E-education profile and services

Dr John Mitchell is a specialist in the management of and business models for flexible learning, e-learning and e-business. For example:

  • His doctoral thesis (Deakin University 2004) is entitled 'Management of Flexible Learning in VET'.
  • He has published in the international literature on the topic: 'Business Skills for Managing Flexible Learning' in Evans, T., Haughey, M. & Murphy, D. (eds.) 2008,International Handbook of Distance Education, Emerald, United Kingdom.
  • He prepared the business case for the implementation of VET programs for the Open Universities Australia in 2010.
  • He is a member of the Academic Programs Committee of Open Universities Australia.
  • He has published extensively on e-learning and flexible learning business.

See e-education publications here.

Sample projects

  • Member of Open University Australia's Academic Programs Committee 2011-2012, ongoing
  • Liaised with all ten TAFE Institutes offering courses for the OUA, 2010
  • Specialist adviser to DEEWR-funded project for Education.Au to develop a national platform for VET online, 2007-2008
  • Various feasibility studies on online learning opportunties in Australia for corporate clients 2003-2012
  • Principal researcher for 'Implementing flexible learning in the workplace", Australian Flexible Learning Framework 2004
  • Principal researcher for 'E-business and online learning: Connections and opportunities for vocational education and training', NCVER 2003
  • Project Manager of "OnFX E-commerce Career Management Model", March-Oct. 2000
  • Workshop presenter of "Is E-business Your Business", a set of workshops for senior managers in TAFE SA, April-May 2000
  • Evaluator of the ANTA LearnScope Project, a national professional development project in the development of skills in flexible delivery, September 1998 - January 2000
  • Facilitator and Evaluator of the ANTA Fellowship Scheme, a national professional development project for senior VET staff to prepare change management plans for flexible delivery, September 1998 - August 1999
  • Project Manager of the OnFX Consortium's ANTA Toolbox Project, a national project in online course development, October 1998 - August 1999
  • Market Research Study for commercial client on the current and future trends in online learning, April 1999
  • Author of Strategic Plan for Supporting Learning Using New Technologies, Primary Industries Program, SA TAFE, March 1999
  • Author of Strategic Plan for Supporting Learning Using New Technologies, Tourism and Hospitality Program, SA TAFE, March 1999
  • Benchmarking Consultant in Flexible Delivery for the SA TAFE Primary Industries, Tourism and Hospitality Program, April 1999 - June 2000

Other sample activities

  • Co-author of OTFE report: "A Planning Model for Innovation: New Learning Technologies" (1997)
  • Co-author of NBEET study "Education and Technology Convergence" (January 1996), a national survey of technological infrastructure in education and the professional development and support of educators and trainers in information and communication technologies.
  • One of Australia's leading project managers in open learning, flexible delivery and online learning in TAFE/VET. Managed 7 national projects in open learning from 1991-1999, including National Project on Staff Development in Open Learning in TAFE in 1992. Evaluator of three national projects in flexible delivery 1998-2000. Regular keynote speaker at national open learning conferences. Specialist in the management of change to open learning.
  • Considered the national leader in the design and management of educational videoconferencing. Pioneered and managed SA TAFE's videoconferencing network, Australia's most sophisticated videoconferencing network, 1990-92. Presented with National Productivity in Educational Technology Gold Award in 1991.
  • Consulted to 15 universities and ANTA, OLA, OLTC, NBEET, QLD TAFE, OTFE, SA TAFE, 1992-2000.

Consultancy services in flexible delivery, e-learning and e-business

Our consultancy services include:

  • strategic planning
  • project management
  • feasibility studies
  • research and evaluation
  • policy development and analysis
  • change management
  • staff development
  • cost-benefit analysis.

Pioneering national consultancy assignments in flexible delivery, e-learning and e-business

John Mitchell is a pioneer in the field of flexible delivery, e-learning and e-business:

  • Co-Presenter on Change Management Models for Flexible Delivery to ANTA NETWorking 99 Conference, Melbourne, August 1999
  • Co-Evaluator of TAFE Queensland's Videostreaming Trials, 1999
  • Author of Final Report on the Evaluation of LearnScope 1998-99, August 1999, February 2000
  • Author of Final Report on Evaluation of the ANTA Flexible Delivery Fellowship Scheme, 1998-99
  • Co-author of Self-Evaluation Report by the OnFX Consortium for ANTA, August 1999
  • Reviewer of NCVER Report: The effects of different modes of delivery: student outcomes and evaluations, March 1999
  • Author of report, Videoconferencing for Le Cordon Bleu (France), January 1999
  • Author of report, Cost Effectiveness of Videolinq Usage Per Site/Institute, for TAFE Queensland, December 1998
  • Author of report, Videoconferencing in Australian Schools, October 1998
  • Co-author of Report: Design of a Video Teaching Station for Charles Sturt University, October 1998
  • Presentation to Australian Society of Educational Technology national conference, "Effective Business Models for Implementing Educational Technology", July 1998
  • Author of report, The Cost Effectiveness of Videolinq, based on an analysis of five modules delivered at Central Queensland Institute of TAFE, July 1998
  • Author of report for TAFE SA IT Program on options for developing online materials, March 1998
  • Co-author of Evaluation of Electronic Image Assembly 1: a CD-ROM/Internet Hybrid, November 1997
  • Co-author of A Planning Model for Innovation on new learning technologies, for the Office of Training and Further Education, Victoria, 1997
  • Co-author, NBEET study, Education and Technology Convergence, Jan. 1996
  • Project Manager of 25 Innovative Teaching and Learning Projects, University of South Australia, Feb-Dec, 1996
  • Presentation to LETA Conference, October 1996, on "Strategies for Managing Educational Technologies"
  • Author of report: Building a National Videoconferencing Network, Evaluation Report on the Videoconferencing Trials at the Australian Catholic University, December 1995
  • Trends in Educational Technology. A presentation to the National Council of the Securities Institute of Australia. November 1995
  • Author of report for the Securities Institute of Australia, Strategic Videoconferencing. Report on the Suitability of Videoconferencing for Delivering the Securities Institute of Australia's Lectures. October 1995
  • Co-author of "Survey of Telematics for Education and Training. Vol. iv Australia." A report for the European Commission. May 1995
  • Author of report for Australian Graduate School of Management, Hasten Slowly, June 1995
  • Co-author of report for OLA: Computer based administrative productivity tools for educators and trainers: An Open Net Project. April 1995
  • Author of report, Future Directions for Technologies in Teaching and Learning in Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Sydney, January 1995
  • Author of report for Archdiocese of Sydney: Evaluation Report on VIDSAT- the satellite and cable videoconferencing network in Catholic Schools, February 1995
  • Workshop convenor on A Professional Management Guide for Your Videoconferencing Network, for Videoconferencing Summit '94, conducted at Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore, 16 November 1994
  • Consultant, Open Learning Agency Australia, for the establishment of the Open Learning Electronic Support Service, OLESS (later, Open Net), June- December 1994
  • Consultant to Open Learning Technology Corporation, Jan-June 1994
  • Consultant to Open Learning Australia, June-December 1994
  • Project Manager for DEET report Tanami Network. Flourishing but Fragile, Jan-May 1994
  • Project Manager for DEET report, Use of Interactive Video Tapes for Learners of English as a Second Language, February-May 1994
  • Consultant for report Feasibility Study regarding the allocation of funds for videoconferencing facilities to support the wine industry AVC project. June 1994
  • Project Director and lead author of the Evaluation of Video-conferencing in Higher Education, commissioned by NBEET/DEET, published 1994
  • Design of options analysis and functional specifications for the telelecturing component of the Australian Information and Technology Engineering Centre, April 1993
  • Conducting of three seminars for the Australian National University, on the management, methodology and technological aspects of videoconferencing, May 1993
  • Research into use of videoconferencing for exporting education to Asia for the Economic Development Authority of SA and Telecom Australia, March 1993
  • Project management advice to the Queensland Government on establishing their Videoconferencing Bureau Network, 1993
  • Design of a methodology guide and delivery of a Train the Trainer course for the Victorian TAFE system, May 1993
  • Planning advice to WA DEVET on implementing their videoconferencing network, 1993
  • Advice on business planning to the South Australian Government on the Economic Development Authority's Telemedicine Project, 1993
  • Design and preparation of the Policy and Procedures Manual for the Queensland TAFE-TEQ Department, 1993
  • Project planning advice to the NSW Inner Western Catholic Education Videoconferencing Project, 1993-94
  • Researcher and author of the report Videoconferencing Futures. The Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture April 1994
  • Paper presented at National Conference for Hospitality and Tourism Educators, October 1993: Technology and its future interaction with flexible learning.
  • Report for the University of Central Queensland, October 1993: Becoming a Habit rather than a novelty: An evaluation of videoconferencing at the University of Central Queensland, 1992-1993.
  • Paper presented at National Conference of the Australasian Telecommunications Association, Sydney, October 25, 1993: Videoconferencing at the Leading Edge in Australia: Issues, Dilemmas and Potential.
  • Report for Australian Network Productions, July 1993: Designing and Marketing a World Competitive Open Learning Package: Enhancing and Marketing the Australian Video Tutor Series.
  • Report, June 1993: Videoconferencing Futures at Charles Sturt University.
  • Author of two chapters of a book and the bibliography of a book published by the University of New England, 1993: Videoconferencing in Education and Business. A Manual for Users and Studio Managers.
  • Co-author of chapter ISDN-based Videoconferencing in Australian Tertiary Education, in international publication "ISDN Applications in Education and Training" Mason and Bacsich (1993)
  • Co-author of paper Videoconferencing Networks and Applications in Australian Higher Education, presented at IFIP Interactive Conference on Teleteaching '93 in Trondheim, Norway, August 1993 and reproduced in 1993 Teleteaching
  • Joint paper presented to National Conference of the Australian and South Pacific External Studies Association, Adelaide, July 1993: Videoconferencing as a new teaching methodology.
  • Report for Telecom Australia: Research on Export Opportunities for Telecom in Open Learning/Distance Education in South East Asia, April 1993
  • Consultant to national TAFE Flexible Delivery Working Party project on Cost-benefits of Flexible Delivery, 1992-93
  • Project Director of National Open Learning Staff Development Project, commissioned by the TAFE National Staff Development Committee, 1992
  • Project manager of SAtech Consortium, which undertook two consultancies for the AEC Working Party on a National Education Communications Framework, Dec 1991-March 1992, leading to the establishment of the Open Learning Technology Corporation
  • Manager of National Staff Development Project on Open Learning Materials Development, commissioned by the TAFE National Staff Development Committee, culminating in the report: Induction for Effective Open Learning, 1991
  • Manager of SA DETAFE Open Learning Staff Development Program, 1991-1992
  • Co-author of conference paper: Interacting at a Distance: Staff and Student Perceptions of Teaching and Learning via Videoconferencing. AARE/NZ 1992 Joint Conference "Educational research: Discipline and Diversity" Deakin University, 22-26 November 1992
  • Keynote Speaker at the ASET Conference in Adelaide, October 3 1992, on "Leading Edge/Bleeding Edge in Educational Technology"
  • Keynote Speaker at the ITTE Conference in Brisbane, October 2 1992, on "Successfully Managing the Change to Open Learning."
  • Presentation to Victorian TAFE Principals, via video-conferencing from Adelaide to Melbourne, November 1991
  • Author of 85 page publication: "An Introduction to Open Learning" for the SA DETAFE, 1991
  • Manager of SA DETAFE Video-conferencing Network, TAFE Channel, 1987-1992
  • Organising committee member and presenter for "Partnerships in Training" Conference, Melbourne, March 1991
  • Presentation to Conference " Technology in Government Education" , Melbourne, August 1991
  • Presentation to Conference of the Australian Teleconferencing Consortium, Adelaide, August 1991
  • Convenor of Reference Group, National Project on Open Learning Materials Development, Adelaide, September 1991
  • Article on Video-conferencing, in ASPESA Papers, 1991
  • Presentation on the Videoconferencing Project to the Teleconferencing Means Business 11/ ASPESA National Conference, Bond University, Sept. 1990. Linked by live video-conferencing from Bond to Adelaide.
  • Evaluator of Dr Dorothy Toussaint's "Fleximode in WA TAFE" commissioned by the TAFE National Centre for Research and Development, 1989.
  • Presentation to the Australian Society for Educational Technology, on Educational Video-conferencing, May 1990.
  • Convenor of and presenter at 5 National Seminars on Video-conferencing, Adelaide, March-May 1990.
  • Presentation to the National Residential Conference on the Certificate in Rural Office Practice, on "Open Learning in TAFE: The Future?" December, 1989.
  • Presentation to the Research in Distance Education National Conference, Deakin University, November, 1989.
  • "Evaluating Distance and Open Learning": Book Review in Distance Education International Journal, vol. 10, 1989.
  • "Human Agency and Educational Technology Innovations": Address to HERDSA National Conference, Adelaide, July 1989.
  • Editor of "Report on Establishing Open Learning at Light College" including article "Managing the Change to Open Learning", September, 1988. Circulated nationally.
  • Founder and Editor of the SA DETAFE "Open Learning Newsletter", 1989. Annual national and overseas circulation: 2,500