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 and is 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.
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 a 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 to select 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.