Allan retired from the University of Adelaide in June 2013 after 10 years as a Learning Designer with the eLearning Team. He has a background in print production, publishing and marketing. He was recognised as an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2009) and has won two major Learning and Teaching Awards. Allan has been awarded the 2012 Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. His citation read: “For sustained commitment to inspiring, challenging and mentoring academics to teach with activity-centric pedagogies and the latest learning technologies, to enrich the student experience.” He is also winner of the 2011 University of Adelaide Award for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience.
During his time at the University of Adelaide, Allan has been fundamental in providing teaching faculty with the motivation, knowledge, tools, confidence and evidence to show them that they can and should challenge themselves to look at new ways to teach and engage. He introduced eight significant teaching and learning initiatives. Such pedagogies as Scenario-based Learning (simulations), Just in Time Teaching (JiTT was developed in 1997 and is now commonly known as the Flipped Classroom approach) and Interactive Learning Modules (ILMs) have resulted in very positive learning outcomes and enriching the student experience.
Allan has two masters degrees. One in Education and a second in Interactive Multimedia. He has also worked in learning and teaching in the VET sector and has a Certificate IV in Assessment and Work Place Training. He and his family spent 9 years in Hawaii and Texas USA as volunteers working in the College of Communication at the University of the Nations (UofN) part of Youth With A Mission (YWAM). He has travelled to over 20 countries and taught in the USA, Europe and Latin America. Allan has extensive experience in online collaboration and facilitation.
Since the beginning of 2014 his educational blog “In Support of Excellence” has had in excess of 285,000 page views and his teaching model the Padagogy Wheel pdf poster has been downloaded 200,000+ times. The Padagogy Wheel is now being translated into 25 different languages. The latest to be published is Hindi.
Allan sees his most effective contribution to making a difference in the future is educational consulting and in particular, helping teachers in developing countries use 21st Century learning and teaching methods. This calling has quickly become a full time pursuit and with Glynis, his wife of 39 years, they have commenced their own consultancy called Designing Outcomes. Glynis and Allan have two adult children and live in Adelaide South Australia.
You can email Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org