Through its ongoing programme of research, teaching and consultancy the group continues to be one of the leading academic centres for educational technology and educational media in Australia and beyond.
DER (as CEMM) was originally established to investigate new technologies and new ways to teach and learn. The group boldly plunged into Virtual Reality and simulation research in the early 90s. Over the years the Group has grown in membership with researchers covering fields such as sociology, early childhood, primary education, secondary education, pre-service teacher education, linguistics, literacy, numeracy, adult education, cognition and instructional design. Consequently the group’s focus has expanded from issues of how and why to engage with educational technology to also include critical perspectives of the relationships between education (seen broadly as including development, learning, policy and systems), technology, and media.