’s largest regional university with over 20 delivery sites and a diversity of local and international students, which will strengthen the study outcomes".

"The approach of the research team provides confidence that the study will be conducted in an ethical manner."

"We are pleased to fund the research that will show the level of impact that Voice Intellect can achieve."

Sonnant Chief Technical Officer Paul Crump says the technology used for Sonnant Voice Intellect has many applications, but is “currently configured to optimise the outcomes in the education fields for both educators and students in that it provides a better link to the manner in which students access and consume content in the modern age".

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