Centre for eLearning Innovations and
Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

What we do

The Centre for eLearning Innovations and Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE) provides software development services and technical support/maintenance services for bespoke eLearning technologies that originate from the needs of students and the inventiveness of academics in the Faculties of EAIT and Science.  The tools that eLIPSE develops and supports solve problems not adequately addressed by existing commercial software.  Development of prototypes for new tools is funded by internal grants (e.g. Faculty T&L Grants, UQ Teaching Innovation Grants) won by academic staff, and their ongoing maintenance is funded by support from the two faculties. 

Over four years of development work, eLIPSE has created from scratch, or inherited from academics and adapted for online use, a portfolio of 23 tools, which are now supported by eLIPSE developers.

Work is also undertaken for units outside EAIT/Science, and financial contributions are made towards ongoing maintenance/technical support for these tools.

eLIPSE brings together expertise in the fields of eLearning, curriculum design and software development that allows innovations to be quickly and effectively piloted.  The Centre facilitates quick start-ups for software development projects that would otherwise suffer delays incurred through establishing and filling IT positions and training new staff.  Student Developers are also employed in a unique partnership that allows their voice to be imbedded in our innovations.

Better outcomes for projects derive from taking advantage of shared resources and the expertise developed by staff in the Centre.  More details on current eLIPSE software development projects can be found here.  More information on services provided, including assistance with compiling applications for funding for technology-enhanced learning projects, can be found here.

eLIPSE aims to:

  • improve the overall quality of student learning and experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs and courses, with the benefits of these developments being shared across UQ;
  • advance understanding of Technology Enhanced Learning in disciplinary contexts through focused collaborative development of eLearning and Learning Analytics tools, methodologies and infrastructure;
  • empower academic teaching practice by enabling collaboration within and across disciplines.

Presentations on the work and interests of eLIPSE, its software development capabilities and key projects were delivered at the eLIPSE Showcase on 22 March 2016. 

The Centre provides links to supporting central units, most importantly the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) and Information Technology Services (ITS).

Who we are

eLIPSE comprises a group of academic collaborators and educational designers anchored in their schools/faculties, supported by software developers and a data analyst employed by the Centre.  Research students also contribute to the work of the Centre and are attached to the school of their research supervisor.

  Place Holder   Lydia Kavanagh   Peter Sutton      
  Centre  Director  - Vacant   Professor Lydia Kavanagh
  A/Professor Peter Sutton   

The position of Centre Director is currently vacant.

The Program Director (Research Excellence), Professor Lydia Kavanagh, is the Deputy Associate Dean Academic (Curriculum Design & Teaching Innovation) in the Faculty of Science.  Lydia is responsible for oversight of research design, data collection, data analysis, curriculum design. 

The Program Director (Technology, Tools and Learning Analytics), Associate Professor Peter Sutton, is the Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and guides the work and priorities of the software development team.

Project leaders are located in schools across the University and have access to eLIPSE resources.

Contact List


The Centre‚Äôs directions and progress are advised on and evaluated by the eLIPSE Advisory Panel.  The Panel is chaired by the Executive Dean of the Faculty of EAIT, and includes the eLIPSE Centre Director, the Associate Dean (Academic) for the Faculty of Science, the University's Chief Information Officer and its Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), and the Head of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.

The eLIPSE Leadership Team oversees the operations of the Centre and comprises the eLIPSE directors, the EAIT Senior Educational Designer, the Science Educational Designer, E-learning, the eLIPSE Software Development Manager, the ITaLI Deputy Director (Digital Learning) and the ITS Deputy Director, IT Applications Delivery and Support.

The Centre is a school-level centre, within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.  Its Annual Report is submitted to the Executive Dean, Facult of EAIT, through the Head of School.

eLIPSE Annual Report 2018

eLIPSE Annual Report 2017

eLIPSE Annual Report 2016

eLIPSE Annual Report 2015