Emerging Technologies Research Lab
Our research is at the forefront of design-driven, industry-relevant solutions, from the everyday to the complex.
WonderLab designs transformative learning encounters.
We work with the practice of design to shift how people see and act in the world. We collaborate with psychologists, health researchers, architects and education scholars to translate evidence-based research into applied interventions. Our practice-led approach uses ethnographic, participatory and creative methods to design and evaluate perspective-changing encounters.
WonderLab investigates transformative learning through three intersecting themes:
- Beliefs, Bias and Mental Models
- Learner Engagement, Mindset and Agency
- Co-design Methods for Social Learning
Learning how to unlearn is essential in the paradigm-shifting world we live in. Recognising that transformative learning is not simply a cognitive activity, WonderLab threads research from organizational change, queer and indigenous studies, neuroscience and psychology. Using embodied and experiential modalities we prototype and playtest activities that help people surface faulty mental models and question unchallenged beliefs. Convivial tools help us share diverse lived experiences and story-making, games and futuring methods help activate the promise of new ways of being and doing.
At the core of designing for transformation is the holistic decision to design for emotions, for connection, for empowerment. The contexts for the research varies from supporting teachers’ transition into new learning environments to making visible the ways our biases shape our work or giving students a felt experience of how mindsets matter. What the situated projects share are strategies for undertaking the disorienting yet rewarding work of reframing our self-understanding, beliefs and actions into new habits and practices.
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From digital voice assistants to automated ‘smart’ lights and robotic vacuum cleaners, readily available off-the-shelf smart home devices can support the wellbeing and independence of older Australians, as identified by new research.
25 Feb 2021
Monash researchers will play a key role in a new Australian Research Council (ARC) centre examining the use of automated decision-making technologies across the healthcare, social services, transport and media industries.
13 Nov 2019
7 Mar 2019, 4–5.30pm
Geelong Waterfront Campus