Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr David Smith

Dr David Smith

PhD

David is a learning technologist with a PhD in the field of eLearning from Newcastle University in Australia. He has developed a broad expertise in education through his work in schools and universities. In recent years, he has specialised in the fields of learning pedagogy and technology working for education authorities in Australia and Austria.

In Europe David worked with and advised stakeholders involved in international EU projects on the design, development and delivery of educational programs involving schools, universities and public and private instrumentalities. David still advises on courses in eLearning and pedagogy in the Higher Learning sector in the United Kingdom and Western Europe. In Australia he has just completed designing education courses for Charles Sturt University in teacher education and a new postgraduate degree in online learning. He is also a higher education degree supervisor. David's particular interest is the integration of technology in learning and has presented and published in this field at many international conferences and continues his research into the effective implementation of eLearning strategies in the education sector.

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In my research I am currently investigating two elements of online learning, learning design and online assessment. In online learning design I have developed a different approach called the 'Confluence of Learning (COL)'. COL is founded on constructionist and behavioural principals and part of that approach is empowering lecturers to rationalise their use of technology in online learning. I have developed an app called TfOIL (Technology for Online Interactive Learning) which assists lecturers in selecting appropriate technology. TfOIL is currently the subject of presentations and publications.

Online assessment is challenging, particularly the question of how to start researching for an assessment. Using eye tracking software I am currently investigating the text synthesis process students use when reading an assessment question and then conduct an internet search for answers.

In Europe I collaborated in EU research programs that operated under the auspices of FP7 and Lifelong Learning grant programs.

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  • Association of Learning Technologies
  • British Journal of Education Technologies
  • Education and Self Development

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Journal Publications

  • Smith, D. (2016). Teaching university subjects online, changing technology and pedagogical practice. Advances in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning journal. 3(1)
  • Qayyum, A.M., & Smith, D. (2015). "Online information & assessment experiences of university students". Information Research, 20(2), paper 674)
  • Smith, D. , Qayyum, M. (2015). 'Using Technology to Enhance the Student Assessment Experience'. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index 97, International Journal of Social, Education, Economics and Management Engineering, 9(1), 340 - 343.
  • Smith, D., Militello, S., Arapi, P., Pappas, N., Mylonakis, M, Nektarios Moumoutzis, N. & Stavros Christodoulakis, S. (2013) Modifying a Constructivist Approach with a Flexible VLE to Create Effective Learning. Retrieved from the Technical University of Crete, pSkills project. Web Site: http://pskills.ced.tuc.gr/

Peer Reviewed Conferences

  • Smith, D. (2016). An app to change online teaching practice. ALT Annual Conference 2016: Connect, Collaborate, Create. University of Warwick, UK, 6 – 8 September 2016.
  • Smith, D., Qayyum, M.A., & Welsh, S. (2015) Improving Student Approaches to Online Assessment in Higher Education. In E.K. Sorensen, A Szucs, & Md. S. Khaled Proceedings of the 1th D4|Learning international Conference Innovations in Digital Learning for Inclusion (D4Learning, 2015)
  • Smith, D. (2015). Teaching university subjects online, changing technology and pedagogical practice. E-Learning Forum Asia 2015. Sim University, Singapore, June 17th-19th.
  • Qayyum, A. , Smith, D. (2015). 'Using Technology to Enhance the Student Assessment Experience'. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Pedagogical and Educational Sciences, ICEBML Conference, Paris, January 17-19
  • Smith, D. (2014) Using a Mobile App as an Agent for Online Learning in Higher Education. EFQUEL Conference-Changing the Trajectory: Quality for Opening up Education, Crete: Greece.
  • Smith, D and Moises, M. (2012). Broadening Teacher experience through international research and training opportunities. The Third International Conference on e-Learning (eLearning-2012), 27-28 September 2012, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Nagy,G.Z., Moumoutzis, N., Smith, D., and Horvath Cz. J. (2011). Programming Skills Development in Secondary Education by Means of Modern Educational Programming Languages. In Multimédia az Oktatásban (Multimédia in the Education) Conference, 8 July, 2011, Romania ISBN 973-667-395-2
  • Smith, D. Nischelwitzer, A., & Reimers, C. (2011). "Strengthening University and School Partnerships to Improve and Sustain the Integration of Technology in Schools: Three European Case Studies". In: EDEN 2011 Annual Conference: Learning and Sustainability: The New Ecosystem of Innovation and Knowledge, 19-22 Jun 2011, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Smith, D. (2011). "Transforming Teaching and Learning in Computer Science: Making Effective Use of Pedagogy to Foster Good Practice". In: EDEN 2011 Annual Conference: Learning and Sustainability: The New Ecosystem of Innovation and Knowledge, 19-22 Jun 2011, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Ovcin, E., Cerato, C., Smith, D., & Moumoutzis, N. (2011). The pSkills experience: Using modern Educational Programming Languages to revitalize computer science teaching. In proceedings of International Conference 'The Future of Education'. 16-17 June, Florence, Italy.
  • Ovcin, E., Cerato, C., Smith, D., & Moumoutzis, N. (2011). pSkills: insegnareinformatica con i moderni linguaggi di programmazione educativi. In proceedings of Didamatica 4 -6 May, Turin, Italy.
  • Smith, D., Lameras, P., & Moumoutzis, N. (2010). Using educational programming language to enhance teaching in computer science. In proceedings of Edge 2010 Conference: eLearning: Horizon and Beyond. October 12-15, 2010, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Lameras, P., Smith, D., Moumoutzis, N., Stavros Christodoulakis, S., Ovcin, E., Stylianakis, G. (2010). Transforming teaching and learning: changing the pedagogical approach to using educational programming languages. In Blackey, H., Habib, L., Jefferies, A., Johnson, M. (Eds). Into something rich and strange – making sense of the sea-change. The 17th Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C 2010). Held 7–9 September 2010, University of Nottingham, England, UK.
  • Smith, D. (2010). Using the eFactor to Improve Mobile and Web-based Pedagogy. In: EDEN 2010 Annual Conference: Media Inspirations for Learning: What Makes the Impact?, 9-12 Jun 2010, Valencia, Spain.
  • Smith, D. (2008).  Classifying Learning on School Webpages. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Smith, D. (2007). Are Schools Ready to go Online? A Case Study of Ten Secondary Schools. In Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Ed.) Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology. Hershey, NY: IGI Global.

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