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14 August 2016

World-first online Psychology Research Portal to be launched at Monash

A new, online Psychology Research Portal is being launched this week at Monash Clayton’s School of Psychological Sciences and Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN). It is believed to be the first portal of its kind in the world.

Developed over the past year, the Monash-owned portal will allow all stages of the newly established Honours online research process to be undertaken, enabling Monash Psychology students to carry out their entire research projects via this new, ground-breaking web-based tool.

Driving the portal project is Associate Professor Matthew Mundy, Monash Psychology's Director of Education. The portal was initially developed to support Graduate Diploma Psychology Advanced (GDPA) students, but will eventually have the capacity to be used University-wide by all students, including on-campus students, and researchers alike. Everything from sourcing research participants, student-supervisor collaboration, experiment construction and data collection, through to analysis and data storage, will be managed online, with all users able to access the vast volume of data that will be collated.

Stage 1 will be launched this week with GDPA Psychology students being able to undertake GDPA Research Project Unit 1 - Literature Review - online via the portal, as of Monday 29 August 2016.

“We are very excited by the launch of Stage 1 of this much anticipated online Psychology Research Portal”, said Professor Darrell Evans, Vice-Provost (Learning & Teaching), Monash University Office of Learning and Teaching. “The Portal uniquely captures the whole research sequence online. It offers ease of access to a comprehensive range of valuable research capacities that our students and world-leading researchers will need to conduct an online research project within an autonomous operating environment. And it will make this research process much simpler and more efficient for all who use it. We are excited to see how the portal will work, as well as assessing its potential for application to enhance the supervision environment for many of our on-campus students who are engaged in research.”

The portal will continue to be developed, with the Stage 2 launch scheduled for January 2017. This stage will see the introduction of GDPA Research Project Unit 2 – Methodology and Data Accumulation, which will encompass an innovative ‘virtual psychology lab’, which will allow students to construct and deliver psychology experiments online to potentially thousands of participants.

For more information on the new Psychology Research Portal, please contact:

Dr Stephen McKenzie, School of Psychological Sciences

(t: 03 9905 5538; e: Stephen.Mckenzie@monash.edu)

A glimpse at the new and exclusive online Psychology Research Portal, which will enable Monash Psychology students to carry out their entire research projects via the web.