Welcome to the ‘Empowering Global Learners’ website

This website is one output of a joint project between Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Central Queensland University and The Queensland Department of Education. The project was funded through the Department of Education Horizon Scheme and has come to be known as the Empowering Global Learners project.

The project was a collaboration between school leaders, teachers, children and researchers. It used a teacher-as-researcher approach to develop a framework of practices to empower children to be global learners.

Through valuing the strengths teachers and children bring to classrooms, with the guidance of academic researchers, the teachers worked through the participatory action research cycle or what has become known as PAR, to develop a framework of practices to support participation, communication and belonging in the classroom.

To learn more about the PAR process you can visit the Participatory Action Research Website.

Using research evidence, this website provides an overview of the project and an e-learning module developed from the research that will walk you through a framework of classroom practices to support participation, communication and belonging in the classroom. The sections in the module housed on this website will provide you with background information to understand the key elements of being a global learner; an overview of the framework and links to strategies and resources that can be put into practice.

Acknowledgement of Country

To begin this module we acknowledge the First Nations owners of the lands on which we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this country. For thousands of years, the First Nations owners have gathered to share their knowledge and stories.

We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge the important role they play within our communities. We recognise their long and continuing connection to Country, the lands, winds and waters throughout Australia.  We recognise that these lands have always been places of teaching, researching and learning.


Heartfelt thanks to our partners, especially the schools, principals, teachers and children involved in this project. Without the Education Horizon Grant and support of Education Queensland schools, this project would not have been possible. We also acknowledge the production crew at QUT eMedia who assisted with the production of the videos within the eLearning modules.


To get started on your learning journey head to the E-Learning Page.