ROBERT FITZGERALD, PHD 

Director, INSPIRE & Associate Dean Education Innovation

Faculty of Education. Science, Mathematics & Technology

University of Canberra

m: +61417023539

w: http://inspire.edu.au

t: @rfitzgerald & @inspiredu2

BIO

Robert is Director of the INSPIRE Centre (http://inspire.edu.au), Associate Dean Education (Innovation) and Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics at the University of Canberra.  He has been a leader and innovator in the field of Information and Communication Technology Education (ICTE) for over 20 years working across the schools and university sector.  He is internationally recognized for his research and development work on computer-based learning, social media and mobile learning. Robert leads the ICT component of a large development project in Pakistan and is a co-investigator on two national research projects on augmented reality in higher education and the development of location-based education services in cultural institutions. In collaboration with the ACT Education and Training Directorate, he has led the INSPIRE project to develop a purpose-built research and practice facility based around design-based approaches to learning. Their website describes INSPIRE as learning commons, a place to imagine, experiment and design new ways of working and learning digitally.

RESEARCH SPECIALISATIONS

* Design-led and participatory research methodologies

* Designs for learning and Design Thinking approaches

* Quantitative research methods and multivariate analyses

* Augmented reality in higher education; Mobile learning and the development of location-based education services

* Assessment of computer-based learning

* Applications of social media to learning

* ICT for development (ICT4D & M4D) 

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Keating, B., Fitzgerald, R.N., Campbell, J. & Gregor, S. (2012-2015). Information systems theory for location based educational services in informal learning environments. ARC Linkage Project (LP120200818).  Funding $225000.

Munnerley, D, Fitzgerald, R. Bacon, M, Hedberg, J. & Wilson, A. (2011-2013). ARstudio: Creating opportunities for multimodal layered learning through augmented reality. Australian Learning and Teaching Council Innovation & Development. Funding. $204000. 

Spriggs, J., Chambers, B., Fitzgerald, R & Heaney-Mustafa (2011-2014). Underpinning social research for collaborative development of the Pakistan ASLP (Phase 2). Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. Funding $1.4 million. Robert leads the ICT4D objective.

PUBLICATIONS

Jamieson-Proctor, R., Finger, G., Cavanagh, R., Albion, P, Fitzgerald, R., Bond, T., Grimbeek, P., Romeo, G & Lloyd, M. (2013). Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) Project TPACK Survey: Summary of the Key Findings, Australian Educational Computing, 27, 3, 13-25.

Jamieson-Proctor, R., Finger, G., Cavanagh, R., Albion, P, Fitzgerald, R., Bond, T., Grimbeek, P., Romeo, G & Lloyd, M. (2013). Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) Project: Development of the TTF TPACK Survey Instrument. Australian Educational Computing, 27, 3, 26-35.


Munnerley, D., Bacon, M., Wilson, A., Steele, J., Hedberg, J., & Fitzgerald, R. (2012). Confronting an augmented reality. Research In Learning Technology, 20. doi:10.3402/rlt.v20i0.19189.

Sofo, F., Fitzgerald, R.N. & Jawas, U. (2012). Instructional leadership in Indonesian school reform: overcoming the problems to move forward. School Leadership & Management, 32, 5, 503-522.

Telford R, Cunningham R, Fitzgerald R, Olive L, Prosser L, Jiang X & Telford R. (2012). Physical Education, Obesity, and Academic Achievement: A 2-Year Longitudinal Investigation of Australian Elementary School Children. American Journal of Public Health, 102, 2, 368-74.

Jamieson-Proctor, R., Finger, G., Cavanagh, R., Albion, P, Fitzgerald, R., Bond, T., Grimbeek, P., Romeo, G & Lloyd, M. (2012). Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) Project TPACK Survey: Summary of the Key Findings, ACEC2012: ITs Time Conference, October 2nd – 5th 2012, Perth Australia.

Jamieson-Proctor, R., Finger, G., Cavanagh, R., Albion, P, Fitzgerald, R., Bond, T., Grimbeek, P., Romeo, G & Lloyd, M. (2012). Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF) Project: Development of the TTF TPACK Survey Instrument. ACEC2012: ITs Time Conference, October 2nd – 5th 2012, Perth Australia.

Munnerley, D., Bacon, M., Wilson, A., Steele, J., Hedberg, J. & Fitzgerald, R. (2012). Confronting an Augmented Reality. ALT-C 2012: A confrontation with reality will be held at the University of Manchester, UK, 11 – 13 September 2012.

Keating, B., Fitzgerald, R.N. & Barrass, S. (2011). Designing context-specific service systems: applying pattern design principles to service design. Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference (CADMC) University of Cambridge, 7-8 September 2011.

Olive, L., Fitzgerald, R.N., Stuckey, D., Peck, C., Telford, R. & Telford, R. (2011). The lifestyle of our kids (LOOK) project pedagogy study: The effect of the Bluearth PE intervention and PE professional development program on student physical activity and teaching quality during PE. Final Project Report, Australian National University, 27pp.

Markauskaite, L, Fitzgerald, R.N., Herrington, J. Wallace, R. (2011). eResearch in education: Overview and selected resources. AARE/ARDEN eResearch task group report prepared for Australian Association for Research in Education, Australian Research Directors of Education Network. 17 April 2011. Retrieved from http://tiny.cc/ofkmm.

Fitzgerald, R.N & Findlay, J. (2011). Collaborative research tools: Using wikis and team learning systems to collectively create new knowledge. Edited by Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Handbook of Emergent Technologies and Social Research. Oxford University Press, Boston.

Shah, M., Lewis, I., & Fitzgerald, R. (2011). The Renewal of Quality Assurance in Australian Higher Education: The Challenge of Balancing Academic Rigor, Equity and Quality Outcomes. Quality in Higher Education, 17, 3, 265-278.

Nielsen, T. W. & Fitzgerald, R. (2011) Enhancing Gen Y’s wellbeing through a Curriculum of Giving. 2nd International Congress on Positive Psychology. Marriott hotel, Philadelphia, July 23-26.

Fettes, M., Nielsen, T.W., Haralambous, B. & Fitzgerald, R.N. (2010). Imagination and education: A many-sided vision. In Nielsen, T.N., Fitzgerald, R.N. & Fettes, M. (Eds) (2010). Imagination in educational theory and practice: A many-sided vision. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Nielsen, T.N., Fitzgerald, R.N. & Fettes, M. (Eds) (2010). Imagination in educational theory and practice: A many-sided vision. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Newcastle upon Tyne.

Fitzgerald, R.N., Spriggs, J. & Keosothea, N. (2010). Enhancing communications in developing countries using SMS technology: The case of agricultural value chains in Cambodia. International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 20, 1, 72-83. 

Telford, R.D., Bass, S.L., Budge, M.M, Byrne, D.G., Carlson, J.S., Coles, D, Cunningham, R.B., Daly, R.M., Dunstan, D.W., English, R; Fitzgerald, R.N.; et al (2009). The lifestyle of our kids (LOOK) project: Outline of methods. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12, 1, 156-163. 

Ryan, Y. & Fitzgerald, R.N.  (2009). Exploring the role of social software in higher education. Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies. Stylianos Hatzipanagos and Steven Warburton (Eds), IGI Global, ISBN: 978-1-60566-208-4.

Fitzgerald, R.N., Steele, J. et al. (2009). Digital learning communities (DLC): Investigating the application of social software to support networked learning. Australian Learning and Teaching Council. ISBN: 978-1-74088-296-5. 52pp. Retrieved from http://eprints.qut.edu.au/18476/1/c18476.pdf.  

Fitzgerald, R.N. & Spriggs, J. (2009). Final Report: Improving the marketing system for maize and soybeans in Cambodia. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. Canberra. ISBN: 978 1 921531 89 7. 25pp. Retrieved from http://www.aciar.gov.au/publication/FR2009-08.

Fitzgerald, R.N. (2008). Advancing professional learning with collaborative technologies. Encyclopedia of Information Technology Curriculum Integration. Edited by Lawrence A. Tomei, Robert Morris University. IGI Global. ISBN: 978-1-59904-881-9.

Fitzgerald, R.N. & Findlay, J. (2008). Team learning systems as a collaborative technology for rapid knowledge creation. Encyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies. Frederic Adams & Patrick Humphreys (Eds), IGI Global. ISBN: 978-1-59904-843-7.

Moyle, K.M. & Fitzgerald, R.N. (2008). Electronic focus groups. Handbook of digital information technologies: innovations and ethical issues. Edited by Thomas Hansson, University of Southern Denmark. IGI Global. ISBN: 978-1-59904-970-0.

Fitzgerald, R.N. & Nielsen, T.W. (eds) (2008). Imaginative practice, imaginative inquiry. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Imagination and Education, Rydges Lakeside, Canberra, Australia, 29–31 January 2008. University of Canberra. ISBN: 978-1-74077-285-3. 154pp.

Fitzgerald, R.N. (2007). Open source learning: Wikis as an exemplary model of collaboration and knowledge creation. Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic and Social Perspectives. Edited by Kirk St. Amant and Brian Still, Texas Tech University. PA: IGI Global. ISBN: 9781591409991.

Fitzgerald, R.N. (2007). The accidental principal. In P. Duignan and D. Gurr (Eds.). Leading Australia’s Schools. A joint Department of Education, Science and Training and Australian Council of Educational Leadership publication.

Kennedy, D. M., Fitzgerald, R.N. & Lee, K. T. (2005). Enacting government IT in education policy: Designing modules for teacher education in Hong Kong. Journal of APEC Studies, 6, 1, 17-38.

Fitzgerald, R.N. (2006). Final report ACT PICTL Project: Advancing professional learning pedagogies with collaborative knowledge creation technologies. DEST/ACSA, Canberra.

Fitzgerald, R.N. (2004). ICT: Challenges for creative learning. New Horizons in Education, 50, 16-23.

Fitzgerald, D & Fitzgerald, R.N. (2002). The use of Integrated Learning Systems in developing number and language concepts in primary school children: A longitudinal study of individual differences. Literacy Program Grants for National Strategies. Research Monograph. DEST Clearinghouse: Griffith University. Retrieved from http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/16751408.

Gibbons, P., Crawford, K., Crichton, S. & Fitzgerald, R. N. (2000). Cognitive development in ICT contexts. In D. Watson and T. Downes (Eds) Communications & Networking in Education: Learning in a Networked Society, pp. 221-230, Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 0792377605.

Shopen, G. & Liddicoat, A. J. & Fitzgerald, R. N. (1999). Meeting the challenge: Supporting partnerships between home and school in the middle years. Australian Government Quality Teacher Program Project. Department Education, Science and Training. Canberra, Research monograph, ACT SPELL Project/ACT Department Education & Training, ISBN 0958638624.

Fitzgerald, R.N. & Waywood, A. (1996). Internet and teaching and learning. In P. Clarkson and R. Toomey (Eds), Computers across the secondary curriculum: A review of research, Melbourne: Deakin University Press, ISBN 0646299034.

Fitzgerald, D., Hughes, P., & Fitzgerald, R.N. (1996). An evaluation of computer assisted learning in Victorian schools. Research monograph. Melbourne: Victorian Directorate of School Education.

Robson, J., Routcliffe, P. & Fitzgerald, R.N. (1992). Remote schooling and information technology, Education in Rural Australia, 2(2), 33-36.

Robson, J., Routcliffe, P. & Fitzgerald, R.N. (1992). Remote schooling & information technology: A guide for teachers. Canberra: Australian Catholic University, ISBN 0949233072.

Robson, J., Routcliffe, P. & Fitzgerald, R.N. (1991). Remote schooling & information technology. Canberra: Australian Catholic University, ISBN 0949233056.

Fitzgerald, D. & Fitzgerald, R.N. (1989). Computer activities in New South Wales government schools. Education Management Review (Scott Commission).

Barrass, S. & Fitzgerald, R. (2008). Social Software: Piloting MyToons As A Digital Learning Community For Teaching New Media. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (pp. 4010-4019). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/28943.

Fitzgerald, R. (2007). A longitudinal study of the use of Integrated Learning Systems (ILS) in the areas of mathematics and reading in selected Australian primary schools. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007 (pp. 4074-4083). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/25965.

Fitzgerald, R., Barass, S., Bruns, A., Campbell, J., Hinton, S., Miles, A., Whitelaw, M. & Ryan, Y. (2007). Digital Learning Communities (DLC): Investigating the application of social software to support networked learning. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007 (pp. 2805-2808). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/25768.

Fiedler, S., Fitzgerald, R.N., Lamb, B., Pata, K., Siemens, G. & Wilson, S. (2007). Getting beyond centralized technologies in higher education. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007 (pp. 1340-1346). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Fitzgerald, R.N. & Spriggs, J. (October 2007). Improving the marketing system for maize and soybeans in Cambodia: Three action plans. CARDI - Agricultural Scientific Research in Cambodia Conference, 2-5 October, 2007, Phnom Penh. 

Findlay, J. & Fitzgerald, R. (2006). Rich design: Engaging students as capable designers and co-creators in auto-catalytic learning contexts. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2006 (pp. 500-506). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/23056.

Fitzgerald, R.N. & Findlay, J. (2006). Transforming a mathematics classroom with new roles, rules and tools. Paper presented at the Transformational Tools for 21st Century Minds (TT21C Conference), 25 - 27 October 2006, Townsville.

Fitzgerald, R. & Findlay, J. (2006). Learner as researcher: Self-facilitated team investigations. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2006 (pp. 1205-1208). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/23157.

Fitzgerald, R.N. & Sheridan, L. (2006). Advancing professional learning with collaborative technologies. Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education & Training.

Moyle, K.M. & Fitzgerald, R.N. (2006). Electronic focus groups: Enhancing participation and collaboration through the use of an electronic team meeting system. Paper presented at the 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference Advances in Qualitative Methods International Interdisciplinary Conference.

Findlay, J. & Fitzgerald, R. (2005). Achieving group “flow” in high performing e-learning teams: The “missing link” in Activity Theory. Paper presented at the ISCAR'2005: Sixth Congress of the International Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory, 20-24 September 2005, Sevilla, Spain.

Findlay, J. & Fitzgerald, R. (2005). Executive function: Supporting high level consulting and facilitation skills using collaborative software. Paper presented at the ISCAR'2005: Sixth Congress of the International Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory, 20-24 September 2005, Sevilla, Spain.

Findlay, J. & Fitzgerald, R. (2005). Periodicity within large scale cultural transformations. Paper presented at ISCAR'2005: Sixth Congress of the International Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory, 20-24 September 2005, Sevilla, Spain.

Fitzgerald, R. (2005). Understanding informal learning with technology: Insights for ICT integration. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2005 (pp. 948-954). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/20202.

Fitzgerald, R., Findlay, J., Forster, A. & Newman, L. (2005). Learner as designer: exploring a collaborative model of instructional design. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2005 (pp. 3872-3878). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/20685.

Kennedy, D. M., Fitzgerald, R.N. & Lee, K. T. (2004). Enacting government IT in education policy: Designing modules for teacher education in Hong Kong. Proceedings of the International Conference on Educational Technology (ICET), Singapore, September 9-10, 2004.

Findlay, J., Fitzgerald, R.N. & Hobby, R. (2004). Learners as customers. Proceedings of the International Conference on Educational Technology (ICET), Singapore, September 9-10, 2004.

Fitzgerald, R. & Findlay, J. (2004). A computer-based research tool for rapid knowledge-creation. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2004 (pp. 1979-1984). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/12753.

Elliot, A., Findlay, J., Fitzgerald, R. & Forster, A. (2004). Transforming pedagogies using collaborative tools. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2004 (pp. 2565-2569). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/12386.

Richards, C. & Fitzgerald, R.N. (2004). The challenge of ICT integration in education as a collaborative focus for curriculum transformation. Paper presented at “Teachers as Learners: Building Communities for Professional Development”, International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET) World Assembly, Hong Kong, 13-17 July 2004.

Findlay, J., Fitzgerald, R.N. & Fleming, D. (2003). Generating genius in collaborative playspaces. Paper presented at "The second wave of ICT in Education: From facilitating teaching and learning to engendering education reform", International Computers in Education Conference (ICCE), Hong Kong, December 2003.

Fitzgerald, R.N. (2003). ICT: Learning in context. Paper presented at the Hong Kong Educational Administration International Conference on 'Educational Leadership in the New Millennium: From Teacher Development to School Development', Hong Kong, 7 November 2003.

Fitzgerald, R.N. (2003). Technology-rich learning environments (T-RLEs) and some principles of learning in context: The Hong Kong experience. Paper presented to a symposium “Technology-rich learning environments: Exploring their implications for the will to learn” at the Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Padova, Italy, 26-30 August, 2003.

Richards, C., Fitzgerald, R.N. & Lee, K.T. (2003). The Hong Kong experience: The design of ICT-supported learning activities, communities, and environments. Paper presented at the “Technology-rich learning environments: Exploring their implications for the will to learn” at the Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Padova, Italy, 26-30 August, 2003.

Gibbons, P., Crawford, K., Crichton, S. & Fitzgerald, R.N. (1999). Cognition and information technologies in context. In T. Downes and D. Watson (Eds), Communications & Networking in Education: Learning in a Networked Society (Pre-conference proceedings), pp. 132-141. IFIP Working Groups 3.1 & 3.5 Open Conference, Aulanko, Hameelinna, Finland, 13-18 June, 1999, Painopaikka Yliopistopaino: Helsinki.

Fitzgerald, R.N. (1998). Designed interactions: Technology and learners, Paper presented at the 24th International Congress of Applied Psychology, San Francisco, August.