Teacher & Writer

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Film Australia was under attack by the Fraser government’s ‘razor gang’ and I was offered a teaching position at the University of Canberra (then the CCAE) which was aiming to develop courses in Media theory and practice. Frank Morgan and I developed the first Australian Graduate Diploma in Media in a purpose-designed building with a working television studio. When Frank decamped to the Australian Film & Television School, the unit was moved into the Faculty of Communications and Media was offered as an undergraduate major along with Broadcast Journalism and Creative Writing.

The Apple Macintosh was the first of a string of disruptive technologies ushering in computer graphics and  non-linear editing (an end to the nightmare of videotape!) and interactive video. I began a long-term research project on learning with media, stepping off from Gabriel Solomon’s formative studies of Sesame Street.

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In 1992 I was appointed Associate Professor and Head of the Interactive Media Centre at the University of Hong Kong. I had the opportunity to present my research to conferences in the USA and Europe and to deliver a PhD thesis on 'Learning With Computers in Architecture' supervised by Professor John Hedberg at the University of Wollongong. There followed attachments to Peking University and the Centre de recherche pédagogique at Université de Paris Descartes.


PUBLICATIONS

Watch Your Language, Education  News, 1980, 16/4, 42-6

Educational Television - the gulf between researchers and producers,  Journal  of  Educational  Television, 1981, 8, 91-98.

A Producer's Response to the New Technologies, Educational  Media International,1982, Vol 3, 19-21.

Les Médias d'Enseignement en Australie, 8 me  Rencontre  Nationale  d'ICOM,  Bordeaux, 1983

Educational Television in Australian Higher Education, Educational Television  Association  —  Conference  '83, York, 1983.

Video and the Control of Knowledge, in Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt (Ed): Video  in Higher   Education, 1984, Kogan Page, London.

Interactive Video in Education and Training, ACT  Papers in TAFE, 1984.

Instructional Design Issues in Interactive Video, Australian  Council  for Educational  Administration,  Canberra, 1984.

Videodisc and the Future of Educational Technology, ANZAAS ,  Canberra, 1984.

Humour in Educational Television, Higher  Education  Research  & Development  Society  of  Australasia, Sydney, 1984.

The French Télétel Network,  First  Australian VIATEL  Conference,  Canberra, 1985.

Interactive Video and Foreign Languages Teaching - an Australian/French Co-Production EdTech88, Canberra, September 1988.

Chauvigny - 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle, (Multimedia package for French teaching ) MAPS (Australia & NZ), OAVUP (France), Addison Wesley (USA), 1988.

Interactive Video - Part 1: Introduction, Arts & Education, Feb/March 1990;Part 2: Interactive Video in the Classroom  April/May 1990; Part 3: Programming Interactive Video  June/July 1990

Interactive Video for the Rest of Us, Society for Applied Learning Technology, Orlando, Feb 1991. 

Video, foreign languages teaching and the documentary tradition, SYSTEM, 20(1), 1-13, 1992

The view from 'Clever City': Looking at Australian education through promotional videotapes, in John G. Hedberg & James Steele (eds.) Educational Technology for the Clever Country, ASET Publications, 1992

Interactive video in self-access learning - Evaluation issues,  Interactive systems for training, education and job performance improvement, SALT Conference proceedings, August 1993

What do students really learn from multimedia? Research on the interaction between multimedia and cognition. Consortium of College and University Media Centers, Conference proceedings, October, 1994

Educational technology and the quality debate: opening the “Black Box”,  in Peter Tam (Ed) (1994) Quality in Education -- Insights from Different Perspectives, Hong Kong, HKERA

Cognitive Technology in Architecture Education,  (with John Bradford and Barry Will), First International Conference on Cognitive Technology, Conference Proceedings, City University of Hong Kong, August, 1995 (pp.197-206)

Computers as cognitive tools in the teaching of Architecture– evaluation of an action learning project, in D. Jonassen & G. McCalla (Eds) (1995) Proceeding of the International Conference on Computers in Education ‘95, Singapore, AACE. (439-445) *Best paper of the Conference

Designing the perfect classroom: the labours of Sisyphus, College and University Media Review, Spring 1996.

Partners in cognition: problem-based learning with computers,  Ed-Media 96, AACE, Boston, June 1996

Between the idea and the reality - the case for qualitative research. ITForum , invited Internet discussion paper, March 1997

Describing structural knowledge using Pathfinder Networks, Ed-Media 97, AACE, Calgary June 1997

Researching media and learning: a qualitative approach to data collection, Ed-Media 97, AACE, Calgary June 1997

Engagement+Interaction=Cognition (Keynote), Information Technologies in Education and Training, ICEM & UNESCO, Macau, May 1998

The virtual site visit: QuickTimeVR in Engineering Education, EdMedia'98, Freiburg, June 1998.

Visualising structural knowledge, International Conference on Computers in Education, Beijing, October 1998.

The end of an era for the BUMC, College and University Media Review, 5:1 (85-96) Fall 1998.

CAUT on the Web – a web-based course about web-based teaching, hypertext publication for CAUT, University of Hong Kong, 1998 http://nt.media.hku.hk/webcourse/

Between the idea and the reality: The case for qualitative research in education, in J.P.Marsh, B.Gorayska, J.L.Mey (eds) (1999) Humane Interfaces: Questions of method and practice in Cognitive Technology, Amsterdam, North Holland (pp.252-268)

Restructured, reengineered & realigned: Media centres in the digital age, EdMedia99, AACE Seattle, June 1999

Managing media in the digital age (1999) in Georg Anker, Ulrike Hugl, Stephan Laske (Eds) Universitatsentwicklung und neue Medien, Wiesbaden, Deutsche Bibliotek, (pp.123-136)

Learning and the "F" word—eight principles for a flexible learning policy, Educational Media International, 37:2, September 2000, 98-101


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