On Wednesday 30 May the INSPIRE centre was opened by ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr. The $7 million centre is designed to lead research and practice in the use of technology in teaching and learning. Mr Barr was joined by University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker and Director-General ACT Education and Training Directorate Diane Joseph, to officially launch the new facility. The state-of-the-art centre will deliver professional education and applied research in information and communications technology (ICT), and is a partnership between the ACT Government and the University of Canberra. Professor Parker said the centre would help the University develop as a recognised leader in the field of ICT in education. “INSPIRE provides opportunities for stakeholders to engage with cutting edge ICT spaces and facilities, and will help students and teachers learn how to get the most out of new and evolving technologies,” Professor Parker said. Mr Barr said he was pleased to officially open INSPIRE, having turned the first sod to mark the start of construction of the building in December 2010. “It is a privilege to return to the University of Canberra to see this bold and innovative centre become a reality. The work underway at INSPIRE will help ensure ACT teachers are equipped with the latest ICT skills and training to prepare students for life in the 21st century,” Mr Barr said. Led by director Professor Robert Fitzgerald, INSPIRE is currently working with the University’s Faculty of Education on pre-service teacher education and the Centre for Teaching and Learning on new learning environments applying design-based approaches to learning.