In this series, one topic is addressed in each of the 10 episodes. For each episode, you can watch my short summary video and separately listen to any of the full-length audio answers.
This series is a great opportunity to engage with a range of perspectives shared by experts with genuine hands-on experience teaching online at major tertiary institutions in Australia and New Zealand. Check out their bio’s at the bottom of the page (click here to jump straight to them).
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Professor Nick Barter; Griffith University
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Griffith Online
Nick has lectured and researched in the area of strategy and sustainability. His core purpose is to help organisations develop their FutureNormal mindset and begin the journey of transforming their organisations towards being sustainable and contributing to a sustainable society. At Griffith University where Nick researches and teaches sustainability and systems thinking in the MBA, and also has an executive role as Academic Director for Griffith Online managing the university's online presence and its digital campus (11k students, >100 degrees). Prior to academia, Nick worked for Ernst and Young and Virgin Media in a variety of roles from strategy consultant through to Head of Business, Head of Strategy and Head of Marketing. That industry experience has proved invaluable when developing effective tools for executives and managing the business of the university.
Professor Kate Ames; Central Queensland University
Director of Learning Design & Innovation
Kate Ames is a Professor in Learning Design and Innovation, and Director, Learning Design and Innovation at CQUniversity. Kate has been nationally recognised for her approaches to teaching via distance education including receipt of an Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT) National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2015) and Award for Australian Teaching Excellence (Humanities) (2019). She leads a unit that develops innovative online courses and academic capability in teaching online and on-campus. Kate has also been a part-time military officer (Australian Army) since 2001 and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in a public affairs training role. She is a passionate advocate for distance education and is an active mentor of staff new to online learning. She is the author of Time Management for Academic Impact (2019) which provides strategies for managing the complexities of teaching in online and on-campus settings.
Dr Mark Nichols; NZ Open Polytechnic
Executive Director, Learning Design & Development
Dr Mark Nichols PFHEA is Executive Director of Learning Design & Development with Open Polytechnic, Australasia’s largest, dedicated provide of online vocational education. Mark is an experienced online educator with an international reputation. He is host of the podcast Leaders & Legends of Online Learning and recently published a book, Transforming universities with digital distance education: The future of formal learning with Routledge. You can learn more about Mark from
Dr Anitza Geneve; TAFE Queensland
Principal Consultant Student Engagement
Dr Anitza Geneve is Principal Consultant Student Engagement with TAFE Queensland. She is involved in implementing strategic and innovative initiatives to support student participation and educator digital literacy and capability. Anitza has previously held a number of roles at TAFE Queensland including educator, Head of Department, and Product Development consultant, all which provide an insight into delivering online training from different perspectives. In 2018, Anitza was a visiting Australian Fulbright Professional Scholar at MIT in the United States where she investigated the use of MOOCS to support learners’ digital literacy and employability skills. Her ongoing research interest is in human agency and participation.
Professor Robert Fitzgerald; Charles Darwin University
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Strategy
Professor Robert Fitzgerald has recently been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Strategy at Charles Darwin University overseeing excellence and innovation in learning and teaching. The position brings together the central areas responsible for education strategy and curriculum design, learning and digital futures, academic professional development and academic quality and review. Professor Fitzgerald has built an international reputation for innovation in education design in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, working with schools and universities in Australia and internationally. He has extensive leadership experience across schools, universities and diverse research projects, designing and implementing strategic, user-centred initiatives. Robert has secured over $17 million in research funding. His two most recent projects included a Mixed Reality project with Pearson UK and Microsoft and, a STEM project led by SERC UC, focussed on the early years.
Tim Thatcher; TANZ eCampus
Instructional Designer (Google + Microsoft Certified Educator)
Tim is a highly experienced instructional designer with TANZ eCampus (a joint venture between several of NZ's leading tertiary education institutions) where he works closely with academic staff to translate courses into a fully online format. He is passionate about using educational technology to support authentic and collaborative learning. Tim has previously worked as an e-learning consultant supporting primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions to integrate e-learning and digital technologies in meaningful ways. He was also previously Head of Arts and leader of e-Learning at a large secondary school. Tim’s main portfolio was to design and deliver professional development to support academic staff to aligning e-learning with their personal facilitation practice. He is currently based in Dunedin at Otago Polytechnic.