Who Am I?

Personal Details

Professional Profile

I would describe myself as an Expert Generalist with skills spanning graphic design, multimedia, web design, project leadership, visual communication, user experience, eLearning, online systems, interface design and information architecture.

Currently I am the Online Learning Technology Leader at Charles Sturt University, where I’ve also held a variety of roles relating to the implementation, development and production of eLearning resources and systems. Previous to this I spent a number of years in commercial graphic design, working in a variety of roles in print and marketing in Australia and in Europe.

I have a keen interest in innovation as well as developing and implementing new technologies within an educational context to enhance the learning experience. I believe that technology offers a range of unique opportunities to actualise a range of pedagogical and instructional approaches which can revolutionise the education sector. I love the challenge that new technology brings and the creative process involved in developing an idea through to implementation.

Working at the nexus of technology and education I have developed a skill for translating ideas, concepts and goals into technological solutions that improve the user experience. I am a skilled communicator who works especially hard at being able to translate ‘tech speak’ into something tangible and understandable.

Always open to new opportunities I have been working to establish a broad and international personal learning network and done this by working in the open, engaging in social media, writing academically, presenting at conferences and blogging extensively. At the same time I have become increasingly fluent with leadership responsibilities, large scale projects and team management. I am poised for further change and growth and ready to seize the next big opportunity.

Professional Background

Work Experience

Jan 2015 - Present

Charles Sturt University

Online Learning Technology Leader

Provide expert educational technology contributions to the imagination, incubation and showcasing of innovations in online learning. Establish collaborations across the University, leading to the engineering of the technologies underpinning these innovations into sustainable and widespread CSU use. Management of online learning projects, coordinate the work of Divisional and consultant technology staff, and establish and maintain uImagine’s online and social media presence.

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Charles Sturt University

Project Lead

Project Lead for the university’s mLearn project.

Jan 2012 - Dec 2014

Charles Sturt University

Innovation Technology Officer

I work at the nexus of Technology and Higher Education. I make, think, help, support, design, train and advise on technology and its implications and use for learning and teaching.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2012

Charles Sturt University

Project Manager

Project Manager for the university’s mLearn project.

Jan 2009 - Dec 2011

Charles Sturt University

Media Technologist

Enterprise level project work on rich media capture and delivery, mobile learning, mobile web development, open educational resources and large scale ePublishing. Managing the large scale development and production of eLearning resources for Distance Education and Internal students.

Jan 2007 - Dec 2009

Charles Sturt University

Multimedia Development Team Leader

Development work for eLearning resources including video production, web development and interactive design.

2004 - Dec 2005

Sutherland Trading

Graphic Designer | Marketing

Creation of advertising and marketing material for a European music distribution company. This included developing advertisements for national and international magazines, internal sales material and the development of a single product catalogue.

Learning & Training

Education

2014-2014

Charles Sturt University

Graduate Certificate in University Leadership & Management

2006-2006

Charles Sturt University

Bachelor Arts (Graphic Design)

2000-2003

Charles Sturt University

Associate Degree (Multimedia)

Recognition

Honours & Awards

Jul 2014

Charles Sturt University

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards For Leadership Excellence

Nov 2012

Australia and New Zealand Mobile Learning Group

Best Project Award 2012

Nov 2012

Ascilite

Acilite 2012 Mentoring Program

Research Papers

Publications

Nov 2013

Ascilite 2013 Conference Proceeding

Mobile Learning at Charles Sturt University: Lessons learned from university-wide iPad trials in 2012

Tim Klapdor, Philip Uys

The mLearn Project at Charles Sturt University (CSU) started in 2011 as an initiative to explore mobile learning and its application and potential for the institution. This paper provides a meta-perspective of one particular aspect of the project, a series of university-wide device trials, and describes what took place, the initial findings, discussions related to mobile and the key recommendations from the project. The project has provided a way for the university to explore new technology within its specific and unique learning and teaching contexts. It has provided real world experiences from which to learn and through exploration a better understanding of our present has been reached. This paper is an attempt to share the examples and experiences and provide a basis to imagine our future direction.

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Nov 2013

Ascilite 2013 Conference Proceeding

Metamorphosis and Adaptive Digital Publishing

Rob Stone, Tim Klapdor, Tyswan Slater, Rod Haggith

This paper aims to explore the conceptual work being undertaken at Charles Sturt University to develop The Adaptive Digital Publishing Engine (TADPOLE). The aim of the project is to envision a distinct way of creating, structuring and publishing educational resources for delivery to a wide variety of platforms and media. The development of TADPOLE will allow us explore a 21st century approach to publishing that embraces digital affordances and uses metamorphosis, rather than translation or transcription, to convert content from one format to another.

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Nov 2012

Ascilite 2012 Conference Proceeding

Mobility makes us agile and lean: A new paradigm for institutional projects

Tim Klapdor

The mLearn Project at Charles Sturt University (CSU) is an attempt to establish a new philosophy for large-scale institutional initiatives that borrows aspects from the technology companies based out of Silicon Valley. This paper will outline the concepts that have been adopted as well as the rationale for this change in tact. The project is running in 2012 and into 2013 over three teaching sessions and it is hoped will foster innovation through trials of technology, mobilising system access and developing mobile enhanced learning resources. Findings and reflections from the project will be published over the next 18 months.

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Nov 2012

Ascilite 2012 Conference Proceeding

Conducting and Reporting on Educational Technology Research for Institutional Impact

Harriet Ridolfo, Susan Tull, Lynette Nagel, Janette Kruger, Sue Gregory, Tim Klapdor, Philip Uys

The advance of educational technology coupled with competitive forces, ever-increasing digitisation, and new entrants into the Higher Education sector, has created an environment of constant change for those working within it. This paper discusses how seven people, in five institutions across three countries joined forces to develop their knowledge, skill and ability in conducting and reporting on educational technology research for institutional impact. Reviewed in this paper are a range of approaches adopted across the different institutions, considerations of which of these have been effective and examination of whether targeted communication strategies have helped overcome inherent barriers.

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Jun 2012

Gold e-Book ehealth and tele-education, University Hospital Pedro Ernesto of State University of Rio de Janeiro

Mobile Learning in eHealth: Increasing Learning Options by Supporting the Mobility of Learners in Developing Contexts

Philip Uys, James Brann, Tim Klapdor, Megan Smith

The advance of educational technology coupled with competitive forces, ever-increasing digitisation, and new entrants into the Higher Education sector, has created an environment of constant change for those working within it. This paper discusses how seven people, in five institutions across three countries joined forces to develop their knowledge, skill and ability in conducting and reporting on educational technology research for institutional impact. Reviewed in this paper are a range of approaches adopted across the different institutions, considerations of which of these have been effective and examination of whether targeted communication strategies have helped overcome inherent barriers.

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Areas of Expertise

Skills

Knowledge Areas

My key areas of knowledge are in Educational Technology, User Experience Design, Online Learning, Web Development, Mobile Learning & Technologies as well as E-Learning.

Desktop Software

I am a fluent user of a number of key applications such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere and Microsoft Office.

In the last three years I have been moving to more generic and less app specific formats for working. This inlcudes writing in Markdown and adopting a more mobile friendly workflows that include mobile and web applications like Evernote, Dropbox and Google suite of tools.

Web Systems

I am fluent in the standard web stack of HTML5, CSS and Javascript as well as common web tools such as Wordpress.

I have a keen interest in the emerging power of APIs and new models of development based around javascript, such as node.js and Angular.

One of my most valuable skills is the development of workflows and understanding how systems can be joined, combined and work together to provide solutions that suit the user.

Outside of Work

Interests

Current Hobbies & Interests

I am a keen Photographer espeically of landscape and portraiture that capture the essense of a moment in time. I love International Travel and seeing and experiencing the wide world we call home. The infintie permeability and creativity shown in Obscure Music Fusions. As the chef at home I prefer the concept of Gourmet Eating rather than cooking and enjoy the adventure of tasting the weird and wonderful world of food.