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Leigh lives in Melbourne Australia with his beautiful wife Sunshine, their baby Eve, and their dog Lego. Leigh enjoys outdoor recreation with a passion for back country telemark skiing, and fond memories of rock climbing and cycle touring. He also enjoys tinkering with permaculture design and ideas for post industrial living.

Leigh’s professional interest is in educational development, focused on open and networked learning and research, using social media and community engagement. Leigh currently works with the Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development at Charles Darwin University.

Sunshine wants Leigh to find a small block of land by a river, free them from wage slavery, and go back to being an artist, growing vegies, running goats, and raising a baby - Leigh whole heartedly agrees. In the meantime, slave on...

Contact[edit]

Presentations[edit]

  • Open Educational Resources and Practices - In this article I take a look at what constitutes an open educational resource and consider the issues and benefits to an educational institution. An institution which is moving to participate in open educational resource development and adopt more open educational practices. There is a description of the initial steps being made by the Educational Development Centre at Otago Polytechnic - a tertiary education and vocational training institution in Southern New Zealand.

Publications[edit]

  1. Feedback on Leigh's work
  2. Open Education Practices: A User Guide for Organisations - A user guide for the Regional Hub of Ako Aotearoa
  3. Sci-fi learning - The power of POV Co authored with Simon Brown and Vicki Marchant for the Australian education journal Knowledge Tree, edition 19, 2009
  4. Models for Open Education - A talk given to the seventh annual Open Education Conference held in Vancouver 2009. Presentation notes here.
  5. Sustainability considerations relating to the use of Second Life for education - A scoping document to add to a literature review for the NZ research project Second Life in Education New Zealand (SLENZ)
  6. Virtual Classroom Project - Using Second Life to conceive an ideal learning space.
  7. Socially constructed media and communications - A keynote for the Desire2Learn and Ascilite round table discussion in Wellington on the evening of 18 June 2008
  8. The Disconnect Between Education and Learning - Keynote presentation to Skills Tasmania 2008 Conference Business in the 21st Century: Growth through skills and Innovation
  9. Educational Development at Otago Polytechnic - An article for PennState University's web journal Terra Ingognita.
  10. Open educational resources and practices. Keynote presentation with audio and article made for WIAOC 2007, George Siemens Future of Education, Paper published in the Italian e-Learning Association Journal - Je-LKS (n.2 2007), and republished by TESL-EJ Volume 11, Number 4.
  11. The Future of Learning in a Networked World - Book of compiled articles from the Future of Learning in a Networked World conference.
  12. Teaching is Dead, Long Live Learning - A keynote presentation to Global Summit 2006
  13. Learn Online blog - Articles, opinion and ideas to do with online learning, networked learning and flexible learning.
  14. Teach and Learn Online 2005 book - A collection of articles, ideas, opinion and instructions for teaching and learning online, published through Lulu.com
  15. Digital literacy and how it affects teaching and learning - A critique for the Australian education Journal Knowledge Tree republished in the December 2005 edition of the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning
  16. Networked Learning Continuing on Knowledge Sharing by Sean FitzGerald and Leigh Blackall, Networked Learning attempts to simplify the concepts and stimulate wider audiences.
  17. Knowledge Sharing with Distributed Networking Tools - A presentation for the Networks September 12–14 2005 Mini-online Event - Cool Results: Engaging Clients in E-learning hosted by LearningTimes Australia
  18. Networked Learning in Action - An interactive session for the 2005 AUSTAFE Conference. Thursday 28 July 2005, Sydney Olympic Park.
  19. Using Free and Open Source Software to Create Free and Open Courseware - a resource for the Australian Flexible Learning Framework Community

Teaching[edit]

Educational media[edit]

  1. Wikiversity projects including: Networked Learning, Facilitating Online, Social Media], Composing educational resources, and Open academia in practice. More>>>
  2. Wikibooks include: Consultation on the Anatomy and Physiology of Animals, work on Permaculture Design], project management of Sustainable Business].
  3. Otago Polytechnic - various open educational resource developments on a MediaWiki platform with staff at Otago Polytechnic
  4. Screencasting - a series of video, audio and print format demonstrations on the use and how to for a range of software, web services and netowked learning techniques.
  5. Construction Modules - Interactive video using Flash for the TAFE Connect, Horticulture Online project. The construction modules include: Concrete and Masonry Drainage Timber and Metal Paths and Paving all feature timelapse video, animation, and a vast number of short audio visual demonstrations recorded from an actual construction job and developed into these sharable object based educational resources.
  6. History and visual arts in Australia - My first online media development for a year 8 class. Looks at the paintings of Sidney Nolan and their relationship to Australian history, in particular, Ned Kelly.
  7. Political Posters - Carol Wells from the Centre for the Study of Political Graphics came to Newcastle TAFE to give a talk on political posters and the women of Juarez, Mexico. I was called in to record the presentation and make this resource for future design students.
  8. Building Online Communities - I recorded this presentation by Rolf Kleef while in Johannesburg South Africa in 2001. Later I did the best I could with the poor quality sound to create this resource for the Association of Progressive Communications.
  9. BlendedChocolate.com - An interactive audio visual resource about chocolate preparation in the baking trade.
  10. Surf Life Saving Australia - An interactive audio visual resource to assist lifesavers in learning for the Bronze Medallion.
  11. People - 10 lesson plans for visual art students aged 12 - 14 interested in people. Plans are to the Australian NSW secondary visual arts syllabus.

Home Movies[edit]

I like to make home movies. I record on a phone, and edit in a single sitting, using free copyright music. They're rough, sometimes a bit too conceptual, but I like them. They've been loaded to Archive, Blip.tv and YouTube.

  1. Outback Australia - A series of short home videos about skiing outback in Australia
  2. Back Country New Zealand - A series of short videos about back country skiing in New Zealand. The objective was to record with pocket cameras, and finish a video to free music within a day or 2 of getting back from the trip.
  3. Black Bulga Range - In the spring of 2002, The Black Bulga Range was scheduled to be logged.
  4. Taiwan A series of short videos about my life in Taiwan 1999-2001
  5. The Snow - In the winter of 2002 I went back country skiing with Miriam, Theo and Clare.
  6. There's a Light in My Eyes - Shot over 2 runs down the Corker Trail, There's a Light in my Eyes is a dramatic account of the incredible 35Km down hill bike run from Carey's Peak, Barington Tops National Park.
  7. Stencil Graffiti at Mullum High - During my second 4 week prac session while studying to be a teacher in 2002, I ran a class in stencil graffiti. Staff from the school tell me that new kids still ask if they're going to do stencil graffiti!
  8. Urban Planning - In 2001, the Newcastle City Council ran a conference on urban planning. We ended up doing a performance art piece, this video was the back drop.
  9. Dancing to Architecture - I directed this 25 minute open source documentary/motion picture about the 2002 This is Not Art (TINA) media festival.
  10. Association of Progressive Communication - Uraguay Conference 2001 - I did a brief stint working with the Melbourne, Australia group Community Communications Online (C2O) and represented them at the AGM of the Association of Progressive Communications (APC) in Uraguay, South America in 2001.

Educational record[edit]

2004 - Certificate 4 in Small Business - Hunter Business and Enterprise Centre
2003 - Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment - Hunter Institute of TAFE NSW
2002 - Diploma in Education, secondary school visual arts - University of Newcastle
1998 - Bachelor of Arts/Visual Arts - University of Newcastle
1994 - Associate Diploma in Fine Arts - Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW
1994 - Initial Employment Training - Australian Army Reserve, Infantry

Work history[edit]

2012[edit]

Full time with the Faculty of Health Science at La Trobe University, Australia. Educational Designer. Onging...

Full time with the Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development at Charles Darwin University, Australia. Director of eLearning. Evaluated online learning capabilities, document handling procedures and workflow management issues. Implemented a transition to Google Docs, and the use of Blogger, Youtube, Docs and Drive for the delivery of online courses. Established a professional development plan, centred around informal and work based learning. Conducted research. Worked on a PhD about networked learning.

2011[edit]

Full time with University of Canberra, Australia. Learning Commons Coordinator in Sport Studies and the Faculty of Health. Working with staff in developing social media and Internet skills useful to their teaching and research work. Also responsible for the development and maintenance of the Faculty website. Presentations and papers. Working on a PhD about networked learning.

  • Panelist at Critical Animals, This is Not Art, discussing the role of archive and museum in preserving online cultural heritage
  • Developed and taught [1] The Business and Politics of Sport, a third and fourth year Bachelor of Sport Management unit. Unit was made fully flexible, online, and assessment based.
  • Committee member on the University of Canberra's key theme group planning educational practices around Greater Access, Choice and Flexibility.
  • Developed a cross disciplinary unit of study on Social Media
  • Managed the The History of the Australian Paralympic Movement, where the project is establishing a working group for the development of Wikipedia entries on Australian athletes and participation at games, add photos and media to Wikimedia Commons, and write an historical text on Wikibooks
  • Progressed an Open-PhD on networked learning and the relationship educational institutions might have to such practices

2010[edit]

Full time with University of Canberra, Australia. Learning Commons Coordinator in Sport Studies and the Faculty of Health. Working with staff in developing social media and Internet skills useful to their teaching and research work. Also responsible for the development and maintenance of the Faculty website. Presentations and papers.

2009[edit]

Full time with Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand, working in educational research, development and implementation up until October 2009. Full time with the University of Canberra, Australia. Learning Commons Coordinator in Sport Studies and the Faculty of Health. Working with staff in developing social media and Internet skills useful to their teaching and research work. Also responsible for the development and maintenance of the Faculty website. Presentations and papers.

2008[edit]

Full time with Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand, working in educational research, development and implementation. Research and consultancy with various other educational institutions. Presentations and papers.

2007[edit]

Full time with Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand, working in educational research, development and implementation. Research and consultancy with various other educational institutions. Presentations and papers.

2006[edit]

Full time with Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand, working in educational research, development and implementation. Research and consultancy with various other educational institutions. Presentations and papers.

  • Key note presentation to Education.au's Global Summit.
  • Facilitation of the Future of Learning an a Networked World international open-space conference tour across New Zealand.
  • Presentation to KnowledgeBank on [networkedlearning:digital literacy and how it affects teaching and learning practices Digital literacy and how it affects teaching and learning].

2005[edit]

In business offering educational resource design and consultation services. Part time teaching at the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE.

  • Presentation: Networked Learning to KnowTips conference Canada. March 2006.
  • Full time Educational Development for Otago Polytechnic - research into new practices and development of learning programmes.
  • Presentation: Networked Learning to the Tasmanian Learnscope Showcase 2005
  • Teaching: Hadleighs Ways. Introducing a group of men in the Blue Mountains to computers and the Internet.
  • Teaching: BlacktownYoof. Introducing digital photography and editing to a group of young kids having troubles in school.
  • Event Coordination: [talo:taloswapmeet05 Coordinated the TALO Swap/Meet 2005 conference]. Hosted by the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW.
  • Writing: Critique for eLearning Journal, Knowledge Tree. Looking at digital literacies in Australian education.
  • Consultation: [networkedlearning:knowledge sharing Online Presentation for Networks, Cool Results]. A presentation delivered with Sean FitzGerald over Elluminate, hosted by Learning Time Australia.
  • Consultation: Learnscope project training 14 individuals from private training organisations around NSW about the Internet and tools that may help them in offering online training.
  • Resource design and development: Blended Learning teacher training resource development initiated for the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW to support workshops on using free, easy and open source software in online teaching pratices.
  • Consultation: [hypar:home Presentation to the Helping Young People at Risk (HYPAR) Conference] on the use of blogs, RSS. audio and mobile devices in education.
  • Consultation: [payitforwardlearning:home Presentation to the NSW TAFE Outreach Exchange project] of an idea to use wikis in Outreach programs.
  • Consultation: Presentation to the Australian Flexible Learning Framework - eLearning event on using free and open source software to create free and open courseware.
  • Consultation and development: Maintaining the Teach and Learn Online weblog and email list, providing ongoing support, information and training resources to teachers and trainers around Australia.
  • Teaching: Introduction to animation. A 9 week class looking at some of the concepts. tools and techiques behind animated and sequential art.
  • Consultation: [networkedlearning:Integrating technologies Integrating Technologies to Support Learning] - A full day workshop with Marty Cielens for Learnscope 2005 teams.
  • Consultation: [networkedlearning:knowledge sharing Knowledge Sharing with Distributed Networking Tools]. A presentation with Sean Fitzgerald to the "Cool Results" Online conference.
  • Consultation: Numerous workshops and presentions to various projects in TAFE NSW, including NSW Outreach, Illawarra IT, Western Sydney and South Western Sydney Institutes Professional Development Units, and the Australian Institute of Sport.

2004[edit]

In business offering educational resource design and consultation services. Part time project management for the Hunter Institute Teaching and Learning Innovations Centre. Part time mentoring for the Hunter Institute Outreach program.

  • Resource design and development: Designed, developed and produced the Surf Life Saving Australia CDROM for training the Bronze Medallion. Resource included interactive videos and extensive Flash development. See portfolio for screen grabs and more information.
  • Resource design and development: Designed, developed and produced BlendedChocolate.com, a multi media resource used by the Baking Section of the Hunter Institute of TAFE NSW.
  • Consultation: Wrote a paper for the Australian Flexible Learning Framework entitled Using Free and Open Source Software to Create Free and Open Courseware. Full text version here
  • Project Management: Worked part time for the Hunter Institute of TAFE NSW in their Institute Teaching and Learning Innovations Centre (ITALIC) managing staff and resource development projects.
  • Resource Design: Co wrote a learning object script for the Learning Federation and their Innovation, Enterprise and Creativity brief.
  • Mentored a group of 'youth at risk' for the Hunter Institute Outreach program.

2003[edit]

In business offering educational resource design and consultation services. Part time project management for the Hunter Institute Teaching and Learning Innovations Centre. Mentored for the Newcastle Youth Venue. Casual teaching in high schools.

  • Resource design and development: Designed, developed and produced interactive videos and flash movies for the Horticulture Online project as part of the TAFE Connect initiative. See portfolio for screen grabs and more information.
  • Project Management: Worked part time for the Hunter Institute of TAFE NSW in their Institute Teaching and Learning Innovations Centre (ITALIC) managing staff and resource development projects.
  • Film Direction: Directed the documentary film Dancing to Architecture, an open source documentary about the This Is Not Art (TINA) festivals in Newcastle that year.
  • Mentored individuals from the Newcastle Youth Venue who had an interest in multi media for the web.

2002[edit]

Studying full time the Diploma in Education at the University of Newcastle. Tree planting.

  • Part time tree planter for Greening Australia

2001[edit]

Full time public servant in Taiwan. Part time artist and film maker. Representative

  • Full time project officer for the Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Unit of the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.
  • Art: Solo exhibition of the installation Room For Rent including the publishing of the zeen What's in the Brown Paper Bag 5 at Brian's Place Gallery, Taipei.
  • Film Making: A series of short music films about Taiwan.
  • Art: Attended the residency Solar Circut on Maria Island, Tasmania - producing a series of new media artworks and performances based on the human history of Maria Island.
  • Representative for Community Communications Online to the Association of Progressive Communication AGM Montevideo - Uruguay, and development meeting in Johannesburg - South Africa.

2000[edit]

Full time public servant in Taiwan.

  • Full time project officer for the Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Unit of the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.

1999[edit]

English Teaching in Taiwan.

  • Taught English at the Kid Castle Primary School in Taipei
  • Taught English at Li An Elementary High School in Taipei
  • Taught English private tuition around Taipei

1998[edit]

Bachelor of Arts degree. Part time sales assistant. Events management.

  • Part time sales assistant for MacCleans Book Sellers Hamilton.
  • Set up and managed The Warehouse, a venue for events and art exhibitions in Newcastle.
  • President of the Arts Club of the Newcastle University Students Association.

1997[edit]

Bachelor of Arts Degree. Part time sales assistant. Environmental campaigner.

  • Part time sales assistant for MacCleans Book Sellers Hamilton.
  • Part time environmental campaigner for the Newcastle Wilderness Society.

1996[edit]

Bachelor of Arts Degree. Environmental campaigner. Builder's Labourer.

  • Part time environmental campaigner for the Newcastle Wilderness Society.
  • Part time labourer for Bernie Hockings.

1995[edit]

Bachelor of Arts Degree. Reserve infantryman.

  • Part time infantryman with the 1 Commando Regiment.

1994[edit]

Associate Diploma in Fine Arts. Reserve infantryman.

  • Part time infantryman with the 1 Commando Regiment.