Associate Professor Michael Cowling is an information technologist with a keen interest in educational technology and technology ubiquity in the digital age, especially as it relates to the use of mixed reality in skills training, the changing technology culture in education, and the specific needs of students from non-English speaking backgrounds. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering & Technology at CQUniversity Australia.
Associate Professor Cowling is a recipient of an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, an Australian Government TEQSA expert, and a CSIRO STEM Professional in Schools. He was appointed an ASCILITE Community Fellow in 2018 for his work in community outreach.
Additionally, A/Prof. Cowling was a partner in an OLT Innovation and Development grant and is the recipient of 3 CQUniversity Learning and Teaching grants related to teaching technology. He is is a three time recipient of a CQUniversity Learning & Teaching Award, and gained a CQUniversity Student Voice Commendation for his teaching practice in 2014. He is a regular contributor to media outlet The Conversation and is also a regular contributor in Australian radio and print media on the topics of Educational Technology and Technology Ubiquity.
A/Professor Cowling has a passion for the practical application of technology in the classroom, with a focus specifically on not just bolting technology onto a classroom setting, but instead investigating how technology can be weaved into the pedagogy of a classroom setting. Living by the mantra “pedagogy before technology”, Michael works to help teachers and academics to innovate with technology to improve their students motivation and learning outcomes, leveraging technology as a tool to improve the overall education process, not a another resource that will gather dust in the corner of a classroom.
University of Southern Queensland
Central Queensland University (CQUniversity)
2019 CQUniversity Opal Award for Excellence in Engagement - Learning & Teaching
2018 ASCILITE Community Fellow Award
2018 Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion
2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
2015 CQUniversity Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Information Systems/Technology & Multimedia
Chair, CQUniversity Scholarship of Learning & Teaching Grant Panel
Member, ASCILITE Executive
... plus many other previous internal and external service roles.
Member, Australasian Research Management Society (Apr 2012 – present)
Member, International Education Association of Australia (Feb 2012 – present)
Member, Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (Jan 1999 – Dec 2004)
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Specialist Studies in Education - Educational Technology and Computing
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing - Virtual Reality and Related Simulation