I started this blog in 2007 when President of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) to provide an informal information page for ODLAA members (using previous title of ‘ODLAA President’s Occasional Blog’). The aim was to write about events, interesting news and new publications in the world of distance education and open learning. In a way it’s an updated version of the monthly online newsletter I used to churn out while at the Open University of Hong Kong. In fact, you can still view all 42 issues at the RIDALink page. Anyway, now that I’m ex-President, I’m continuing the blog, but regularly drifting into other topics, especially those associated with education and any other topic that appeals to me!
Who am I? I’m a retired distance educator who was associated with the field for nearly three decades, in a variety of guises (tutor, teacher, designer, researcher, evaluator, administrator and writer) and in a variety of locations. The official/formal version runs like this:
Dr David Murphy was most recently Professor and Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) at Monash University. This followed four years at the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), where he headed the Centre for Research in Distance & Adult Learning. He was also Senior Course Designer at the OUHK during previous tenure there from 1994-98. He spent three years at Monash (1998-2001) as Associate Professor in the Centre for Higher Education Development, and has also worked at Deakin University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
David also spent a year as President of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, having enjoyed a long association with distance education, along with staff development in higher education. He is on the editorial boards of a number of journals. His consultancies include work with universities in Australia and overseas, along with the Commonwealth of Learning, Austrade, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Health Organization. David’s publications include three edited books, titled Online Learning and Teaching with Technology: Case Studies, Experience and Practice; Advancing Online Learning in Asia; and Distance Education and Technology: Issues and Practice. He was also joint editor of the International Handbook of Distance Education, published in April 2008.