Macquarie University’s revision module HSCStudyLab has been honoured with a gong at the NSW edition of the 2016 Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) iAwards for achievement in innovation in the digital economy. HSCStudyLab won its prize in the Community Services category.
The iAwards organisers called the event a chance for students, researchers, governments, small-to-medium-sized enterprises and large businesses to showcase innovative ideas and projects to the nation and be recognised and rewarded for making a positive impact on the community.
“The calibre of entrants for this year’s awards has been astounding,” AIIA chief executive Rob Fitzpatrick said. “It’s rare to see a student innovation compete with a government or a large corporate innovation, and this is what makes the iAwards particularly exciting. All innovators are potential winners, regardless of origin, size, scale, industry or social focus.”
HSCStudyLab product manager Eeva Liinamo-Liukku spoke with Campus Review about this achievement.
CR: Why do you think HSCStudyLab won this award?
EL-L: We recognised a need for a quality online learning resource for high school students in their senior years, especially in the science fields. The need for a trustworthy learning and revision tool is greater in rural and remote areas of the state due to limited access to appropriate facilities and teaching support, such as tutors. In order to support Macquarie University in its STEM focus, the first subjects developed were preliminary and HSC biology, chemistry and physics.
The content was written by expert teachers based on the BOSTES NSW Curriculum and then transformed into an innovative product by a multidisciplinary team consisting of eLearning developers, coders, animators, marketing and branding professionals and a video crew.
What does the award mean to you?
The award means recognition of the hard work put into the development of the courses, the platform and the brand. I couldn’t be happier for the team. So much hard work has gone into creating HSCStudyLab. The journey hasn’t always been easy and we’ve got a long way to go still, but everyone’s focus has always remained clear in that we wanted to create a high-quality online learning resource.
Our aim is to raise the interest and knowledge in sciences in high school students and ultimately increase the size of the population that applies to study and pursue a career in science.
What’s next for HSCStudyLab?
HSCStudyLab will keep working with students, teachers and schools across NSW to raise awareness of this great resource. We are busy visiting schools, attending expos and relevant events both in Sydney and in regional NSW. We are working on new courses, such as business studies, which will be available at the start of the new school year.