2014 Executive Committee Nominees
The list of nominees below is for reference purposes only and voting is open only to current ascilite members via email. If you are an ascilite member, please locate the email sent to all current ascilite members on 7 October with the subject line "2014 Executive Committee Election Poll". That email contains a personal link to the poll. If you wish to view additional information about the elections and the Executive Committee, please refer to the election notification, also emailed to current members on 7 October. The poll itself contains the same profiles and photos of each nominee that you see here, displayed in the same alphabetical order.
Lecturer in ICT Education
University of Queensland
I am passionate about the pedagogical use of new and emerging technologies in Education (K12 and Higher Education). I lecture in ICT Education at The University of Queensland and previously at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney) and La Trobe University (Bendigo). My current research focus is on mobile learning and using new technologies, particularly in my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. With this focus, I investigate the integration of ICTs as a learning tool into learning designs and pedagogical approaches, e.g. virtual worlds, mobile augmented reality and gamification. I have also conducted studies around the use of technologies such as interactive whiteboards, iPods/iPads, student learner response systems as well as social media for learning and teaching.
I have been an active member of the ascilite community for quite a few years now and regularly attend the conference. I was an ascilite campus representative at both La Trobe University and Notre Dame and gained a rich professional experience by participating in the ascilite mentoring program. I believe that ascilite is an extremely high quality professional Society and I am keen to contribute more toward it as a member of the Executive. I’m an enthusiastic person and team member who gets things done. I feel that my expertise and knowledge will be beneficial for the committee and the ascilite community more broadly.
John P Egan
Director of the Learning Technology Unit
University of Auckland
John has provided leadership in higher education in New Zealand, Australia and Canada with much of his work focused on learning technologies, eLearning, and curriculum.
As the Director of the Learning Technology Unit (LTU) in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) John provides strategic direction around learning technologies and teaching and learning quality, participates in numerous FMHS and University-wide initiatives related to teaching, learning and technology, and mentors a team of seven staff.
John came to the University of Auckland in September 2012, having previously worked at several other universities in Canada and Australia, most recently the University of British Columbia. Since arriving at the University of Auckland John has shepherded the selection and rollout of an ePortfolio platform, student portal for the School of Medicine, taken a key role in the wider University LMS selection process, and led the LTU’s biannual project rounds. Recently he represented the University at the ACODE Benchmarks for Technology Enhanced Learning Summit.
John has taught at the tertiary level for nearly 20 years. This has included undergraduate and postgraduate courses in learning technology, adult education, social foundations of education, sociology of education, research methods and public health. His teaching has been delivered online, face-to-face and blended.
John hold a PhD (Educational Studies) and MA (Adult Education) from the University of British Columbia, as well as his BA (Communication Studies) from Oswego State University.
For more information please visit johnpegan.net
Senior Lecturer in ICT Education
University of New England
I am a Senior Lecturer in ICT Education and Senior Teaching Fellow with the Learning Innovates Hub at the University of New England (UNE), Armidale. I am a long term adult educator having begun teaching adults in 1989. I coordinate ICT education units and teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I am also the Course Coordinator for Masters of Education course work, a member of the Higher Education Research Facility Steering Committee and the Lead of the eLearning and ePedagogies School of Education Research Network.
I have attended ascilite conferences since 2009 and been able to enjoy the fellowship that the networking provides. I have been a member of the ascilite Executive Committee for the past two years. Since being on the ascilite Executive, I have taken on the role of managing the ascilite Awards and the Community Mentoring Program. In 2012 and again 2014 I have been a co-mentor on the ascilite Community Mentoring Program where I have worked with co-mentors and mentees from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Both groups have been successful in writing papers for ascilite.
In 2007 I became aware of, and interested in, how adults engage with their learning in a virtual world. This led me to begin researching virtual worlds as an educational space. Since this time, I have completed my PhD, been a lead on an OLT grant exploring virtual professional experience (2011 to 2012 – VirtualPREX: Innovative assessment using a 3D virtual world with pre-service teachers) and the recipient of an OLT citation award (2012) for “the innovative adaptation and expansion of virtual world technology to enhance learning and teaching in education and across disciplines”. I have also been part of an OLT team exploring problem solving (2011 to 2013) and another OLT grant exploring authentic training environments (2013 to 2014).
I am currently the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Virtual Worlds Working (VWWG) group which I began in November 2009. There are now over 200 members. The group has published several joint papers, developed a scoping study titled “A systematic review and environmental analysis of the use of 3D immersive virtual worlds in Australian and New Zealand higher education institutions”, co-edited three books (all either in press or under review) and undertaken many group research projects.
I would like to continue providing to the ascilite community through my role on the Executive Committee.
Dr John Hannon
Senior Lecturer, Learning and Teaching
La Trobe University
My interest: By joining ascilite’s executive committee, I aim to contribute to ascilite as a leading voice in current debates on educational technologies in an era of rapid change, and take part in activities that strengthen ascilite’s community of knowledge and practice, positively influencing the remaking of learning environments in higher education and the institutional arrangements that shape them. I wish to contribute ascilite’s scholarly community of educators by building and deepening its networks of practice and research and contribute to ascilite’s growing significance and international presence in the field of learning technology studies.
By working on the executive and connecting with ascilite’s vibrant community of research and practice in this critical time for digital learning, I can contribute to the committee by building on my own prior engagement with ascilite. This includes peer reviewed publications for every ascilite conference since 2008, an outstanding paper award (2008), and publications in AJET. I can also bring relevant experience in the organisation of scholarly activities to the committee: including the management of University and OLT awards and citations, participation in evaluating Faculty teaching and learning awards, authoring guides and resources on learning technologies, and experience in leading and organising scholarly events in my University – annual Colloquia, seminar programs, visiting Scholars’ presentations, and Webinars.
My professional background reflects an extensive commitment to scholarship on digital learning and its enactments in higher education. My contributions to research into educational technologies include over 20 peer-reviewed publications over 7 years, comprising national and international journals and conferences, and book chapters. In my role as Senior Lecturer at La Trobe Learning and Teaching, I have demonstrated this commitment through a key contribution in establishing a university wide flexible and online learning strategy (presented at the ascilite conference in 2012). Further instances of application include: leading blended learning practice in curriculum redesign projects and in coordinating a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, and systematic evaluation of associated strategic curriculum projects.
In summary, I would welcome the opportunity to contribute my skills and expertise to the ascilite executive and ascilite’s community.
Associate Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching
Auckland University of Technology
Mark is currently the Associate Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at AUT, with an accompanying role as Learning Technologies Manager. He has fifteen years’ previous experience as a High School teacher, followed by ten years as a staff professional developer at Unitec, Auckland, before his current eleven-year tenure at AUT.
Mark has contributed in a variety of ways to the ascilite community over the past fifteen years, including being an organising committee member for both Auckland ascilite conferences (2002 and 2009) and participating in four mentor partnerships, and has attended all conferences but one since 2000. He is currently acting as a co-opted member of the Executive committee, filling a vacancy following a resignation.
Mark is also actively involved in the ACODE community, and is a member of the Blackboard Ideas Exchange, and has supported AUT’s use of Mahara e-portfolio tools since its inception.
The rapidly changing landscape of smart mobile devices and the increasing availability and expectations of students for rich, engaging content present many functional and pedagogical challenges for academic staff. Mark’s particular passion is to develop systems and support processes that ease the interface between teaching and technology for both academic staff and students, seeing the future of Higher Education as a partnership between the two groups.
Leader, Education, Technology and Culture Group
University of Adelaide
Edward Palmer has worked as an educator utilizing and teaching eLearning for over 20 years. He has worked as a manager of online curricula, developer of online media and educational tools as well as evaluator of eLearning and technology in education. He is a trained scientist and engineer and is currently working in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide.
Edward is the leader of the Education, Technology and Culture group at the University of Adelaide and leads the Higher Education Group of Adelaide (HERGA), a grass-roots community devoted to evidence based teaching practices. He has been a leader and/or an effective team member on a range of national ALTC/OLT projects. He has worked recently on the Medici project, responsible for the development of online formative content for medical students nationally, which is used by students at Griffith and Flinders Universities amongst others.
Edward is currently involved in the Responsive Learning Design project to help improve the online learning experience for students. Other OLT projects Edward has been involved in are:
- Re-shaping veterinary business curricula to improve the non-technical skills of the veterinary graduate
- Quality, learning spaces, social networking, connectedness and mobile learning: exploring the student voice in online education
- Plant breeding by example: contextual examples linking theory with practice in plant breeding education
- A Collaborative Multi-faceted Approach to Address the Gaps Between Student Expectation and Experience at University and its associated extension grant.
Recent national projects of interest are the Critical review of research in tertiary learning and teaching for HERDSA, and an ongoing project on developing guidelines for professional online communities for ascilite. Edward is an OLT citation winner and is currently teaching the fully online Graduate Certificate in Online Education.
Edward's experience in education across many disciplines, his project management experience and leadership experience make him an ideal Executive member. He is looking forward to working within the Executive in ascilite to not only bring his enthusiasm and ideas to the strong and vibrant community but to also benefit from the expertise of the Executive and the wide membership of the group.
Dr Petrea Redmond
University of Southern Queensland
Petrea has a number of research interests including: Online mentoring, blended and online learning and teaching; Girls and ICT; Community of Inquiry model; and the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching in the school and higher education sectors.
As a researcher, Petrea works with teacher educators and colleagues in other disciplines at USQ, and at national and international institutions. The audiences for Petrea’s publications and presentations are varied within the educational technology domain. The majority of her work is based in teacher education, however, the implications for her work transcends cross-disciplinary areas in higher education.
Petrea was a mentee in the Ascilite mentoring program, and has received a number of awards including the 2009 Ascilite Fellow Award Commendation – Early Career; 2013 Faculty of Education Early Career Award; and 4 outstanding paper awards at international conferences.
Petrea is interested in actively participating in the Ascilite Executive Committee as she believes that she would gain personally and professionally working closely with others in the field at the national level. Petrea also believes she has much to offer ascilite given her knowledge, skills and experience.
Dr Mark Schier
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
Swinburne University of Technology
I am a life sciences academic at Swinburne University of Technology, an active member of ascilite, and committed to exploring technological applications in teaching and learning. I have been an ascilite member for around 10 years, a previous community mentee, regular conference delegate, and active reviewer of papers.
I love the energy of the annual conference, with the great variety of themes and presentations, workshops and the other initiatives that have come out of the networking opportunities around the meeting. These things need to be worked on to maintain their relevance and I am very keen to ensure that ascilite maintains the balance of drawing in new ideas and people, while keeping the talented people we have as members. The chance to talk to others from widely different backgrounds to my own is awesome and something which I greatly appreciate.
I feel that the time is right to become more involved and join the executive, and I have some skills that will be valuable to this community. I bring the perspective of my discipline of physiology, scholarly rigour, a curiosity for how the technology might work in many situations, an ALTC citation, and some enthusiasm for engaging students and colleagues.
There are many roles that I could take on the executive, and I have a reputation as a solid worker (busy but solid)—willing to read notes, papers, agendas and have an informed view on issues. I am happy to talk to members about their concerns and bring this back to the table to further inform the direction of the organisation. I look forward to working with the experienced executive, office holders, secretariat and journal editors to keep ascilite current, relevant and attracting new members.
I have gained a lot from ascilite over my years of membership and I would like you to vote for me please, so that I can give some time and energy back.