Learning for the 21st Century

Why a PhD or Research Masters in Learning for the 21st Century at Newcastle?

Learning for the 21st Century supervisor Kathryn HolmesThe University of Newcastle's School of Education is home to NuLearn: Learning for the 21st Century research group.

If you're thinking about undertaking a PhD or Masters by Research and are interested in innovative approaches to learning in the 21st Century, then NuLearn will provide you with a supportive network of world-class researchers and educators. 

NuLearn members focus on the areas of online learning, information and communication technology (ICT) education and e-Learning. We are interested in the nature of technology, the philosophical and practical directions of educational technology, and the assessment and development of innovations in curriculum, learning and teaching.

Our researchers have a strong presence on nationally competitive grants including Australian Research Council (ARC), Office for Learning and Teaching (OLTC) grants and the International Microsoft-Sponsored Teaching Teachers for the Future project, and have produced numerous journal articles, books and book chapters.

What you can research

Research proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • Online and e-learning
  • The impact and assessment of ICT in Educational contexts
  • ICT in Higher Education 
  • The Philosophy of Technology

Research methodologies

NuLearn members' work is informed through qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches and mixed method approaches. We have expertise in statistical and linguistic analysis, and historical and philosophical method, as well as using the Internet as a data collection tool through online survey techniques, textual analysis and other analytical methodologies.

Find a supervisor

Before you apply, contact a supervisor for discussion on possible research projects. This will allow you to frame your proposal to align with established disciplines and areas of supervisor capacity.

  • Dr Rachel Buchanan: digital identity; digital knowledge; education policy; educational philosophy; educational technology; equity and social justice; politics of education; professional ethics; teacher education
  • Dr Kylie Shaw: doctoral education pathways; higher education; innovative teaching and learning; learning journeys; mixed methods research; research preparedness; student transition; student experience; teacher education
  • Mr Greg Preston: computer education; history of education; multimedia; online education

How to apply 


Current graduate studies in Learning for the 21st Century

There are a number of research projects being undertaken by graduate students in the area of Learning for the 21st Century at Newcastle. Take a look some of the current topics:

  • Social Media Use by Professionals in the Creative Industries
  • Examining Webs as an Emerged Digital Space to Support Learning Processes in the Online Education Setting
  • Student Motivation to Engage in Blended Learning: A Singapore Case Study
  • Young Children's Use of ICT: Preschool Teachers' Perceptions and Pedagogical Practices in Shanghai
  • The study of the use of ICT blended instruction in the teaching of English in a Thai University