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Local resident shares ECU research journey

Thursday, 12 August 2010


Local Doctor of IT qualification (DIT) candidate Yuwanuch Gulatee couldn’t think of a better place to start her research journey than Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Originally completing an undergraduate degree in computer science, Yuwanuch then spent four years teaching at the University of Thailand before returning to Perth in 2006 to embark on her DIT studies at ECU.

Her research focuses on information technology, with the aim to find a better solution to improve information technology teaching and learning, with particular focus on understanding online learning from a student expectation perspective.

“My study indicates that truly successful e-learning must be driven by institutions taking a holistic approach and providing leadership, time, and professional development to enable staff to develop online curricula most suited to their students’ needs,” said Dr Gulatee.

Dr Gulatee has been working towards her DIT completion for four years, and will be rewarded at the upcoming August graduation ceremonies, where she will receive her doctorate.

After graduation, she plans to return to Thailand to further pursue her career, and pass on her new found knowledge and enthusiasm in her role as an academic.

“My research journey at ECU has been a wonderful time in my life, with ongoing support from the Graduate School and academic staff in the School of Computing, Health and Science. I am very lucky to be here and made the right decision by choosing to study at ECU.” said Dr Gulatee  

“In my four years here, I have learned not only from my studies, but also from the chance to make new friends, learn about Australian culture and be part of the ECU community.”

Dr Gulatee’s research journey coincides with ECU’s 2010 Research Week, a week-long calendar of events that brings together staff, students, current and future researchers to share their research, knowledge, ideas and inspiration.

It is an opportunity for students like Yuwanuch to meet with other like minded researchers, and discuss their ideas, as well as learn from well-known research experts.

ECU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor John Finlay-Jones, believes Research Week highlights ECU’s ongoing commitment to research and development.

“Each individual’s research journey is a personal and rewarding experience. We are proud to support students like Yuwanuch in their research journeys, and events such as Research Week help promote the importance of research and development to ECU students and the wider community.”

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