Thomas Cochrane is an Associate Professor, Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) the University of Melbourne. In 2011 he was awarded as an Ascilite Fellow http://ascilite.org/awards/ascilite-fellows/. His research interests include mobile learning, social software (web 2.0), communities of practice, and the scholarship of technology enhanced learning (SOTEL). His PHD thesis was titled: “Mobilizing Learning: Transforming pedagogy with mobile web 2.0”. Thomas has managed and implemented over 50 mobile learning projects, with a recent focus upon Android and iOS smartphones and the iPad as catalysts to enable student-generated content and student-generated learning contexts, bridging formal and informal learning environments. Thomas has a peer-reviewed research portfolio spanning 50 journal articles, 32 book chapters, and over 140 conference proceedings (http://goo.gl/maps/YxkYP), receiving best paper awards at Ascilite 2009, ALT-C 2011, ALT-C 2012, and ieeeTALE2019. He has been invited to keynote at several international educational technology conferences including: the 2012 Australian Moodle Moot, the 2012 m-Libraries conference in the UK, the launch of UWS massive iPad project in February 2013, the 2014 IBSA VET Practitioners Conference in Melbourne, and an invited speaker at EdMedia2014 (Tampere, Finland), and an Educator In Residence at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Coventry University in September 2015. Thomas was an invited keynote at the University of Western Australia’s Mlearning Summit in September 2016. In 2017 he was a member of the team winning the AUT Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence, Teaching Innovation Award. In 2017 he established the Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning Research Cluster (#SOTELNZ) https://SOTEL.nz . In 2018 he was elected to the ASCILITE Executive. Also in 2018 he co-established with Dr Vickel Narayan the annual SOTEL Symposium, and in 2019 launched the Pacific Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (PJTEL) https://ojs.aut.ac.nz/pjtel/index.php/pjtel/index .
Thomas is an AJET Associate Editor, an editorial board member of BJET, RLT, EdeR, and IJMBL, and the coordinator of the Ascilite Mobile Learning Special Interest Group. He is a regular reviewer for a number of educational technology journals including: AJET, CHB, IJMBL, JCHE, UAIS, and TLT.
Thomas was accredited as a Senior Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (SCMALT) on 6 June 2018.
2011-2020 Auckland University of Technology
Associate Professor, and Academic Advisor in educational Technology at AUT University’s Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT).
Support for elearning and learning technologies for Unitec teaching staff, pushing the boundaries of educational technology for enhancing teaching and learning at Unitec. Development of eLearning strategy integrating : SOTL, communities of practice for professional development, mobile learning, and worked with ITS to deploy a campus WiFi infrastructure.
Tutor Audio Engineering and Music Production. Specializing in digital recording technologies, loudspeaker design, and multimedia.
Developed elearning environment for MAINZ, implemented student wireless laptop scheme (1999-2004), developed interactive multimedia learning objects for audio engineering, MAINZ website development (1998-2003), developed and maintained the institutions Apple Macintosh network etc…
1994-1997 Youth Pastor
1985-1994 Loudspeaker Design Engineer and Audio Technician
Using IT to create pedagogical rich/exciting collaborative student environments.
Music – acoustic guitar, keyboards, mandolin, ukulele
Digital recording & MIDI
BE (Electrical & Electronic), BD, GDHE, MTS, MComp (Hons), PhD (Monash), SCMALT