Dr Michael Cowling - Round 1, 2018 Champion

Helping teachers weave technology into the classroom

Dr Michael Cowling is an academic and senior lecturer with a passion for educational technology and the practical use of technology in classrooms.

Based at Central Queensland University, Michael founded the CREATE lab focused on Collaborative Research & Engagement Around Technology & Education. The lab researches various educational technology topics such as the digital competencies of students, using mixed reality in education, and creating robotic teaching assistants.

Michael actively promotes technology, its uses, and applications to students, teachers and members of the public. His teacher professional development workshops include robotics and mixed (augmented and virtual) reality to enhance classroom pedagogy.

Most recently Michael hosted a workshop called ‘Weaving Technology into the Fabric of the Classroom’ which was attended by 40 teachers from across South East Queensland. Participants learned how to use mixed reality technology such as Microsoft HoloLens and Oculus Rift in the classroom, use Nao and Sphero Robots to improve student motivation and learning outcomes, select the right technology for individual needs and leverage digital technology to improve the overall education process.

Michael was a speaker at the 2017 National Future Schools Conference and is a regular contributor to online academic commentary media channel ‘The Conversation’.

He received an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2016 and the Central Queensland University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Teaching in 2015.

As a Community Digital Champion, Michael will expand his educational technology workshops across the state, with four workshops planned in partnership with universities in Central Queensland, North Queensland and the Gold Coast.


Michael is nominated by: Central Queensland University

Helping teachers weave technology into the classroom

Dr Michael Cowling is an academic and senior lecturer with a passion for educational technology and the practical use of technology in classrooms.

Based at Central Queensland University, Michael founded the CREATE lab focused on Collaborative Research & Engagement Around Technology & Education. The lab researches various educational technology topics such as the digital competencies of students, using mixed reality in education, and creating robotic teaching assistants.

Michael actively promotes technology, its uses, and applications to students, teachers and members of the public. His teacher professional development workshops include robotics and mixed (augmented and virtual) reality to enhance classroom pedagogy.

Most recently Michael hosted a workshop called ‘Weaving Technology into the Fabric of the Classroom’ which was attended by 40 teachers from across South East Queensland. Participants learned how to use mixed reality technology such as Microsoft HoloLens and Oculus Rift in the classroom, use Nao and Sphero Robots to improve student motivation and learning outcomes, select the right technology for individual needs and leverage digital technology to improve the overall education process.

Michael was a speaker at the 2017 National Future Schools Conference and is a regular contributor to online academic commentary media channel ‘The Conversation’.

He received an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2016 and the Central Queensland University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Teaching in 2015.

As a Community Digital Champion, Michael will expand his educational technology workshops across the state, with four workshops planned in partnership with universities in Central Queensland, North Queensland and the Gold Coast.


Michael is nominated by: Central Queensland University