• Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


  • Bond University 14 University Drive, ROBINA QLD 4226


Accepting PhD Students


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Research interests

James is an Associate Professor of Computer Games and Information and Computer Sciences in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University, where he runs the Mixed Reality Research Lab (www.mixedrealityresearch.com). His research spans computer science, games and visual arts, with an emphasis on applied design and development of interactive mixed reality (virtual reality, augmented reality, 3d printing, mobile) experiences assisting learning, skills acquisition and knowledge discovery. The distinctive contribution James brings to research and scholarship is evidenced in over 60 research publications and multiple national media engagements including The Conversation, ABC News and The Project. In 2020, James received a Universities Australia citation for sustained leadership in the scholarship of mobile mixed reality innovations to enhance authentic experiential teaching and learning. This followed his award of a citation in 2014 for innovation in emerging technology and applied digital multimedia to enhance learning. His service to the university and wider community has formed around his experience in emerging technology, computer games, teaching and learning. Where he takes an active role in supporting learners and peers through mentorship, presentations and expert judging.

Statement for HDR students

I am looking for higher degree research students that have a passion for technology, computer games, eSports or education. Someone that can challenge themselves, and me, in their pursuit for higher degree learning. If you have an interest in projects related to mixed reality (VR/AR), educational technology, interactive multimedia systems, computer games, visualisation or eSports please contact me and we can discuss potential project ideas.

Education/Academic qualification

Software Engineering, PhD

Jan 2004Oct 2006

Award Date: 30 Oct 2006

Information Technology, Honours (1st class)

Feb 2002Dec 2002

Award Date: 11 Apr 2003

Information Technology, Bachelors

Feb 1997Dec 1999

Award Date: 14 Apr 2000

External positions

Lecturer, Central Queensland University

Feb 2004Dec 2009

Lecturer, Griffith University Queensland

Feb 2002Dec 2009

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Research Output

Analysing construction student experiences of mobile mixed reality enhanced learning in virtual and augmented reality environments

Vasilevski, N. & Birt, J. R., 16 Jan 2020, In : Research in Learning Technology. 28, p. 1-23 23 p., 2329.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    61 Downloads (Pure)

    Exploring the Benefits of Using 360 Video Immersion to Enhance Motivation and Engagement in System Modelling Education

    Munoz-Carpio, J. C., Cowling, M. A. & Birt, J. R., 1 Jul 2020, Proceedings of 6th International Conference, iLRN 2020, Online, June 21-25, 2020 . Economou, D., Klippel, A., Dodds, H., Peña-Rios, A., Lee, M. J. W., Beck, D., Pirker, J., Dengel, A., Peres, T. M. & Richter, J. (eds.). Immersive Learning Research Network, p. 403-406 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

  • Mixed Reality Multimodal Learning Analytics

    Cowling, M. A. & Birt, J. R., 27 Jan 2020, Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. Peters, M. & Heraud, R. (eds.). Springer

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

  • Special collection on mobile mixed reality 2019 update

    Cochrane, T., Narayan, V. & Birt, J. R., 11 May 2020, In : Research in Learning Technology. 28, p. 1-5 5 p., 2424.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 9 Downloads (Pure)

    Technology considerations in health professions and clinical education

    Moro, C., Stromberga, Z. & Birt, J. R., 5 Feb 2020, Clinical Education for the Health Professions: Theory and Practice. Nestel, D., Reedy, G., McKenna, L. & Gough, S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 1-25 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

  • 54 Downloads (Pure)


    Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (External organisation)

    James Birt (Member)

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    The Mayor's Telstra Technology Awards

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    International Game Developers Association (External organisation)

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    Australian Computer Society (External organisation)

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    Press / Media

    The New Teaching Environment

    James Birt


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Off the charts: Online gaming hitting huge numbers during pandemic

    James R. Birt


    3 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Keeping ahead of the curve

    James Birt


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Hosting world's biggest esports tournament could reboot Gold Coast tourism

    James R. Birt


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Gold Coast: What’s stopping E-sport Olympics coming to city

    James Birt


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment