Tim Klapdor

Technology | Design | Education

Who am I?

Personal Details

Name
Tim Klapdor
Location
Adelaide
Country
Australia
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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 Manager of Learning Design and Content for Online Programs at the University of Adelaide. Prior to that I worked at Charles Sturt University where I held a variety of roles relating to the strategy, innovation and the implementation, development and production of eLearning resources and systems. I also 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 - Jul 2019

University of Adelaide

Manager Online Learning Design & Content

Joined the Online Programs Team to coordinate the new design and development of online courses in the Pearson Alliance and AdelaideX MOOCs. During my time I have worked to develop a solid Quality Assurance Framework and supporting resources for online course development and the development of the six course for the MathTrackX X-Series on EdX.

Jan 2015 - Jul 2019

Charles Sturt University

Online Learning Technology Leader

Provided 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, coordinated the work of Divisional and consultant technology staff, and established and maintained uImagine’s online and social media presence.

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Charles Sturt University

Project Lead

Provide a leadership role for the university’s mLearn project to help drive innovation and exploration in the ways that mobile technology can support learning and teaching in Higher Education.

Jan 2012 - Dec 2014

Charles Sturt University

Innovation Technology Officer

Lead a range of innovation programs rolling out new technologies to support a range of pedagogical approaches,

Aug 2011 - Dec 2012

Charles Sturt University

Project Manager

Project Manager for the university’s mLearn project used to explore the ways that mobile technology can support learning and teaching in Higher Education.

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.

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 musical instrument distribution company.

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

New South Wales Government

India Young Entrepreneur Boot Camp

The Boot Camp was a 10-day trip to Inida to learn about the opportunities in the country and developing relationships. Read more...

Agrihack

Winning team in the hackathon

The Agrihack competition involved working on a specific problem for 24 hours and pitching a solution. Our solution was Chickon. Read more...

University of Adelaide

Runner up in the eChallenge program

Along with Ben Atkinson we develop the concept of Kelpie: The Digital Working Dog, a smart assistant to help farmers adopt digital agriculture systems. Read more...

Charles Sturt University

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards For Leadership Excellence

Recognition for my leadership of the mLearn project and its contribution to the innovation agenda at the univeristy.

Australia and New Zealand Mobile Learning Group

Best Project Award 2012

Recognition for the mLearn project I headed up at CSU that was seeking to test how mobile technology can support learning and teaching in Higher Education.

Ascilite

Acilite 2012 Mentoring Program

Participation in the Ascilite mentoring program and collaborated on a conference paper with colleages from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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.

Applications & Software

I am a fluent user of Adobe, Microsoft and Google suites of applications. I have used Sketch for user interface and app development and used Jekyll and now 11ty to create a range of websites for a range of projects.

I have also been moving to more generic and less app specific formats for working. This includes writing in Markdown and adopting a more mobile friendly workflows that include mobile and cloud applications and 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 developed this site in 11ty but also used Jekyll and other open source web applications across a range of projects.

I have a keen interest in the emerging power of APIs and new models of development based around javascript.

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 especially of landscape and portraiture that capture the essence of a moment in time. I love international travel and seeing and experiencing the wide world we call home. The infinite permeability and creativity shown in obscure music fusions.