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 support for eLearning innovation and research which is well grounded in the curriculum and led by academics who are involved in teaching practice.  The work of the Centre is located within (although not limited to) the UQ Faculties of EAIT and Science.

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; and
  • improve research capabilities in the above areas of expertise.

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 a bridge between the faculties and 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 Director of First Year Engineering in the Faculty of EAIT and also 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 Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of EAIT and is responsible for the development of eLearning and curriculum software tools, 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’s 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