Innovators in International Education

By |2016-11-06T09:55:39+11:00March 18th, 2016|Professional|

On March 3 the winners were announced for the 2016 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, which honours innovation and has become one of the most prestigious educational awards since its founding in 1988. The Prize recognises outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education through new approaches and whose accomplishments are making a [...]

Reflections on Higher Education

By |2016-11-06T09:55:39+11:00March 2nd, 2014|Professional|

Your research interests cover a diverse array of learning issues in higher education, including digital literacies, blended and personalised learning as well as the importance of designing conducive learning spaces. Could you share with us how you became interested in these issues? My journey as an educator has traversed a number of learning, teaching and [...]

Visiting Scholar at National University of Singapore

By |2016-11-06T09:55:39+11:00October 25th, 2013|Professional|

I was fortunate to be invited as a visiting scholar with the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) from the 29th September until the 12th October, 2013. NUS is consistently ranked as one of the top research universities in the world and I was delighted to engage in dialogue at [...]

Personalised Learning in a Digital Age

By |2016-11-24T21:13:56+11:00May 30th, 2013|Professional|

This presentation focussed on how new generation tertiary education students interact in a digital age. It discussed how they  adapt and customise their learning and personalise their interactions to suit their needs. It will argue that students need to acquire a range of literacies to successfully personalise their learning and social environments. New generation tertiary [...]

Teaching and Learning Research

By |2016-10-14T15:11:31+11:00November 19th, 2012|Professional|

It is wonderful to see that research into teaching and learning is being recognised as a "serious area of research int its own right" Upgrade for teaching research by: Andrew Trounson From: The Australian November 07, 2012 The morphing of the defunct Australian Learning and Teaching Council into a federal government office may prove a blessing in disguise for [...]

Challenges in Using Technologies in Higher Education

By |2016-11-06T09:55:39+11:00June 23rd, 2012|Professional|

Today I wanted to reflect on some of the challenges we face in higher education in relation to using technologies for learning and teaching. I believe the three main challenges centre on digital literacies, affordances and support. I think we would all agree that literacy is no longer the ability to read and write but [...]

Places and Spaces at Massey University

By |2016-11-06T09:55:39+11:00May 3rd, 2012|Professional|

After completing the beautiful two-hour drive from Wellington to Palmerston North I completed two invited presentations at Massey University on the 16th and 17th April. Before completing the first presentation I had a tour of the campus which identified some of the learning spaces the University was considering to redesign. The presentation involved around 35 attendees [...]

Wellington Conference

By |2016-11-06T09:55:39+11:00April 28th, 2012|Professional|

As a first time attendee at the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) bi-annual conference I was impressed by the level of dialogue and enjoyed gaining an insight into the New Zealand Context. Mark Brown's article in The Dominion Post on April 11 was often referenced throughout the conference in both the first keynote by [...]

Questions to Consider in Learning Space Design

By |2016-11-06T09:55:39+11:00April 15th, 2012|Professional|

Principle Questions Comfort: a space which creates a physical and mental sense of ease and well-being. ·      How comfortable do you feel in this learning space? ·      Do aspects of the learning space distract you from learning? ·      What area in the learning space do you spend most of your time and why? ·      Is [...]

Design for New Generation Learning Spaces

By |2016-11-06T09:55:39+11:00April 2nd, 2012|Professional|

The Design for New Generation Learning Spaces Conference held in Melbourne on the 28th and 29th March turned out to be a valuable professional exchange of ideas on learning spaces. The mix of formal presentations and panel sessions enabled good interaction from the audience. I had a multi- faceted role at the conference (as Chair) that involved [...]