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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsNICK BARTER: Hello and welcome. We're so pleased you've joined us for the course. And we're really excited about introducing you to the world of research.

Skip to 0 minutes and 16 secondsCHRIS STEVENSON: This week, we hope to inspire you to decide on a problem you're interested in solving, one that could make a difference to your workplace, community, or profession.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 secondsNICK BARTER: We're going to hear from experienced researchers from both our universities as we tackle the big question-- Why does research matter?

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 secondsCHRIS STEVENSON: If you're thinking about starting a research project, get ready to read widely, although in our digital world of fast news, we all know that not everything we hear and read is unbiased or even credible.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsNICK BARTER: This week, we'll look at research evidence and how to make a judgement call on what's valid and what's not.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsCHRIS STEVENSON: We got lots in store for you. So let's get started with week one. See you in the discussion.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to the course. We’re so glad you can join us.

Over the next two weeks, we will explore the world of research and tackle the big question: ‘Why does research matter?’

Your learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss how research helps solve problems
  • identify a potential area of research interest
  • apply a decision-making process based on evidence
  • explain key paradigms and concepts essential to undertaking and understanding research.

Receiving university credit for the program

This course is the first in a program. If you complete each course, develop a research proposal and then submit it for assessment:

  • it will be reviewed by an expert in your field
  • if the experts consider your proposed research is feasible and useful, you will receive credit for prior learning at Deakin University or Griffith University that can be used towards a number of Masters courses.

That’s right: this is more than just an open course. If you complete the courses and the assessment, it can count towards a Masters degree.

Meet the team

Your lead educators

Professor Nick Barter is an award winning academic, committed to expanding online education to as many learners as possible. He’s excited by corporate sustainability, specifically developing frameworks to transform strategy into action.

For Nick, the beauty of research lies in its power to put a hypothesis to the test. With evidence in hand, we can create positive change and develop solutions to make our world a better place to live.

Associate Professor Christopher Stevenson is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with a particular interest in evidence-based health policy. He is the team leader for post-graduate coursework in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University and also teaches postgraduate courses in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Prior to joining Deakin, Chris has worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare where he helped design, implement and evaluate Australia’s national cancer screening programs. He also managed the national cancer monitoring program – which included developing new methods for monitoring cancer data.

He is a passionate teacher with a commitment to blending cutting-edge research with the education of future public health professionals

Your mentors

Angela Victor is passionate about online learning and student engagement. She has taught for many years in the higher education sector and is currently an Educational Designer at Griffith University.

Chris Rawson has researched and worked in online education in the tertiary sector for a number of years. He is currently Senior Educational Developer at Deakin University.

If you haven’t already, follow your lead educators and mentors for course updates, feedback and discussions. You might also like to follow our conversations on Twitter. Search #FLResearchMatters.

Your task

After watching the video to hear more about what’s in store this week from Chris and Nick, share what you are looking forward to the most in this course in the comments. You might also like to download and print the course map for a full overview of all course activities and steps.

Liking and replying to comments that interest or challenge you is an important way of contributing to the conversations that will make this course a vibrant experience not only for you, but also for other learners.

When you have completed your task, select Mark as Complete to help you to track your progress through the course. You might also like to follow our conversations using #FLResearchMatters on Twitter.

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