Inspired Learning Initiative

Digital Uplift 

Digital Uplift is a pioneering program of work that constitutes a major component of the ILI. The project focuses on the design, development, delivery and evaluation of online (or blended) areas of study by utilising advanced education technology.

Through working with current and former UNSW students to harness their knowledge of the university's culture, curriculum and people, we're able to create elevated learning experiences for our students.

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Examples of our work


Extended Reality Experiences

As part of Digital Uplift, the UNSW study experience is taken to another level with embedding Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences across courses in a range of disciplines.

From helping students enter locations normally inaccessible to the public; like solar panel farms or labs, to allowing them to 'experience' certain medical conditions, Extended Reality brings students up close with their subject matter. A 'real-life' dimension is provided which would be unachievable within a traditional classroom setting.

View a demo: Solar farm

M2C in action

Recording a video in the Multimedia Centre

The Multimedia Centre - Where the magic happens

Built in 2017, the Multimedia Centre (M2C) comprises of two state-of-the-art multi-media rooms for university-wide use.

UNSW staff and students can access training, multi-media services and facility bookings for the M2C. Services include filming, screencast, lightboard recordings, video editing, graphic design, and other interactive media such as animations and VideoScribe. 

Request media support here

What has been achieved so far

Since the program's inception, the Digital Uplift project has:

  • Uplifted 320 courses, enhancing the experience of students within 176,000 of course enrolments
  • Produced and incorporated over 6,000 dynamic multimedia resources into our courses
  • Supported academics with increased capability for online teaching to elevate student learning experiences
  • Allowed UNSW flexibility and agility to quickly transition courses online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

More from the Inspired Learning Initative

The UNSW Scientia Education Academy recognises our most exceptional educators for their leadership and contributions to enriching education.

Learn more about the Academy and its work

The Scientia Education Academy Lecture Series is a platform provided to highlight the innovative educational practices of our outstanding educators who inspire our students to achieve great outcomes both in their studies and future careers.

View lecture series

Student Partnerships that transform the landscape of learning

The student partnership component within the Inspired Learning Initiative provides valuable work experience opportunities and mentorship for UNSW Sydney students.

Over 280 students across all disciplines have partnered with us in the last two years. This unique and collaborative process between academics, educational developers and students enable the student voice to be prominent in the design and creation of apps and resources, ensuring student needs as a priority. In turn, students are fully integrated into our workflow and processes to gain professional work experience desired by industry.

Opportunities include educational design, resource development (such as immersive experiences, multimedia, educational applications), analytical tools and dashboards, marketing and communications, educational insights and trends, project management, educational technology support, and academic support.

Learn more about Students as Partners

Initiated in 2017 and led by the Academic Development Services team, the Summative Peer Review of Teaching Process focuses on the summative approach, enabling teaching staff who apply for awards or promotions to provide direct evidence of their teaching practice to the respective committees.

Learn more about Peer Review of Teaching

The Digital Assessment Program enhances the end-to-end assessment process including design, delivery, analysis and reporting of assessments, and provides analytical insights to further personalise the student learning experience.